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Strip For 060181
ID: 139
Publication Date: 1981-06-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John asks Jean at the dental clinic who wrote up a dental claim form in handwriting so bad it looks like a primitive scrawl. Jean says it looks like John's writing. John defends his writing as not primitive, just illegible.
Caption: - It's just illegible.
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Strip For 102781
ID: 187
Publication Date: 1981-10-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: At the dental clinic John sets up the voice mail, answering machine. Jean loves the part where he says "I'm not here." At the sound of the tone Please leave your name and number.
Caption: I just love the part where you tell everyone you're not here.
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Strip For 110681
ID: 191
Publication Date: 1981-11-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: At the Dental Clinic John and Jean prep a patient. Stereo headphones, nitrous, rubber dam, frame, clamps. John thinks modern technology makes dentistry almost fun for the patient. Jean can't see the patient under all the stuff.
Caption: What patient? Mf?
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Strip For 072182
ID: 288
Publication Date: 1982-07-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John and Jean close up the dental clinic for holidays. John does a jig while he gets into his car and thinks about freedom while stuck in rush hour traffic.
Caption: It's great to be free!
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Strip For 121782
ID: 354
Publication Date: 1982-12-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: At the dental clinic Jean tries to guess at what John got Elly for Christmas. She asks if it is pretty, see through and if it will make her the sexiest woman on the block. He bought a food processor.
Caption: That's expecting a lot from a food processor.
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Strip For 011184
ID: 536
Publication Date: 1984-01-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Dental Clinic. John asks Jean if she thinks he is out of shape. She refuses to comment. John just wants an honest opinion from someone who knows him and sees him daily because the guy in the mirror lies.
Caption: Look, I just want an honest opinion from someone who knows me and sees me every day! And he lies!!
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Strip For 011484
ID: 537
Publication Date: 1984-01-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Dental Clinic. Jean wonders why John spends time with Ted when he is such a childish, chauvanistic, opinionated person who makes him angry. John knows but had to cut lunch short anyway. Ted has a family therapy group to counsel.
Caption: ...he counsels a family therapy group in half an hour.
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Strip For 050884
ID: 608
Publication Date: 1984-05-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John comes home from a hard day at the dental clinic and lies on the couch. Michael tells Elly he's lost his fuzzy caterpillar on the couch. Elizabeth notices something funny about her dad's eyebrow.
Caption: Daddy... did you know you gots one eyebrow bigger than the other?
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Strip For 110584
ID: 739
Publication Date: 1984-11-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: At the Dental Clinic Jean admonishes a patient for losing a filling. That's what you get for eating junk, chewing toffee. Someone comes in for an appointment and we find out the patient she was scolding is John.
Caption: ...he's just having a tooth filled.
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Strip For 110684
ID: 740
Publication Date: 1984-11-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John is telling Jean how important she is to the Dental Clinic. He relies on her to find things, and couldn't manage without her. He tries to describe her in a word, but she beats him to it, and uses the word "pregnant"!
Caption: Yes, we're a real team. If I had to describe you in a word, I'd say you were... pregnant!
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Strip For 110784
ID: 741
Publication Date: 1984-11-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John is suddenly overwhelmed at the idea of Jean being pregnant. He needs her at the clinic. She's never talked about a family before. He finally asks her what on earth she was doing. Jean is a little surprised that he doesn't know.
Caption: What on earth were you doing?!!
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Strip For 121884
ID: 767
Publication Date: 1984-12-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: At the Dental Clinic John has his foot in a cast, no assistant as Jean has morning sickness, and he splats his first patient. John says "Why Me" but the patient thinks that is his line, being the one sprayed in the face. Helene, Helène.
Caption: Oh well, here goes... Open please. Splat! Why me? What do you mean "why YOU"?
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Strip For 122784
ID: 773
Publication Date: 1984-12-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John clomps along to the Dental Clinic. He's still on crutches with his foot in a cast. Jean asks him what he got for Christmas. Just what he wanted, but now he can't use... skis.
Caption: Just what I wanted. Skis.
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Strip For 021185
ID: 799
Publication Date: 1985-02-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Dental Clinic John says he'd like to buy a big fancy, heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine's Day. He can't imagine buying something so silly and sentimental, so he asks Jean to pick one up on her lunch hour.
Caption: ... could you pick one up on your lunch hour?
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Strip For 022085
ID: 807
Publication Date: 1985-02-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Dental Clinic. John comes to work for the first time without his cast. Since Jean and the staff knew he wouldn't be able to wear a shoe yet they got him some slippers. Ugly, novelty, bird slippers. He tries to be gracious and thanks them. Jennifer.
Caption: We knew you'd be uncomfortable wearing a shoe just yet, so the girls and I bought you some slippers to wear around the office. Gee. Thanks.
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Strip For 022185
ID: 808
Publication Date: 1985-02-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly asks John about his day at the dental clinic. His best assistant quit, his hygienist is sick, he had a bridge that didn't fit, they shut the water off and his foot hurts. Michael tells Elizabeth to leave Daddy alone until his eyes stop bugging out.
Caption: Wait 'til his eyes stop bugging out.
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Strip For 080885
ID: 913
Publication Date: 1985-08-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Dental Clinic, Helène interrupts John at his work to meet someone. Jean has brought in her new daughter, Brittany. John says the baby is beautiful. Jean says that Brittany looks like Winston Churchill, but John is saying the right things. He
Caption: She looks like Winston Churchill, but you're saying all the right things.
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Strip For 080985
ID: 914
Publication Date: 1985-08-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John and Jean leave the Dental Clinic to get a coffee. They talk about motherhood. She tells John that she's fine with being a brand new mom, but can't understand how something that sleeps so much can take up so much time. Brittany.
Caption: How can something that sleeps so much take so much TIME!?
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Strip For 021486
ID: 1021
Publication Date: 1986-02-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Out for a walk, Elly tells Anne that she's been talked into helping at the clinic. Anne thinks Elly's worrying about whether she will remember everything, etc... Elly is worried about fitting into her old uniforms. Christopher, Richard.
Caption: ... will I fit into my old uniforms?!!
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Strip For 030786
ID: 1024
Publication Date: 1986-03-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: As the day goes on at the Dental Clinic Elly is surprised at the hectic pace. Ten patients in the afternoon is the norm and Elly asks how he manages. John entirely discounts her work as a mother and housewife by telling her she's just not used to working
Caption: Boy, I don't know how you manage such a hectic schedule! You're just not used to working!
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Strip For 042286
ID: 1040
Publication Date: 1986-04-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly feels that the Dental Clinic needs new materials in the waiting room. She's thinking audio tapes, kids books, etc... She wants to throw out old magazines, some have been there over ten years. John complains that he hasn't read them yet.
Caption: I haven't read them yet!
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Strip For 042686
ID: 1042
Publication Date: 1986-04-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly and Anne talk over the back fence. Elly tells her this was her last day at the clinic. Anne is angry about clinics having spent two hours waiting to see her obstetrician. Perhaps the waiting is why they are called "patients."
Caption: Maybe that's why they call us "patients."
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Strip For 050386
ID: 1047
Publication Date: 1986-05-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Dental Clinic, John mentions that Elly has changed since she got published. Jean says it's a new career, an identity. When John asks what's wrong with being Mrs. Dr. John Patterson, Jean sprays him with the water pik. Never fool with feminism.
Caption: What's wrong with being Mrs. Dr. John Patterson? ... Never fool with feminism!
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Strip For 033187
ID: 1129
Publication Date: 1987-03-31
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the clinic Jean tells John about the wonderful present she got for her birthday. Her husband signed them up for ballroom dance lessons. John desperately begs her not to tell his wife, otherwise he might have to do the same.
Caption: Do me a favor Jean. Sure! Don't tell my wife!!
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Strip For 112487
ID: 1227
Publication Date: 1987-11-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Being in a rut, dental clinic, doing something wildly different, John, Jean
Caption: ...You Wore Magenta Socks
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Strip For 061788
ID: 1303
Publication Date: 1988-06-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Remodeling the kitchen, obsession, dental clinic, John, Jean
Caption: ... Pass Me The Linoleum
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Strip For 120887
ID: 1381
Publication Date: 1987-12-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Pre-occupied with a sports car, dental clinic, John, Jean
Caption: ... You Left Your Pen In The Autoclave
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Strip For 101389
ID: 1490
Publication Date: 1989-10-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: If This is a Lecture, How Long Will it Be? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: A good dental check-up, getting a good check-up prize, dental clinic, John, Jean
Caption: Looks Good, Fred. We'll See You In 6 Months. No caption.
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Strip For 052290
ID: 1567
Publication Date: 1990-05-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: If This is a Lecture, How Long Will it Be? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Depression, growing older, dental clinic, John, Jean
Caption: I'm Too Young To Be 40!!
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Strip For 052490
ID: 1568
Publication Date: 1990-05-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: If This is a Lecture, How Long Will it Be? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Depression, buying something to feel better, dental clinic, John, Jean
Caption: ... Last Time He Said Something Like That - He Went Home With A Sports Car!!!
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Strip For 071990
ID: 1606
Publication Date: 1990-07-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: What, Me Pregnant? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Sore arms, dental clinic, John, Jean
Caption: ... Tried Sail Boarding Last Night
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