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Strip For 112179
ID: 12
Publication Date: 1979-11-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Jean asks John how he handled the housework while Elly was away. Floors, laundry, dishes. John says he left it for Elly to do when she got back.
Caption: I left it all for Elly.
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Strip For 082980
ID: 72
Publication Date: 1980-08-29
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Getting a microwave, John talking to Jean while they work on a patient.
Caption: Yeah. Now she can burn dinner in one tenth the time!
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Strip For 101380
ID: 81
Publication Date: 1980-10-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: While Elly does the dishes John tells her that Jean is on holiday for a week. Since he needs someone to fill in anyway he asks Elly. She gives him a big hug, but John wonders what he's signed up for.
Caption: What have I done?
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Strip For 041881
ID: 131
Publication Date: 1981-04-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John is at the dental office telling Jean the story of the stereo. His patient tries to say that John should take back the stereo to fix things.
Caption: That's easy for you to say!
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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 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 110884
ID: 742
Publication Date: 1984-11-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John is upset about his assistant's pregnancy. Elly tells him he has plenty of time to train someone to take over for her. John says it would be easier to replace a wife than replace someone like Jean. He immediately regrets his comparison.
Caption: Uh... figuratively speaking, that is.
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Strip For 110984
ID: 743
Publication Date: 1984-11-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Jean rebuffs John's concern about her pregnancy affecting her work. She just has to use the lead shield and apron for x-rays and she'll be fine. The lead is rather heavy though and asks John to give her a push in the right direction.
Caption: Uh... this lead is a little heavy, could you push me toward the patient, Doc?
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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 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 081085
ID: 915
Publication Date: 1985-08-10
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: Having coffee, Jean tells John how much the baby has changed her life. Her whole day revolves around Brittany's schedule. At night she has to get up every 3 hours while her husband sleeps. John thinks this is an excellent argument for breastfeeding.
Caption: ...Another excellent argument for breastfeeding. (breast feeding)
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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 050986
ID: 1048
Publication Date: 1986-05-09
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 asks Jean for help buying a Mother's Day gift for his wife. Jean says that women love soap as a gift. When John returns with a box of laundry detergent he interprets Jean's horror to mean he should have had it gift wrapped.
Caption: Should I have had it giftwrapped?
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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 040987
ID: 1132
Publication Date: 1987-04-09
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: The ballroom dancing lessons get a break. Over a Coke, John and Jean's Husband discuss the classes. Something a man hasta do for the sake of his wife. John chokes when dance lessons are compared to having a vasectomy. Elly, Jean.
Caption: ... not unlike a vasectomy.
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Strip For 041087
ID: 1133
Publication Date: 1987-04-10
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: Ballroom While trying to learn a waltz, Elly keeps saying Yum, Pum-Pum out loud. John asks her to stop because it's driving him crazy. She's annoyed when he replaces her Yum, Pum-Pums with Yah, ta-ta, Yah, ta-tas. Jean, Jean's Husband, Dance Instructor
Caption: Elly would you lay off the Yum, Pum-Pums. You're driving me crazy!! Yah, ta-ta, Yah, ta-ta, Yah, ta-ta...
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Strip For 051387
ID: 1152
Publication Date: 1987-05-13
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: John and Elly Dance Lessons. They're going to learn the Jive. Elly enthusiastically remembers Highschool Prom, sock hops, first dates, but John thinks that after 20 years he should be allowed to forget. Jean, Jean's Husband.
Caption: After 20 years, I'd hoped I'd be allowed to forget.
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Strip For 051587
ID: 1154
Publication Date: 1987-05-15
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: During a break from dance lessons, Elly thinks it's fun, but for John and Jean's Husband it is just a painful reminder of how horrible Highschool was for them. In High School it was the guys who had to die from embarrassment and risk rejection.
Caption: Right! We were the ones who had to die from embarrassment! Care to dance?
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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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