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Strip For 042184
ID: 598
Publication Date: 1984-04-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is building a tank model kit. John asks him how it feels to be a year older. Michael doesn't feel much change. He asks if it will be long before he's grown and knows everything. John replies that Michael will be a teen-ager in four years.
Caption: (sigh...) You'll be a teen-ager in four years.
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Strip For 071588
ID: 1315
Publication Date: 1988-07-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Top secret, no girls allowed, club house, Michael, Brian, Elizabeth, Dawn
Caption: Whadda You Wanna Do? I Dunno Whadda You Wanna Do?
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Strip For 071888
ID: 1316
Publication Date: 1988-07-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Hot club house, Michael, Brian
Caption: This is War, Brian. It's Not Supposed To Make Sense!
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Strip For 071988
ID: 1317
Publication Date: 1988-07-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Club house war, Elizabeth, Michael, Brian, Dawn. Michael and Lawrence are in their box fort with a pea shooter. Dawn and Elizabeth are preparing to soak the boys with a garden hose.
Caption: Now!!!
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Strip For 053090
ID: 1570
Publication Date: 1990-05-30
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: Second childhood, hobbies, reading Model Train Digest, Michael, Elizabeth, John
Caption: ... He Still Eats Peas
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Strip For 120890
ID: 1682
Publication Date: 1990-12-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: What, Me Pregnant? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Christmas shopping, train hobby makes buying gifts easier, Model Railroad, Add John and Steve. Steve's checking out the girls. Elly, Anne
Caption: And I Wouldn't Care What It Was As Long As It Made Him Happy
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Strip For 100896
ID: 3055
Publication Date: 1996-10-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Growing Like a Weed
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Friends, belonging, Candace shaved her head, Nandini has dreadlocks, Anthony president of the aliens space club, Shawna-Marie has her nose pierced. Elizabeth, John, Elly
Caption: ... She Feels Like The Odd One Out!
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Strip For 120996
ID: 3101
Publication Date: 1996-12-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Growing Like a Weed
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Homesick, lots of stories and news from home - zoo, tai chi, extending the model railway, Elizabeth dyed her hair purple, Michael, Weed
Caption: Homesick? Yeah
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Strip For 062398
ID: 3218
Publication Date: 1998-06-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Sunshine and Shadow (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Graduation, party, Club Soda, O'Gradys pancake breakfast. Anthony, Elizabeth
Caption: - We Gotta Start Preparing For University!!
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Strip For 111298
ID: 3328
Publication Date: 1998-11-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Gas money, Club Soda, movies, Elizabeth, Dawn, Shawna-Marie
Caption: Got A Credit Card On You?
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Strip For 091499
ID: 3566
Publication Date: 1999-09-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Graduation: A Time For Change (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Model railway engineer, April, John, Elly
Caption: ... It Was A "Group Effort"
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Strip For 060480
ID: 3671
Publication Date: 1980-06-04
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: Over coffee and the paper Elly tells John about Connie. She is still dying her hair red to try to suit her ex-husband's ideal image of a woman. Artsy, athletic, red-head, kitchen genius, model wife. John wondered what he was missing.
Caption: I always wondered what he had that I didn't have.
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Strip For 021881
ID: 3969
Publication Date: 1981-02-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Connie goes to see Phil perform at the jazz club. She plans to be an invisible admirer but the club employee tells her there's only one seat left and it's right in front.
Caption: In that case, we have one seat left - right in front.
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Strip For 021981
ID: 3970
Publication Date: 1981-02-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Connie watches Phil perform at his jazz club in Montreal. She waits for him to spot her, but is embarrassed to be there.
Caption: ...when's he going to see me?
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Strip For 022081
ID: 3971
Publication Date: 1981-02-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Phil sees Connie in the jazz club and sits down to talk using jazz slang. He tells her to hang loose for another set. Connie is besotted.
Caption: ...And he's bilingual!
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Strip For 052186
ID: 4614
Publication Date: 1986-05-21
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: After eating supper with the Enjo Family, Brian shows Michael the model train layout in the basement. Keith's trains take up an entire room. Brian's pun that Carol calls Keith a "Model Husband" gets an eye roll from Michael. Dawn.
Caption: Yeah, when Mom calls him a "Model Husband", you know what she means!
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Strip For 052486
ID: 4617
Publication Date: 1986-05-24
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: Michael tells John all about the amazing model railroad setup at the Enjo's place. John is interested at first but feels dejected when Michael thinks his friend is so lucky to have an interesting dad.
Caption: It must be nice having a dad who's so INTERESTING!!
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Strip For 020981
ID: 5992
Publication Date: 1981-02-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Connie calls Elly asking about the strange woman at Phil's. Elly advises Connie to just go to the club and take in a show, and says she really doesn't want to get involved in Connie's business even though she feels like she's in it up to the neck.
Caption: Famous words. Usually spoken when you're up to your neck in someone else's business
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Strip For 101782
ID: 6092
Publication Date: 1982-10-17
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: Michael takes an umbrella out to play in the rain. It becomes a top, a sword and a golf club. By the time it's returned it looks a little worse for wear. Elly.
Caption: It's not raining any more, Mom. I put the umbrella in the hall! No Caption
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Strip For 072284
ID: 6137
Publication Date: 1984-07-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John is having a hard time with a model airplane. Pieces snap, the prop seizes, glue on the windshield. He growls at Michael to go away. Michael complains to Elly and asks why his dad is working on the dumb plane anyway. Elly says it helps him relax.
Caption: Why's he building that stupid plane anyhow? It helps him to relax.
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Strip For 072990
ID: 6192
Publication Date: 1990-07-29
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John shows off his model train. Elly teases John. Model railroader club.
Caption: .. And On The Seventh Day, He Rested
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Strip For 092092
ID: 6231
Publication Date: 1992-09-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: There Goes My Baby! (Signed Copies)
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael and Elizabeth keep Elly busy. Drama, bowling, hockey, vollyball, computer club, routine.
Caption: - Isn't It Nice To Get Back Into A Routine?!!
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Strip For 101500
ID: 6455
Publication Date: 2000-10-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly boils her underwear on the stove to remove lipstick stain. The model railroader club comes into the kitchen to see what's cooking.
Caption: Place Fabrics That Will Withstand High Temperatures In Large Cooking Pot. Simmer In Water With Small Amount Of Laundry Detergent Until Stains Dissolve. No Caption
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Strip For 071386
ID: 6692
Publication Date: 1986-07-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: (This strip was not published in book form.)
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John finally completes his remote controlled, gas powered, model airplane. Out in a field he constantly nags Michael not to touch it because it could get damaged. After all of that, the plane makes its maiden voyage, and crashes into the ground.
Caption: Hands off the prop you'll bend the blades. Get back! Out of the way! Sputt sputt sputt sputt ka-sputt BWAAAAAAA ...WAAAAAaaa SPLAT No Caption
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Strip For 052602
ID: 6785
Publication Date: 2002-05-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John lay on the couch reading his Model Railroad magazine. Mr.B jumps up to lie on his belly. They both fall asleep. When John rolls over on the rabbit, he retaliates by eating the buttons off John's shirt. John wakes without a single button. Surprised.
Caption: No Caption
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Strip For 020391
ID: 7282
Publication Date: 1991-02-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael and Elizabeth watch John and Elly play with model trains. Fantasy world.
Caption: Tsk They Live In Such A Fantasy World Sometimes!
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Strip For 111791
ID: 7288
Publication Date: 1991-11-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John, plays with, operates model trains. Nostalgia, remembering being a child and watching and hearing the trains go by, Elly, Elizabeth.
Caption: Ahhh, Yes .. There's Nothing Like Hearing Things You Remember Hearing As A Kid!!
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Strip For 080104
ID: 7351
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: She's Turning Into One of Them! (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John and his train buddies from the model railroader club discuss John's new setup. They show superior and complex knowledge of the train's functionality and construction. It is easier to know a lot about trains than it is to know a lot about women.
Caption: ...but then, the subject was women.
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Strip For 100304
ID: 7362
Publication Date: 2004-10-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: She's Turning Into One of Them! (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly has to tear John away from his model trains and get him dressed for an event. Treats him like one of the kids. Edgar.
Caption: Remember when we all had young kids - how hard it was to tear them away from what they were doing, dress them up - and make them go somewhere?
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Strip For 091805
ID: 7414
Publication Date: 2005-09-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Teaching...is a Learning Experience (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Meredith gets frustrated with John and his model trains. Not sharing, Elly.
Caption: Grampa won't share!!!
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Strip For 072907
ID: 7511
Publication Date: 2007-07-29
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Home Sweat Home (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John builds a new model train set up. April, Elly, Steve, Dave and Michael are too busy. John has nobody to play with because the model railroader club members are all busy.
Caption: ... I've got nobody to play with.
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