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Lets face it, our favorite comic strip is often obscure or inconsistent, and key characters are sometimes left stranded for years. Long-suffering readers are within their rights to demand some clarification. Use the "Ask GBT" form to email us your questions, and we will frequently answer some of the best!

 

Characters

Q.

As long as the Red Rascal is passing into legendhood, can we please take a look back at his human origins? When did Jeff first show up in the strip?

Phil | Characters | Minneapolis, MN | March 18, 2011
A.

At the time of his sudden and dramatic entrance, the mere mortal subsequently revered as the Red Rascal had not even received his nomme de Redfern yet, as chronicled in this series from the end of 1982.

Q.

The Royal Wedding is a conflict on Zonk's calendar? Can you run a refresher course on his time as an English peer? I don't remember the title or how he got it.

Peg | Characters | Calgary, CANADA | March 08, 2011
A.

Your memory lapse is regrettable but understandable, and we are pleased to revisit the 1986 episode in which the High Prince of Inner Space acquired an actual Old World title. Cheerio.

Q.

I'm so sorry that Daisy Doonesbury died without a word. In the last few years she was a hoot. I wish I could see her in her prime, which I don't remember.

Esther Lee Davenport | Characters | Culleoka, TN | February 16, 2011
A.

Throughout her life Daisy Doonesbury displayed a high level of hoot, not to mention can-do and fortitude, as evidenced by her response to The Great Flood of '93.

Q.

Okay, clearly I've lost a few brain cells. Who the heck is the bearded dude in a top hat with Zeke in last Saturday's strip?

Carl | Characters | KC, MO | January 20, 2011
A.

That be Skid, a retired biker and one of the Widow D's numerous colorful paramours. Their courtship had a rather nasty hidden dimension -- one which involved Zeke, naturally -- as revealed in this series of strips from 2007 and 2008.

Q.

Where the heck did Benjy Doonesbury come from? Google yields no results. He doesn't have a Cast bio. He is vapor. Is GBT jumping the shark with a new "old" character? Or did I miss something?

Wayne | Characters | Hazel Park, MI | January 05, 2011
A.

Yep, you missed a few things, but we're happy to catch you up on Mike's baby bro. While still in high school he changed his name from Benjy to Sal Putrid; in college he tried to change his roommate (but was stuck with Trip Trippler); and post-college he banked some serious change as legendary safe sex representative Dr. Whoopee.

Q.

Considering that pot may be legalized soon in several states, and in light of the fact that Zonker was recently contemplating getting into cultivation, how about giving us a flashback hit off that good ol' hand-rolled character Mr. Jay?

D.B. | Characters | Peconic, NY | October 21, 2010
A.

We're happy to fire up our favorite spokes-joint. Just don't bogart the strip.