Miles To Go

I was reading Ricochet's Junk Blog, with a post about his collection of pin-on buttons, including Garfield, and how he cut the weekday Garfield strips out of the newspaper to make a book out of them.

It reminded me of how I did the same thing with a comic called Miles To Go, which ran in our local paper in 1981-82. I had an empty scrap book with a green cover, and started to collect Miles strips.

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I scratch-wrote Miles on the cover  (click picture for larger)

I was also into Garfield a good bit, Marmaduke, Peanuts and Dennis The Menace because of his Dog Ruff, a big shaggy mutt. I didn't collect those, except for a few special ones with Dog humor or guest pooches to the strip.

Somehow I got locked on to Miles, I think it was the easy humor and storylines that appealed to me, plus the fact that it wasn't a really popular comic like the others made it kind of special, because not everyone was talking about it. It didn't hurt that Miles was a big Sheepdog type, and I liked shaggy Dogs.

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My scrapbook with some Miles To Go Sunday strips  (click for larger)

Miles was a full fledged comic, it ran daily strips and a Sunday story in color. The Sunday edition was the best, with room for more storytelling. Here's a favorite from Valentine's Day 1982.

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Sunday comic Valentine's 1982  (Click to see it bigger)

Phil Frank wrote and drew Miles, but he was probably better known for another comic, Farley. Miles was a character in Farley too, working at radio station KFUR, broadcasting to Dogs and cats. I don't remember reading the Farley comic, it might not have appeared in a Pittsburgh newspaper, or it was around before I was reading newspaper comics.

The daily strips were in black and white print, I saved them too.

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Some daily strips from October 1981  (click pictures to see a bigger Dog)
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My kind of humor, gone to the Dogs.. :)  (click pic to see it bigger)

When I'm looking at my collections of old things and run across this scrapbook, I'll read a page or two of Miles and remember how reading and collecting the comic was a fun little thing to do.

Boomer

References:

Ric's Junk Blog: http://ricochet.boomerthedog.net/blog/junk/   http://ricochet.boomerthedog.net/blog/junk/2016/01/button-panel-2.html

Phil Frank's official site: http://www.farleycomicstrip.com/

Phil Frank's comic, Farley: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farley_%28comic_strip%29