The original Molarity strips, 6 through 10.
Cartoon #7 introduced me to the power of the press. I was in an English class when a pretty classmate asked if I read the cartoon about the party in the towers. (Flanner and Grace were dorms back in my day.) I got to say, “I wrote it.” I realized then that if I show patience, this cartooning gig might help my social life — the cartoonist as the sardonic, macho commentator. It didn’t work. The headline on the back page of the October 3, 1977, Observer, was “Notre Dame dominates MSU, 16-6” and it noted that Joe Montana started as quarterback for the first time in two years.
Cartoon #9 appeared in the student newspaper on October 11, with the headline on the cover of The Observer reading “Carter appoints Hesburgh" (to UN conference).
In cartoon #10 you see Doug (Mitch’s roommate), but he has no name and really doesn’t make another appearance in the strip again. There is a cartoon later about a ROTC guy morphing into another look — but by then it was a generic student.
See the first five classic strips. Come back Monday, Aug. 9, for the next five classic Molarity strips. Molarity Redux, the updated, continuing adventures of Jim Mole and friends, are posted monthly. For those new strips, check out the cartoon archives.