Press: Savage Pen

Doonesbury targets the G.O.P.

When Cartoonist Garry Trudeau suspended his comic strip Doonesbury in January 1983, he said that his 1960s-inspired characters needed time to mature.

Critics speculated that on its return the strip might therefore mute its often caustic political commentary. But since it reappeared Sept. 30, Trudeau has shown that he has lost none of his gift for provoking controversy.

In early October, the strip's eponymous character, Mike Doonesbury, now an advertising executive, was instructed to sell President Reagan to blacks. His reaction: "This is a test, right? To see if I have any shame?" The character then called Reagan "the worst...

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