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January 11, 2008

Used Cars

Filed under: B.C., Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, used cars — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

I don’t understand either punchline, unless the words “used cars” are supposed to be in and of themselves funny.

And no, I have no idea how this one got posted to this page rather than to the new page ( The new page has its own new comic this morning.


  1. I dunno, but did you mean to post this at the old place?

    Comment by dd — January 11, 2008 @ 1:28 am

  2. (1) Yes, “used car salesman” is a concept which, by merely being named, causes some of us to smirk (although seldom to laugh out loud).

    (2) I don’t get those TV adverts with the cave men where I live – do they sell car insurance? Could the 4th panel be about that?

    Comment by Ron Obvious — January 11, 2008 @ 2:15 am

  3. The second punchline is definitely about the Geico caveman ads: yes Mr. Obvious, they do sell Car insurance.

    I believe the first puchline is about the old thing about lawyers and used car salesmen being the lowest forms of life.

    In any case, the results are pretty typical B.C. – Neither particularly funny nor particularly original.

    Comment by arik1969 — January 11, 2008 @ 2:24 am

  4. You’re so enviably lucky to not know the commercials. The first one was mildly amusing, but then they came out with more commercials and eventually gave them their own show somehow. I still advocate bringing back the original Gecko!

    Comment by bAT L. — January 11, 2008 @ 2:49 am

  5. bAT L.

    The Gecko isn’t gone. Geico has an intersting strategy in that they actually run multiple campaigns simultaneously. You may not see them all because they are targeted to different demographics but they have the Gecko ads, the caveman ads, the “celebrity” ads (with folks like Little Richard) and I there may be another even less memorable one all on the air as we speak.

    Comment by Robverb — January 11, 2008 @ 6:47 am

  6. Bill,

    the key is for you to bookmark “” and then log in there.

    Comment by Robverb — January 11, 2008 @ 6:48 am

  7. I’m sure many people have already commented on this elsewhere, but it suddenly occurs to me what an incredible waste it is of a large Sunday cartoon to use all those color panels for a two-panel joke. Looking at another tablet-ocean B.C., I see that they actually just use the same artwork, and paste in the words (for the throwaway panels too). (Although, oddly, they do change the shading in the throwaway panels and the thing that Peter sits on.) I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed or impressed by their laziness.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — January 11, 2008 @ 8:25 am

  8. Ribverb – there’s still another one out there – “true hollywood story” type ads. One for the Beverly Hillbillies (They became rich because they switched their car insurance to …Geico!), one for Fred Flintstone, and one for a grown-up Cabbage Patch doll.

    I liked the one with the reality show about a couple living in a itty bitty house.

    The cavemen ads – well, I’m glad my remote has a mute button.

    I didn’t know they were choosing what ads to air during what shows/on what networks, though it seems obvious now.

    I watch a hodgepodge of channels, so I’ve seen them all.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — January 11, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  9. robverb, alas, the “original” gecko, really the second one, is recently gone, replaced by someone who leaves me so wanting that I am no longer eager or willing to jump ship when Geico finally arrives in Massachusetts.
    One of the bright lights of TV for me is no more.

    Back to this strip:
    I also really liked the early Geico cavemen commercials and watched the show a couple of times.
    I still didn’t catch the reference when I originally read the final panel. There’s something about this new writer’s style (or rush to publication) that, with a good enough or even great idea, keeps missing me with the punchline.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — January 11, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  10. Of course, the B.C. characters themselves used to appear in tire commercials, so I don’t know who the cartoonist thinks he’s parodying.

    Comment by Madalch — January 11, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  11. I like the cavemen commercials, and like the gecko, but could do without the real customer with celebrity ones. Sacramento area has an insurance company called Mercury, and they have the best commercials, a guy trying to prove Mercury is run by aliens from Mercury. There was one that just sucked: he was trying to talk young to some teens. It made no sense.

    Comment by Todd — January 11, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  12. Robverb – I mean the original Gecko with whoever did his voice first. The new more British sounding one seems a little too calm for his character. Also, the way he looks has changed. He used to look tall and anthropomorphized and now he just looks like a gecko that they did some CG on.

    Comment by bAT L. — January 12, 2008 @ 2:22 am

  13. I really liked the Geico commercial with the voiceover guy from the movie trailers. But as far as I can think of, that was the only funny Geico commercial I’ve seen in quite awhile.

    Comment by Andrea J. — January 13, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  14. So, I’ve been thinking this over for nine years. and …

    Comment by Mitchell Marks — January 19, 2018 @ 4:22 pm

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