Having been a Bloom County fan since 1982, I was eagerly awaiting the
publication of the _Bloom County Complete Library Volume 1_. I've been
reading the book over the past couple of days. While I have enjoyed
revisiting old strips and seeing some for the first time, my
excitement about the book is mixed with disappointment because it
seems that a number of the strips in the book are bowdlerized
The lines in some strips didn't match my memories of those strips, so
I pulled out my old Bloom County books to compare. I haven't gone
through the _Complete Library_ strip by strip to compare with the old
collections; I'm not that OCD. :) These are just the strips that
didn't match my memory from the old collections: Here's what I found:
(LT - _Loose Tails_, BCB - _Bloom County Babylon, CV1 - Complete
Library Volume 1)
05/21/1981 - Panel 1
LT: a license plate that spells out "Horny"
CV1: a license plate that spells out "Hey Baby"
08/03/1981 - Panel 4
BCB: Oh God... birth control pills!!
CV1: Oh my, pills!
08/06/1981 - Panel 2
BCB: When was the last time you two slept in the same bed together
CV1: When was the last time you were together 24 hours
08/11/1981 - Panel 1
BCB: Judas priest.
03/03/1982 - Panel 4
LT : Go. I don't converse with pagans.
CV1: Go. I have no son.
03/16/1982 - Panel 4
LT : That old toilet bowl is going to look damned silly
CV1: That pecan tree is going to look damned silly
03/27/1982 - Panel 2
LT : Penguin lust
CV1: Penguin love
I'm really curious as to why these bowdlerized versions were used in
what is supposed to be the definitive collection of Bloom County. I've emailed the publisher and asked for an explanation/clarification.