distinctive appearance and comical mannerisms, even when played by Peter
Falk with totally natural acting style, make him something like a human
cartoon – so it is quite natural that Columbo has become a source of
humor and fascination for cartoonists.
Mother Goose & Grimm
by Grimmy, Inc.)
comic strip, by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Peters, was
probably first published in newspapers on "Columbus Day".
“Columbo Discovers America”
(not a great Falk likeness, but insanely drawn): “Gee, when I tell my
wife I met a real Indian Chief, she won’t believe it. Say, mind if I
(contributed by Mac Cat)
a Sunday cartoon panel by Brad Anderson, the housewife is telling her
husband about how she had some freshly baked cookies out on the counter,
and when she turned around, they were gone. The husband begins theorizing
like a detective, asserting that since she swears that she saw no-one
enter or leave the kitchen, then the culprit must still be in the kitchen
somewhere. He opens a pantry door, and the huge dog, Marmaduke, bursts out
from the cabinet, smacking his chops. Later, the husband is in front of
the TV saying, "I've been watching too many Columbo reruns."
Blondie (contributed by Roy Kassinger)
by King Features Syndicate, Inc.)
(walking away): That’s it for today…See you tomorrow. (…then, turns
around)…Oh yes, just one more thing. I forgot to include these BILLS.
You’ve been watching “Columbo” again, haven’t you?
by Creators Syndicate, Inc.)
Guys…I’m gonna come right out and say it: Do you believe the world is
Darn right…Bet your booties.
Not kid Peter….That flag belong to Columbo.
Anno mean “Columbus”. …Always get mixed up with Peter Falk.
joins the Navy Reserves and is in boot camp. He shows up for inspection
wearing a novelty hat with beer-cans strapped to it -- "I lost my
drill instructor, a parody of Lou Gossett, Jr, in "An Officer And A
Gentleman," spots Homer's beer-drinker hat and says "What are
you, a comedian?"
says, "Well, I'm no Margaret Cho,... but I do a pretty fair Columbo
impression!"...and with that, Homer launches into a choking rendition
of "Just one more thing." He
strains his throat trying to imitate Peter Falk's voice, breaks into a
coughing fit and abruptly leaves the inspection line to get a glass of
water, as the drill instructor fumes.
This bizarre and unexpected interlude can be seen on RealVideo in The Columbo Scrapbook, "Columbo Video Clips".
Simpsons" is copyrighted by Fox Television.)
(contributed by Roy Kassinger)
is a Hanna-Barbera spin-off of their early seventies show "Wacky
Racers," which had featured Dick Dastardly and his dog, Muttley, as
one of the racing teams. The character is a dog who speaks only in
grumbles and a wheezing laugh.
the dog got his own show in the mid-seventies, it was obviously a parody
of Columbo. They changed his name to Mumbly, made him a police Lieutenant,
and they put him in a raincoat. Lieutenant
Mumbly drives a Columbo style car that tends to literally fall apart when
he parks it, and he continually pops-up in places that the villain doesn't
expect him to be in.
was a series of seven-minute
cartoons made in 1975 and packaged as part of first "The New Tom
& Jerry Show", and then revamped as the "Tom &
Jerry/Great Grape Ape/Mumbly Show".
Backround info on the show and an episode guide can be found at
is copyrighted by Hanna-Barbera.)
by Roy Kassinger)
an episode of "Tiny Toon Adventures" , a cartoon elephant is
jealous of Bugs Bunny's triumph in winning an Oscar ™
for the short "Knighty Knight Bugs", so the elephant kidnaps
the famous rabbit. Babs and
Buster Bunny both adopt Columbo personas to make the elephant confess.
cartoon by Dwane Powell for the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer is a
commentary on a local news story. The chief of security at North Carolina
State University got in trouble when it was learned that he had spent huge
sums on cameras, VCRs and high-tech gadgets, much of which ended up at his
house. (He later explained that he took the equipment home “so it
wouldn’t get stolen”.)
cartoon shows ”Great Crime Fighters and Their Equipment”.
has: “Old desk, antique typewriter, pint,” etc.
has: “One bullet”.
(great drawing!) has: “Battered trench coat, finger to scratch head,
“The Full Monty” -- room stuffed with cameras, TVs and giant screen.
Security Chief sits at master control panel, thinking “Eat your heart
out, IMAX fans.”
Funky and his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, Wade, are
taking inspiration from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, the Dr Seuss
book about life’s ups and downs.
Funky reads some lines from where Dr Seuss talks about
the challenges of loneliness and fear, but Funky pretends he doesn’t get
the point, and makes a joke of it.
Wad’s response reveals the cartoonist’s view that
“Columbo” is the favorite TV show of old, eccentric, formerly drunk
“And to think I could be at home, watching ‘Columbo’ on The Detective Channel!”
Wizard of Id, by Brant Parker and Johnny Hart
(copyright by Creators Syndicate Inc)