- Slylock Fox
Infobox comic strip
title= Slylock Fox
Bob Weber, Jr.
syndicate= King Features Syndicate
Slylock Fox is the star of "Slylock Fox & Comics For Kids", a
comic strippublished by King Features Syndicate. Slylock first appeared in 27 March 1987. He was created by Bob Weber Jr., who still writes and illustrates the comic today. [cite web|url=http://www.toonopedia.com/slylock.htm|title=Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Slylock Fox & Comics.|accessdate=June 19|accessyear=2006] . Weber is the son of Bob Weber, Sr., who writes the "Moose & Molly" comic strip. As its name implies, it is intended for young children. According to the official website, "Slylock Fox & Comics For Kids" appears weekly in newspapers with a combined readership of over 30 million.cite web|url=http://www.slylockfox.com/|title=Slylock Fox & Comics for Kids official website.|accessdate=June 19|accessyear=2006] .
Unlike many other syndicated comic strips, "Slylock Fox & Comics For Kids" usually consists of only a single panel. Slylock, an
anthropomorphic foxdetective, is constantly matching wits against his mustached nemesis, Count Weirdly, as well as several other criminals such as Shady Shrewand Slick Smitty. There is no dialog spoken by the characters. Instead, an omniscient narratorinforms the reader of a problem Slylock must solve. These often include escaping from a dungeon, locating stolen goods, or proving conclusively who perpetrated a crime (usually Count Weirdly). The solution is printed upside down.
Slylock is assisted by a sidekick,
Max Mouse. Max wears pink shorts and a matching hat. Unlike real mice, he is yellow.
A varied cast of
witnesses, victims, policemenand criminalsfill in the rest of Slylock's world. These characters' names usually contain either some form of alliteration, a type of animal, a profession, or a personality trait. This allows Weber to quickly establish a scene and set up a mystery using very little space. Some notable examples include Deputy Duck, Roxy Rabbit, and Shady Shrew. Most of these characters are seen once and never again.
Slylock's name is likely an homage to the fictional detective
Sherlock Holmes. Like Sherlock, Slylock is traditionally depicted with a magnifying glassand deerstalker hat.
Slylock does not always appear in the comic. Often in his place there will be a mixed bag of puzzles, jokes, simple
illustrationtutorials, or other fun activities. The Sunday edition always features both Slylock and the activities.
The official "Slylock Fox & Comics For Kids" website features many additional Slylock mysteries that have never been printed, in addition to other activities. The site was voted an "Educational Best Bet" by
USA Todayand received an award for "Best of the Net" from About.comin April of 1999cite web|url=http://www.slylockfox.com/|title=Slylock Fox & Comics for Kids official website.|accessdate=June 19|accessyear=2006] .
*Slylock Fox, a
*Max Mouse, a sidekick
*Chief Mutt and Deputy Duck, a
*Tiffany Fox and Melody Mouse
*Count Weirdly, the most often-featured criminal
*Big Brad Wolf
*Boston Border Collie
*Chester Chick & Mrs Chicken
*Kopy Kat (also Koppy Kat)
*Martin Mandarin Duck
*Morris Musk ox
*Prairie Dog Brothers
Pearls Before Swine)
*Terry Tasmanian Devil
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