Happy Trails is the eighth and final collection of
new Bloom County comic strips. The Sunday comic strips appear in color and
are clumped into small groups of two to four strips
and may not necessarily follow the
dailies in their designated spots, which can be a little confusing if
the Sunday was in reference to the previous weeks happenings. The only
new character introduced in this book is Donald Trump. Now, you might say,
"Wait a minute! Isn't Donald Trump that rich guy who lives in New York and
who has television shows called "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice?"
Yes, indeedy, but in the book, Donald's body is hit by an anchor of one of
his ships and his brain is transplanted into Bill the Cat's body. "Ahhh . .
." you say. "I see. Well, that is different."
The following storylines appear in this book:
Illegal Back-Alley Liposuctions, Acid Snow, Bloom County Forbidden-Word
Decoder, Donald Trump the Cat, Naked for Sweep Week, Mary Kay Goes After
Opus, Runaway Comsumerism, Rosebud is Preggers, Dial-A-Mom, Opus' Near-Death
Experience, Dork Detector, Opus' Autobiography, The Jackbasselope, Naked
Came I, Steve Dallas is Back, and The End.
Bloom County became very popular in the
early 1980's. The characters that Berke Breathed created are a lot of
fun to read about. They are: Steve Dallas - a machismo man who
doesn't know how to take "No" for an answer, Bobbi - Milo and
Binkley's school teacher who tells Steve "No," Milo Bloom - a
young boy who writes for the Bloom Beacon and is politically conscious,
Binkley - Milo's neurotic friend who is something of a girl, Cutter
John - Bobbi's wheelchair-bound friend who is a Star Trek fan and a
Viet Nam war veteran, Opus - Binkley overanxious penguin who sort of
pretends he is human, and Bill the Cat - a scraggly, rock 'n'
roll loving mess of a cat. All of these characters, and a few more minor
players, make up Bloom County..