For the sake of continuity, I'm keeping the reprinted ones in here...I know these had to be in "Loose Tails," as they were also in "Bloom County Babylon," the five-year/1985 compilation.
Well, who knew the "Little Orphan Billie" appearance in Bill D. Cat's autobiography book was a reference to an earlier strip? He actually did this...who knew? He's also talking again, which always looks weird. Later on, when Bill's character was firmly established, Berke knew it just wasn't funny if a wild animal like Bill could say more than just "Ack." The last full sentence spoken by Bill was in 1985, when he appeared in court and eloquently commented "Say, you don't suppose the Jury Box is anything like a litter box, do you?"