ECLIPSE CARTOONS, unlike the celestial event itself, require no special glasses from NASA. To appreciate the lunacy of a good lunar joke, all you need is the patience not to jump ahead to the punchline first, and the wisdom not to stare directly at the gag until it’s ready to be sprung.

Ahead of the heavenly Aug. 21 event, cartoon fans are sure to glimpse a meteor shower of eclipse comics. Let’s gaze at several works to prep for the so-called “Apoceclipse.”

We’re sure to see plenty of jokes about the eclipse glasses themselves. Cartoonist Gary McCoy has already gotten an early jump by turning it into family humor:

by Gary McCoy ( 2017

Meanwhile, Columbus Dispatch cartoonist Nate Beeler also ties the eclipse to domestic atmospherics:

by Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch ( 2017


Of course, the most natural thing for political cartoonists is to turn a president, so known for his fire-colored coif, into a large space body himself, as the Augusta Chronicle’s Rick McKee has done — while The Washington Post’s Tom Toles depicts Trump casting his long shadow:

by Rick McKee / Augusta Chronicle ( 2017

by Tom Toles / The Washington Post 2017

Elsewhere, another editorial cartoonist, the syndicated Dave Granlund, goes political with a headline:

by Dave Granlund ( 2017

Perhaps we can breathe easier by turning to the comics pages, where Lincoln Peirce’s “Big Nate” studiously avoids alternative facts for real ones:

by Lincoln Peirce (Universal Uclick) 2017

And to appreciate the awesomeness of eclipses over years, sometimes there is nothing like turning to the classics that have stood the test of relative time:

“Calvin and Hobbes”

by Bill Watterson (Universal Uclick/Andrews McMeel)


by Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts Worldwide / dist. by Andrews McMeel)

by Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts Worldwide/dist. by Andrews McMeel)

This post has been updated.