But this wasn't just regulated to national holidays - it happened sporadically. There are wide swatches of missing patches scattered here and there, which makes finding archived quality comics a nightmare for anyone who didn't bother to keep a subscription to every published newspaper ever.
And then, there are the scanning errors.
This probably isn't how it originally appeared in the pages, but I like how Jeff's (the father) face is distorted in the second panel, because it looks like he's in one of those non-twinning in-between frames from multiple hand-drawn animated cartoons. (Something that 3D animation has yet to perfect)
Another feature is that some newspaper comics used to have advertising of available book collections of the most popular strips in the margins. Nowadays, you're more likely to see that kind of self-promotion in the cover header of the latest scanlated issue. (which explains the wide empty spaces at the beginning and end of every chapter)
With the majority of newspaper comic content being readily available online, there isn't much impetus to seek out other comics for their low-impact humour since audiences are more likely to stick with the material they're most familiar with. Having a singular page showing one strip at a time isn't close enough to the newspaper comic model. The closest equivalent would be one large page that'd show every single comic that'd appear on that day. Such a model would be an assault on their bandwidth, but it'd give audiences a wider range of samples to draw from.
|This Dilbert strip is actually made worse by the lack of the middle panel|
|If the middle panel had a suitcase, the title post would make more sense.|
Nowadays, if there's a comic that's been banned from the pages for one reason or another (recall Opus' Burqa issue), it's just a matter of a quick search result to find the offending material, and wonder what the fuss was all about. (Unless you're on a limited-information dictatorship plan) But back then, there was another kind of self-censorship that had nothing to do with imposing values. I'm referring to the most dreaded quote of debt collectors and editorial feedback: "Your submission got lost in the mail."