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Saturday quickies

Gil Thorp, 2/13/10

Steve Luhm’s reign of terror continues! He thinks up lame nicknames for the basketball team, and the fans dance to his tune, even taking their clothes off for no good reason! Girls who are into older boys with menial jobs find their affections bending inexorably Luhmward! What kind of awful power does this bespectacled custodian have over the citizens of this community? Are they just wholly incapable of cleaning up after themselves, leaving them at the mercy of whoever serves as janitor at any given time? Is Steve drunk with the power that comes with possession of the only mop in all of Milford?

Mary Worth, 2/13/10

I’ve had reason to criticize the art in Mary Worth over the years, but the last two days of Dawn’s shocked-and-yet-secretly-delighted facial expressions have been a joy to behold. I also may have been too harsh on her: while I assumed that this is exactly the kind of information she had hoped to receive, actually finding out the truth seems to have literally turned her brown eyes blue.

40 responses to “Saturday quickies”

  1. pccmdoc
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    Auuuugggghhhh! Crystal Gayle warned us this might happen…what’s next Crystal? Armageddon?

  2. david r sanchez
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:09 pm [Reply]

    Hey if I swilled tobasco sauce I’b be pretty pissed too.

  3. Digger
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    Dawn is so shocked by this angry drunk’s yelling that she has been rendered incapable of creating words in her thoughts, and is therefore limited to reacting with the strongest punctuation mark she can think of.

  4. Robin
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    I am so in love with that old lady. I wish she was my grandma so I could filch booze from her whenever I went to visit. You just KNOW she would have the good stuff.

  5. Baka Gaijin
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:14 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp: What? Who’s that odd looking fellow in panel 1? The one who’s slapping himself in the face in the lower left.

  6. Baka Gaijin
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#5): “…lower left.” Make that “…lower right.” I’ve been in England too long.

  7. Rusty
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:20 pm [Reply]

    MW: Here’s the problem. You can use either dry vermouth (green bottle) or sweet vermouth (red bottle) as a secondary ingredient in your cocktail, but never, ever, mix them together. Like bleach and ammonia.

  8. Sheila Sternwell
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    I love looking at the larger versions of the strips like the ones you post, Josh, because the details are amazing. Crazed Drunken Rich Old Bastard-Hating Lady’s face becomes a veritable road map of rage. I don’t recommend looking at Ted Forth in larger size, though; his dainty fingers become downright disturbing.

  9. Ed Dravecky
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    At least we Dawn isn’t jealous or a zombie else her eyes would have turned green or red, respectively.

  10. seismic-2
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    @Rusty (#7): Actually, the standard recipe for the so-called “Perfect Manhattan” cocktail is rye whiskey (or blended, or sometimes bourbon) plus equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth. In Helen’s case, though, it’s equal parts Drano and battery acid.

  11. Joe Blevins
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    GT: Oh, Milfordites! When will you learn that Marvel superheroes are utterly incapable of accomplishing anything?

    It took me a few seconds to absorb what was happening in the background of panel 1. I first guess them to be a row of lobster-clawed people unashamed of their deformities. But, no, they’re supposed to be holding up that “Clobberin’ Time” sign. Have some fun by trying to match up the number of arms to the number of people.

  12. Joe Blevins
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:36 pm [Reply]

    By the way, do real-life alcoholics actually punctuate their speech with comical little hiccups, or is that something taken from old Warner Brothers cartoons and Spike Jones records?

    The little “(hic)”s seem totally out of place for this character. She’s not supposed to be a Foster Brooks/Otis from Mayberry-type loveable lush, is she?

  13. The Famous Diving Elk
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    MW: Why is Rod Stewart yelling at Dawn?

  14. Patrick
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    I love how Mrs. Drunky McDrunkerson is willing to give every relevant detail about Kurt, but NOT ONE DETAIL MORE! “I’m willing to (hic) answer 10 or 11 questions and fill in some background detail, but that’s IT! (hic).”

  15. Dragon of Life
    February 14th, 2010 at 6:08 pm [Reply]

    I’d be pretty angry too after I’d downed a bottle or two of No, made from the finest grapes in Negative Valley.

  16. Darby Snails
    February 14th, 2010 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    Attention to continuity at the most basic level doesn’t seem to be Giella’s strong suit. I mean, compare the two pictures of Wilbur next to Dawn from the last two strips.

  17. mr 12 oz can
    February 14th, 2010 at 6:19 pm [Reply]

    mary worth-i just wanna know when jeeves brought in the green bottle ,btw where the hell is kurt all this time
    gil thorp- maybe steve is the new charles manson and cassie is the new susan atkins
    daytona 500- oh how i hate red flags

  18. Filthy Assistant
    February 14th, 2010 at 6:23 pm [Reply]

    Is Gil Thorp (or its creators) going to be sued now?

    I hope so.

  19. MattF
    February 14th, 2010 at 6:52 pm [Reply]

    That old-fashiondy telephone that Nameless Angry Drunk is shouting into is pretty neat. Is that a little shot glass built into the handset? You know, for added strength during difficult conversations.

  20. Lawyerbob
    February 14th, 2010 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    MW: I’d be shocked speechless too if I’d just been hit in the face with a boomerang.

    GT: Thank God Steve Luhm didn’t nickname any of his players “Spiderman.” I don’t think I could take watching a point guard who just watched everyone else play and then whined to his girlfriend after the game.

  21. Sarah
    February 14th, 2010 at 7:14 pm [Reply]

    I’ve been busy nursing a broken arm and wounded pride, the last month, so I haven’t been reading the comics… this is great. More of MW’s characters should be spiteful old drunk ladies. Such brilliant details!

  22. Steppe Merc
    February 14th, 2010 at 7:34 pm [Reply]

    Is it sad the fact then when I see Gil Thorp, all I think is “Those stupid fans, they’ve confused The Hulk with The Thing!” Or is the fan in The Thing mask trying to be ironic, or perhaps rooting for the rival team’s star player, which happens to be named after Ben Grimm?

  23. Rusty
    February 14th, 2010 at 7:37 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#10): Stupid facts.

    I think Gene Weingarten once posted the bedrock definition of an adult cocktail: It better have no more than two ingredients, and one of them is ice.

  24. Zla'od
    February 14th, 2010 at 7:41 pm [Reply]

    MW: Okay, other than Kurt being a serial killer, what are the likely story possibilities here?

    (a) Kurt really is the son of the other guy, but just wants to be loved. Mary either persuades Wilbur not to care so much about genetics, or Dawn not to say anything to Wilbur. (After all, isn’t she adopted or something?) A Merry Christmas is had by all.

    (b) Kurt slinks away, cursing Dawn and Mary for foiling his evil plot. A valuable lesson about the dangers of the internet is learned by all.

    (c) I can’t think of anything else. Can you?

  25. Carly
    February 14th, 2010 at 7:49 pm [Reply]

    “The Hulk” and “The Thing” don’t explain why there’s some dude in the crowd dressed up as Harry Potter (or why Harry Potter’s in the crowd). Let’s assume that the boy wizard hasn’t decided to take in a small-town American sporting event, though – perhaps Steve Luhm wanted him there as a symbol of why it’s better to be lucky than good.

  26. Zee
    February 14th, 2010 at 8:01 pm [Reply]

    @Zla’od (#24):

    (d) Kurt has the sort of mommy issues that would make Norman Bates look like a nice, normal, down-to-earth sort of guy. He doesn’t care about money, he just wants someone to admit to being his father, so he can murder him.

  27. Anonymous
    February 14th, 2010 at 8:02 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#6): Funny- I looked right at that corner anyway- maybe because it’s to the left of the people in the frame!

  28. Chip
    February 14th, 2010 at 8:05 pm [Reply]

    I thought they were supposed to be minding the store while Spidey was out of town, and the Fantastic Four heads to Milford? For a HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAME?!?

  29. Chip
    February 14th, 2010 at 8:18 pm [Reply]

    Also- it appears that the kid at the far right of panel 1 is wearing a pair of “Hulk hands” -or else the artist just can’t draw hands very well. 6 of one, half-dozen of the other…

  30. MWDG
    February 14th, 2010 at 8:26 pm [Reply]

    MW I have some other ideas for the continuation of this plotline.

    1. Mary invites Helen to be her roommate and they become lovers and work to ensure taht gay marriage becomes legal in Santa Royale.

    2. Kurt and Dawn fall in love… Now Wilbur will have a new son to love! Then Kurt kills Dawn and cannabalizes her.

    3. Drew Corey returns from Nam for a surprise visit and drops into the Weston condo. He stumbles upon Helen, Wilbur and and unwilling Dawn involved in sick adult play.

    4. Terry Bryson convinces Dawn that the must kidnap Helen and make her their play toy.

    5. Kurt pays Mary several hundred dollars to falsify DNA tests to show that Wilbur is indeed his father. Dawn gets wise to this ruse and beats Mary senseless and hides her body under a bed… the same bed in which she and Terry Bryson make wild unabandoned forbidden love!

  31. Euryale
    February 14th, 2010 at 8:37 pm [Reply]

    Oh my god. I didn’t realize until now, but that old lady in Mary Worth looks exactly like my late step-grandmother, and she’s almost as boozy and offensive. All that’s missing is some conniving to isolate her husband from his family and some ranting about black people.

  32. NoahSnark
    February 14th, 2010 at 11:42 pm [Reply]

    When the Thing wants to show his emotional range he bypasses Spider-Man to guest star in Gil Thorp.

  33. Andy L
    February 14th, 2010 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    So, did the Gil Thorp get turned down for a job at Marvel?

    “Screw you! See? I can so draw The Thing!”

  34. joz
    February 14th, 2010 at 11:51 pm [Reply]

    Since my eyes are hazel, I can attest to eyes seeming to change color from week to week, and even day to day. Some days they look more brown, other days they look completely green. I’ve always just thought of them as natural mood rings.

    Anyways, this can kind of explain Dawn’s eye colors shifting. Yesterday her eyes were brown reflecting her anxiousness about finding out the truth about her so-called half brother, while today her eyes are are blue to reflect her tranquility after taking enough pain killers to make her jaw completely slack.

  35. kurtthecomicreader
    February 15th, 2010 at 2:21 am [Reply]

    Crankshaft: If the PJ’s get pulled really hard all sorts of interesting things could happen.

    Judge Parker: Very sad about the change in artists. The new style introduced 1/15/10 seems quite a comedown – hopefully it will improve with time.

  36. Farley's Revenge
    February 15th, 2010 at 2:29 am [Reply]

    MW: Wait…What? Did I miss the part where Dawn got proof that Kurt was genetically related to Mrs. Drunky Snarlpants? Or is she leaping over the tall building of logic, straight into the basement of WTF?

    RMMD: Oh, please let Toots stay, Brook! I wanna see June auto-combust with anger, burning everyone and everything in a two mile radius! That would be so sweet! Then Cue could return and the strip could become the Tales From Cue’s Crib!

  37. sully
    February 15th, 2010 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    Okay, I understand why Aunt May has turned to booze to dull the overwhelming feelings of shame that her beloved nephew has turned into the most boring super-hero in history, but why is she (hic) yelling at Dawn?

  38. Trae Dorn
    February 15th, 2010 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    Dawn has been yelled at so hard it’s literally given her a concussion!

    Next three strips: Dawn pukes on the couch and has an emotional crisis about cleaning it up.

  39. Deb T
    February 15th, 2010 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    In Mary Worth, the old drunk lady has lost her lips altogether. What happened to them between Friday and Saturday? Did they stick to the phone and peel off?

  40. SuperSonic
    February 17th, 2010 at 6:48 am [Reply]

    ?Gracias! Ahora me ir? en este blog cada d?a!

    SuperSonic

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