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Sunday comics: Sexy older lady edition

Judge Parker, 7/9/06

What I’m about to say here, combined with my earlier assertion that Randy Parker was flirting with his own stepmother (and, well, just about every other post I’ve ever written) will probably lead you to believe that I have a filthy, filthy mind, but I think that the sexual tension between Raju and Abbey is really palpable here. I mean, look at the eyes she’s giving him even before he proclaims that it gives him pleasure to “help.” Sophie is sent packing almost immediately thereafter, and Raju is about to discover that at least some women in America appreciate a guy with brains and don’t care so much about teeth.

Mary Worth, 7/9/06

Is it just me, or is Mary looking a little … tarted up in the last panel? I’m guessing this is supposed to be “Kelrast-cam,” showing just what it is that he sees that he likes so much.

Rex Morgan, M.D., 7/9/06

Mrs. C. has a theory about what exactly little Sarah is suffering from: Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Think about it: her parents are both medical pros with access to reams of incomprehensible medical mumbo-jumbo, and they have absolutely nothing in common except their daughter, and they only seem to pay attention to her when she’s sick. I’m just saying. Hopefully Abbey the Wonderdog will paw the DSM-IV open to the correct page in time!

Curtis, 7/9/06

OK, so there’s no sexy ladies in this strip, but I’d like to point out that the baby at the far right of the last panel’s Hieronymus Bosch-esque suburban hellscape is sitting in a puddle of his own urine. I recognize that this is not in any way a sexy lady equivalent, but I thought it worthy of mention. Also, I think “stickleback” sounds like an extremely obscure slur against some unidentifiable ethnic group. “Hey, stickleback! Why don’t you go back where you came from?

116 responses to “Sunday comics: Sexy older lady edition”

  1. Jimmy
    July 9th, 2006 at 9:49 pm [Reply]

    I’d be going after mary worth too!

  2. weiser
    July 9th, 2006 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    Mary is so “tarting up”. I’m guessing every day will bring Aldo (and us) a foxier Mary. By next Sunday she’ll be wearing fishnets to garden in. Maybe even go-go boots.

  3. MisterClean
    July 9th, 2006 at 9:54 pm [Reply]

    If Kelrast is an anagram for Stalker, what’s Aldo supposed to mean? I think it means “load.”

    I mean, he sure is a load of something.

  4. Tom the Painter
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:03 pm [Reply]

    Mister Scott. This picture, who is it? Why captain, it is a photo of my great-great-great-great-grand father Aldo who left his wife and family to chase after a woman old enough to be his mother

  5. mon-ma-tron
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    Stickleback’s hair (esp. in the first panel) looks like he’s had Raju’s, uhm… cheeks grafted onto his skull. Maybe a better name for him would be Butthead.

  6. Maxim Gorky
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:16 pm [Reply]

    And who has stalked Mary Worth more than her loyal readers?

  7. Len
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:18 pm [Reply]

    Poor Raju!

    It isn’t easy finding nice women who don’t mind how short your polkadotted necktie is!

  8. hacky
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    “Aldo Kelrast” is an anagram of “dollar steak”. Also “ordeal stalk”. And “karate dolls”.

  9. hacky
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    …”old Rasta elk”

  10. rich
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: I’m guessing you mean the baby at the far right of the panel, not left, is in a puddle of his own urine — although the dog(?) at the far left seems to be sitting in a puddle of a different color.

    JP: Who is this Abbey impersonator? Her old artist never would have drawn Abbey smiling so warmly — certainly not in back to back panels. The old Abbey was mean, snarling and scowling almost daily, often at inappropriate moments.

  11. Bill Peschel
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    The punchline to the Curtis strip really peters out, doesn’t it?

    True, the house next door looks like Delta House on Saturday night, but Mr. Butthaid looks pretty cool with it. And he’s right; he doesn’t have to deal with the neighbors. If it gets real bad, he escapes into the house and, I don’t know, milks snakes or something.

  12. Air Forbes
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:51 pm [Reply]

    How lonely is this guy that he’s looking at Mary Worth and thinking “hubba, hubba”?

    I agree about Abbey – I’m not quite sure what to make of her character since the artist changed. I can’t figure out whether she wasn’t supposed to look mean before, or whether the new artist is doing the wrong thing by drawing her all friendly and motherly. But I do like what he’s done with Sophie (who always looked like a collectors doll before) and the fact that I can tell Randy and Sam apart more reliably.

  13. Justin
    July 9th, 2006 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

    Okay, Mr. Stalker in the second panel is creepy looking. His features are too small for his face – as if the artist drew a blank, Jack-Chick-rendering-of-God face first, then pasted on features from a smaller drawing.

  14. Propaniac
    July 9th, 2006 at 11:06 pm [Reply]

    In all my years semi-regularly reading Curtis, I don’t think I’ve ever seen his dad at work before. But I also don’t think I’ve seen a Sunday color Curtis strip before, either. It’s weird seeing any of the characters outside of Da Ghetto.

  15. LN
    July 9th, 2006 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    What the hell is up with Mary’s “Blah blah blah Jeff blah blah medical blah humanitarian Jeff Jeff Jeff” and then “Enough about MY life.” I don’t read this strip at all outside of this blog – is it that she has no life outside of Jeff’s?

  16. Hysterical Woman
    July 9th, 2006 at 11:42 pm [Reply]

    14#: Yeah, I’ve never seen his workplace either. Trivia: Did you know that Calvin’s dad worked as a patent attorney?

  17. jailbird
    July 9th, 2006 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    #15 I think that she’s already feeling the discomfort of that hungry stare of Aldo’s and she wants to give him the “I have a boyfriend” speech to let him know she’s taken.

  18. jailbird
    July 9th, 2006 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    I’m telling you, the characters in Mary Worth are so dang creepy looking. It’s a parallel universe of vacant, expressionless dolls or something.

    Also, if Mary were to be “tarted up” I would have expected her to wear incredibly garish red lipstick and pink rouge with that ensemble.

  19. AppleGirl
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:20 am [Reply]

    Abbey is so TOTALLY into Raju. And who can blame her? Exotique man! Intelligent, too. Maybe he’s even creative. I think he will “help” her a great deal. What a fabulous summer this is shaping up to be.

  20. craig3410
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:32 am [Reply]

    Long time lurker, first time poster; just wanted to pop in and say that a “stickleback” is a fish.

    :)

  21. craig3410
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:33 am [Reply]

    And why in the name of all that is holy is Captain Freakin’ Kangaroo stalking Mary Worth?

  22. camster
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    Re: #21: Josh, it’s time to post that Captain Kangaroo advisory on the main page. Otherwise we’lll be deluged with Stalkeroo sightings for days to come.

    By the by, I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of folks with nothing to do on a Sumday night but hang here and post. 22 within two and a half hours? I’m lovin’ it (TM)

  23. camster
    July 10th, 2006 at 1:00 am [Reply]

    Maybe next time I’ll learn how to spell Sunday. Also, no dis intended to craig3410, it’s just that we’ve been talking about this for some days in earlier posts. Pax comica!

  24. Dawn Weston
    July 10th, 2006 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    #18- It’s a parallel universe of vacant, expressionless dolls or something

    not just any dolls- karate dolls

  25. Other_Sally
    July 10th, 2006 at 1:07 am [Reply]

    You mean just plain Munchausen’s, right? If it were by proxy, then June or Rex would be the ones making up her illnesses…

  26. Paul
    July 10th, 2006 at 1:29 am [Reply]

    Are there any cartoonists who know what an actual computer looks like?

  27. Mysterio
    July 10th, 2006 at 2:03 am [Reply]

    So, Sunday’s Mallard. Is Tinsley really implying that all “cavemen of a certain type” are destined to join gangs?

  28. mtfan
    July 10th, 2006 at 2:36 am [Reply]

    I’m surprised none of you pointed out that Wilkins’ situation is the reverse of Mike & Deanna Patterson. Here we see the plight of the downstairs neighbor. He and the Kleptrons (or whatever their stupid name is) speak for all of the poor souls who have had to live beneath wooden shoe wearing oafs.

  29. Scumbaggioni
    July 10th, 2006 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    #27: Naturally, absolutely no mention is made of the exploitation of the “other” cavemen for cheap labor. By making them all pale cavemen, of course, Tinsley can (try to) hide the seething hatred of “others” that spurts forth in his “airport security” strips.

    (“Politics? I say thee nay! Meet me in the Privvy and I shall pit my cock* against thy face! …Um…wait…”)

    *a male chicken

    Josh and I saw the same Curtis and yet Josh saw so much more. I completely missed the pee-baby (Hi, Goober! …Miss you!) and the potential hidden in the name “Stickleback.” THAT one made me ROFL.

    But his observations about Judge Parker are scaring the hell outta me. It gives me pleasure.

    Gasoline Alley, my new obsession. Slim stops chasing the squirrels that distracted him from chasing the bears that ran off with his grandson in their mouths, to…listen for birds. HAY YOU FAT STOOPID NEDRECK, YOUR GRANDSON EATEN IS BEINK.

    Normally, at this point, I’d scream “Kill him! Kill him with fire!!” But I think Slim’s already set that up himself.

    *prays hard*

    …Speaking of eaten is beink, it isn’t often I enjoy Pearls Before Swine but this one made me larf.

    http://www.comics.com/comics/pearls/archive/pearls-20060708.html

  30. Sleestak
    July 10th, 2006 at 3:53 am [Reply]

    I’m gonna have to start reading Judge Parker!

  31. Sheila
    July 10th, 2006 at 6:31 am [Reply]

    And what about poor Mrs. Tony, driving to meet her doom?

    I really don’t get why people get into cars at gunpoint. Do they really WANT to go someplace where it’ll be more convenient to shoot them? I would want to be in the most INconvenient place possible, personally — like, walk out of that suburban house to the road, ma’am, and stand right there, and see if the evil blackmail chick has the nerve to kill you right in front of the neighbors and passing motorists. What, after all, do you have to lose?

  32. bob dobbs
    July 10th, 2006 at 7:10 am [Reply]

    If we’re going to mess with anagrams to unpack these strips, it has to be revealed that an anagram for Stickleback is “Lick Sack Bet .”

  33. Paul
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:02 am [Reply]

    I’m not at all impressed with the drawing in Judge Parker since the new artist took over. Other opinions?

  34. Ytram B
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:04 am [Reply]

    Does Curtis’ dad work for some company which likes to enforce randomly chosen Victorian social conentions? Who, in today’s world, addresses coworkers by their last names?

    The military kind of does (though they tend to put ranks before names when addressing people), but Curtis’ dad is definitely working in a normal office.

    Maybe it’s just Stickleback who does this, and Curtis’ dad is humoring him. Stickleback would look like a very stereotypical Victorian explorer if you put him in a pith helmet and khakis.

  35. Rebecca
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:19 am [Reply]

    Had to break lurkerdom to say this:

    Sorry, Josh. Munchausen’s Syndrome is a DSM-IV diagnosis. Munchausen’s by Proxy isn’t. It’s considered a form of child abuse, so Abbey the Wonderdog can paw for all she’s worth, but she won’t find it.

    Anyway, I think I’ve lived next to the neighbor’s in Curtis. In a townhouse. Living sideways to them was no picnic, either.

  36. Sean-o
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:20 am [Reply]

    re: Judge P…what is li’l Sophie getting at with her comment…”maybe I should stay to”…what, watch some freaky MILF action? To prevent Ragu from dismembering and stuffing Abbey down the disposal? Is Abbey going to curse him out for his quaint, foreign ideas about “helping”?

    (This is the first time I’ve ever seen that strip, so I have no idea what the roles/points of view of the characters are…any help appreciated…

  37. GotFuzzy
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    I’m sure it’s been beaten to death elsewhere, but I am still struck by the fact that Raju is (DT)GT’s Brick House in brownface. Is it too much to ask that before they ship him back to India he says something–anything–about isometrics?

    And over in (DT)GT, we’ll have a sparkling summer storyline about golf. I’m actually hoping that a character paints a house so we can watch it dry, which will be more exciting than Von and Marty’s Nassau.

    But snippy little Riya Gowda shows promise. The only problem is that to get a helping of Riya’s sass we have to put up with floral-legged Keri and her terrifyingly large head.

  38. Tom
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    Why is it that Stickleback can afford a house in the suburbs while Wilkins has to live in a ghetto apartment?

  39. cheech wizard
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    Abbey: You like to help people, don’t you Abu? That’s what you do.

    Abu: Yes, I find it gratifying.

    Abbey: Well Abu, I would find it most gratifying if you would help me reach orgasm, a task Mr. Driver has proven singularly incompetant at. Just let me show you where to place that big boney nose of yours…

    Personally, I’m looking forward to meeting Randy’s opponent and his n’er-do-well friends at their club. We can expect:

    At least one person will be wearing sunglasses indoors.

    At least one bald, sweaty guy.

    At least one gold chain.

    Beards and skinny mustaches.

    Tobacco and alcohol will be present.

    The barmaid will be a hussey who cocks her hand behind her head in a pose of brazen sexuality and encourages them to consume another round of drinks as it is only 2 p.m. on a weekday.

    At some point, someone will suggest there is some actual work to be done, such as planning the campaign, only to be dismissed on the grounds there is golf or poker to be played.

    The gang will all take off to party somewhere else, inviting the hussey to join them. She replies “Sure! My husband’s off fishin’ this week, so I might as well have some fun myself!”

    More morally suspect hijinks ensue…

  40. Justafoob
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    Gotta love Saturday’s Foob offering. Elly is all worried about Liz and what she is up to. Isn’t she the one dropping of 8X10 glossies of her daughter to strangers? Didn’t that stranger wind up going to Mtigwakanddry and bang Liz on a regular basis? Just what the hell is she worried about, Liz is going to start banging the landlord when she can’t make the rent? I guess that might be a serious fear seeing as that is how Mike got such a great deal on his apartment and got to upgrade when people moved out.

    I think we all saw his letter in the Penthouse Forum. You all remember a “Foob and his Lovey” don’t you. Classic May-December fuck story.

  41. Concerned Citizen
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:08 am [Reply]

    I’m picturing Aldo and Mary getting it on and am having an out-of-body experience where my astral self is running down the street screaming.

  42. Cornwhacker
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:09 am [Reply]

    Don’t feel ashamed, Josh.Reading sexual subtext into Judge Parker and Rex Morgan is a perfectly healthy means of coping with these interminable storylines. I mean, really, an entire Sunday strip of “I want to help/You like to help?/Oh yes I do” with absolutely nothing going on beneath the surface?

    36 Sean-o: Abbey just found out (“just” in JP time = approx. 2 months ago, our time) that Sophie hired Raju to do her homework, so I assume Abbey’s getting ready to curse him out about that.

    Is Stickleback Aldo’s cousin who’s subletting the condo? I’m noticing a family resemblance, and I can imagine that one would feel living next door to a house of screaming kids is a vacation compared to living next to Mary Worth,

  43. Benicillin
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:13 am [Reply]

    Josh, thanks for the titillating parade of hot chicks to start my dreary local government drone job Monday morning only to have it end in a cesspool of urine. No really…thanks.

  44. anonymous
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:25 am [Reply]

    My Sunday paper doesn’t carryI Judge Parker, but isn’t that red haired woman Reba McEntire? And why is she talking in every panel with lips firmly closed? The teensy blond child is disproportoinately small, she appears to weigh about 50 lbs. and hardly comes up to Reba’s shoulder, so Reba must be over six feet tall? And the ugly Indian guy – in what universe does an Indian man offer to do women’s work???

  45. BigJoe
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    Surprised nobody’s mentioned this, but there has been great rejoicing and celebrating in the BigJoe household as Cathy has gone on an extended vacation and the The Detroit Free Press is not printing reruns. I think it’s gone until sometime in mid-August. Oh happy day!

    Although the strip that replaced it looks rather lame, something called The Pajama Diaries.

    And even better news, Lio has been added as a permanent strip. Whoo hoo!

  46. rich
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Actually, Widdle Sarah has Munchkin-by-proxy disease

    MW: “I can’t help but think you look like a beautiful painting, Mary — a peeling painting, by one of the old masters!”

    Meanwhile, over in Gil Thorp, Von and Marty hit the golf course in a clever parody of Rex and Troy. Can’t wait to see how that sexual innuendo plays out!

  47. ez_E
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:47 am [Reply]

    Load Stalker’s getting the nowhere based on Mary’s body language – hands crossed in front of her ‘private area’, arms crossed. Too bad you can’t get ‘Bowl Cut’ out of his name

    Anyone see TDIET the past few days? Al’s getting a little vulgar
    7/10 There’s a guy named Lugbutt
    7/8 there’s a ‘Buttbrain’

    7/10′s a beauty – the guy can give you details of a bank robber but doesn’t know his own wife’s dress size. Ain’t a week that goes by that I don’t see that happen.

  48. Eric
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    >>In all my years semi-regularly reading Curtis, I don’t think I’ve ever seen his dad at work before.

  49. Eric
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:52 am [Reply]

    “In all my years semi-regularly reading Curtis, I don’t think I’ve ever seen his dad at work before.”

    I was going to leave the same comment. I think the more pertinent observation is: why is he always so exhausted when he comes home? Here I was all these years thinking he was a bus driver or something, and he’s a white-collar worker in a nice office. And you know it’s not government work because they appear to be equipped with either Macs or flat-panel PC monitors.

  50. Steven
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    Stickleback is a kind of fish used in research labs. They are mostly famous for their aggressive teritoriality.

  51. Paul
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    “Here I was all these years thinking he was a bus driver or something, and he’s a white-collar worker in a nice office. And you know it’s not government work because they appear to be equipped with either Macs or flat-panel PC monitors.”

    Curtis’ father works for the Department of Motor Vehicles. That’s been stated in the strip.

  52. kostia
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    I think I just figured out why Darkest Lola annoys me so much. It’s because he’s being colored with orange hair, so he looks thirty years younger than Mary. I know this is a Sunday, so that’s actually his hair color, but I think I’d be a lot more comfortable with him if I could see him in some regular black-and-white weekday strips where I could imagine his hair and mustache were white, making his transparent lust at least age-appropriate.

  53. Eric
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:23 am [Reply]

    “Curtis’ father works for the Department of Motor Vehicles. That’s been stated in the strip.”

    I bow to your superior Curtis knowledge. Still, it doesn’t explain his odd exhaustion. Perhaps he should get himself to a doctor- chronic fatigue syndrome, perhaps? The smoking can’t help, either.

  54. kostia
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    I had never heard of “Lio” until I read the comments on this post and now I need to see more. All I can find is the sample strips the syndicate has up, not a true daily page. What newspaper(s) carry it on their website(s)?

  55. BigJoe
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:44 am [Reply]

    #54 – I found a daily page for Lio here: http://www.gocomics.com/lio/

  56. tefflan
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    Judge Parker: In the tradition of “Big Bad Momma,” when Abbey and Sophie BOTH end up in bed with Raju Mishra, they will end up chanting his REAL name, “Ah Raj, rim us!”

  57. BigJoe
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    #47 – As long as you’re speaking about TDIET, how about the Sunday crapfest, especially the first one in that series.

    [Sign of the times - Oh, yeah!]
    “I didn’t get my dividend check.”
    “Our computer is down.”
    [Ever happen to you?]

    THAT’S THE WHOLE THING! I kept looking for part 2 of the “joke”, but all the other panels were on a different topic. It’s gotta be the worst one ever. Even the writer of Crock thought it sucked.

    It’s tough to read the Sunday TDIET online, last week I couldn’t read it at all, but here it is:

    http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20060709&name=TDIE

  58. luluchappel
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    #45–Big Joe, the Wash. Post is running the Pajama Diaries while Boondocks is on hiatus, and yes, it’s lame. It’s a different lame than Cathy, though, if that’s any comfort. I hope WaPo doesn’t pick up the Diaries; the first strip they ran, “Watch Your Head”, http://www.planetcory.com/index4.html was much better.

  59. Hogenmogen
    July 10th, 2006 at 10:57 am [Reply]

    I like Sunday’s Curtis as a stand-in for a comic from the Kelpfroth’s point of view. Damn kids!

    But most disturbing to me was the first panel where Stickleback’s voice seemed to eminate from below his waist.

  60. Joan
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    Unless you are Selma or Patty Bouvier, working at the DMV is probably a pretty soul-sucking job.

    I agree with the earlier poster about the new rendition of Sophie in Judge Parker. If I recall correctly, she used to look like one of those creepy dolls that are the size of a real kid. I don’t know what they’re called.

  61. kostia
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    In looking to see where Stickleback’s voice was coming from, I noticed the throwaway second-panel joke “made fresh Thursday.” That only makes sense if the action is actually *occurring* on the weekend, which is when the strip ran, but presumably not when it takes place. Surely the DMV back office doesn’t work on Sundays.

    BigJoe, thanks for the Lio link. I hate the gocomics interface, but any port in a storm.

  62. Hogenmogen
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    #57 – Joe – I like the TDIET on the bottom, where the guy goes to the kitchen during the commercials. He comes back and finds that he didn’t miss any of his show – and that makes him mad somehow. I would think that he’d be mad if he went to the kitchen but missed the crucial part of a mystery movie that he’d invested 2 hours in. But he returned in time to see the end of the commercial break, thus ensuring that he didn’t miss one second of his precious little program. Or, did he consider the possibility that he stayed in the kitchen so long that he missed a whole segment of the show and it’s back to another commercial break? Any way you slice it, the strip sucks ass.

  63. rich
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    Thank you, Lynn Johnston — once again you’ve nailed one of those universal truths of modern existence — the annoyingness of ceiling fans that go “tinkle tonkle tinkle tonk.” …WTF??

    Meanwhile, why was Mom Patterson going on all last week about how we never get to see Elizabeth, she’s barely here at all, blah blah…I thought Lizard Goose’s whole point was that she was so homesick that she was in agony over not being able to talk with Mom about selling the bookstore, spend time with Grandpa, monitor Little Robin’s deathwatch, be a mentor to April, check out Dad’s new 4-Wheel Drive Asscrack, etcetera…boy, that phase passed pretty quickly, huh?

  64. Hogenmogen
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    For the past week now we’ve been subjected to Captain Stalkeroo and Mary Worthless in conversation, which always ends with some compliment by Stalker, followed by a thought balloon that more clearly demonstrates his dire need for prescription glasses as he somehow believes Mary Worth to be the epitome of woman-kind. I don’t want to get into that topic, as thinking about Mary in any sexual way makes me want to hurl so much that old fish bones and license plates come out of my stomach like that tiger shark on Jaws. But what I wonder is what does Mary think when the guy in front of her suddenly goes silent in some kind of far-off stare mode? Oddly enough, she seems rather enthusiastic about it.

    Another question: Is Dr. Jeff subjected to the same drag in the time continuum as Mary Worth since he’s left the country? What I mean is, will Dr. Jeff spend a few months in Cambodia, fly home, and find MW and Stalkeroo still in the middle of this awful, awkward and stilted conversation?

  65. ez_E
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:13 am [Reply]

    57 – I thought the second panel was even odder
    guy: do you believe in reincarnation?
    second guy: Sure-heh heh- good to see you again

  66. Meggie
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    Am I the only person who is really disgusted at Raju’s tie? Short and Polka-dot?

  67. Hogenmogen
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    Foob:
    Gordon: Liz, what about this new Crevasse? No? We’ve got a brand new Nookie. How about this Buttcrack that just went on sale. Oh, at the back of the lot is a slightly used Assfuck.

  68. Frank Drackman
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    Meanwhile in Cambodia…Dr. Jeff is “Examining” 2 12 yr old boys…..

  69. Joan
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    #58 luluchappel, Thanks for the link to Watch Your Head. It looks really cool. Why doesn’t Atlanta have this strip? I’m writing my comics editor right now. I wonder if Spelman, Morehouse, Clark, et al are already running it in student newspapers.

    I think it’s great that Aaron McGruder gets to try his hand on Cartoon Network, but I really miss Boondocks. Though I can always say Hi to Granddad on his My Space page.

  70. AirForbes
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    #18: If you think the characters in Mary Worth are creepy and vacant looking, you should see the blinking For Better or Worse strips on the official Foob site.

  71. BigJoe
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    63 – Thank you, Lynn Johnston — once again you’ve nailed one of those universal truths of modern existence — the annoyingness of ceiling fans that go “tinkle tonkle tinkle tonk.” …

    So, now Lynn has resorted to stealing the style of TDIET? For shame. The only thing missing is Deanna saying, “OH YEAH!”

    65 – Yeah, that one was stupid too. But I’ll give it credit for having at least an attempt at a joke. But on the other hand, I’m taking away that credit because where is the “they’ll do it everytime” in that exchange? It goes against the premise of the strip.

  72. mfdshan
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    COTW? Me? Thank you. Thankyouverymuch!
    Unfortunately, it apppears that I’m in for a long summer if Mary doesn’t hurry the hell up and smack this guy down. I might make it as long as professor Ian stays away. Charterstone isn’t big enough for the two of them – delusions of grandeur vs. delusions of hot, monkey sex with an octogenarian. I’m warning everybody that if the two of them show up at the next pool party, my liver’s going to implode.

  73. Hogenmogen
    July 10th, 2006 at 11:37 am [Reply]

    Mary Worthless
    Panel 1:
    Aldo Pederast: Sure is a nice day.
    Mary: Yes, it makes all sorts of things grow.
    Panel 2:
    Aldo Pederast (thinks): I’ve got something sprouting in my pants right now!
    Mary (nervously smiles and stares)

  74. 2fs
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    #47 re TDIET’s lightly salted talk: And don’t forget “Titus” = “tight-ass” a few days back…

  75. tefflan
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    #35 Rebecca: I quite agree. Factitious Disorder with physical signs. 300.16. Nice work.

  76. Fence Post Frank
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    Damm . . . We missed the face to face meeting of Raju and Neddy. Imagine the three way of Neddy, Abbey and Raju!

  77. tefflan
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

    Come on, Lilly…it’s just a Walther PPK, nothing to be REALLY afraid of. Just ease the Benz on up over 100 mph and tell dollface that if she shoots you, you’ll both end up splattered all over the front of the first tractor-trailer you can find! If you time it just right, you might convince her to toss the pistol out of the window just as you go whizzing by Ram Worthy and her friend, the pagan train cook.

  78. Cory
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    #58- Thanks for the plug.

    #69- I asked my syndicate a while ago about the AJC. I was told that the comics editor “thought WYH was “interesting” and likes it, and he will keep his eye on it,
    but thinks there might be conservative readers who are not going to react well to some of the college themes.”

    So yeah…

  79. Skooter
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: Just exactly where is the kidnapper and the pseudo-doctor’s wife driving? It would seem that someone would spot a mean looking woman holding a gun cruising around the city streets, or is a horrible crash involving June and little Sarah on the horizon?

  80. Len
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    #66 Meggie — see comment #7 above.

  81. DaveyK
    July 10th, 2006 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    What I like best about the recent Mary Worth stalker storyline are the Film Noir-esque asides from Aldo in which he states the completely obvious, in case we were losing track of the plot.

    And we know he’s definately a stalker now, because Mary’s ham-handed “But enough about my life” segue would have driven off anyone with less than a pathologiocal interest.

  82. brendan
    July 10th, 2006 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth having sex with Captain Kangaroo is just nasty.

    Ugh… Cap’n’s fat hanging beer belly, Mary’s dangling old-lady labia, never mind the salt-n-pepper pubes. Ugh.
    It reminds me of Edith Massey as Queen Carlotta in “Desperate Living”, “Eat it eat it eat it!”

  83. brendan
    July 10th, 2006 at 1:36 pm [Reply]

  84. DrBear
    July 10th, 2006 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

  85. Hit Parade
    July 10th, 2006 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    Anyone know why “Kelrast” is so blatantly re-written in the caption to that first MW panel? Did they accidentally write “Kelsexpest” as a Freudian slip?

    And can more information on Kelrast be found on the Internet?

  86. rich
    July 10th, 2006 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    85: And can more information on Kelrast be found on the Internet?

    12 Google hits, 11 for Aldo and 1 for Galactic Empires’ “coalition worlds of Therkaa and Kelrast.”

  87. Wayne
    July 10th, 2006 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    The shift from the radio station to the golf course in today’s Gil Thorp really threw me. Most other writers could have gotten a good 3 weeks worth of strips just from the ride over.

  88. Joan
    July 10th, 2006 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    78. Cory: I read through the first dozen or so introductory strips, and I’ll be reading more after I catch up on some work.

    The AJC comics editor, Frank Rizzo, wrote back to my request for your strip that he’s well aware of Watch Your Head and will keep it in mind but that right now they don’t have any slots for new strips. Lio filled the Boondocks on hiatus slot. The AJC did a comics page rehaul within the last year with readers voting on their favorites and least favorites. I’m guessing there won’t be a new slot until that sort of thing happens again or someone else goes on hiatus.

    Good luck with getting signed on at more papers.

  89. philip
    July 10th, 2006 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    Apparently, women can’t resist the sexy allure of the Oliver Hardy necktie. Work it, Raju!

  90. monkeyhawk
    July 10th, 2006 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    FIRST!!!!

    …to receive my official “More information….” t-shirt!

    I can’t wait to wear it around the un-curmudgeoned.

    If it weren’t for non sequiturs I’d have no sequiturs at all.

    j

  91. Dennis Jimenez
    July 10th, 2006 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    I must admit I don’t follow JP. A dozen strips is enough (damn you Josh for drawing me in this deep). Anyway, Abbey (whoever she is) reminds me of my boyhood crush on Jill St. John.

  92. Mordy
    July 10th, 2006 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    If the current Rex Morgan MD were a House plotline, it’d be the five boring minutes before the themesong plays. Let’s look forward to 40 more minutes (comic-book time: 7 months) of House trying to diagnose little Sarah.

    House: Sarah is doing cocaine.
    Cameron: She’s only 6 years old!
    House: Then she’s getting help. Break into the house, run tox-screens on the MD and Mrs., and ask Sarah if mommy has been putting white powder in her breakfast cereal.
    Cameron: You can’t honestly think –
    House: Stat.

  93. DaveyK
    July 10th, 2006 at 3:40 pm [Reply]

    Aldo Kangaroo has seriously mastered the hang dog look. That face in Panel 2 is too sad for words.

  94. MossMoses
    July 10th, 2006 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    Aldo Kelrast has some really pathetic thought baloons. If the guy were a real stalker rather than the pathetic tub of Captain Kangaroo puppy poo he is, he would be thinking of Mary Worth gardening in the doggy position or blowing his trumpet, not something like “Suddenly the summer is looking promising”.

    The irony is that after countless BumBoat dinners, countless nights of tortured platitude exchanges and countless marriage proposals, Doc Jeff never got more off the old hag than a reacharound. Meanwhile, she is all hot and bothered by Wilford Brimley Jr’s cheezy compliments and is giving him bedroom eyes.

  95. Mainspark
    July 10th, 2006 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    Bun E. Rabbit and Mr. Moose are very dissapointed in the Captain’s recent infatuation. They assumed, like we all did, that the good Captain and Mr. Greenjeans were trying to make it work. I wonder who will get Grandfather Clock in the divorce?

  96. Franklin
    July 10th, 2006 at 4:49 pm [Reply]

    Mary likes the Captain. Notice how by the third panel, she’s already begun to let her fingers do the walking through her Garden of Delights. No gloves necessary.

  97. velouria73
    July 10th, 2006 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    if raju wasn’t the color of bad curry, i’d have no idea he’s indian. did the artist TRY to make him as unattractive as possible so as to not compete with the beautiful parker clan?

  98. Ponzicar
    July 10th, 2006 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    #61, the fact that he said Thursday instead of today or yesterday means that the coffee is two days old at the very least.

  99. MossMoses
    July 10th, 2006 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    97: You’re right about the beauty competition. Raju is butt ugly, especially compared to the new superhero Randy Parker and the ever ruggedly handsome, Sam Driver. You never know though. Maybe Raju is hung like a horse. The new artwork sucks but so did the old artwork. At least the new artist can draw Abbey’s Devo hairstyle properly.

  100. DaveyK
    July 10th, 2006 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    #96 – The Captain appears to be doing a bit of the same in that panel also.

  101. Grendell
    July 10th, 2006 at 6:16 pm [Reply]

    “Good then we’ll go see Dr. Patterson!”

    I really don’t think widdle Sawah needs to see a dentist right now. What a bunch of quacks.

  102. Hank Kimble
    July 10th, 2006 at 6:56 pm [Reply]

    brendan, you are one sick puppy.

  103. Mibbitmaker
    July 10th, 2006 at 7:25 pm [Reply]

    (Less daily rundowns for me, dogsitting this week where I can’t get hold of my paper easily. Today I got one)
    (DT)GT: The RMMD parody starts, as one conversation skips over time, as they suddenly appear at the golf course. Maybe it’s parodies of both Rex Morgan and “I Dream of Jeannie”.

    Adam: Or change the last panel to: “Whoa! You’re gonna be rich and free of skin cancer!”

    A3G: Just stay silent after panel 3 in that pose for a while (Adult Swim style), then someone’ll just say, “Do you have any cookies?”, and subject forgotten! …Well, that does work with LuAnn, anyway…

    Mutts and Dilbert: Gotta put these strips into the Cockpit!

    Spiderman: Why actually *show* the action described if that gets in the way of a COOL fence-leap? That’s gotta be Comic Book Superhero illustration 101.

    FOOB: Kelpfroths below, malfunctioning ceiling fan above…. and St. Foob family in the middle. A veritable misery sandwhich!

    FC: Dislexic Writing History by Dolly Familycircus.

    Monty: …Or they could just quit the cafe after being fired, leading to fat jokes about a now-skinny person, and a soap opera pretending to be a talk show, plus…… uh, sorry…. pop culture voyerism overload!

  104. Len
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    #78 — Cory, the nerdy star of “Watch Your Head,” reads the Curmudgeon list! Wow! What other Toonsare lurking here?

    (Seriously, Cory… I’m turning several friends — some of them Math majors! — onto WYH. Just one suggestion. This is not a WB cartoon. Introduce more female characters.)

    And don’t draw Cory’s whiteboy friend with both eyes on the left side of his nose. That’s Gunk’s shtick, and you don’t want Flyspeck Island serving you a cease and desist.

  105. Len
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:35 pm [Reply]

    http://www.gocomics.com/inkpen/2006/07/10/

    This comic strip could just as easily be “Watch Your Head,” if the characters were brown skinned college students.

    Introduce more female characters!

    (A tiny neice-like relative asked me, “Is Tweety Pie a little girl bird, or a little boy bird?” I think Sylvester swings both ways, but the female Warners’ Toons are few and far between, little one!)

  106. Cory
    July 10th, 2006 at 8:43 pm [Reply]

    The next few weeks should make you happy. Or not. Depends on how well I write women.

  107. mumbles
    July 10th, 2006 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    #88: Frank Rizzo is in charge of the AJC comic page? So I guess he’s done hanging out with the Jerky Boys?

    FOOB: Lynn missed a good opportunity to tie in some old storylines. For example Michael could have turned to Deanna with lovin’ on his mind, only to be interrupted by Baby Wobin’s sickly cries.

    MW: I hope that this doesn’t degenerate to a Mary-Captain Kangaroo-Slim Goodbody threesome. Slim’s bodysuit always freaked me out.

  108. edward
    July 11th, 2006 at 12:07 am [Reply]

    I find Abbey strangely, but powerfully, attractive. Is that wrong?

  109. Scumbaggioni
    July 11th, 2006 at 1:38 am [Reply]

    *glances at the Mary Worth strip again*
    *gapes at panel two for several minutes in disbelief*

    That head is…not possible.

  110. tefflan
    July 11th, 2006 at 12:12 pm [Reply]

    #108: Edward. As long as you ain’t pining away for Raju or Sophie, I think the Curmudgeon community will forgive you for liking Abbey

  111. moonsownsister
    July 11th, 2006 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    Not only is a stickleback a kind of little fish, I’ve also heard the term applied to hedgehogs.

  112. Wasoe
    July 11th, 2006 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    An anagram of “June Gail” is “Alien Jug”
    An anagram of “Troy Gainer” is “Great Irony”
    “Mary Worth” – “Worthy Arm”
    “Rex Morgan” – “Grr! No exam”

  113. Scumbaggioni
    July 11th, 2006 at 2:45 pm [Reply]

    #108, 110: I think it depends on whether you’re talking about Abbey of Judge Parker, or Abbey of Rex Morgan.

  114. Farfoobnoogin
    July 12th, 2006 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    Is Stickleback the father of the OTHER goofy white guy in the strip, “Gunk?”

  115. dd1985
    August 8th, 2006 at 3:10 am [Reply]

    Abbey is so damn gorgeous!!! The new artist made her look a lot younger; not like she wasn’t hot before.

  116. Liam
    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    MW-That is just too damn creepy when a guy has the hots for Mary Worth. She has to be at least twenty years older than him.

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