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Can a plugger be barefoot and pregnant when they don’t wear shoes anyway?

Pluggers, 8/3/06

Sooo … Grandma’s a Plugger, daughter-in-law isn’t? Oooh, mixed marriage: edgy. Daughter-in-law is wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase, so she’s clearly some sort of ball-breaking feminist lesbian professional woman. I see a kidnapping/multi-state chase in the near future, followed by a circus trial in which the “a working mother is by definition a child abuser” argument serves as the main defense.

Mary Worth, 8/3/06

Of course, they had to clean it up for the funny pages. I have it on pretty good authority that this is what Mary actually said:

“Is this some sort of motherfucking joke? Huh? Does it look like I’m motherfucking laughing to you, motherfucker? Get your punk-ass hands away from me!”

And then it just sort of goes on like that for a while.

Even without the cussing, I think I can say with some confidence that there’s only one other person in the last two years who’s made Mary this mad:

That’s right: Aldo Kelrast is now officially as awesome a Mary Worth character as Rita Begler. After a lull of some months, this strip is back on top of its ridonculous game.

Gil Thorp, 8/3/06

“That’s right, on my legs! My long, smooth, totally unscarred legs! So you see, we’re really a lot alike, except in all the ways that actually matter for this discussion. What I’m trying to say is, I want you to wear this bag over your head at the next meet.”

Dick Tracy, 8/3/06

“Thanks for showing me the outside of your wallet, detective! I’ll do anything you say now.”

104 responses to “Can a plugger be barefoot and pregnant when they don’t wear shoes anyway?”

  1. GotFuzzy
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:12 pm [Reply]

    “Yes, I got skin from Dominique Moceanu, which is why I finished third. If I had gotten ahold of some Mary Lou Retton skin, I certainly would have won.”

  2. Marc
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:12 pm [Reply]

    I would love to see Mary fling the package of brown sugar at Aldo and see the magenta blood bleed onto that rabid squirrel which makes an appearance every couple storylines or so.

  3. wha?
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    Gee Aldo is rude! He should be offering to carry those bags for Mary! How else is he going to have a chance to get in to her house? Aldo is dumb.

  4. ak_teacher
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    Wasn’t Mary opening the trunk of her car to put her groceries in when Aldo surprised her?? What happened to the car? Did she leave it at the store so she could walk home with him? I think she’s sending mixed messages….

  5. Anonymous
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    It looks to me as though Aldo, realizing he has overplayed his hand, is attempting to apply the Mak’tar stealth haze…

  6. Prehumous
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    The car slunk off in embarassment and shame. You would too if you were playing opposite O Stalker Kelrast.

  7. Reid
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:27 pm [Reply]

    “The last time I got you flowers! Now what did you get for me?”

    That’s like evidence in a rape trial. Mary better drop the bags and grab her pepper spray, pronto.

  8. bootsybooks
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    And Aldo comes back with, do I amuse you? Am I funny to you? Do I look like a clown?

    Yes, Aldo, yes and yes.

  9. gump worsley
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:43 pm [Reply]

    Is he saying “a little levity never hurt anyone” or “a little Levitra”?

  10. Chris
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    Aldo’s shirt confuses me…in the first panel, it looks like a pullover, a polo shirt, except he’s wearing (as somebody noted) what looks like an ice cream vendor’s bow tie, and that’s just stupid.

    Then, in the second panel, it appears to have magically changed into a zippered shirt. The bow tie is one of the clumsiest fashion statements since Michael Jackson’s single glove.

    Thanks, Josh, for that drunken stumble down Begler Memory Lane…just fantastic!

  11. D.A. Pennington
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:49 pm [Reply]

    MW 2nd panel: Looks like she’s hitting the testosterone a little hard there. Very masculine profile. Next thing you know she’ll start peeing standing up.

  12. D.A. Pennington
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:50 pm [Reply]

    You might be a Plugger if you’re a recently liberated single-mom kanagroo daughter heading to work and leave your bastardized bear-kangaroo mixed breed child with momma bear.

  13. DCBirdblaster
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    Cross imagery. As Josh was putting P in profanity in his comments on Mary I had a flashback to when I was watching Goodfellas, that scene where Tommy caps poor Spider.

    There’s where the thought collision happened. Mary comes striding down the stairs to look in the dead face of Spider. Then slowly turns towards Tommy with that wrinkled prune squinty action thingy she’s got going, and then walks up to Tommy and grabs his earlobe and starts smaking his head on the table repeatedly.

    “Why the f*ck you go capping people in my basement all the time Tommy?! When the f*ck you gonna learn to f*cking cap people on your own f*cking property!”

    Mary the goodfella! Hahahahahaa! That’s f*cking awsome!

  14. Randy
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    A Plugger is not the same species as her child.

  15. Proteus
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    Dick Tracy is left handed. Didn’t know that. Left handed. Gotta remember that for trivia battles.

    #5 awesome Mak’tar reference. Bonus points!

  16. Adfella
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:00 pm [Reply]


    I’ve been a steady reader of Gil Thorp for almost four months, now…ever since I discovered it on this site. It’s so bad, it’s good.

    It occurred to me, after reading today’s Curmudgeon, that I had no idea that the woman coach featured was named, “Emma Brown.”

    And then it hit me….after four months of following this strip, I’M NOT EVEN SURE WHO GIL THORP IS!

    Is he the guy with the hair that always appears to be on fire, or the guy with the impossibly-prominent cheekbones, or who?

    I don’t know if I’m just not paying enough attention, or if the crazy-quilt, jumping-from-one-storyline-to-another technique that is the hallmark of Gil Thorp has me confused.

    Can anyone provide a link, perhaps, guiding me to the true Gil Thorp?

  17. Mat
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

    Kelrast is stalker, but what about “Aldo”?

    All I can come up with is “Load”. “Load Stalker”?

    I think he’s calling her fat.

    Or something?

  18. Random Aussie
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    “ak_teacher says:

    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:25 pm
    Wasn’t Mary opening the trunk of her car to put her groceries in when Aldo surprised her?? What happened to the car? Did she leave it at the store so she could walk home with him? I think she’s sending mixed messages….”

    Wasn’t this covered ad infinitum already. I’m surprised at just how much commentary is necessary to get readers to wrap their head around the concept that MW was UNLOADING THE CAR not loading it with groceries. Hence she is at the apartment complex already, hence the man with the lego hair and porno mustache can appear menacingly behind her trunk (hehehe… behind her trunk). I really thought CC readers were much more intelligent bunch, but I guess by commenting on it again I’m proving I’m even stupider than most… back to work… sigh.

  19. Mat
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp isn’t a person. It’s a state of mind.

  20. Chromium
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    Jesus, is Mama Plugger going through postpartum depression or something? That is one sad, sad kangaroo.

  21. catastrophile
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    I think #20′s hit on the secret subplot here . . .

    Grandma Plugger is trying to keep her Plugger credentials intact, so she’s forcing Kangaroo Girl to leave the baby in Grandma’s care. The caption makes it very clear that to be a plugger (and make it into, um, Plughalla?) you must satisfy this requirement.

    Kangaroo Girl might not even have a job . . . she’s just been driven off by the Plugger clan matriarch.

  22. Chance
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    Because of the ambiguity the way the quotes are used in the featured Pluggers, to me Grandma’s sweet words to li’l Pluggy are more like a threat: Tell mama “bye” and then you’ll see her again… Leading to unspoken, If you don’t say it, you won’t see her again.

    What I mean is, it ought to be something like Tell mama ‘bye’ and ‘see you tonight!’ or Tell mama goodbye and that you’ll see her tonight!

    You’re a plugger if this kind of grammar nit-pickery doesn’t bother you in the slightest.

  23. bitsey
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    Oh, she’s a kangaroo? She looks like Wile E. Coyote. The baby looks like that bunny in a picture book my sister had which I destroyed. The grandmother looks like on of the Berenstan (sp?) Bears.

  24. Old Fogeyette
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    Josh, please forgive me, I just have to comment on today’s GF. The whole storyline has been very funny, but I just LOVE the look on Bucky’s face while Satchel takes his picture, and Satchel’s command: “More drool!” This is a classic, IMO.

  25. gnome de blog
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:51 pm [Reply]

    With all due respect to your Eminent and Infallable Popeness, I humbly beg to disagree: Aldo Kelrast is not nearly as awesome as Rita “Ritzilla” Begler. He is creepier, no question about that. And pathetic. We probably got a photo finish in pathetic. But he has yet to show Rita’s impressive range of emotion, from drunken stupor to unprovoked anger, guilt, remorse, self-pity, paranoia, grief, and embarrassing bombast. He has done little more than lurk menacingly if a bit ludicrously. He has yet to douse a waiter or shatter a swan, or utter a string of foul language worthy of a guttersnipe. He has yet to high-tail it to a women’s shelter in shame and self-pity.

    Aldo’s like a pitcher with a junk slider and little else. Rita could blow ‘em away with heat, change speeds, get ‘em to bite on a breaking ball.

    No, your Magnificent Pontiffness, Rita still stands alone. Please reconsider your assessment.

  26. chris
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:55 pm [Reply]

    Wait…..Plugger mom looks like a professional. To keep with the sprit of the cartoon shouldn’t it be “Mommy will see you after cheerleading practice”?

  27. Islamorada Girl
    August 3rd, 2006 at 5:57 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp is under a fatwah from the readers of this blog. Don’t even try to make any sense of it. Just poke at it mockingly and say. . .


    Thank you.

    You’ll feel so much better this way, believe me.

  28. Islamorada Girl
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    And waaaait just a minute here. If Dick Tracy is “sitting on a possible terrorist situation”, why is he not screaming in rectal agony, the way I’ve dreamed of seeing him for the past 40 years?

  29. jake
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:05 pm [Reply]

    tracy, get your gun off of the capitol’s black and white Dick Locker! you’ve got a terrorist to catch!

  30. Sheila
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:08 pm [Reply]

    No. The look on the kangaroo’s face is long-suffering patience, because she’s TIRED of Stupid Bear-Mama subtly dissing her because she works. One of these days she’ll go postal and murder the Bear-Mama with a shotgun.

    Mark my words.

  31. Random_Tangent
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    Why are there so many right facing close up profiles in Dick Tracy? What does it all mean? Is it a post modern comment on the prevalence of rhinoplasty in modern society?

  32. Gar
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    Y’know, I’m 63 years old, and Dick Tracy was lame when I was a kid. I astounded that the strip is still around. It doesn’t appear in any of the Orlando area papers that I’m familiar with, and I guess that makes me happy. Otherwise, I’d have to write letters to the editor about the waste of good ink on the comics page publishing Tracy. At least when Al Capp quit, he had the good sense to end Li’l Abner.

  33. Marion Delgado
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:50 pm [Reply]

    Daughter takes after Daddy Plugger (not in the frame), who is also a kangaroo. He runs a fishing boat.

  34. dimestore lipstick
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:50 pm [Reply]

    #16 Adfella

    Gil Thorp (death to him and all his kind!) is the guy with the cheekbones. And a seriously impossible flattop.

  35. Marion Delgado
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:56 pm [Reply]

    Sheila, are you saying she’s gonna plug’er?

  36. Analyzer
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:56 pm [Reply]

    #17: All I can come up with is “Load”. “Load Stalker”?

    What about:

    Aldo Kelrast —> O, Stalker Lad!

    or for the grammatically undiscriminating:

    Aldo Kelrast —> A old stalker

  37. jailbird
    August 3rd, 2006 at 7:07 pm [Reply]

    Can I ask a question totally off topic? Has anyone looked at Judge Parker lately? Are all the o’s larger than the rest of the letters? I think I’m losing it. I’m also eagerly awaiting Raj’s makeover… what happened to that one?

  38. Chromium
    August 3rd, 2006 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    #’s 21 and 30- You guys nailed it, I think. An even more distressing implication, which I didn’t realize before, is that Mama must have to share the same house as Grandma Plugger, day after day after day.

    Seriously, why is she living with the bear??? Are female Pluggers not allowed to own property?

  39. Monkey's Paw
    August 3rd, 2006 at 7:19 pm [Reply]

    Honestly, I think that Aldo may just be a little slow mentally. That would explain the sweater-vest, bowtie, and haircut.

    Also the very childish running out to the car when your mom gets home from a trip asking “What did you bring me?”

  40. catastrophile
    August 3rd, 2006 at 7:20 pm [Reply]

    Seriously, why is she living with the bear???

    Protection? Pluggerville could be a lot like prison.

  41. catastrophile
    August 3rd, 2006 at 7:23 pm [Reply]

    Also the very childish running out to the car when your mom gets home from a trip asking “What did you bring me?”


    Aldo = Garfield!

  42. Eno Kebbash
    August 3rd, 2006 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    Honestly, I think that Aldo may just be a little slow mentally. That would explain the sweater-vest, bowtie, and haircut.

    Also the very childish running out to the car when your mom gets home from a trip asking “What did you bring me?”

    I think he really did expect Mary Worth to give him something in return for the roses so they’d be even stevens. But he was taught in special ed that people would sometimes think he was joking when he wasn’t, and that he’d just get into trouble if he tried to explain. So they taught him a line to use in these situations:

    “Ha Ha! Yes! A little levity never hurt anyone!”

    He learned how to say the line even though he doesn’t know what levity means.

  43. Da Scrodfather
    August 3rd, 2006 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    Why’s everybody assuming that the bear is the Mama Not-Plugger’s mother-IN-LAW? Given Pluggers indifference to species, there’s no reason she can’t be a kangaroo’s actual mother. Which explains a whole helluva lot about Ms. Kangaroo’s sad expression. Hell, her own mother keeps trying to eat her!

  44. OnandonAnon
    August 3rd, 2006 at 8:01 pm [Reply]

    Rita Begler = Lager Biter, Beer Rag Lit, or my favorite, Trail Grebe.

  45. Ennui, Willie Keeler
    August 3rd, 2006 at 8:12 pm [Reply]

    Actually, I kinda like these Gil Thorp comics

  46. paddywhack
    August 3rd, 2006 at 8:13 pm [Reply]

    My newspaper doesn’t have Dick Tracy, so maybe I’ve missed a key plot element, but I think Al Kinda is officially the worst terrorist ever. The rotunda is completely deserted. I thought the idea behind terrorist attacks was to kill as many people as possible, and… you know… TERRIFY people. Right now it looks like all the Senators are going to get to work, and see a burning building and say “I guess we get the day off”.

  47. catastrophile
    August 3rd, 2006 at 8:21 pm [Reply]

    Presumably, the bomb is intended to go off at some point in the future . . . possibly after people have arrived and C-SPAN is broadcasting proceedings.

  48. paddywhack
    August 3rd, 2006 at 8:24 pm [Reply]

    My way is more fun.

  49. catastrophile
    August 3rd, 2006 at 8:54 pm [Reply]

    You know what I just realized? By the time this DT storyline has a chance to move any further, the House and Senate will probably have gone home for their Summer recess.

  50. Badly_Computer_Generated_Boy
    August 3rd, 2006 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    #16: GT is the dark-haired blockhead shown here

  51. 2fs
    August 3rd, 2006 at 10:59 pm [Reply]

    In today’s TDIE…what is that, a 1958 Nash or something?

  52. treedweller
    August 4th, 2006 at 12:00 am [Reply]

    Well, it’s clear why Emma Brown is a gym teacher. Her idea of a conversation (not to mention her idea of consoling Riya) leaves a lot to be desired. Kid’s upset; worried about causing a problem for teammate. Hmm . . . I know, let’s change the subject. To myself! Yes, that’ll do it!

    Yes, it’s clear she’s not up to mingling in the adult world, and was destined to coach young boys who want to be transvestite gymnasts. And how nice for her that she found her destiny; we should all be so lucky.

    Meanwhile, in Pluggerville, Dad is noticably absent. Given that Grandma is a bear (and he might have been pretty much any species), it seems entirely plausible that she ate him. And made his big, white cotton tail into a hat to remind the others who is in charge. Ma isn’t depressed; she’s been beaten into submission. It’s the plugger way.

  53. paddywhack69
    August 4th, 2006 at 12:48 am [Reply]

    The problem with “Pluggers” is that the strip makes no sense unless you know what a “plugger” is. I don’t, so each strip baffles me.

  54. Mibbitmaker
    August 4th, 2006 at 12:51 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: That kangaroo looks like Capt. Kelrast.

    Okay, now I’m just phoning these in.

  55. catastrophile
    August 4th, 2006 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    53 — actually, this strip makes even less sense if you know what “plugger” is supposed to mean . . .

    Pluggers are the hard-working people the world depends on.

    Apparently “hard-working” means staying home to watch your grandcritter while her non-plugger mother is out . . . working?

  56. Mibbitmaker
    August 4th, 2006 at 1:09 am [Reply]


    FOOB: Brazen little minx, isn’t she? Actually, I just like typing “brazen little minx”. Plus, she *is*. Look!

    FW: Even the minister knows that’s a bad idea. Unlike Batiuk and his guest writer.

    (DT)GT: The comic strip that’ll scar you for life!

    A3G: Tommie has the power to make things happen. She’s so amazed that she’s bobbling herself.

    Crankshaft: “You have to know my grandpa!” Yeah, but you’re better off not to.

    Curtis: “…THEN we’ll REALLY see some HAIRCUTTING!” Kids: Don’t drink and barber!

  57. Scumbaggioni
    August 4th, 2006 at 2:17 am [Reply]

    Peh. Gil and Dick have astonishingly awful art, so bad I can’t understand why Josh displays them regularly.

    Gil Thorp looks like one of those crappy amateur comics from the ’80s, with marginal composition, and anatomy and facial structure you expect from high school art class, where it might receive a C+ from a heavily-medicated substitute. There is not so much as a hint of individual style.

    I mean, my God, just look at Captain Electron here. Longtime halfassed sci-fi artist Jayson Disbrow is clearly just posing his superhero toy and drawing the results; the sight of Cappie’s torso alone is pain-inducing. (If you can Google up the cover of this one-shot, you’ll REALLY see what I mean.) And yet, Cappie’s got more style in a single panel than Thorp has show in all the strips Josh has posted.

    I can’t decide if Dick Tracy is worse than Gil Thorp because it takes a very unique, long-cherished comic strip visual style and…utterly destroys it. Old farts like me know that there’s no way in hell that this is B.O. Plenty and Gravel Gertie. This is Gilbert Shelton‘s idea of the two. (No offense to Gilbert. Actually, his Tracy parody “Tricky Prickears” was far superior to this.)

    But no, I’d have to say Dick is worse because the writing just leaps out of the page, squats on your face, and farts out a huge, wet, messy, corn-pocked turd on it. Go ahead, read the dialog from the last panel of the prior example out loud. It’s…it’s insane. It’s In The Mouth Of Madness: The Comic Strip. Scratch that – it’s The Ass Of Mediocrity Craps In Your Mouth And Now You’ve Gone Mad: The Comic Strip.

    But Gil comes in a close second. Even though the plotting is serviceable afterschool-special pap for der kinder, that lettering induces headaches. It’s more technically professional than, say, the weird spacing in the first balloon of the Tracy strip above, but the fonts just eats. It eats corn. …You know where I’m going with this.

  58. Mat
    August 4th, 2006 at 3:02 am [Reply]


    I was trying to keep it all as one word.

    I like your way better though.

  59. Sheila
    August 4th, 2006 at 5:55 am [Reply]

    Random Tangent, #31 — I think it’s more of a comment on the NEED for rhinoplasty in modern society. You don’t think anyone would CHOOSE to sport a nose that looks like a broken brick, do you?

    I’m just sayin’.

  60. luluchappel
    August 4th, 2006 at 7:33 am [Reply]

    #34–It’s disturbing that there’s actual (DT)GT merchandise, and therefore a market for it. People buy that stuff!!

  61. ez_E
    August 4th, 2006 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    MW – ‘they make a mean sandwich’ …and so would you and I, if you get my drift. Oh yeah!

  62. joeyjoejoe
    August 4th, 2006 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    “Hence she is at the apartment complex already, hence the man with the lego hair and porno mustache can appear menacingly behind her trunk”

    Exactly how far away is the parking lot from the apartment building? It looks like they’re walking through a park.

    I think Mary is just trying to confuse him. She’s going to walk around with the groceries for a while and then eventually loop back to the parking lot, put the groceries in the car and peel out before he figures out what just happened.

  63. blueeyes
    August 4th, 2006 at 8:16 am [Reply]

    Pluggers read comics in newspapers.

    Hell — Pluggers subscribe to newspapers.

    Hell, part 2 — Pluggers know that newspapers are also printed on papers.

  64. TheMagicMel
    August 4th, 2006 at 8:26 am [Reply]

    Please, forgive me, but I am so desperately tired of dissecting Aldo’s appearance. Yes, he’s Capt Kangaroo with bangs Mr. Spock would envy. Yes, he wears a gay-ass bow tie. Erk, now I’m doing it.

    I want to know what’s going on in the second panel of Dick Tracy…just what *is* that pose? Is he jumping? Spread Eagle for the cop? Giving what looks like a bush on the other side of the door a big hug? I’m confused.

    From the last panel, it looks as though he’s fighting crime in an Ascot. Spot on, chap, spot on.

  65. Samantha
    August 4th, 2006 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    I want Mary’s quote, “You didn’t need to get liquored up!” on a T-shirt please.

  66. Samantha
    August 4th, 2006 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    Wait…actually, I want that whole panel on the T-shirt.

  67. Rozenn
    August 4th, 2006 at 8:53 am [Reply]

    My first reaction as I saw the Pluggers panel : “Whoa ! Pluggers actually featuring a same-sex couple with a child in an apparently positive fashion ! What’s happened ! I can’t wait to read the caption and see what Plugger lesbian couples are like !

    Needless to say I was sorely disappointed.

  68. anonymous
    August 4th, 2006 at 8:56 am [Reply]


    RMMD: A gigantic RABBIT has hopped over from the Mark Trail strip and is sitting on a rock, towering over and threatening our two protagonists! AIEEE! Run for your lives! It’s The Night of the Lepus! Run, you fools!

  69. MandaX
    August 4th, 2006 at 9:01 am [Reply]

    #64: I’m pretty sure Dick is ice-skating into the rotunda there. He’s going to salchow Al Kinda into submission.

  70. Laura
    August 4th, 2006 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    9CL: Dawwwww. Is that the first on-camera Seth/Mark kiss?

    Judge Parker: “Reggie Black”? Is this going to turn into a Harry Potter crossover?

  71. Treadwell
    August 4th, 2006 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    I’ve been visting and commenting here for a few months and have immensely enjoyed the voluminous wit of Josh and all my fellow minions.

    But geez, folks: you sure like your anagrams. Can anyone explain the appeal? I warn you, you have your work cut out for you–puns don’t impress me, either.

  72. mere cog in the machine
    August 4th, 2006 at 9:37 am [Reply]

    #25: I agree. Aldo is Joe Besser to Rita’s Shemp. Maybe – maybe – if I see him sucking on a crack pipe in a future strip he can hang with Rita, but not until then.

    FOOB: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. April Patterson is a promiscuous little tart, an ass-shaking lolita-esque nymphet, a bold and brazen teenage strumpet, a juicy little piece.
    She needs a good spanking!

  73. Sheila
    August 4th, 2006 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    I’ve got it. Aldo Kelrast = Stalkerola!

    Oh, wait, I’ve got a D left over. Dang.

  74. Adfella
    August 4th, 2006 at 9:57 am [Reply]

    Thank you to the folks who helped me figure out who Gil Thorp was.

  75. Dennis Jimenez
    August 4th, 2006 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    Re: 61 – Don’t you need three for a sandwich? How about throwing in a Ian Cameron and making a hag on white flab.

  76. Library Cat
    August 4th, 2006 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    #71 I’m with you on that; although Craigers anagram: Mark Trail = I’m Karl Rat from an earlier post gave me the giggles. They were fun for awhile but we seem to have taken it to an unhealthy level. Almost an obsession. We’re stalking anagrams here people. It has to end.

  77. Perry
    August 4th, 2006 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    To the tune of ‘O Christmas Tree’.

    O Stalker Lad,O Stalker Lad,
    How steadfast are your moustaches!
    Your bowties gleam in Mary’s sight,
    as through her window you climb.
    O Stalker Lad,O Stalker Lad,
    How steadfast are your moustaches!

  78. ez_E
    August 4th, 2006 at 10:36 am [Reply]

    64 – haha I noticed that too. Gayest move ever, Dick. He appears to be prancing in an exaggerated manner – “Lookitme, I’m fighting crime!”

  79. mere cog in the machine
    August 4th, 2006 at 10:44 am [Reply]

    Say what you will of ‘Curtis’, but I absolutely love the background signs in Gunther’s barbershop. Superfluous body hair is ALWAYS funny.

  80. Bitter Scribe
    August 4th, 2006 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    “Thanks for showing me the outside of your wallet, detective! I’ll do anything you say now.”

    Welcome to the two-dimensional universe of Dick Locher! It goes quite well with his one-dimensional political cartoons.

  81. Latent Disregard
    August 4th, 2006 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    Running around the capitol with a gun after tricking a guard – isn’t Dick Tracy the terrorist now?

  82. lesles
    August 4th, 2006 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    #11, noticed MW’s the profile too, but i don’t think it’s testosterone top-ups, i think we’ve just found out where Hermann Munster’s been hiding all these years.

  83. MaryAnnTheRest
    August 4th, 2006 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    Once you start questioning Dick Tracy, the terrorists have already won.

    Also, where can I download a cell phone ring like Tommie’s in A3G that actually says “Ring! Ring!”? That would be bitchin’ awesome.

  84. JRM
    August 4th, 2006 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    #70 – Hmmm, maybe this Reggie Black is R.A.B.?

  85. TheMagicMel
    August 4th, 2006 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    #69 & 78: I’m giggling at the idea of Dick Tracy prancing on ice skates. What would Brian Boitano do, if he were here right now??

  86. mere cog in the machine
    August 4th, 2006 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    Brian Boitano is “gay”.

  87. Skatefan
    August 4th, 2006 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    #86 Mere Cog, is that “gay” as in lame, or “gay” as in happy?

  88. luluchappel
    August 4th, 2006 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    (DT)GT–Does the girl(?) in the last panel have teeth, or is she wearing a mouth guard, or is it one big tooth stretching all the way around her mouth?

  89. Key Lime Pie
    August 4th, 2006 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    From panel to panel, Aldo’s shirt goes from a sad grey button down to an even sadder grey t shirt with removable Dickey-type collar and clip-on bow tie.

  90. paddywhack
    August 4th, 2006 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    Ahhh…. now that I know what a plugger is, I appreciate the strip infinitely more. A cartoon that has the balls to make fun of poor people day after day. I eat that shit up.

  91. catastrophile
    August 4th, 2006 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    #90 gets my vote for CotW!

  92. paddywhack
    August 4th, 2006 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    Thanks. I meant what I said about Pluggers. I have to give a tip of the hat to any comic that is willing to brazenly alienate like 25% of the US population.

  93. Craig Shergold
    August 5th, 2006 at 1:17 am [Reply]

    You mean Brian Boitano is “gay” like all male ice skaters, or “gay” “gay”?

  94. Craig Shergold
    August 5th, 2006 at 1:18 am [Reply]

    I mean, Matthew Barney and Guy Maddin are as “gay” as can be, but they’re both married. Barney bred with Bjork, which is one hell of a genetic experiment.

  95. DA
    August 5th, 2006 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    “#90 gets my vote for CotW!”



    I’m gonna actually, against my instincts, be the token conservative; I’m not entirely sure the era of two working parents has been great for society. Partially because of the horrific economic policies that make it hard for families to get by on one income, but also because the average family is so busy buying so much unnessescary shit. I certainly don’t hold anything against a woman who has kids and also works, but I also think that the model of one working parent, one care-taker parent has a lot to be said for it whenever possible.

    This shouldn’t be construed as a defense of pluggers. Even as a socially conservative redneck myself, I can’t stand that shit. It fits in the whole Jeff Foxworthy/Larry the Cable Guy Mileau; stuff that appeals to the people it’s playing to the lowest image of.

  96. Frank Drackman
    August 5th, 2006 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    Yeah that home body Andrea Yates was really good for those kids of hers..I don’t blame her though, surprised it doesn’t happen more often.

  97. DA
    August 5th, 2006 at 7:20 pm [Reply]

    Oh right, yes, because THAT is typical. I guess I can use Jeffery Dahmer to attack low carb diets then?

  98. Scumbaggioni
    August 5th, 2006 at 7:35 pm [Reply]

    Agrees with #95.
    STRONGLY sides with #97.

    DA is being civil and trying to discuss his point of view.

    Why the ridiculous attack, Frank? It’s no better than when my favorite name-switching troll pipes up and farts at me or Hogenmogen without any provocation whatsoever. It’s just uncalled for.

  99. paddywhack
    August 5th, 2006 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

    Or Jeffrey Dahmer as an attack on homosexuality. Or Ed Gein as an attack on single mothers.

  100. paddywhack
    August 5th, 2006 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

    Or Jeffrey Dahmer as an attack on homosexuality. Or Ed Gein as an attack on single mothers.

  101. Dan Perducci
    August 6th, 2006 at 12:53 am [Reply]

    where’s the plugger punchline? even if ‘grandma’ was not a stay-at-home mom, she could still be retired and able to care for the grandkid while mommy is at work!

    perhaps a somewhat more funny ‘plugger’ would be grandma plugger babysitting the kid while teen-mom:
    1.) went to work at the 7-11
    2.) went to meet her parole officer
    3.) went on yet another night out at the club…

  102. mere cog in the machine
    August 6th, 2006 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    Jeffrey Dahmer and Ed Gein are “gay”.

  103. Crankenstank
    October 19th, 2006 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: just caught this one because of the commentary on 10/19. If you want mixed marriage, you have to check out Kevin and Kell (on-line only, but as good as anything in the papers), which features a predator who has married her prey (and they’ve mixed their families from previous marriages.) Now THAT’S a mixed marriage dilemma…

  104. Satchel Briefcase
    April 8th, 2009 at 1:10 am [Reply]

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