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Mean girl Monday

Apartment 3-G, 8/2/10

At last, someone is showing some initiative around here! Naturally it’s Margo, but the low level of rebellion on display is really pretty pathetic. Oh no, they’re going to leave their hotel room and order dinner! Really, Margo, we expected Kat and Kitty’s severed heads to be displayed on pikes as a warning to others by this point. Why exactly is reckless restaurant-going forbidden, anyway? Is the show broadcast live, in real time? Are they depriving Americans of their chance to watch three badly dressed women mope around in a hotel room? Surely the entertainment value there ended when Lu Ann and Margo drained the minibar.

Judge Parker, 8/2/10

Meanwhile, the transformation of Jules from “predatory European sexual threat to Sam’s American sense of morality” to “sad, abused doormat” is pretty much complete. The best part of this scene is the way he’s proffering up that shoe, like it’s some kind of excuse. “But, your father and I … we’ve been working … look at this shoe! It has a decorative buckle-thing! And it’s been weight-tested! Please love me!”

Jumble, 8/2/10

As always, I cheerfully admit that I don’t have the brainpower to actually solve the Jumble, so I have to make my guess on what’s going on from the visual. Obviously curly mustaches and furrowed brows are only found on evil characters in comics, so I’m guessing the boss is going to give Sam a raise for cooking the books and hiding millions of dollars in offshore shell corporations. You just wear that visor and sheepish expression on the witness stand, kid, and we’ll do great, trust me.

Popeye, 8/2/10

Once again, I’ve become briefly intrigued by the new Popeye storyline, though I’ll quickly lose interest once it devolves into the boring kind of insanity. At the moment, though, I’m intrigued by what Popeye and the Professor have cooked up. Looks like genocide! Scientific genocide.

81 responses to “Mean girl Monday”

  1. Ed Dravecky
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    Hey, color monkeys! The punchline to today’s Wizard of Id requires that the King’s shirt change colors to match the Boy Scout’s shirt. On the other hand, congratulations on finding a way to make a Wizard of Id strip less funny. Our top scientists didn’t think it could be done. [*]

  2. Zla'od
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:48 pm [Reply]

    “Popeye” is pretty strange today. Anybody know what’s going on? Is eugenics / genocide really a normal topic for Thimble Theatre?

  3. Mac
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    How about some comics page genocide? They could start with Popeye.

  4. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    yah, no Jewish stereotyping going on in THAT Popeye strip. . . .

  5. Ed Dravecky
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    JP: Wow, I bet this isn’t the first time Jules has said “Ned, I’m sorry! I’ll try to do better!” It’s no wonder she’s so happy Mark is single again.

  6. commodorejohn
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    You know, what I really love about today’s Popeye is that our titular sailor opposes killing half the world’s population because it wouldn’t be nice. Etiquette comes before such considerations as morality and basic human decency in his mind, apparently; it’s good to know he has his priorities straight.

  7. skullcrusherjones
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    Brutally beating random people while drunk on the green stuff? Sure. But genocide is where this mutated sailor draws the line!

  8. Rocky Stoneaxe
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

    If the cost of their meals is being underwritten by the TV show, then I hope Margo, Tommie and Lu Ann order the most expensive items on the menu. And buy a round of drinks for everyone in the restaurant, too!

  9. This Guy
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

    And stop apologizing
    For the things you’ve never done
    Time is short and life is cruel
    But it’s up to us to change
    This shoe called malice

    Popeye: Legacy strips are a disease. They are the cancer of this medium, and we… are the cure.

  10. Mibbitmaker
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    9CL: Brooke McEldowney is allowed a good one once and a while, even in this storyline.

    BF: That should just be “‘what’” — after all, she didn’t say “Are you going to tell me about your date or ‘or what’?”

    Crank: Hate! HATE!

    GA: If she reminds us what a shameless rip-off character she is one more time, someone (female) ought to hit her right on the bridge of her nothing!

    H&J: Cold? For giving what-for to a telemarketer? Hell, she’s a goddamn hero!

    GT, panel 1: Married to their childhood sweethearts Lizardbreath, Luann, whoever…?

    MT: ……or run away again.

    MW: Don’t worry, Mare — your (sigh) plan worked like a charm……. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas usual. On to the next foregone conclusion……

    Popeye: ….as those who invented the atomic bomb once said.

    NS: Welcome to Rerun Month!

    OBH: Willie is early 1950s Snoopy???

  11. Buck Ripsnort
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:04 pm [Reply]

    Aw, just OD Popeye on his “special” spinach (that’s stuff’s gotta be full of steroids and testosterone and devil-knows-what additives, right?) and sic him on, say, India. Problem solved in no time; seeing what this strip’s become, people will be too disgusted to schtup.

  12. Black Drazon
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

    “Stop talking like a failure! And stop apologizing! …Oh… my… god. You’re not continental at all. …you’re Canadian. No, stay back! I don’t need your shoes or your timbits! Daddy, help me!”

  13. Mibbitmaker
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#6): Apparently, he learned the wrong lesson from “It’s The Natural Thing To Do”.

  14. Andy L
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:07 pm [Reply]

    Haha! Kat and Kitty were already complaining that this show wasn’t going to be as good as they’d hoped. They’re going to pull the plug as soon as Margo gives them an excuse!

    Once again Tommie’s dreams will be crushed by Margo. Serves her right for having them in the first place.

  15. Mumblix Grumph
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:07 pm [Reply]

    Slow the birthrate? Easy, just release a Popeye sex tape.

  16. Andy L
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    I know a few scientists, that guy reminds me less of them, and more of the crazy old guy who sits in the corner local diner for six hours and only orders a glass of water and a two dollar pancake.

  17. Dragon of Life
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    Margo, in order to establish the moral high ground, quips about last meals while inexplicably aging thirty years.

  18. Bob Weber Jr.
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    Today King Features launched a dedicated website for “Oh, Brother!” This is the first time a syndicate has launched a new comic with its own website. I hope you will take a look and visit often!

  19. Smokehouse
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    If I had known Thomas Malthus made guest appearances in Popeye, I would have been reading it more often.

  20. Ukulele Ike
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:36 pm [Reply]

    Damn you all, Popeye’s Professor O.G. Watasnozzle IS one of our leading scientists, here in Comixland! AND he is a pure-bred Aryan! The nose is….well, it’s a ROMAN nose.

    A3G: While we have many fine steakhouses here in NYC, it would be more believable if the three young women were to sneak out for, say, sushi. Although it’s possible that Margo is only interested in drinking the blood from the others’ plates of rare, rare, ribeyes.

  21. Gnoll
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:42 pm [Reply]

    I really like that in the Jumble the bookkeeper is in room 404.

  22. Artist formerly known as Ben
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:45 pm [Reply]

    Really? Jules was considered a “predatory European sexual threat.” From the start, he’s seemed so asexual that I figured France must have revoked his citizenship.

  23. Jess
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:45 pm [Reply]

    The solution to the Jumble is “He counted.” I got it in about 5 minutes, not because I have more brainpower than Josh, but because I do waaaay too many cryptic crosswords. :)

    @21 Gnoll: I noticed that too and it made me giggle. I’m sure whomever writes the Jumble did not see the humor.

  24. Hank
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:49 pm [Reply]

    RE: Judge Parker. I must admit that my memory of earlier strips in this interminable, Barretto-less, sequence is growing hazier by the day. However, early on, didn’t Neddy say that Jules’ passion for his art was what she loved about him? If so, that seems to have been forgotten as the writer transformed him into some sort of nerdy loser with a lack of confidence in said art.

  25. Hank
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:52 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#6): Actually, that’s the cool thing about Popeye and what makes him one of the greatest heroes ever….he can boil mass murder down to “not nice” and eschew all the deep philosophical stuff in favor of simple, easily understood, morality. Now he can chow down some spinach and kick some ass.

  26. Warren
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:53 pm [Reply]

    I realize this may seem a bit petty for Margo, but our clue to her odd behavior lies in her line in panel one: “I’m busting out of this joint.” Obviously, Margo’s body is currently being inhabited by a Prohibition-era mobster. She no doubt has dozens such damned souls on hand to autopilot her body through boring parts of life while she turns her malevolent gaze elsewhere.

  27. Écureuil Écumant
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#20): Yeah, with all this sudden emphasis on “One. Last. Meal.” — hey, if that’s really how it’sa play out, then which of these dames is gonna settle for the corner steakhouse? I’d be picturing maybe Mongolian barbeque for them, with tankards of well-aged kumiss to wash it down!

  28. Patrick
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:56 pm [Reply]

    I love that Margo has brainwashed/intimidated her roommates so thoroughly that, when she breaks a rule, Tommie looks at Lu Ann with rage.

  29. Anonymous
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:02 pm [Reply]

    @Jess (#23):

    You need to give all the words, though, for those who want to know them: knack, typed, muffle, policy.

    We need to get a life, Jess!

  30. commodorejohn
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:10 pm [Reply]

    @Hank (#25): I suppose so. It’s still pretty damn funny.

  31. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    @Ed Dravecky (#5):

    I bet this isn’t the first time Jules has said “Ned, I’m sorry! I’ll try to do better!”

    In fact, I bet this isn’t the first time he’s said it while clutching a woman’s shoe.

    @Jess (#23):

    I’m sure whomever writes the Jumble did not see the humor.

    Don’t be so sure; “Jumble Jeff” Knurek is a frequent and clever contributor to this site.

  32. Roman Fingers
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:14 pm [Reply]

    @Black Drazon (#12): Jules can’t be Canadian. Canadian comic strip men must be named “Gordon”. That’s how you can tell them from real Americans.

  33. Dr. Drang
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    I guess I’m way out of the loop. When did Mr. Natural join the Popeye crew?

  34. Aviatrix
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    @Roman Fingers (#32): What about the francophone Canadian men? Couldn’t Jules be the Gordon equivalent?

  35. carbunicle
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:20 pm [Reply]

  36. bats :[
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:24 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#10): re 9CL: I liked today’s strip. Unfortunately, the cynic in me was thinking even as I read it, “You know, if BMcE hadn’t been dooting around with the endless storyline, this might’ve made the deadline for Memorial Day…or Veteran’s Day 2009.”

  37. Girl Reporter
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    @Ed Dravecky (Y#205): Holy moly! I think I might have the same problem. I often look right through someone I know when I see them outside their normal habitat. I certainly haven’t been as sorely abused by my creator! What’s my excuse, I wonder?

  38. Buck Ripsnort
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:34 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#20): “Roman nose”? Yeah, it’s roamin’ all over the place.

  39. Écureuil Écumant
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:43 pm [Reply]

    HtH: Lucky Eddie still remembered the evening when he and Helga whiled away a lazy hour together while Hagar was finishing climbing the front steps. He recalled how Helga had blushed a bit that night, dropping her eyes to her dirndl and finally blurting out, “When you cook for Hagar, it doesn’t take too long!”

    Now Eddie puts that bit of culinary espionage to the test. But he may find, to his chagrin, that when he’s the one cooking for Hagar it might take a whole lot longer…

  40. Hank
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#30): Yeah, the fact it’s also funny is part of the whole Popeye appeal.

    Really, if I can go off on a Milleresque rant here, Popeye is one of those characters who should still, but for endless corporate neutering, be one of the greatest characters around. In a lot of ways he’s a “working class hero” or “American myth” ala John Henry: the scrappy “little guy,” with mystical powers who rights wrongs and fights for what’s right without fancy speeches or self aggrandizing posing…kind of like what Spiderman was before he discovered television.

  41. Girl Reporter
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    I had occasion to drive I90′s Dead Man’s Curve tonight, twice.

    I haven’t been able to pay strict attention to the comments the last few weeks, but I don’t recall reading an “all’s clear” from the ‘mudges who were navigating DMC over the July 4th holiday with car windows shut tight against the cancer and crushing depression. Everybody okay? Flash the porchlight to signal you’re safe at home.

  42. Black Drazon
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know how many other people here read MSPA/Homestuck, but if you’re like me, nothing takes the haze out of wondering what “moirallegiance” could possibly be like checking up on Apartment 3G. Man, if reminding your roommates that you could easily/would easily/will definitely set them up as prime suspect in an ongoing murder investigation just to get a good steak isn’t friendship, I don’t want to know what is.

  43. Shawn S.
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:45 pm [Reply]

    Jumble: He…”was nude”? Ugh! I’m tired of dastardly bosses taking advantage of their elderly bookkeepers!

    Popeye: Why didn’t you use this logic with Hitler, Popeye? You were in your prime back then!

  44. NoahSnark
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:48 pm [Reply]

    I am intrigued by the storyline inherent in Saturday’s Jumble words – Guest Notch Pelvis Lackey. I refuse to look up the cartoon associated with it because I know I’ll just be disappointed.

  45. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:49 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#13): Aw, sorry I missed you. Not that we’d planned anything, but a certain friend tipped me off where you worked, and while I was there, I discreetly questioned two people, neither of whom recognized the name I dropped, so I let it go.

  46. carbunicle
    August 2nd, 2010 at 11:58 pm [Reply]

    Is Jules making his shoes out of iron? What’s up with that protective gear?

  47. Rimpy
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:06 am [Reply]

    Josh – the man who was on Jeopardy – thinks he can’t do the Jumble?

  48. Andy L
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:10 am [Reply]

    @carbunicle (#46): The gear isn’t that excessive. Safety goggles with side shields are a good idea any time you’re doing any grinding or using a rotary tool. (He clearly has a grinder here.) And an apron is pretty standard shop equipment. Perhaps he uses dyes and stuff.

    All that said, I have no idea what goes into shoe design, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable that you might occasionally use a power-tool while coming up with the basic shape of a prototype high-healed shoe.

  49. carbunicle
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:13 am [Reply]

    @Andy L (#48): Very reasonable points, but I assumed that he was crafting them from spiderwebs and hedgehog tears. I stand corrected! (I haven’t followed Judge Parker since Baretto left even though I like Manley’s stuff elsewhere.)

  50. Carly
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:19 am [Reply]

    I guess “I Dressed in the Dark” is sort of like jury duty. They have to keep the A3G girls sequestered lest they pick up a fashion magazine and suddenly they know too much.

  51. Nekrotzar
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:20 am [Reply]

    Now what are you doing, Jules?

    Averting my eyes, O Neddy.

    Well, stop it!

  52. Bob Weber Jr.
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:26 am [Reply]

    @carbunicle (#35):
    Thank you!

  53. DeLand DeLakes
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:07 am [Reply]

    Is the answer to Saturday’s Jumble some kind of plea to our country’s football players to practice safer sex?

  54. Just some guy
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:12 am [Reply]

    I like how the bookkeeper works in “404″ – as in “Not Found”.
    I think the solution is:
    He “was sexually harassed by his gay boss”

  55. Dewey's Coffee
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:24 am [Reply]

    BC – Does anyone understand this?

    DT – “Maybe someone will stop by with a clue, Tracy. Let’s just hang around this building with the absurdly large ‘POLICE’ sign on it in the meantime.”

    MT – I’ve never seen a perfectly straight bald spot that’s 1/8″ thick before, but I guess there’s always a first time.

    SM – Uh-oh! I smell wacky misunderstandings!

  56. Reepicheep-chan
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:36 am [Reply]

    I still do not understand today’s Luann. Is it because he is short? A bad dresser? Can someone please explain?

  57. Aviatrix
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:44 am [Reply]

    @Girl Reporter (#37), if the whole world looks like the A3G cast, you may have prosopagnosia. If the whole world looks like the Family Circus cast, you probably just have astigmatism.

  58. ElkMeadow
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:47 am [Reply]

    Oh man, I just saw tomorrow’s Rex Morgan. Who is the blonde Rex is discussing the mayor’s cancer with? Everyone in town (except the mayor’s wife) is going to know about the cancer, and she’s going to learn about it from his opponent’s ad!

  59. ElkMeadow
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:48 am [Reply]

    Saw Tuesday’s Mary Worth. Sheesh, Jenna, dry up and dry out, and go on a shopping spree or something. Get away from the phone and the computer and get a life.

  60. John Magnum
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:49 am [Reply]

    In order to feel superior to Josh, I have taken it upon myself to solve the terrible riddle of the Word Scramble:

    ANCKK becomes KNACK
    PYDET becomes TYPED
    LUMEFF becomes MUFFLE
    YIPLOC becomes POLICY


    Why the bookkeeper deserved a raise: He “counted”.

    I don’t think that even makes sense.

  61. Stroker Ace
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:53 am [Reply]

    Popeye – Can’t wait to see Wimpy wolfing down soylent green burgers.

  62. Girl Reporter
    August 3rd, 2010 at 2:52 am [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#57): I’ve been told it’s a very acute astigmatism. So I’ve got that going for me.

  63. Indichik
    August 3rd, 2010 at 3:12 am [Reply]

    @John Magnum (#60):

    At first glance today, I interpreted the pun in the Jumble to be strangely touching, like the the kind of motivational poster you might see on the wall of a kindergarten classroom — “everyone counts!” However, the supervisor’s sinister expression suggests that his praise ultimately provides little comfort to a man who’s most likely putting in 12-hour days chained to his adding machine out of misplaced loyalty to his crooked boss, who’s clearly running an elaborate Ponzi scheme that will inevitably be taken down by the SEC.

  64. Guest Notch Pelvis Lackey
    August 3rd, 2010 at 3:53 am [Reply]

    Ned, I’m sorry! I’ll try to do better!

  65. newday
    August 3rd, 2010 at 4:05 am [Reply]

    The Popeye plot gets weirder the next day. In reality, the world’s fertility rate in the economically “advanced” countries has decreased. There’s also no chance of taking out the Elderly, either, (just look at the hell raised over the Health Care Bill), because they have seen more action than most Baby Boomers and can still kick their asses in hand to hand combat.

    More relevant today are the crazies that want to wipe Israel/South Korea off the map. The ensuing nuclear winter will starve us all.

  66. The Ridger
    August 3rd, 2010 at 5:39 am [Reply]

    I’m guessing the professor is going to shrink people to half their size.

    I also can’t believe Mary Worth thinks what she did with Dr Mike is “offer” advice!

  67. Mr. Is
    August 3rd, 2010 at 6:33 am [Reply]

    I suspect that Popeye’s scheming chum isn’t nearly nefarious as he seems. Reduce the population by 50%, y’say? With just two antiquated misogynists and a comic strip? Easy! Bang every broad you see. Don’t tell anyone that one of you is blissfully unaware of his miraculous gift of sterility.

  68. Vince M
    August 3rd, 2010 at 7:39 am [Reply]

    @Mumblix Grumph (#15): Did anyone else just go to a scary visual place?

  69. Shawn S.
    August 3rd, 2010 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    @John Magnum (#60):

    Counted, as in he counts numbers and counted, as in he is important. This was clearly the safe route though; the answer should have been a funny word play on how his boss seems to be sexually attracted to him.

  70. gnome de blog
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:30 pm [Reply]

    So Neddy combines the sanctimoniousness of Mary Worth – she meddled Jules all the way to Spencer’s Corners so Sam could help him reconcile with his father – the social graces of Margo Magee, and the cold, cold heart of June Morgan. Give her her own strip, Woody!

  71. BHL
    August 3rd, 2010 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#34): No, the French-Canadian equivalent of “Gordon” is “Jacques” although this may become “Black Jacques” in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

    August 3rd, 2010 at 4:38 pm [Reply]

    JUMBLE- I was actually going for the Mr. Mooney tribute with that one. (Mr. Mooney Monday)

  73. Barto
    August 3rd, 2010 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    I’m inclined to think evil scientist guy’s solution has something to do with misogyny, not that this theme has never been visited in Popeye’s world. Of course, the hating is nicely balanced with Popeye’s condescension. So funny!

  74. Crankenstank
    August 3rd, 2010 at 5:34 pm [Reply]

    TYPED KNACK MUFFLE POLICY is a perfect formula for embezzlement, actually.

  75. Bagelsan
    August 4th, 2010 at 1:55 am [Reply]

    Our esteemed Mr. Trail would instantly reduce the population of that Popeye strip by 50% once he got an eyeful of that beard…

  76. kakenrip
    August 4th, 2010 at 3:42 am [Reply]

    @Reepicheep-chan (#56): It’s because of Knute’s deviant tendency to tear off pieces of his clothing at random intervals during the day (in this case, his sleeves, between panels 1 and 3).

  77. Mr. Snapple
    August 4th, 2010 at 4:06 am [Reply]

    This is not the first time the Popeye strip has dove into dangerous waters. A few decades past, cartoonist Bobby London (“Dirty Duck,” “Air Pirates Funnies,” and “The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers”) introduced an abortion storyline. In this tale, Olive Oil was mistakenly sent a baby doll. When she opened the package, she exclaimed loudly “what is this ‘baby’? I don’t want a baby. I’m going to get rid of this baby.” A busy body over heard Ms. Oil, and mistook her statements as plans for an abortion. Things quickly got ugly after that.

    After the strip, King Features and Mr. London decide it would be best if the cartoonist choose to explore exciting new chapters in his life.

  78. The Spectre
    August 4th, 2010 at 5:16 am [Reply]

    I’m just surprised Josh was able to pay attention to any of A3G after Margo says “I’m busting out…”

  79. saigai
    August 4th, 2010 at 7:02 am [Reply]

    Re: Judge Parker. Does Sam have a can fetish? This is the 18th day he’s been wondering around with two cans in his hand!

  80. giraffe-o
    August 4th, 2010 at 7:40 pm [Reply]

    I’m pretty sure “yer nerts” will fill a void in the popular lexicon, which has been gaping since the decline of “deez nutz!” in the early 2000′s.

  81. Data Recovery
    August 6th, 2010 at 4:06 am [Reply]

    Can you suggest me this cartoon telecast on television or not. If this telecast then also tell me the timing of it.

    Photo Recovery

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