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Coming soon: “Double-dip deranged murderer”

Blondie, 8/14/10

As is often the case, I find some of the incidental details in this Blondie to be much more amusing than the supposed punchline. For instance, although this establishment has the extremely generic name “Ice Cream Parlor,” we can see that the management has not only made the clever decision of outfitting a child in a banana suit to harass passersby, but has given this mascot a name, “Banana Bob,” establishing a brand identity that can be leveraged across media platforms. (Could they be behind the locked Bananabob Twitter?) Even better, the store’s flagship product is something called a “Sundae Maniac,” which really strikes me more as a description of someone who likes to eat sundaes (or possibly garnish sundaes with the blood of their victims), rather than a good name for a sundae proper; still, I always root for any commercially sold product with the word “maniac” in the name.

Apartment 3-G, 8/14/10

People have been doubting Margo because she refuses to engage her enemies Kat and Kitty directly, but like any crafty warrior, she knows how to win a fight against a more powerful opponent. Here we can see that she’s engaging in guerilla warfare, draining her enemies’ coffers until they can no longer afford to imprison her in a fancy midtown hotel. Do not underestimate the Margo! In panel two her eyes are crossing in delight as she contemplates her cleverness.

39 responses to “Coming soon: “Double-dip deranged murderer””

  1. Torgo
    August 15th, 2010 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    I prefer “Anna Banana” or “B’wana Banana” or “Hannah Banana”

  2. Windier E. Megatons
    August 15th, 2010 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    I look forward to Kat and Kitty attempting to break Margo by forcing her to wear an outfit constructed exclusively out of designer handbags.

  3. carbunicle
    August 15th, 2010 at 4:37 pm [Reply]

    I’d go for a Sundae Maeniac, myself.
    The outfit that Margo is planning to wear is Kat’s flayed skin.

  4. Poteet
    August 15th, 2010 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    Is Margo planning to grab six pairs of shoes, or twelve pairs of shoes? Or is she going to just grab twelve random unmatched shoes on the principle that the last option would be the most likely to enrage Mama Kat?

  5. CleverNameIsaac
    August 15th, 2010 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    Why would Margo buy designer bags when she could buy the magical color-changing jackets in the background?

  6. Baka Gaijin
    August 15th, 2010 at 4:49 pm [Reply]

    Blondie: Obviously Dagwood wandered through his panel’s border into Herb and Jamaal-land.

    Apartment 3-G: Margo in a suit of designer handbags and shoes is more fitting of her self-perceived social standing than a bikini made of soda boxes.

  7. turingcub
    August 15th, 2010 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    Margo’s even better than that. She’s threatened the store manager (“bribed with fists”, whatever) to quietly replace their regular stock with A3G’s signature baby-blanket palette of Pepto, School Bus, and There Are No Clouds, Dammit Sky Blue. Even better, she’ll probably go avant-garde back at the studio, and splatter their new outfits with hip, today’s-woman blood.

  8. Red Greenback
    August 15th, 2010 at 4:57 pm [Reply]

    Josh. At first I thought you may have slipped up by not writing “outfitting a child in a urine-soaked banana suit”, but then I saw the clever drain hole at the bottom.

  9. Ukulele Ike
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    @Doug Puthoff (#9): EEEEEK! No Duck! No Duck!! (holds up crucifix)

  10. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    @Doug Puthoff (#9): ixnay on teh uckDay. iz annedbay opictay. srsly.

  11. greghousesgf
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    since when does a banana split only cost $5.99? further proof that whoever’s writing Blondie probably hasn’t left his home in the past thirty years, at least.

  12. seismic-2
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    I want to see Banana Bob in that same suit, standing outside a drug store and hawking Levitra.

    FW: Does this “punch line” actually mean anything? Yeah, I didn’t think so, either.

    Snuffy. As near as I can figure, antique-lovers Lukey and Elviney bought a bucket at the pitcher show. Then they went to the movies.

    FC: Three of the four melonheads are being swept away by a powerful coastal current flowing along the shore! There is a God, even if he’s Neptune.

    SF: Ted sees Orion in the summer sky? Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and Ted is from South America.

  13. Bill Murray
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    Everything about Margo is asymmetric — eyeline, how her breasts hang, how she defeats seemingly more powerful opponents. She ghost wrote Mao’s Little Red Book and Prince’s Little Red Corvette. She’s an asymmetric polymath

  14. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:20 pm [Reply]

    I forgot to mention it earlier, and I am rather shocked that no one else has, but in today’s Get Fuzzy, Rob is getting ready to, and does, LEAVE THE APARTMENT!?!

  15. marindenver
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:48 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2: Glad I wasn’t the only one confused about Ted seeing Orion in the summer sky. But I’m pretty much confused as to why I continue to read that strip day after day after day hoping one day there will actually be a punchline.

  16. fluffy
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    The thing that puzzles me is why is the word “tasted” underlined in the first panel of Blondie?

  17. Tafadhali
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    See, while what Lu Ann and Tommie wear is self-evidently hideous, I like to imagine all of Margo’s clothing in really expensive, fabulous fabrics, so that something like today’s turtleneck is actually my favorite electric blue, cowl-neck cashmere sweater, rendered inexpertly in an imperfect medium. Her earrings? Mad Men chic!

    Meanwhile, Lu Ann’s pantsuit is clearly polyester and must go.

  18. Joe Blevins
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    @greghousesgf (#12):

    Yeah, but it’s the “super special,” which implies some kind of limited-time-only discount. This comic actually needs a fourth panel wherein the busty ice creamstress says something like, “Jesus!” and Dagwood kind of backs away nervously.

  19. Mac
    August 15th, 2010 at 6:05 pm [Reply]

  20. SamECircle
    August 15th, 2010 at 6:10 pm [Reply]

    This Omigosh plus 8/6/10 Luann’s Ohmgaw…

    Is this the year of strangely written expressions of surprise?

    It looks from the panel-one brown sign in mary worth like that store sells chopped-in-half radiators!

  21. Uncle Lumpy
    August 15th, 2010 at 6:15 pm [Reply]

    @Joe Blevins (#19):

    Mmm … “creamstress.”

  22. ElkMeadow
    August 15th, 2010 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#9):

    What are you talking about?

  23. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 15th, 2010 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    @SamECircle (#21): that isn’t something that Evans created. I’ve heard it used before, just can’t remember exactly where. It’s a bit dated, I think that “OMG” is more likely, but I can’t say that I’m any expert on current teenspeek either. As long as they understand “get off my lawn!” I’m happy.

  24. NoahSnark
    August 15th, 2010 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    The rage Margo feels when she is informed she has to appear on national television wearing nothing but what she purchased at the store will be awesome to behold. In all fairness though, a naked Margo lost in the abyss of homicidal blood lust would be great for ratings.

  25. Pseudo3D
    August 15th, 2010 at 7:58 pm [Reply]

    I’m not the only one who thought the banana costume was vaguely phallic, did I?

  26. Poteet
    August 15th, 2010 at 8:12 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#22): There must have been a comment about The Duck that got removed. Best to ignore it.

  27. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 15th, 2010 at 8:13 pm [Reply]

    @Pseudo3D (#25): it reminded me of peanut butter and jelly. . . . [*]

  28. JC
    August 15th, 2010 at 11:27 pm [Reply]

    RE: Blondie
    I was making a similar observation recently about Brewster’s flavor called “Chocolate Lover’s Trash”: seems to me an ice cream called “Chocolate Lover’s trash” should be every flavor *but* chocolate, as in the stuff a chocolate lover leaves behind.

  29. Rocky Stoneaxe
    August 15th, 2010 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    @Pseudo3D (#25):

    Sunday’s Blondie is nothing compared to today’s Herb & Jamaal — Jamaal’s head looks like a banana AND he’s eating a banana! Forget “vaguely phallic… that’s BLATANTLY phallic!

  30. Kibo
    August 16th, 2010 at 3:03 am [Reply]

    That sundae doesn’t interest me, but I’d love some tapioca pudding, because I am a MANIOC MANIAC!

    (And thus endeth the daily increasing of word power.)

  31. Dan K.
    August 16th, 2010 at 4:05 am [Reply]

    Is ‘Banana Bob’ a Baghdad Bob reference?

  32. Braniff
    August 16th, 2010 at 7:34 am [Reply]

    FC–Are Bil & Jeff Keane trying to be topical in regards to the big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

  33. Anonymous
    August 16th, 2010 at 7:49 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#29): Is that a banana in your pants or . . . is that a banana in your pants? (Apologies to Mae West . . .)

  34. Tom Allen
    August 16th, 2010 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    Actually, it wasn’t originally called “Sundae Maniac”. Ice Cream Parlor gave Banana Boy’s first suggestion, “Sundae Bloody Sundae”, a shot, but it bombed with the public.

  35. StrangeRover
    August 16th, 2010 at 2:48 pm [Reply]


  36. Charly
    August 16th, 2010 at 6:34 pm [Reply]

    Once again, Blondie shows that it never abandoned its Weimar-era Dadaism. “If you can’t trust a kid in a banana suit, who can you trust?” The reader is forced to mumble, “indeed, indeed,” despite the inherent nonsense of the statement. Elevators of clowns, maniac sundaes (and nothing else sold!), a twelve-year-old who hangs out at your home and only you can see . . . this is the stuff of Ionesco or Malevich, not the comic pages, and I vote newspapers start printing nothing but Blondie panels over and over, in succession, as a meta-, post-modern statement.

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