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Impaneled

No complete strip really grabbed my attention Sunday, so for a change of pace, I thought I’d get up close and personal with three individual panels:

Panel from Curtis, 9/17/06

I’m pretty sure that Dr. Horsehead is almost always referred to as “the evil Dr. Horsehead” in the Curtis comic-within-a-comic, but the relative harmlessness of his crime here gives good reason for leaving the epithet off for once. If he keeps this up, he’ll be downgraded to “that mischievous Dr. Horsehead.”

Panel from Mary Worth, 9/17/06

Of course, we all love this panel because it indicates that Aldomania 2006 is far from over, and could even roar drunkenly into 2007. It also contains what might perhaps be a subtle shout-out to this site (commentators long ago proclaimed Bombay Sapphire the official liquor of the Comics College of Cardinals) and a pair of stalker-stalking, cell-phone-toting busybodies (“Like, oh my GOD, he’s going into the LIQUOR STORE!”). But what I like best about it is the subtle hunch in Aldo’s shoulders. He knows he’s walking into that booze dispensary a broken man.

Panel from Apartment 3-G, 9/17/06

There could be worse omens for your marriage than you having to forcibly remind yourself of your estranged wife’s name in your thought balloon. You could be thinking “Or hopelessly in love with my wife, what’s-her-name.”

50 responses to “Impaneled”

  1. GotFuzzy
    September 18th, 2006 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    Or maybe “Dr. Horsehead the Menace.”

  2. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 18th, 2006 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    Apparently, the evil Dr. Horsehead has also been working over Lu Ann

  3. Weaselboy
    September 18th, 2006 at 1:40 pm [Reply]

    “I have feeling though, that he won’t trouble you anymore”???????? Oh, we’re in for a HELL of a lot more Aldomania!

  4. says:
    September 18th, 2006 at 1:43 pm [Reply]

    I think that “pair of stalker-stalking, cell-phone-toting busybodies” might actually be a single multi-gender siamese twin.

  5. Isaac
    September 18th, 2006 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Baldo: Wow, I haven’t heard THAT joke before!

    Oh wait, I have. it’s from the 50s.

  6. Zelda79
    September 18th, 2006 at 1:48 pm [Reply]

    Only 2007? At the regular pace of Mary Worth storylines, it will be 2007 before he even takes a sip of the damnable “devil’s brew”.

    In either terribly unsettling (or amazingly fantastic) news, today’s Apartment 3-G is apparently infiltrating my life. I know Eric Mills! I’ll have to ask how the meeting today at 10 o’clock went.

  7. Uncle Lumpy
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    #6 Zelda –

    Can you get me an introduction to Margo?

  8. yellojkt
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for the shout out, josh. I think I will buy a half gallon of Bombay Sapphire on the way home and watch TV so I can learn what superheroes are working my turf.

    I think Ted is polyamorous and just had to remind himself which cheating bitch of his he is still in love with.

  9. Zelda79
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    Beetle Bailey: Sarge needs to watch himself. Grabbing that much ass might get him banned for violating the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which surely has a third, implied “don’t” of “Don’t Grab Same-Sex Ass”.

    Curtis: Gotta love the beer bottle lamp motif.

    Dennis the Menace: By the look on her face, Dennis’ mother is clearly thinking of sweet, sweet murder.

    Marmaduke: Looks more to me like he’s shifted into dead, and it’s because that little boy has choked the life out of him with that leash tied firmly around Marmaduke’s neck.

    Spider-Man: I’m fairly certain that “tingling” isn’t an accurate description of how a house on fire feels. From the looks of the Spider-Man half of your face, a more apt description might be “Then why is my spider sense tingling like lightning-sperm swimming towards my face?”

  10. Craigers
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    Gotta love the beer bottle lamp motif

    I assumed it was a whiskey bottle, actually.

    Pie was delicious.

  11. Hogenmogen
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    Check out the last panel of yesterday’s 9CL. Seth’s hand is on gay guy’s shoulder. He’s playing grab-ass worse than a Canadian Mountie with one hand and goes all Troy Gainer with the other. Cue the menage a trois music.

  12. Craigers
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    I know Eric Mills! I’ll have to ask how the meeting today at 10 o’clock went.

    This is excellent. Ask him how his meeting went this morning with Lu Ann Powers… press him on it, tell him it was in the paper, etc.

  13. Mibbitmaker
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

    The first single panel looks like a giant Q-tip missed hairy Ms. Liberty by a mile.

    The 3G panel: His wife, Lucy, is on the moon?!

  14. Senator Wizzrobe
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:14 pm [Reply]

    The 3G panel: His wife, Lucy, is on the moon?!

    No, no. His wife, Lucy, is the moon.

  15. Moesy
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:15 pm [Reply]

    Dr. Horsehead the menace? I guess he’d at least be more of a menace than our good friend Dennis the Mild.

  16. David V. Matthews
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    Aldo Kelrast = Load Stalker, as in a stalker who gets a load on, hahahahahahahahahaha!

    And he looks like Captain…Kool, from the Krofft Supershow!

  17. Zikar
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    I was worried that Josh wouldn’t drum up any Aldomania references in spite of several exciting plot developments. MW hasn’t been this much fun since everyone’s favorite trans-gendered meth pusher/addict.

    Oh, the overtures, the swan breaking, the casual use of hip “slang”…I can hardly wait!

    MT: Never, ever, have I rooted for a chicken-kicker quite like I have with Hoyt. DEATH TO MOLLY!!! Erm, actually, keeping the in strip reference…HOSTILITY TO MOLLY!!!

    RMMD: So, two shadow people duke it out for some lipstick, or whatever that crazy chika keeps in her purse…hmm…are they foreshadowing?

    MF: Wow…repetition+nonsense=FOOB

  18. Cornwhacker
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:28 pm [Reply]

    I think the 3G panel originally said simply “I Love Lucy”, but it was changed because readers would think he meant Tommie, who, it’s been established, is modeled after Lucille Ball.

    If only Gina looked more like a sack of doorknobs.

  19. johnw
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    Notice the complete and utter laziness of the layout in that panel of Sunday’s MW. The window signs and leaflets, the name of the store (“Wines Liquors,” how catchy) and the street signs — ALL are in the same font, same size! Whasamatta, Mr. Artiste? Did they cut back on your lettering budget?

    MW may be entering a Moebius storyline: Aldo stalks Mary, her buddies stage an intervention, Aldo goes back on the sauce, Mary saves him, Aldo falls for Mary again, Aldo stalks Mary… It’s “Groundhog Day” on the comics page!

    I am looking forward to seeing Aldo lying in a gutter in a pool of his own vomit. That’s when the Captain Kangaroo irony really kicks in. Everybody knows the real souse on that show was Mr. Green Jeans.

  20. Cornwhacker
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    I have to root for Molly on this one, simply because Mark Trail looks so sad today. Awww.

  21. dimestore lipstick
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    I grew up with a guy named Alec Wines. I had no idea he’d gone into the liquor business.

  22. Fred P.
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    Aldo’s descent to the gutter has begun! In Monday’s strip, he’s already blatantly ignoring “no parking” signs!

  23. Gracie287
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:48 pm [Reply]

    Today’s TDIET: Not so interesting, but I have to hand it to Scaduto for the internal consistency of Ragmop wearing his spiffy green plaid suit that he just bought on Saturday.

  24. Blueline
    September 18th, 2006 at 2:56 pm [Reply]

    Does SuperCaptainCoolMan fly around in a spermatozoa cell, or a radioactive Q-tip?

    I am a total Aldo sympathizer. Don’t do it, Aldo! He just wanted some hot Mary pie, and now he’s going to drink himself into oblivion. We can’t let this happen!

  25. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 18th, 2006 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    #9 (Zelda79) Marmaduke: Looks more to me like he’s shifted into dead, and it’s because that little boy has choked the life out of him with that leash tied firmly around Marmaduke’s neck.

    Oh my God, they killed Marmy! (You bastards!)

    (Take that recycled doorknob joke complainers!)

  26. Eighthman
    September 18th, 2006 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    Oh, c’mon, don’t be hard on the guy for putting a comma between “wife” and “Lucy,” because that is proper grammar for, uh, “speaking.” You’d have reason to nitpick if the comma wasn’t there, as that would suggest he had more than one wife.

  27. Edward
    September 18th, 2006 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    If Mary Worth has taught me anything, it’s that there’s nothing on this earth worse than drinking alcohol–or as I like to call it, ‘Satan’s Urine’. Far better that Aldo rape and murder an elderly lady than give in to the temptations of the bottle.

    Won’t someone please think of the swans?

  28. Matthew
    September 18th, 2006 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    #11 Um, yeah, Seth has his arm around gay guy. That’s because gay guy is Seth’s boyfriend.

  29. The Ray
    September 18th, 2006 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    That whole intervention got me thinking: is there a comics character out there more unpleasant than Ian or Trophy, I mean, Toby, Cameron? Oh…right.

  30. Dark Star
    September 18th, 2006 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    More information about Bombay Gin can be found on the internet.

  31. Normal Man
    September 18th, 2006 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    Subtle use of the ‘One Way’ sign next to the liquor store. As in “A one way trip to alcoholic hell!”

  32. Chaz
    September 18th, 2006 at 4:42 pm [Reply]

    You’d have reason to nitpick if the comma wasn’t there, as that would suggest he had more than one wife.

    The comma could mean that he thinks the moon’s name is “Lucy”.

  33. Bill Peschel
    September 18th, 2006 at 5:47 pm [Reply]

    You know, if the MW panel is a shout-out to the site, then that should be you and your lovely wife passing by the store.

    Sure, they forgot your facial hair and your wife’s not a blonde, but screwing up the coloring’s pretty much an average day’s work for the MW recking krew.

  34. Richard Onley
    September 18th, 2006 at 6:05 pm [Reply]

    #19: “I am looking forward to seeing Aldo lying in a gutter in a pool of his own vomit. That’s when the Captain Kangaroo irony really kicks in. Everybody knows the real souse on that show was Mr. Green Jeans.”

    Maybe they’ll hire Mark Tatulli as guest artist to draw the Bunny Rabbit/Mr. Moose/Grandfather Clock DTs . . .

  35. Prehumous
    September 18th, 2006 at 6:45 pm [Reply]

    Am I the only one who is worried about the fact that Beetle Bailey is “supporting our troops who are fighting overseas”? I mean, from what I’ve seen, Beetle Bailey is in extremely poor physical condition, has very little discipline, and his only combat training has been from avoiding the crude sexual advances of Sgt. Snorkel.

  36. Von Zeppelin
    September 18th, 2006 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    Once again, the artistic subtlety of Mary Worth surprises. Among the cheap, single-font lettering of the panel displayed, we see a street sign: “ONE WAY”. It points to the door of Wines Liquors, and, if my 10th grade English teacher taught me anything about symbolism, it really represents the distraught psychic state of poor Aldo. What is left to him, now that his masculinity has been crushed under the bootheel of Professor Gasbag and company? Only “one way.” And he’s not spending $32.99 plus tax for that fancy gin, either. He’s going straight for the blessed oblivion of Everclear and Koolaid.

  37. Tukla in Iowa
    September 18th, 2006 at 8:36 pm [Reply]

    Yep, Beetle Bailey would be long dead if not for his amazing mutant healing factor.

  38. Jim
    September 18th, 2006 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    Josh, it’s obvious that Aldomania is about to go into alcoholically fueled overdrive! You are my only source for vital updates on the world of Mary Worth, so please don’t fail to document each step of Mr. Kelrast’s disintegration – from that first step into the liquor store vestibule all the way to his arraignment for drunkenly brutalizing Mary.

    Also, why is Desi Arnaz involved in the Apartment 3G story line?

  39. Fogey
    September 18th, 2006 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    Kind of surprised to see a talking sperm flying by Lady Liberty…

  40. Joel
    September 18th, 2006 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    #6, the NYPD would love to talk to you. And Lu Ann.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/wanted/si-eric-mills.html

  41. mfdshan
    September 18th, 2006 at 11:00 pm [Reply]

    #19 & 33
    – or in the Charterstone pool after he drives his automobile in there. Oh, I hope professor pompous is taking a midnight skinny dip when that car hits the water.

  42. AppleGirl
    September 19th, 2006 at 12:25 am [Reply]

    I think Aldo will be a sloppy drunk. Heck, he’s a sloppy sober.

  43. Alan Vanneman
    September 19th, 2006 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    “No complete strip really grabbed my attention Sunday,” Josh? Don’t you mean, “I was talking to my old friend Johnnie on Saturday night, and just didn’t feel like doing my job.” Hey, if I were sitting on top of a tee-shirt empire, I wouldn’t waste my time making fun of the funnies myself.

  44. Josh
    September 19th, 2006 at 2:16 pm [Reply]

    Alan-

    I think you mistake “my hobby, which makes me a bit of money on the side” for “my job,” neither of which I feel particularly obliged to do on weekends.

    Josh

  45. fahrenheit451
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:16 pm [Reply]

    Is it me, or did Aldo lose his stripe either during the intervention or in the liquor store?

  46. Eyeteeth
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    I realize this is kind of a stretch, but I hold out hope that the prominent placement of Bombay Gin in “Mary Worth” is a reference to the Warren Zevon song “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”:

    Drinking heartbreak motor oil and Bombay Gin
    I’ll sleep when I’m dead!
    Straight from the bottle, twisted again
    I’ll sleep when I’m dead!

    This story arc is about dysfunctional behavior, after all. I’ll keep an eye out for more Zevon references in the coming weeks!

  47. Laurie Ann
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:18 pm [Reply]

    Mr. Greenjeans was a lovely man. Don’t drag him into this. I met him while he was recuperating at our local hospital. I, like Mary, was a volunteer.

  48. Karina Black
    September 22nd, 2006 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    Sadly, I am looking forward to Aldo’s further descent into madness.
    I never even realized that cartoon existed until this blog! So many nuances of which I was previously unaware. Thank you commentors!

    Is this the artist’s attempt at killing off Mary Worth? Has he finally seen the error of his less-than-spectacular ways?

    I don’t know about any of you, but I’m dying for a little hot action- MARY WORTH STYLE!
    GO ALDO GO!

  49. Library Cat
    September 23rd, 2006 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Ah, poor Ted. See this is what happens when you send your recently seperated from or ex-wife to the moon prematurely. Sometimes you want them back.

    I will catch up, even if it m#$%%#$%$&ing kills me. Or permanently blurs my vision.

  50. PInk Haired Girl
    January 13th, 2007 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    Don’t do it Aldo! We loved you far too much for you to die!!!!!!!!

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