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S.F.D.D.: Stalkers For Drunk Driving

Mary Worth, 9/19/06

While we can’t really tell that Aldo’s car is in motion here as he chugs down his bargain-basement booze, I think you and I both know that it is. And while some square lame-os will tell you all that this makes him a bad person, I think you and I both know that it actually makes him totally awesome. If there’s one thing that can make up for the bowl haircut, the late-70s ‘stache, and the dorky polo shirts all in one deft move, it’s tipping back a bottle of hooch with one hand as you try to navigate Santa Royale traffic with the other. Aldo’s willing to smear himself along the side of a school bus for our amusement, which is more than any of those so-called “responsible drinking” advocates can say. It certainly trumps Gil Thorp’s Marty Moon, who just drank himself into a stupor in a parked car like a little wussy.

Garfield, 9/19/06

I haven’t really changed my opinion about the slightly retooled Garfield of recent weeks: yes, it suddenly has other characters, and yes, it’s slightly funnier, but it still pretty much blows. Today’s strip actually supplies something of a metaphor for this, visually. When you first look at it, it looks like, in typical hack fashion, the same drawing has been photocopied and reused three times. But if you look at the final panel more closely, you can see that Jon’s upper lip is protruding out a bit more than in the previous two, so obviously some redrawing work has gone into it. So, I can appreciate that effort on a theoretical level, but in a larger sense, why bother putting in the work in the service of this gag, which manages to hint at something unspeakably perverted and yet actually just be dull and lame? The difference is noticeable, but ultimately not important. Which is in the end how I feel about the changes to the strip.

Pluggers, 9/19/06

You’re a plugger if nobody in the world would rather be you.

193 responses to “S.F.D.D.: Stalkers For Drunk Driving”

  1. tom
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:14 pm [Reply]

    aldo appears to be drinking johnny walker although the label should be blue red or black. not exactly bargain basement more like top shelf liquor.

  2. MossMoses
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    Aldo’s drinking will lead to a traffic accident in which he is brought to the emergency room on Mary Worth’s shift. He’s in bad shape after the intervention and will be in worse shape after the accident but it is nothing modern medicine and a few carefully selected platitudes can’t fix.

    Hoyt Evans apparently is not a recent graduate of the Erskine FBI School of Marksmanship. He missed Molly from point blank and now his little pow gun can’t hit the broad side of a saint bernard.

  3. Juan Arteaga
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    Aldo is not drinking basement bargain booze, he is drinking “Johnny” and that means Johnnie Walker, which depending on the blend can go for a hundred bucks a bottle. Knowing Aldo, he is probably drinking Johnnie Walker Red Label, the cheap one.

    Keep on walking, Aldo! Keep on walking!

  4. lizpet
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    Who thinks Aldo is going to be involved in a horrific car accident only to end up in a full body cast in the hospital where Mary works as a volunteer? And then she “falls in love” with the “man behind the Plaster o’ Paris.”

  5. Islamorada Girl
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:24 pm [Reply]

    Anyone else notice Aldo has a suspiciously Granthony-like porn ‘stache? Just askin’.

  6. Pope Buck I
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    Do we know that Aldo is, in fact, drinking? It looks like his mouth is clamped shut in that last panel – as if he’s resisting the evil villain’s Hypno-Ray with all his might, even as it forces him to raise the bottle to his lips!

  7. Poteet
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    As long as Aldomania is resurging, I wonder if some implication will be made in the strip that the gang-finger-waggin’ intervention was a bad idea? Not that it wasn’t, but if Aldo had been reported to the cops, I’m betting he would still have found his way back to the bottle. And if Mary had decided to give him a li’l taste of her experienced lusciousness just to shut him up, ditto. Some dreams are better left unfulfilled.

  8. Fred P.
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    Say what you want about pluggers. But at least this one has the sense to camoflage his booze by pouring it into a paper cup before he goes driving off (driving to where? where? its not like this sorry specimen actually has anywhere to go), which is more than you can say for Aldo.

  9. Tom
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    It’s good to know that Karen Moy and Joe Giella take their responsibility to the public seriously enough to only portray drunk drivers who wear seat belts.

    But… isn’t Aldo looking in his rear-view mirror? Do you think maybe his old friend “Johnny” is, not a bottle of booze, but a mummified corpse he leaves in his trunk between disappointments, then puts in the back seat when it’s time for a bender?

  10. dramashoes
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    You know you’re a Plugger when your children all die of scurvy, which could have been prevented if Pluggers had access to even the most basic medical care.

  11. Faye
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:36 pm [Reply]

    Okay, I have to say I finally understand how people can care about being first. It actually was kind of thrilling when i got here and saw the words “No Comments”…so I left and waited until there were a bunch of comments, just to remove the temptation to say “First!”

    But speaking of giving in to temptation, I feel very, very sad and worried about Aldo and his drinking– and I feel it UNIRONICALLY. It’s actually making me feel bad to look at a drawing of a made-up guy whose made-up life is falling apart. Please tell me others are feeling this, too, because I’m worried about both Aldo and me, now.

  12. Poteet
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:36 pm [Reply]

    #5 — Yes, I noticed that ‘stache, and I also notice that the ‘stache on the Mark Trail villain is also looking more pornish today. I’m wondering if it’s time for a forum discussion of comic ‘staches. If we Curmudgeons don’t do it, who will?

  13. Ron
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:40 pm [Reply]

    Over in FOOB, you just know that plaintive look from Rebecca in panel three means that pretty soon she’s going to come crying to April about how life for her is so hard and she wishes she had the simple, honest friendship that only a Patterson woman can give her.

  14. MossMoses
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:42 pm [Reply]

    11: Faye, it’s okay but I’m hoping Aldo can channel his drunken rage and return to Charterstone to kick some finger pointing busy body ass. “Bitch, you wagged your finger in my face for the last time. Yo Chinbeard, I’m gonna make you eat the hair off your chinny chin chin. And you, you pudgy little combover freak , here’s some advice for you, “Dont fuck with Aldo Kelrast” and he proceeds to maim and mutilate the lot of them. At least then Mary Worth might get some more interesting neighbors then.

  15. Pope Buck I
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    In panel 1, Aldo looks less like Captain Kangaroo for once, and more like a very dignified turtle I once had as a pet. Daisy, I miss you!

  16. Marion Delgado
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:46 pm [Reply]

    I prefer to believe he’s drinking Bombay gin in a Johnnie Walker Red Label bottle. But that’s me.

  17. Fred P.
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:47 pm [Reply]

    Well, I was sitting there for ages staring at that Garfield strip, looking for differences between the panels (like with one of those paper placemats like they give kids at Denny’s, where they have those fun little puzzles to spot the differences between two pictures to keep the nippers quiet until the Tater Tots come, you know the placemats I’m talking about). But then I realized that it was a Garfield strip I had been staring at, and I got horribly depressed.

    My god, how could my life have collapsed to the point where I’m actually turning to Garfield for amusement?

    If you need me, I’ll be in the car with a bottle of consolation.

  18. Poteet
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:48 pm [Reply]

    #11 — Faye, I’m not concerned about Aldo, but I’m seriously worried about Molly the Tame Bear in MT, and it feels totally justified. That’s what comic-reading is all about. So I say don’t worry, as long as you don’t hear voices telling you to send Aldo money or bear his children.

  19. MrP
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    Actually, the panels in the Garfield strip look sufficiently different that I think they were at least all inked separately. And considering the way the strips are made, this likely caused some griefing between the inker and the boss.

    “No, I don’t care if the penciller photocopied his drawing three times! Here at the inking department, we show SOME pride in our work, even if it’s utterly pointless to ink each panel separately for those insanely tiny differences!”

  20. Blueline
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:52 pm [Reply]

    Anyone else think that plugger uses his car antenna as a back-alley abortion tool? Or have we decided that poluggers are all pro-life republicans?

    Nobody said a plugger’s life was pretty.

  21. Marion Delgado
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:55 pm [Reply]


    I keep repeating this, but Mary Worth is 128 years old, and exceedingly plain. Under no normal circumstances would she even be alive, let alone have a young stalker.

    What’s happening is, Aldo was in THRALL to her, and she was preparing to rid herself of him and slake her appetite at the same time. Her fellow “well preserved” neighbors INTERVENED because Mary had amateurishly been seen repeatedly in public with Aldo. Their intervention spared Aldo’s life, such as it is. But nothing fills the void of a thrall rejected by his mistress.

    Aldo is seeking oblivion one way or another, and Mary is probably projecting suicidal, self-destructive mental commands at him.

    So don’t worry about Aldo – pretend he’s someone passing through Funky Winkerville en route to his destiny in the form of an 18 wheeler on the Highway of Death.

    By the way this clears up the mystery of why Mary saw it as an act of courage to go to the downtown Women’s Center. When she first moved to that town she went there ostensibly to seek refuge but really to commit a string of brutal slayings. That was 20 years ago, but you never know who will still be around to recognize you.

    So if anything, worry about Mary. When Jeff gets back from hunting in Cambodia, he will NOT be pleased.

  22. winterbear
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    I gotta wonder if Brookins actually has a clue about what Identity theft is…. But then I spend way too much time thinking about pluggers logic.

    Josh… I really wish you hadnt brought pluggers to my attention.

  23. Fred P.
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    If you squint a little, it sure looks like Plugger Bear’s got himself some vanity plates that say “PLUGGER”. Which would sure dress up that old heap he’s driving.

    Anyways, at least we’ve been shown the car to which the famous two-key keyring belongs.

  24. Marion Delgado
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:57 pm [Reply]

    BlueLine, pluggers are all pro-life. If they do have to do aerial abortions, then you need to bear in mind that Christans aren’t perfect, just forgiven. But really, why would their children let them at their granddaughters – the only females in the family for whom abortion would be an issue, since their daughters are all post-menopausal.

  25. Laura
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:00 pm [Reply]

    What’s happening is, Aldo was in THRALL to her, and she was preparing to rid herself of him and slake her appetite at the same time..

    Oh my god, Mary Worth is La Belle Dame Sans Merci!

    I always knew being an English major would come in handy one day.

  26. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:05 pm [Reply]

    #9 (Tom) Do you think maybe his old friend “Johnny” is, not a bottle of booze, but a mummified corpse he leaves in his trunk between disappointments, then puts in the back seat when it’s time for a bender?

    Well, that might explain his hots for Mary…

  27. Chromium
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:08 pm [Reply]

    Here’s an interesting experiment: try reading “Pluggers” strips by picturing actual human beings in place of the animals. I can’t tell if that would be insanely horrifying or hilarious, but either way I’m betting it never would have been syndicated, ever. I almost wonder if MacNelly originally submitted this with fat old men in all the drawings and the syndicates kept rejecting it.

  28. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:11 pm [Reply]

    #17 (Fred) I found that if you stare at it long enough, it goes 3D like those magic-eye thingys.

    I think you see the effect just before the brain hemorrhage. Or just after.

  29. Bobdog
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:15 pm [Reply]

    You can always judge the success of an intervention by how self-destructive the behavior that it inspires within its intended target is.

  30. Chase
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    The Pluggers comic really doesn’t ring true to me. Sure, I don’t know any actual human-animal hybrids, but the people I most identify as “pluggers” are precisely the people who are most afraid of identity theft for some reason. I, on the other hand, don’t care at all, because who’d want to drive my car anyway, right?

  31. Q. Pheevr
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    The lawyers over at Johnnie Walker have been trying for some time now to secure an injunction against the sale of the notorious cheap knockoff known as Johnny Stalker Yellow Label.

  32. Old Fogeyette
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:18 pm [Reply]

    #11, sorry, but I don’t feel a bit sorry for Aldo, because I have zero tolerance for driving and drinking. (Sorry to you too, Josh). On the other hand, it’s probably pathological to be upset about a fictional character drinking fictional booze and driving in a fictional town, all pretty poorly drawn at that.

    Even more pathological, like Poteet I am very concerned about Molly the Bear. I hate that story line for making me feel anxious, and when it is finished I shall swear off Mark Trail forever.

  33. Bobdog
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:19 pm [Reply]

    Are the pluggers unconcerned about identifty theft because they are pennyless or because they’re clueless? It seems like this cartoon might be suggesting that Pluggers are the perfect targets for identity theft because they clearly aren’t taking any precrautions to prevent it if it’s the last thing they worry about.

  34. AhClem
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:24 pm [Reply]

    #9 – Aldo also puts the mummified corpse in the front seat so he can use the freeway carpool lanes illegally. Much more effective than his blow-up Mary doll, which was recently stolen by Jon and is used for questionable purposes when Liz is busy neutering cats.

  35. rose
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    “The man with nothing to say and no one to hear it is a special Everyman archetype, entirely unidealized, unromantic. He’s not just a funny dork character, but everything boring about our lives. If we wonder why anyone would bother writing, drawing, let alone reading, a daily check-up on a character whose essence is to be dull, the answer is that no page in the newspaper will give you real life like the three panels devoted to Garfield. The rest of the news is dedicated to documenting the “remarkable”, the noteworthy, the extraordinary. The rest of our entertainment diet for the day is spent escaping life or pinpointing those moments that give it meaning. Those times when everything makes sense, those moments we remember until we die: those are rare and fleeting. Jon Arbuckle’s daily struggle is the great wash of our lives in between those moments. Garfield isn’t boring: you are.”–

    Everyone not reading Permanent Monday is a loser.

  36. Kate
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:34 pm [Reply]

    1) I thought I was the only one who got upset whenever Molly the Bear showed up.

    2) “Jon Arbuckle’s daily struggle is the great wash of our lives in between those moments.” No, because I’m really upset about Molly the Bear.

  37. Chromium
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:41 pm [Reply]

    35, agreed. I can’t believe more CC people aren’t on that site…

  38. ShadeEagle
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:45 pm [Reply]

    It’s good to know that Plugger isn’t worried about identity theft, because a guy in my apartment complex was talking about all the new credit cards he got today. Something about a new SS #, too… I dunno. At least Pluggers aren’t concerned with identity theft, right?

  39. Mazement
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:45 pm [Reply]

    I don’t see Aldo being able to drink Bombay Gin. All the bottles have Mary’s picture on them. (Actually I think it’s supposed to be Queen Victoria, but she looks a lot like Mary.) I’m going with the theory that he’s drinking Johnny Walker Gold Label.

  40. reader-who-posts
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:51 pm [Reply]

    In this slightly-altered version of Garfield, couldn’t they have done something about his freakishly large feet?

    And while they are bringing back old characters, maybe Liz can find the decomposing body of Jon’s roommate (and Odie’s owner) Lyman in the basement.

  41. Weasel Boy
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    Drinking while driving. Looks like Aldo is going to need another intervention. I shudder to think what kind of behavior it will lead to, however.

  42. James Schend
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    I think I’m a day late…

    Spider-Man’s “spidey-sense” is tingling while he lies in bed is probably because there’s no butler clubbing him in the back of the head.

    That is all.

  43. Marc
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:04 pm [Reply]

    2 (MossMoses) I didn’t even think of that! Good way to end the plot!

  44. dan b
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:14 pm [Reply]

    with apologies to the late Elliott Smith:

    Aldo fakes it through the day
    With some help from Johnny Walker Red.
    Sends the poison rain down the drain
    It puts bad thoughts in his head.
    The last time he did it he killed his wife
    Her skull cracked in two
    Damn you Mary, the next one I kill
    Yeah it’s gonna be you.

    He thought he was gonna
    Get some, but instead
    Chinbeard and Toby
    Wilbur arms crossed waiting and everyone said

    “YOU BETTER NOT” and pointed at
    The mope, as he walked away
    To a place I’ve seen in a lot of Mary
    Worth strips, the Wine Liquor shop.
    He can’t have her but
    He’s gonna get, tanked and go nuts
    Damn you Mary, the next one I kill
    Yeah it’s gonna be you

    He knows she wants to see him gone
    But we all know that she won’t and it drags
    This storyline, a few months

    Drunk driving through Santa Royale
    All weepy and bored
    Aldo’s gonna beat, old withered Mary
    Cause of death? No accident at all
    He’ll vanish, all drunk in bloody clothes
    Not easy to do
    No more Charterstone, Aldo’s gonna
    Have to find some other old bag to stalk
    Damn you Mary, not the last old lady he’ll kill
    Johnny Walker wants him to.

  45. Fred P.
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:17 pm [Reply]


    My theory: The spidey tingling Peter feels is in all actuality the first symptoms of yet another STD infection courtesy of Mary “spidey-slut” Jane. Looks like that radioactive spider wasn’t the only bug to bite Peter Parker!

  46. Amber
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    #44 Which Elliot Smith tune should I hum with these lovely lyrics? It driving me crazy that I can’t figure it out.


  47. jvsclps
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:33 pm [Reply]

    Johnny Stalker Red.

  48. Phil
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:40 pm [Reply]

    Good Lord I hope this hasn’t been mentioned already, but…I knew “Aldo” reminded me of something, and I just figured it out – Aldo Nova and the 80s classic, “Fantasy”

    Summer breeze makes you feel alright
    Neon lights shining brightly make your brain ignite
    See the girls with the dresses so tight
    Give you love if the price is right
    Black or white
    In the streets there’s no wrong and no right

    so forget all that you see
    It’s not reality
    It’s just a fantasy

    Can’t you see
    What this crazy life is doing to me
    Life is just a fantasy
    Can you live this fantasy life…

  49. Amber
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    Okay, everyone, scroll up and re-read Mary Worth. We are told that Aldo INTENDS to drown his sorrow (just one sorrow, btw, despite his sad little life). And, since the bottle doesn’t quite look open, nor is there any evidence of liquid flowing into Aldo’s mouth, it’s safe to assume that before he starts the car and drives away, Mary will come to her senses and find him on this one-way street to drunken bliss… and proceed to further crush his soul. I, for one, can’t wait.

  50. says:
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:52 pm [Reply]

    So, being intrigued by all this talk about a re-vamped, reworked, but not particularly better Garfield, I ventured a trip to the Official Garfield website. I warn you now, don’t do it, ever. It is so cluttered that it almost instantly induces the brain hemmoraging that #28 talked about. That is probably why Garfield strips are so plain, to save the average American newpaper reader from unwanted brain ailments. Jim Davis is doing us all a favor by printing the most boring, plain, not-enough-jokes-or-situations-to-sustain-humor-for-the-number-of-years-it-has-been-running comic.

  51. Tommie’s Dream ”Date”
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:58 pm [Reply]

    Isn’t that Mary driving by Aldo’s car in the first panel, so that the second panel is from Mary’s viewpoint?

  52. Citric
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:00 pm [Reply]

    So what is the first thing a plugger worries about? Whether he can make enough money performing back alley abortions with his car antenna to pay for the inevitable quintuple bipass which would result from his steady diet of pizza and dumpster scraps?

  53. Harry Paratestes
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:03 pm [Reply]

    Garfield: Yeah, Jon, wait till your wedding night to show Liz your collection of ‘sock babies’ that you’ve been making and gathering up for years. Such humor is typical of Garfield’s creator. Gag.
    MW: Maybe Aldo will get drunk and crash into a Charterstone pool party celebrating his leaving, killing everyone.

  54. Iggy
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:17 pm [Reply]

    I knew drinking was a substitue for sex, and Aldo saying, we come together again just proves it …

  55. Jives
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:19 pm [Reply]

    I can’t believe I’m using my first post back in a long time to say this …

    But I liked that Garfield.

  56. Sheila
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:33 pm [Reply]

    No no no, HERE’S what will happen.

    Aldo will have a car accident and wind up in the hospital, EXACTLY WHEN Dr. Jeff returns from stitching up fistulas in the wilds of Cameroon or whatever the hell he’s been doing. Dr. Jeff will hear Mary’s account of the stalk-o-rama and will do some creative surgery on Mr. Kelrast, ensuring that he never again shoves his way into anyone’s apartment for “conversation”, if you know what I mean and I think you do. Mary will contribute a platitude and then it’s off to the Bum Boat for a smuggle (i.e., a smug — but chaste — snuggle).

    MEANWHILE, some loser will rent the Fatal Apartment next door to Mary, and we’re off! on a new exciting adventure starring America’s favorite busybody…

  57. Schmucko the Funny
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:35 pm [Reply]

    I know I said it last night, but it still looks like Aldo’s about to break his teeth on that bottle.

  58. Doug Puthoff
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    #9–that’s COTW material.

  59. ralelen
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:41 pm [Reply]

    Man Im sure glad Aldo is wearing his seatbelt. Wouldn’t want him to get a ticket after his DUI.

  60. Desdemona
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    #25- You just made my day. Thanks for the Keats!

  61. Iggy
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:52 pm [Reply]

    Well, considering what’s hidden in MY sock drawer, Liz could be in for a surprise from Mr. Arbuckle!

  62. Elise Kelrast - RIP
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:02 pm [Reply]

    #48 – I envision “I Walk Alone” by Greenday and imagined ol’ Aldo swigging and slurrily singing along while weaving down the interstate. I do, so hope he has a cell phone and does some drunken driving AND dialing.

  63. Monkey's Paw
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:13 pm [Reply]

    If Aldomania doesn’t end with Aldo shreiking maniacally, a bottle of Bombay in one hand and Mary’s head in the other, backlit by the flames of the burning pyre that is Charterstone, I for one am going to be dissapointed.

  64. anon
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:17 pm [Reply]

    #26 – omg I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when I read that! Ha!!

  65. Mike P
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:21 pm [Reply]

    I was reading through the Pluggers archives, and as it turns out, a Plugger is someone who can use the same punchline several times within a three-month period and experience no shame from it.

  66. Irion
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    More information about identity theft can be found in Nigeria.

  67. Lady
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    my town is now a plugger town? Woe and despair, Great Falls…

  68. Mooncity
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    What I really like about Aldo’s boozefest is that it comes straight out of a “Matt Helm” movie. In one of them, Dino is seen boozin’ while drivin’ in the exact same way…only way, way cooler.

  69. AppleGirl
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    11 & 18 – Faye and Poteet, I was feeling uncomfortable and bad for Aldo during the inquisition, but now that he’s begun his lost weekend I am happy for him.

    And I am so afraid for Molly that I haven’t looked at MT since she appeared. I cannot stand to see friendly animals in the midst of cruel people.

  70. java-jon
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    In the last panel you just think Aldo is referring to his old friend, “Johnny”. He is really referring to his old friend “Rosie”. Check out the movement lines on the bottle and Aldo’s head, and just where is his other hand?

  71. Richard Onley
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:27 pm [Reply]

    #70: “In the last panel you just think Aldo is referring to his old friend, ‘Johnny’. He is really referring to his old friend ‘Rosie’. Check out the movement lines on the bottle and Aldo’s head, and just where is his other hand?”

    Oooooh, Cracklin’ Rosie, get on board! We gonna ride till there ain’t no more to go, takin’ it slow . . .

  72. Summerhouse
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    #27 Chromium – There is a version of Pluggers with humans instead of animals; it’s printed every day – it’s called Dinette Set. Two days ago I posted about it, with the verve and conviction of someone who has just discovered, say, oxygen, and I was met with *crickets*crickets*crickets*. Guess everybody else had figured it out long ago. Ah, well. It was news to me. Maybe it’s nnews to you as well.

  73. FE
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:41 pm [Reply]

    Wouldn’t it be great if MW messed with our minds a little? Instead of Aldo-in-the-hospital-with-Mary storyline we all expect, what if the doctors turn Aldo into a cyborg? Then he could join forces with Doc Ock and kidnap both Mary Worth and Mary Jane in the long-awaited MW-Spider Man crossover.

  74. angry black woman
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:42 pm [Reply]

    oh aldo, how I love that you’re going to slam into innocent children while drunk driving. and yes, i agree, that car’s not parked, it’s totally moving. Aldo is a bad ass! he’s not even hiding that bottle in a paper bag.

  75. Ouish
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:42 pm [Reply]

    21. Funky Winkerville

    The location of FW is Westview.

    No, I didn’t know that. I found that information on the internet.

  76. dan b
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:58 pm [Reply]

    sorry Amber #46 – Miss Misery!

  77. Clay Blankenship
    September 19th, 2006 at 11:15 pm [Reply]

    Ironic that “Uncle Jay” who sent in this Pluggers idea didn’t give his whole name.

  78. Kev
    September 19th, 2006 at 11:20 pm [Reply]

    Josh, thanks for being a whole lot more entertaining than Mary Worth and (DT)GT combined!

  79. dan b
    September 19th, 2006 at 11:29 pm [Reply]

    #70: a little Jackson Browne? it’s just you and me tonight Rosie?

  80. stevedogg
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:01 am [Reply]

    i’m hoping that aldo gets so drunk that he drives into the wrong strip and, mistaking her for mary worth, ends up making out with molly the bear.

  81. treedweller
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:22 am [Reply]

    #32 fogeyette, yeah, right, you can quit whenever you want. Does anyone have three random, self-righteous friends who never met fogeyette and have nothing to do in the afternoon? It’s time for an intervention.

  82. The G-Man
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:46 am [Reply]

    I hate to sidetrack the awesome Mary Worth and Pluggers, but since I can’t add anything. . .
    Judge Parker 9/19-9/20 (I realize 9/20′s tomorrow, but the Chronicle’s got ‘em up) Raju’s trip to the mall is exciting. Tuesday, he’s reacting to the mass of scantily clad young women in the only way he knows how (“Down, boy!”) And on Wednesday, the look on his face is devious in a way that only makes sense in a villan kind of way. That raised eyebrow does not bode well for the female population of wherever the Hex this comic takes place. It reminds me of the captain of the Math team from Mean Girls.

  83. mark
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:58 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail Roundup: Mark Trail’s insane dawdling (the final panel of the 15th and 18th shows him making the same observation about the fact that dogs are trying to kill Molly and he really ought to do something something about it) leads to disaster today when Molly and Andy plummet off a cliff. This has more than a degree of similarity to Spiderman’s recent battle with The Butler. Looks like the next Mark Trail plotline will involve a battle with old Doc Oc. Or something.

  84. Tj
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:13 am [Reply]

    Pluggers dont worry about identity theft because they’re not on ‘the grid’ which explains the penury and dumpster sifting mentioned above.

  85. jenga
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:39 am [Reply]

    Okay, Margo can never, ever, just be happy for someone. I mean, nobody wants her to be happy for, say, Gina, but does everybody really deserve her over the shoulder “Stare of Death,” looking into which, can shatter your soul? Then again, she is the only slightly interesting character in the strip.

  86. Robert Whitaker-Sirignano
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:50 am [Reply]

    The stalker Dude in Mary Worth seems to look familiar. It reminds me of Captain Kangeroo, sans friendly pocketed outfit and no hat. He looks the same.

    So after the cancellation of his show, he stalks old women in a lame comic strip and gets drunk.

    Al Capp did a good job twisting the strip around as “Mary Worm”, back in the sixties.


  87. jenga
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:59 am [Reply]

    Newsflash: More info on Aldo looking like Captain Kangaroo can be found on the internets.

  88. jenga
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:02 am [Reply]

    looking at what I just wrote, replacing “the internets” with “every single comments page on this site” would have been way funnier…

  89. jenga
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    #15 in todays par example.

  90. AppleGirl
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    85 – Margo is the only interesting character in A3G because bi-polar manic depressives with attention deficit disorder are ALWAYS interesting!

  91. jenga
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:11 am [Reply]

    #90 You forgot bulemic…

  92. Tj
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:20 am [Reply]

    A plugger doesn’t worry about identity theft cuz his identity is safely embedded on a sub-dermal chip installed by the department of animal control.

  93. AppleGirl
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:24 am [Reply]

    91 – Yes!
    92 – Yes!

  94. Ouish
    September 20th, 2006 at 4:27 am [Reply]

    Aldo’s bottle looks like it has a cork in it! Maybe what he’s doing in panel two is pulling it out with his teeth. He is badass! He’s like a pirate with a bottle of grog! It’s as if a different personality has taken over. Maybe it has! Maybe Aldo has mutliples, and now, under the strain of rejection, his A personality is in the process of being subsumed by his wild B personality. Run, Mary, run! Aldo Kelrast is now Barfo Kelrast!

  95. smacky
    September 20th, 2006 at 6:18 am [Reply]

    Is Baldo going to woo a bottle of shampoo all week? Not that there’s anything wrong with that… I just want to know if I’ll be seeing a 15-year-old boy making love to shampoo.

  96. Ran
    September 20th, 2006 at 6:32 am [Reply]

    Hah! You’re all wrong! He’s not drinking booze, its one of those designer Ice Tea’s those califorinicators all go in for, Johnny Ginzeng SoBo Whizbang or something. Its a healthnut thing and will lift him from his depression after unsuccesfully trying to reach out to shut in little old lady.

    Oddly enough, Aldo is the most interesting and complex character I’ve seen in the comics for a long time. His faults frustration give him more depth than any of the other comics. I say, run with it, start a new series ‘Aldo Keltrast’ and feature the slow painful total destruction of a tragic man, broken after the death of his only true love.

    Within six weeks it would be printed on the front page.

  97. Christopher
    September 20th, 2006 at 6:54 am [Reply]

    I like to think that Aldo’s drinking Johnnie Walker gold label, which goes for seventy odd dollars a bottle.

    Somehow the fact that he’d buy something that expensive and then just guzzle it down straight from the bottle amuses me.

    I mean, he may be a hopeless drunk, but he has taste. He can’t drown is sorrows in any old swill.

    Also, why a car in that Pluggers strip? Very few identity theives manage to take your entire life. I mean, once they’ve gotten to your car, they probably also own your house and are sleeping with your wife.

    Me, I would’ve had a Plugger looking at a bank statement with the words “overdrawn” prominently displayed, but maybe that would be too depressing even for Pluggers.

  98. pelagius
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:44 am [Reply]

    You know you’re a Plugger if you… are Chinese?

    “More than 65 per cent of Chinese respondents to the survey would choose to be born in another country if they could live their lives over again, the poll at indicated.”

    MW: I so called this…

  99. Renee J
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:46 am [Reply]

    MT- Oh, no, Molly and that dog are going over the cliff!

  100. Sheila
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:56 am [Reply]

    As near as I can tell, the defining characteristic of a Plugger is a miserable, poverty-stricken life, devoid of any ease, comfort, or joy. That is, after all, why they need to keep “plugging” along — no excited racing from thrill to thrill for them, oh, no, sir! It’s a stark, dreary existence out there on the outside looking in — no consumer electronics, no new cars, no hired professionals to help with problems. In fact Pluggers seem only dimly aware that most people can afford such things.

    What a horribly depressing premise for a “comic” strip!

    Meanwhile, I gotta disagree that Dinette Set is the same thing — it’s the opposite! The Dinette Set cast consists of a handful of tasteless wanks who have just enough money to try to be pretentious with it. The humor (if you find it funny) comes in as they fail miserably.

  101. smacky
    September 20th, 2006 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    Molly tries to french kiss the cliff on the way down and cannot understand the hostility gravity has toward her.

    JP: Raju confirms that the infiltration of American pop culture into India is complete by doing his best Mr. Burns impression. I’m surprised they didn’t add the word EXXXXXXCELLENT above his head.

  102. jess a.
    September 20th, 2006 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    If Mary Worth is going to try to make me feel sorry for the quite possibly criminal stalker (who is currently engaged in the criminal act of drunken driving!), I’m going to be very upset.

    Which reminds me — Mary Worth never did tell me what happened to not-barren-Anna, which is the storyline that got me into this whole mess. (Well, that storyline and Josh.)

  103. Grundoon
    September 20th, 2006 at 8:14 am [Reply]

    #96 – Ran – I think you’re on to something. Aldo suddenly looks more like Jimmy Corrigan’s adopted brother than He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

  104. Hogenmogen
    September 20th, 2006 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    9CL: WTF??

    All this talk of copied panels in Garfield, and no one mentions Baldo’s blatantly copied strip from yesterday with pretty much the same gag. Since the joke yesterday was that he wasn’t with a girl in the shower, but a shampoo bottle with foam for hair, no one would be expecting a conversation in the shower today to result in Baldo talking to a real girl. Waste.

    Ballard Street (BS for short) finally has a comic that has some discernable punch line. Maybe we can interpret the two characters “Marcia” and “Fritz” to be “Mary” and “Aldo”, and substitute Mary’s pastel wardrobe for Marcia’s dress that is an obvious Target product-placement ad.

    #72 – Summerhouse – I see Pluggers and Dinette as distinct opposite ends of the same scale. Pluggers wants to celebrate the lives of America’s working poor by making them heroes of some kind, while Dinette exposes the obnoxious dark side of the same demographic by making them appear as onery, selfish, overeating, venal slobs. One can not substitute for the other.

    JP: Ragu has the classic Monty Burns “Eeexxxelent” thing going on.

    Mutts is incomprehensible. Any suggestions?

    Pluggers once again has no bearing on who a plugger is or isn’t. I thought Pluggers were supposed to be the uneducated construction worker types who eat pizza, were old, and drove crappy cars. College loans? And, by the way, my wife is taking 30 years to pay off her loans for law school. An advanced degree benefits you for your entire career, so it makes sense to distribute payment for that investment over the life of the asset (your career). Due to locking in at low interest rates, as her financial advisor I took the position that… We’re not pluggers, ok??

    Spidey: How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways:
    1) Yeah, you’ll have a vacation, all right. Until you hear on a conveniently placed radio about a purse snatching, then it’s back in inaction for our web friend.
    2) Real-time information on minor street crimes on the radio. My station is not unique in that it can’t get enough about a giant cloud of alcohol discovered in space or some woman who was doing it with a frozen sausage until part of it broke off in her… yeah, there. The whole war this summer was reported as “There was more violence in the Mid-East today… Now on to sports!”
    3) Ok, we get it. PP and MJ think everything is ok, but across town, some crazed megalomaniac has different ideas. The Spider Man strip in its entirety can be summed up with this Strange Brew.

    They say that if Spider Man is loathesome, then TDIET is hell itself. Actually “they” don’t say it, “I” say it, and I’m hoping it will catch on. Ragweed doesn’t notice that the treadmill isn’t being used because his wife Migraina’s mummified corpse is sitting in a nearby closet. Gee, she has been a little more quiet than usual….

  105. Matt
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    If you look at the actual position of Aldo’s arm you’ll see that he’s really pouring the booze down the back of his neck. He’s a pervert.

  106. java-jon
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:18 am [Reply]

    #101 – smacky
    You beat me to it – I thought the same thing when I saw the last panel of JP today.

  107. Natural Medicine (of Humor) Man
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    Regarding Garfield:

    Jon says he’s not quite ready to “show her my sock drawer.”

    How do men stereotypically “use” socks? I think this is a sly reference to Jon’s compulsive and secretive lifestyle of self-pleasuring. How long did he go without a girlfriend, or a simple date, after all?

    “…show her my sock drawer…” is a shout-out to a lifestyle that Jon hasn’t decided whether or not to expose, but a lifestyle that will continue unabated whether Liz learns about it or not.

    (Insert a Beavis and Butthead laugh here and say, “He said ‘bated’”)

  108. Devil in the Drain
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:28 am [Reply]

    #15, Pope Buck I: COTW! COTW! That is brilliant.

  109. Anonymous
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:32 am [Reply]

    104 – Mooch is a cat. Cats like to play with socks. If cats kept diaries, they’d probably write about things like socks, yarn, small insects and tearing around the house batshit crazy in the middle of the night (see “Bucky Time”). For Mooch, the li’l pink sock is an ongoing obsession in the strip.

    What’s really incomprehensible is today’s 9CL – WTF? Artistic, but meaningless. Not at all like the silent panels Brooke does for Pibgorn, which are not only stunning, but advance the storyline.

  110. Hogenmogen
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    Here’s one: Show a plugger senselessly watching something idiotic on TV, like WWF Smackdown or something, and saying “Yeah, go Rhyno! Heh heh.”

    The quote: “Pluggers are immune to brain damage.”

  111. Hogenmogen
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    #109 – Yah, except in 9CL there’s no story line right now, and yeow! what a place to put a panel divider!

  112. Splinky
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:00 am [Reply]

    Does anybody else feel like Jon and Garfield’s expressions have shifted from their typical lackadaisical stare to more or an angry glare. It’s almost like, after 20-some years, even they’re getting pissed off that they’re still doing this. I’m almost ashamed that I used to eat at Jim Davis’s restaurant.

  113. Dark Star
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:04 am [Reply]

    You know you’re a Plugger if it sucks to be you.

  114. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    Hmm, what do you think the next-to-last thing a plugger worries about is?

    I’m guessing it’s birth control themed.

  115. Len
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    #104 — Baldo’s weird. Not only does he flirt with shampoo bottles, he showers with the curtain OUTSIDE the tub. Hope he doesn’t have a downstairs neighbor.

    Re: Mutts — Mootch the cat has an obsession with a little pink sock. Like Aldo is obsessed with Mary. I suspect Frank, Millie, and Ozzie will stage a feline intervention, point to the pink footwear and tell Mootch, “You’d better not!”

  116. Cornwhacker
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    Mooch is a cat. Cats like to play with socks. If cats kept diaries, they’d probably write about things like socks

    Jon Arbuckle knows this. This is why he discusses all his sock anxieties with his cat.

  117. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:18 am [Reply]

    #17 (Fred) If you need me, I’ll be in the car with a bottle of consolation.

    By any chance was that an R.F.Laird reference?

    Just wondering if there’s a fellow Harrier here is all…

  118. Jo
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    I personally like to think that Aldo will be involved in a tragic drunk driving accident. Mary will be working in the hospital when he’s brought in and they fail to save his life. Mary, ridden with guilt, will go home, drown her sorrows in box wine, then have an “accident” in the tub, just like Aldo’s wife. How’s that for tying the plot together?

    Also, how does a Plugger driving a crappy car have anything to do with identity theft? Did he use his Social Security number for his license plate so he has less numbers to remember?

  119. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:06 am [Reply]

    #56 (Sheila) Aldo will have a car accident and wind up in the hospital, EXACTLY WHEN Dr. Jeff returns from stitching up fistulas in the wilds of Cameroon or whatever the hell he’s been doing.

    If I may be so bold, I believe Dr. Jeff is stitching up fistulas in the wilds of Cambodia not Cameroon. At least that’s his story (personally, I think he’s in Saint Kitt’s drowning his sorrows in Bombay Gin and $1000/night hookers).

    And seeing that the military in neighboring Thailand just went berzerk and overthrew the government, will Dr. Jeff cut his visit short? Do real life events ever intrude in MW? (I only started following the strip after discovering it here).

    Oh, and for those of you fretting over Molly – don’t worry!

    Andy will break her fall.

  120. Hogenmogen
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:14 am [Reply]

    MT: Due to the sparse vegitation, I can only assume that the events that take place on the surface of the moon. The gravity there is only one sixth that of Earth’s, so both Andy and Molly will land quietly on the ground unhurt.

    As for all the air, sound and other clues that are inconsistent with my lunar theory, I will surpress that information, ignore it when it comes out, and then accuse my critics of giving comfort and aid to the enemy moon-men.

  121. blueeyes
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth: In the first panel, the head female driver of the car in the background is drawn right next to the neck of the bottle. So it essentially makes the metaphor a visual one: Aldo is replacing one woman (Mary) with another (liquor). Clever drawing by the artist.

  122. Carlye
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:33 am [Reply]

    Happily for me, my paper doesn’t carry “Pluggers”. Unhappily, I see it too many times on this site. It’s not even worth discussing, because it’s so stupid!

    On to more interesting topics: Aldo needs to get together with Ritzilla, and together they can get drunk and plot revenge on Mary.

  123. Edward
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    Pluggers are animals? If so, Permanent Monday cannot reasonable sustain the mutilation of logic until we die.

  124. Sheila
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:04 pm [Reply]

    You know what would be freakin’ hilarious? If the point of view shifted to Dr. Jeff in Cambodia or Cameroon or wherever. Can’t you just see the lousy MW artwork, the lame MW plotlines, the silly MW gestures, and the pathetic MW dialogue, transplanted to a global trouble spot? It’d probably lead to riots in the Third World, but I’d laugh till I cried.

  125. the angry black woman
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:14 pm [Reply]

    9CL often has these strips that are just just Brooke showing off his artistic skills. Less so since the whole Diane/Durly thing popped up, but it used to happen a lot. This one, though, isn’t very good. The ones he’s done for the current Pibgorn storyline do have to do with the plot, but before that sometimes it would just be a huge color panel of nothing but Dru standing there looking sexy. Which is fine, imo, but the same thing as these 9CL panels.

    #112: …shifted from their typical lackadaisical stare to more or an angry glare. It’s almost like, after 20-some years, even they’re getting pissed off that they’re still doing this.


  126. Craigers
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    #72 Summerhouse… except for a general theme, Dinette Set and Pluggers are totally dissimilar. Pluggers is a warm, embracing comic. Dinette Set is spiteful and hateful, a nasty little screed that clumsily mocks the shallowness and gaucheness of its participants. Also, the ####### who draw Dinette Set is a terrible, useless artist who usually can barely make his subject comprehensible.

  127. Marion Delgado
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:20 pm [Reply]


    mark, i have no idea what you’re talking about, but from the sounds, I think Hoyt’s dogs have found Molly and someone should do something about it!

  128. Sheila
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:23 pm [Reply]

    But Craigers! Dinette Set is occasionally hilarious. Pluggers never. Never. Never.

  129. Craigers
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    And when I say Pluggers is a warm, embracing comic, I mean “warm and embracing” in the sense that taking a crap in your own pants and rolling around is warm and embracing. Still, Pluggers has feeling and you have to respect it for that. Dinette Set is just crude, shrewish and mean, like Toby Cameron before her mid-morning double martini.

  130. Drinky
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    He calls his friend Johnny Walker and his brothers Black and Red. And he drinks alone. Yeah, with nobody else.

    And, you know, when he drinks alone….he prefers to be by himself.

  131. Marion Delgado
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    Molly didn’t understand the irony in Hi and Lois, so she tried licking Trixie into shape like a baby bear.

  132. Marion Delgado
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:28 pm [Reply]


    Why the FOOB are Gordon and Liz allowed to go over their rape testimony together? Is this prosecutorial misconduct or prosecutorial sabotage?

    Does Canada let you coach each other on your testimony in major felony cases?

  133. Craigers
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    And, you know, when he drinks alone….he prefers to be by himself… with no one else around, and all on his own.

  134. michael
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    re: #20. I would say that the brutal self-flaggelation inflicted following the guilt-ridden self-pleasuring done in order to remove any temptation to have actual sexual intercourse in the first place is a Plugger Abortion.

  135. Marion Delgado
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    sorry, for Gordon, substitute Anthony

    they have the same “utterly boring assclown in FBOFW” slot in my mind

    Anthony called up Liz and asked to come over to discuss their testimony after they were both subpoenaed.

  136. Craigers
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and the Dinette Set artist is a woman, Julie Larson. I apologize to her for implying that her hackish, talentless, crude work was that of a man.

  137. Greg
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:34 pm [Reply]

    Do Pluggers not worrry about identity theft because their credit is so bad (as evidenced by the need to pawn TVs to make ends meet) that their identities are essentially useless? Is Pluggers intended to be a warning to the youths of America to stay in school and vote Democrat so that they don’t end up living in a decaying car, spending all their money of perscriptions, while pawning their few possessions and performing back-alley coat-hanger/antenna abortions just to surivive? Because that is what I’ve taken from it. Now excuse I suddenly feel the need to start studying for grad school entrance exams.

  138. Poteet
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    MT — For those of us pathetic souls who are worried about Molly, and are not looking forward to another possible two or three days of her and Andy tumbling through space, just remember that there’s water at the bottom of the cliff, and I bet the laws of physics will be shifted if necessary to save both of them. Not that I still don’t hate Elrod for putting me through this.

  139. Poteet
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    #132 & 135 — Given that according to Johnston, Canadian law enforcement waits around for months after serious physical assaults occur, twiddling their thumbs and waiting to see how many other women will be assaulted before finally deciding to prosecute, the comparing of subpoenaed testimony surprises me not at all.

  140. Senator Wizzrobe
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    9/19 Strips

    Mark Trail: Judging by the size of the “Pow”s, one of the hunters only brought a BB gun to the scene, which will certainly provide Molly and Andy the opening they need to tear them limb from limb.

    Phantom: Wow, for a moment there I thought Ghost-who-does-incredibly-boring-things was going to drag that seaman “below decks” and show us that he is really the Ghost-who-commits-acts-formerly-illegal-in-fourteen-States. At least that would have livened up the strip for a bit.

  141. Chromium
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    #72, Summerhouse – Good point, but now that I think about it, I think Ballard Street is a much more accurate version of Human Pluggers, at least in the artwork.

  142. Cornwhacker
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:09 pm [Reply]

    Shall we take bets on how many more cliffs Molly will fall from before this storyline ends?

  143. Dennis Jimenez
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:10 pm [Reply]

    More information on Johnnie Walker is available on the internet.

    I’m betting Aldo is a Johnnie Walker Swing man.

  144. Marion Delgado
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    cornwhacker, more importantly, how many trailer trash children neglected by their grandfather will molly end up saving?

    poteet – excellent point. i think Canada is an anarchy, basically. the land where there is no God and no law!

  145. pigFoot
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know why this only just occured to me, but Aldo is a doppelganger for Rusty Brown, Chris Ware’s emotionally stunted loner – er, misunderstood toy collecter, whatever …
    Have a peek at the third image here:
    or track down the Rusty stories in Ware’s ‘Acme Novelty Library’.

  146. Zikar
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    Something to make reading about Raju even funnier is to imagine him with the voice of that Indian guy from the movie Short Circuit.

    “Do not dismantle Raju’s heart, for he is sporting a tremendous woody!”

    I thought it was funny…

  147. BCist
    September 20th, 2006 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    Note to self: steal identity of Pluggers too stupid to understand the concept of identity theft.

  148. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    #139 (Poteet) Not that I still don’t hate Elrod for putting me through this.

    I still say ya’ll got nothing to worry about. Molly has been: a) driven off a cliff b) shot at by an enraged beekeeper c) chased by ginormous wildlife d) held at stick-point d) attacked by a pack of yellow dogs e) shot at by an enraged beekeeper (part II).

    And so far, not so much as a scratch.

    The only way Molly could have a more charmed life is if she was George Bush.

  149. Zikar
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

    #83: I am glad someone else noticed our square-jawed hero taking his time coming to the rescue. Maybe he just feels its time for Molly to learn a long put off and important lesson: Life is pain and hostility, and not even Andy the wonder dog can save you from it.

  150. Christopher
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    Does Raju carry around a whetstone to sharpen his chin between panels? Because I swear it was about half as sharp and receding when he first appeared.

  151. Fred P.
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    #148 (spoi)

    Truly, in the comic pages, characters seldom suffer fatal consequences from assaults/dog attacks/cliff-falls/beekeeper potshots.

    While this may be a comfort for Molly afficionados, I consider it a horrible shortcoming in For Better or For Worse.

    Seriously, about the only thing that could get me to read that strip again would be a little wanton bloodshed.

  152. Rata2e
    September 20th, 2006 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    # 35 –Thank you, Rose– you made my day.

  153. GodIsMyCodependent
    September 20th, 2006 at 3:39 pm [Reply]

    Come on, ‘Mudge, you’re just not paying attention if you can’t see the differences between the panels. In the first panel, one of the fingers on Garfield’s front left paw is lower than the others! And in the third panel, the space between the triangular groups of stripes is different! And in the same panel the three little whisker-like hairs coming out of Garfield’s head behind his eye are way less parallel! It’s so kinetic, ‘Mudge, and you’re missing it!

  154. Tami
    September 20th, 2006 at 3:58 pm [Reply]

    #2 – “Hoyt Evans apparently is not a recent graduate of the Erskine FBI School of Marksmanship. He missed Molly from point blank and now his little pow gun can’t hit the broad side of a saint bernard.”

    This has my vote for COTW!

  155. yellojkt
    September 20th, 2006 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

    Drinky (#130),

    Aldo looks just like George Thorogood with a pornstache.

  156. MossMoses
    September 20th, 2006 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    154. Wow, thanx Tami. I haven’t won a COTW since I was Sassy_Rocks.

    In panel one of today’s MT, it looks like the cliff is a good 200 feet above the water. In panel two it looks like the distance is about 10 feet. Lost Forest sure warps the time space continuum like not other comic.

  157. Junior Tracy
    September 20th, 2006 at 4:18 pm [Reply]

    You’re a plugger if your credit is so putrid that Nigerians refuse to send you faxes.

    You’re a plugger if even someone named “Uncle Jay” from Great Falls, Montana, can look upon you with cheerful contempt.

    You’re a plugger if you’re compelled to appear in comics as a flannel clad, gimme-cap wearing large furry creature of indeterminate species.

    You’re a plugger if you have what appears to be a giant prescription bottle and a bunch of unpaid parking tickets on the filthy dashboard of your ancient, battered, coat-hanger aerialed, ring-job needing Dodge/Ford/Chevy.

  158. Richard Onley
    September 20th, 2006 at 6:03 pm [Reply]

    #86: Robert Whitaker-Sirignano:

    Fancy meeting you here! How’s Gianni [not to be confused with Aldo's "pal" . . .]?

    #109: “What’s really incomprehensible is today’s 9CL – WTF? Artistic, but meaningless.”

    I especially wondered if there were any newspapers that still break the strip into a square, as was once routinely done with Doonesbury and Peanuts . . .

  159. jenga
    September 20th, 2006 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    Regarding today’s Plugger’s: Pluggers go to college? That’s poses a pretty dim future to all those individuals after a four year degree. I mean, what’s the point of spending all that money going to school if your car is still gonna have a coat hanger for a radio antenna?(see yesterdays)

  160. Daniel
    September 20th, 2006 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    I think Aldo could use a big pink hat to go with his pink polo shirt. :D

  161. Summerhouse
    September 20th, 2006 at 6:53 pm [Reply]

    HOGENMOGEN and SHEILA – (Man, I loved that variety show y’all had on CBS in the 70′s!) What got me started thinking that Pluggers and Dinette Set are the same is, if you make allowances for the structured language of each, you can exchange their “punchlines” every single day. For instance, instead of a Plugger doing it, Dinette Set takes a TV to a pawn shop: “Burl’s decided to avoid the high fees associated with traditional banking.” Pluggers sit in a backyard pool (like the Dinette Set does) : “You know you’ve got a Plugger pool when 4 people get in and you can’t see the water anymore.” Today’s Dinette set as Plugger: “Plugger happiness is finding fries in the bottom of the bag.” So, they are about the same happenings in the same class of, er, creatures.

    BUT – people in Dinette Set should all eat shit and die. They are vile, conceited, selfish, mean pukes. Whereas Plugger people I just don’t want to hang with, Dinette Set should die. I see that, now. Thank you for helping me clarify my views.

  162. Uncle Lumpy
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:19 pm [Reply]

    #160 Daniel -

    Alas, Aldo is not a HAT MAN.

    He is, however, totally awesome. It’s difficult to imagine that Mary Worth was once, er, “not very good” — on this day when a humiliated stalker drains a third of his bottle of scotch and eases his car into suburban traffic.

    Thank you, Giella and Moy, and thank you, Aldo Kelrast – long may you wave!

  163. Poteet
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:19 pm [Reply]

    148 & 151 — spoi and Fred, thank you. I laughed so hard that my cat wandered over to see if I was okay. Come to think of it, my cat is more on the job than Mark T. His current role seems to be ambling along and muttering to himself.

  164. dd
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:34 pm [Reply]

    In Canada, we don’t have felonies – so its ok.

  165. Uncle Lumpy
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    Note to self: next murder in Toronto.

  166. Ohyes
    September 20th, 2006 at 8:31 pm [Reply]

    I have this memory that I saw an A3G strip on Sunday that showed Tommie in a miniskirt with long, slim thighs and a trim, shapely rear. And she was smiling!

    Now I go looking for that image, and it’s gone. Was it ever real?

    And I find myself thinking about Gina. I think
    that she might have a tattoo, like many young ladies today. Maybe it’s on her lower back, or her ankle, or, really, anywhere… And I want to see it.

    And I wonder about Alan’s keys, that he left for Luann in an envelope. Whill we ever know what that was about? Is it another of life’s mysteries?

    So much to think about. Thank you, Comics Curmudgeon.

  167. Iggy
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:12 pm [Reply]

    Far away from the women and the naysayers? Is he going to join the Optimist’s Club?

  168. AppleGirl
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:21 pm [Reply]

    166 – Hey yeah, what about Alan’s keys? A3G never did bring that up again. You don’t suppose it was a square key for the ignition and a round key for the doors?

  169. stevedogg
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    #166- more like the gay bridge club

  170. Richard Onley
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:11 pm [Reply]

    #160: “I think Aldo could use a big pink hat to go with his pink polo shirt. :D”

    Maybe this strip could really kick into high gear (and just in time for Halloween) when an Ed Gein – based character shows him how to make one . . . out of Mary!

  171. Ohyes
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    168 – Applegirl: Yes! Houston Chronicle, August 30 – They do appear to be a round and a square key. Alan … was a … Plugger? … You know you’re a Plugger when you think you’ve grossed out a girl from Apartment 3G, but actually she liked it, and you go away anyway and don’t get any? But you leave her an old set of keys?

  172. joemike
    September 21st, 2006 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    Aldo and Rita
    Wrapped around a tree
    D – R – I – N – K – I – N – G

  173. Taxigirl
    September 21st, 2006 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    I am becoming increasingly concerned that Foob’s (Gr)Anthony is actually John Arbuckle in a very clever disguise fake mustache, possibly after some incredibly sordid machinations involving Therese and a burial plot with a nice view. The mooning over “Liz” only makes this more troubling.

  174. Uncle Balustrade
    September 21st, 2006 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    I think I might be getting close to breaking the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named rule here, but I can’t seem to help myself. I would like to see Aldo get loaded, swerve his car at high speed to avoid a moose which suddenly crosses the highway, and smash his car into a ping-pong ball factory. Ok, ok, I said it, pardonnez-moi, be it on my own head…

  175. Iggy
    September 21st, 2006 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    Watching Aldo brings In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry to mind: You got women, you got women on your mind.
    Have a drink, have a drive
    Go out and see what you can find

  176. pwilley
    September 21st, 2006 at 11:27 pm [Reply]

    The Captain Kangaroo resemblance just grows more striking the further he sinks.

  177. JesseBarfield
    September 22nd, 2006 at 1:24 am [Reply]

    Aldo is already drunk…Look at the first panel..he’s driving in reverse.

  178. Jimnae
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:13 pm [Reply]

    Well, so does this mean we don’t have to listen to him yelling at various annoyed yet trying to look cheerful people? I swear, everytime I see him on that Extreme Makeover show I just want to pop him in the teeth and stick that bullhorn where the sun don’t shine.

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  179. nancy
    September 17th, 2008 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    It is a intresting topic. Aldo is already drunk and driving wrongly. Aldo is going to be involved in a horrific car accident.
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    Yep, I agree.

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