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Transgenerational hate

Marvin, 10/21/06

Behold, the first nice thing I’ve ever said about Marvin: whereas most comics engage in rampant grandparent worship, treating our elders as endlessly loving and patient repositories of wisdom and affection, Marvin dares to say what no one else will: that old people are just as likely to be as vain, self-serving, emotionally manipulative, gold-digging, and cranky as the rest of us. All of last week, Daddy Marvin’s mother held the Marvin household in a reign of terror, humiliating her daughter-in-law and emasculating her son; you can see the aftereffects of the visit in the numb stares of the entire family in panel one. Not even the wise-cracking baby has emerged from the ordeal with a shred of affection for the old bag intact.

Mary Worth, 10/21/06

Speaking of old bags, this Mary Worth reveals both why hospitals view volunteers as a double-edged sword and why adult children are sometimes uncomfortable with their parents’ new romantic partners: in both cases, once they’ve been around for a while, they start to act like they run the place. I’m particularly tickled by the Cory Wonder Twins’ stunned expression in the second panel: “Did … did that hag just order us to present ourselves to her at noon? Oh, hell no.”

39 responses to “Transgenerational hate”

  1. AirForbes
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:46 pm [Reply]

    “Did … did that hag just order us to present ourselves to her at noon? ”

    Yes. And make sure you call her “Mom”.

  2. Beasley
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    Marvin is a little POS.

  3. Chase
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    MW 10/23: “Dad’s working in third-world conditions, Mary! Things are very different there!” “So different that he can’t pick up a phone and call home?”

    Yes, Mary. Different in precisely that way.

  4. bootsybooks
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    I don’t read Marvin, but god in heaven, what is that lump on the side of dad’s head?

    It looks like a tumor with a comb-over.

  5. lascauxcaveman
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:49 pm [Reply]

    Since Dr. Jeff isn’t here to abuse, Mary will just have to settle for sucking the life out of two other Corys. Oh Yeah!

  6. Desoto
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    Marvin combines the inanity of Baby Blues with the banality of Garfield.

  7. Lore
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:54 pm [Reply]

    When did the art for Marvin change? Last I looked the titular infant was obese and sassy, like a shaven Garfield in diapers.

  8. SarcasticAcid
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:54 pm [Reply]

    I think I see where this is heading – the Cory progeny leading Mary into a fake cafeteria only to find a TV displaying Jeff via choppy telecom link-up, to hold an “intervention” telling her that he wants to see other people.

    Please Jesus, let this be where this is heading.

  9. Desoto
    October 23rd, 2006 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    # 7

    The “art” in Marvin changed about ten years ago.

  10. Franklin
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    “Then I’ll see you in the cafeteria at noon!” said Mary, giving Junior’s left nipple a playful tweak as she swept grandly away.

  11. Bergamot
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:03 pm [Reply]

    I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned how hideously deformed Marvin’s mother’s head is in panel 3.

  12. lascauxcaveman
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    By the way, all of the men (and half the women) in Sunday’s A3G are string at the mopey Tommy with unbridled lust.

    I guess this is supposed to telegraph that with all these potential lovers undressing her with their eyes its ironic that Tommy feels unloved/unloveable.

    http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20061022&name=Apartment_3-G

  13. JohnWadd
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    “ShockerMW” is throwing signs again!

  14. JohnWadd
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    #12: actually, they’re staring because she left the apt in a hurry and they’ve noticed that the carpet doesn’t match the drapes.

    G’head, take another look. We’ll be here…

  15. Nicolars
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    I wonder if there’s some sort of supernatural hijinks going on over at Charterstone Condominiums! When Aldo died, maybe part of his soul got transferred over to Mary? That would explain her sudden need to stalk Dr. Jeff. She’s been very bunny boiler-esque the past week or so, and it seems like it’s just getting worse.

  16. treedweller
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    All this time I thought Dr. Cory was an M.D., but now that I see his “children,” I’m thinking he must be a PhD who nearly perfected android technology. It not only explains the blank expressions and the not-quite-realistic body positions of the younger generation, but also the fact that three members of the same “family” are working in the same hospital, two of them on the same shift (maybe all three, when “Dad” isn’t off in Asia servicing the native populations of third-world societies).

  17. efab
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    Okay, so Marvin’s gramma is from Florida, and her leathery tan is waning. Nevertheless, her skintone is exactly the same as her melanoma-free children/grandson. A week away from those rays really did that much?

    Also. Marvin’s pop looks a helluva lot like Ferris Bueller’s principal if you ask me.

  18. andreavis
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    Looks like toxic Grandma has made Marvin regress… remember (all 3 of you who read it) when they made the big to-do about him starting to walk? In panel one, he looks like he’s been shrunk to the size of a 4-month-old. Jeez, I think the old bat may be assimilating his life force! She needs the energy to stalk a new rich husband down in Boca.

  19. King Folderol
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

    #2 – I’m with you, Beasley. In the world of “funny” comics, Family Circus, Marvin and Dennis the Menace all live in a special realm of suck, with Hi & Lois closing the gap rapidly. Throwing a random assemblage of words in panel three does not a punchline make.

    I’m more disturbed by the fact that Mary Worth clearly walked into an area of the hospital that looks like it’s clearly off-limits to visitors. Either Mary has some sort of meddler dispensation that gives her carte blanche to go wherever she likes, or she looks so pale and unhealthy that hospitals throughout the United States automatically assume there must be something wrong with her…and I don’t just mean her chronic man-itis.

  20. Trent
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    I sense grave danger in the Worthiverse. The entire premise of this strip is that Mary intrudes on other people’s lives and meddles regardless of consequences. Through some unknown mechanism, Mary is now managing to meddle in her own life. This threatens to turn the entire strip into some sort of paradox-loop. Next thing you know, Mary will be waggling her finger at a temporally-displaced doppelganger while her greek chorus shouts “You better not!”

    Seconds afterward Charterstone will collapse into a singularity so dense not even joy can escape its gravitational pull. Admittedly, this isn’t really much of a change.

    -Trent

  21. anne
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    17 — another explanation for the blank stares on Drs. Cory could be that they’re giving each other Botox injections. Maybe their dad is helping all the aging Cambodians look their best!

    I hate to say it, but maybe our dear meddler should make an appointment.

  22. anne
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    What happened in the Marvin universe
    Did someone take all the punctuation
    Not that it would add much interest to the strip

  23. sally
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:39 pm [Reply]

    Others have mentioned that the she-Cory looks a lot like Ritzilla, but I think she looks more like Ritzilla’s little down-syndrome cousin-once-removed that she’s now helping her cousin what’s-his-name to raise by playing ball in the yard during her brief intermissions of sobriety. I’d link if I knew how.

    Is it a coincidence that Dr. Jeff also tracked down the cousin? Maybe he was an android, too.

  24. Krazy Kat
    October 23rd, 2006 at 2:47 pm [Reply]

    Mary’s having big-time regrets. If she had known DOCTOR Jeff Corey was taking a powder on her, she at least could have had Aldo as her backdoor man! He was a little heavy but hey, ya can’t drive a railroad spike with a tack hammer.

  25. dmac
    October 23rd, 2006 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    The only thing that could make this storyline half as good as the last one is if Mary’s upset because she’s the father of Dr. Jeff Cory’s doctor kids or currently carrying his demon spawn or something.

  26. Blueline
    October 23rd, 2006 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    Daughter Cory needs some new shampoo and conditioner, STAT! Her hair is flatlining!

  27. AhClem
    October 23rd, 2006 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    #16 – I think you may be on to something. She-Cory looks a lot like Lal, Data’s android “daughter” in the Star Treg TNG episode “The Offspring.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:DataLal.jpg

  28. Inspector Chalupa
    October 23rd, 2006 at 4:35 pm [Reply]

    A slight correction, #6: Marvin combines the inanity of Baby Blues with the eyelids of Garfield.

  29. Rarebit Fiend
    October 23rd, 2006 at 5:17 pm [Reply]

    I believe the young Corys are based on the 80′s band Swing Out Sister. It might be time for them to break out.

  30. Lydia
    October 23rd, 2006 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    I think it’s obvious that the reason Jeff hasn’t been calling her is because he’s back in town and doesn’t want to notify her of that. He’s RIGHT THERE in panel one. Just a little more creased.

  31. Von Zeppelin
    October 23rd, 2006 at 7:56 pm [Reply]

    “Do you have plans today?”

    “No.” “Me neither.” Said in dead, hopeless voices, flattened by the prospect of having lunch with Dad’s ancient inamorata. Obviously, the Coryspawn were caught off-guard, and were conscious of Dad’s final admonition to be nice to Mary as he boarded Third World Airways on his mission of mercy.

    The junior medicos will watch in disgust as Mary gums her over-boiled vegetables and drivels platitudes and semi-masticated food. Since I’ve already seen the next day’s strip, I know that they will have to put up with her “hip” call-me gesture.

    Fortunately, being doctors, they can always claim that they were just paged to the ICU, and then run screaming out of the cafeteria.

  32. san antone rose
    October 23rd, 2006 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    “…ya can’t drive a railroad spike with a tack hammer. ”

    A turn of phrase I won’t soon forget.

  33. heckler123
    October 23rd, 2006 at 9:57 pm [Reply]

    I for one hope that things do start to get ugly with MW and Dr. Cory’s spawn.

    Drew/Adrian, (brandishing their smoking Glocks): “Die! Die! Why won’t you die?… Why won’t you die?”
    Mary (unmoved in her bloody smock, blue eyes blazing): “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, my dear Corys, and ideas are bulletproof.”

  34. jenga!
    October 23rd, 2006 at 10:07 pm [Reply]

    See, I think if you look closely Butterball is some kind of hamster or guinea pig.

  35. Chance
    October 23rd, 2006 at 10:09 pm [Reply]

    I thought the Cory offspring were doctors. how can they both possibly be utterly free for even five minutes, let alone for a whole lunch with some interfering bitty?

  36. roscoe
    October 24th, 2006 at 6:20 am [Reply]

    “Oh, dear. It does seem so TERRIBLY unfair for me to imply I have serious news about your father, and then make you worry about it until noon,” sighed Mary Worth. “Perhaps I could be persuaded to tell you sooner… if you’d just sign this prescription I wrote myself, upping my estrogen dosage?”

  37. Victor Von
    October 24th, 2006 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    An entire strip where nothing happens, and any progress in the plot is astutely avoided? This is Mary Worth at her finest.

  38. Sam
    September 4th, 2010 at 8:07 am [Reply]

    Alright, my notion of Mary Worth as delusion (yesterday) has changed. Now I think what we’re dealing with here are the Sarcasm Siblings. Truly, it makes a lot more sense of both sets of strips – just read all of their lines with heavy sarcasm. Of course it’s not a pleasure for them to see Mary in yesterday’s strip. And today?
    ‘You want to talk to us about Dad? Why? What’s wrong Mary?… Aside from the fact he’s SEEING YOU!’
    ‘Do you have plans today?’ ‘No.’ ‘Me neither…..except for providing goddamn MEDICAL CARE – did you happen to notice we’re doctors? And that you’re in a hospital? What is your problem!’

  39. green geeks
    April 24th, 2013 at 9:40 pm [Reply]

    Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

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