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Can the artifacts at least be crappy and non-priceless for once?

Mark Trail, 9/25/04

So we’ve known for some time that Captain Simpson was up to no good. Now at last we’ve found out that the Macguffin for this month’s adventure is … priceless Indian artifacts! You know, just like it was two or three adventures ago, when Mark was left in the desert to die and managed to bring down an airplane with nothing but a chunk of petrified cactus. Does it mean that I’ve been reading Mark Trail for too long when I’m noticing that it repeats itself?

Personally, I was hoping that the fishing expedition was actually a front for drug running. But I guess I have to turn to Mary Worth if I want narcotics action.

I’ve also been wondering over the course of this storyline about Otto, the bizarrely accented cook. He has facial hair, so he must be bad, but he loves his cat, so he must be good! Now that the hirsute ship’s master has swatted the beloved Rosebud, it’s clear that Otto’s one of the good guys. Apparently, mountain man beard trumps Cary Grant mustache in the world of Mark Trail villains. Presumably he’ll help Mark defeat the artifact smugglers — and maybe even get a decent shave.

By the way, if you grow disconsolate between episodes of Mark Trail, the comic strip, you can now groove along to “Mark Trail,” the song, by Scott McKnight. That link takes you directly to the MP3 file, so don’t click on it at work unless you want everyone to know that you like Mark Trail. (The song was highlited (highlit?) by Editrix on the comments page of the Interbridge Weblog — how’s that for blogrolling?)

8 responses to “Can the artifacts at least be crappy and non-priceless for once?”

  1. Honey
    December 17th, 2004 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    Does it mean that I’ve been reading Mark Trail for too long when I’m noticing that it repeats itself?
    Yes. Yes it does.

  2. Kitsu
    August 5th, 2007 at 12:36 am [Reply]

    Wasn’t the cat white?

  3. Sporadic Andy
    January 19th, 2008 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    Wow. Reading through the archives, I’m really sad that the awesome, awesome rhyme “Give me that, you mangy cat!” didn’t become some type of catchphrase.

  4. highway
    June 6th, 2008 at 12:54 pm [Reply]

    you may or may not care (well, okay, you won’t care) that the following retouch of the last panel of this cartoon has been traded among friends of mine for years as an inside joke…

    http://i32.tinypic.com/of6n4g.jpg

    i guess in today’s parlance “fail!” or “pwn3d!” would be more up to date but we like “harsh.” i’ve been wanting to track down the next day’s strip — in which the cat falls into the drink and one of the panels shows him (?) treading water and looking like he’s sweating — for years. for sheer pathetic cruelty you really cant beat it, which is why i find those two strips so funny. if i were in a mark trail cartoon i’d have a beard AND a ponytail.

  5. PsychoPearl
    August 12th, 2008 at 11:55 am [Reply]

    I like that moustache-guy appears to be coming out of the cat’s mouth. Like a genie from a bottle.

  6. Jenkins
    September 28th, 2009 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    Why the heck does the guy in the background look so happy? Is that his mustache, or is he seriously just going “Dude! Animal abuse is awesome!”

  7. bats :[
    October 10th, 2011 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    Did the sea-captain die at the end of the story? Anyone who treats a cat like that should.

  8. Kevin
    September 5th, 2012 at 7:07 pm [Reply]

    Clark Gable had a mustache. Cary Grant did not have a mustache.

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