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So very, very thankful

As this Thanksgiving holiday weekend draws to a close, I really am grateful for a lot of things in the comics pages. For instance, I have to give thanks to Rex Morgan, M.D., for producing this panel:

And to Judge Parker, for this lovely image:

And to Sunday’s Mark Trail, which featured a conversation taking place between a nut-nibbling squirrel and a leaf, while an eight-year-old adds his own commentary, featuring the word “Etc.”:

And, now some full-length comics thanks.

Mark Trail, 11/24/06

Is there anything sexier than a heavily armed and emasculating Kelly Welly? Mark has the vaguely amused and/or smug expression of a man who’s no longer engaged in the little drama going on before him, but appreciates good work when he sees it. By the way, Ella isn’t the only one in the funnies with psychic powers: Mark was so sure that this adventure would be resolved on the 24th, he had the date stitched just above his left breast pocket.

Apartment 3-G, 11/25/06

Man, I guess this goes to show why I wasn’t much of a player back in my single days. Because apparently worming your way into other people’s Thanksgiving dinner by acting mopey rates makes you “Mr. Smooth,” whereas I would have thought it made you “pathetic.”

You can insert your own “stuffing the turkey” and/or “gobble gobble” jokes here.

I earlier touched upon the fact that everyone in this little scenario seems to mysteriously have no family to share Thanksgiving with, but it occurred to me today that Margo in fact lives in the same city as Gabriella, her comical immigrant mother. Presumably as a foreigner she’s unfamiliar with the concept, and nobody’s told her about it in the decades she’s lived in the United States so that they don’t have to invite her to dinner.

Spider-Man, 11/26/06

And finally, we should all give thanks to Peter Parker today, who spent his Sunday thoughtfully narrating the entire current Spider-Man scenario in his head in great detail for those of us who were having trouble keeping up. If only the type in the word balloons had been a little bigger, we might have been able to eliminate the superfluous pictures entirely.

I spent part of this weekend with my mom’s side of the family for our traditional Christmas at Thanksgiving celebration, and one of my little cousins squealed with glee at receiving a set of Spider-Man action figures. Since my main contact with this franchise is through the newspaper strip, I was surprised that that Spidey didn’t come with a couch and television set as accessories, or feature extra whining powers.

98 responses to “So very, very thankful”

  1. leo
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    Apartment 3-G reminds me of that infamous scene from Gigli,

    “It’s turkey time! Gobble gobble gobble!”

  2. Uncle Lumpy
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:30 pm [Reply]

    Why is that woman spoon-feeding MJ as Marvella in panel 7? Is this some kind of Mary Worth rerun?

    Not that it wouldn’t be an improvement.

  3. carla
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:30 pm [Reply]

    I’m thankful my local paper doesn’t run any of these fine comics– they’re way more fun online!

    Happy Turkey Day, Josh.

  4. Leo
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    It takes a special kind of smooth to initiate a kiss with the words, “No. Not turkey.”

  5. Heckler123
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:39 pm [Reply]

    Is Jack Elrod starting to do some of the art work in RMMD? It seems that Meth-Mama’s head is turning into an echidna.

  6. Rusty
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:43 pm [Reply]

    I’ve seen it in the past, but forgot how AWESOME the display of character heads is in the Sunday Spiderman.

  7. Ned Ryerson
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:46 pm [Reply]

    Does anybody who works (or potentially works) in a meth lab refer to it as a “job”?

    So is there a dental plan or a 401k here at the Meth Lab? What about daycare?

  8. Rusty
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:52 pm [Reply]

    I once toured Ben & Jerry’s, where one of the employee perks was taking home a free pint every day (as well as free membership in a health club to work off the calories). The meth lab has a similar perk, free product and directions to rehab.

  9. Tekende
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:52 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth actually made me angry today. I swear, if I have to read the word “advice” one more time, that’s [Margo]ing IT for MW…

  10. Ouish
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:52 pm [Reply]

    I’m pretty sure the octopus didn’t ask the spider to step into its parlor.

  11. andreavis
    November 26th, 2006 at 10:53 pm [Reply]

    #7- The meth lab probably offers TIAA-CREF, but no dental benefits– all that “meth mouth” would drive the premiums too high.

  12. Baby D’oh
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:03 pm [Reply]

    Eric’s “ulterior motive” is clearly a fetish for girls whose lips meld with his to create a perfect mustache.


  13. reader-who-posts
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:04 pm [Reply]

    I’m just upset about the second panel of Spider-man. Where is the bodyguard from the last plot? That tough mo-fo knocked him out with a gun, which is the most action in this strip in the last 8 years.

  14. dramashoes
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:05 pm [Reply]

    And now, I question RMMD’s next big event in southern gospel form:
    Will the meth lab be exploded
    by and by lord, by and by
    there’s more primo crystal waiting
    in the sky lord in the sky!

  15. Bobdog
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:11 pm [Reply]

    6 – I tool was marvelling at the collection character heads — and was amazed to learn that one of Spider-Man’s arch nemises is non other than the current Governor of California — his shrunken head tucked in the upper left hand corner, right next to The Lizard.

    I assume this is related to a storyline I must have missed about Spider-Man running the special-election recall vote in which hundreds of people were on the ballot, because I’m pretty sure Phil Angelides was the Governator’s main opposition in the last election — though you didn’t see much about it in the press, so for all I know Arnold’s opponent could have been Spider-Man.

  16. Ben
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:13 pm [Reply]

    More information on Mark Trail’s FABULICIOUS fuchsia shirt can be found on the internet.

  17. Hippocrass
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:24 pm [Reply]

    Man, this Margo/Eric thing can only end in tears.

    And blood.

    Eric’s blood.

    I wouldn’t miss this for all the platitudes in Charterstone.

  18. Amber
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:28 pm [Reply]

    Josh, everyone knows Spiderman’s couch and whining abilities are sold separately. Spiderman has the proportionate merchandizing rights of a spider. (I mean, just look at all those heads awaiting dolls!)

    I think Kelly, Ricky, and the poachers are in for a long, sexy trek back to the authorities. Check out how Kelly’s looking at Ricky – it’s the exact same look the squirrel has for that acorn. Two words: pure lust.

    I wonder if you have to pass a drug test to work in a meth lab… hmm…

  19. Bill Peschel
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:32 pm [Reply]

    Does the Spider-Man action figure come with the head that’s half PP and half SM?

  20. Virginia
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:35 pm [Reply]

    I think the writer for RMMD is confusing ‘meth labs’ with ‘real labs,’ manely, that people who make meth labs usually don’t go about hiring outside help. Not only is there the undercover cop angle to consider, but one confused addict trying to take a smoke break could blow their operation sky high…so to speak.

  21. Summerhouse
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    About Margo and Eric’s appearance in Sunday’s Apt 3-G, I said: The facial expressions they’ve drawn on Margo and Eric are right out of the Enzyte: Natural Male Enhancement â„¢ commercial. “Here’s Eric! Eric couldn’t throw a party, if you know what we mean, then he tried Enzyte! Wow! Now Eric can spin Margo’s bottle and pin the tail on her donkey! ”

    I like this post so much, I moved it from the end of the last thread to the beginning of this one, so I could read it a couple more times. I beg your indulgence. I won’t make a habit of it.

  22. Eric
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:54 pm [Reply]

    So if I understand that Rex panel, a woman with an echidna on her head gets a job at a drug lab with Locutus of Borg and Niel Gaiman’s Sandman, and they’re all wearing Princess Leia’s mask from when she infiltrated the lair of Jabba the Hutt.

    I don’t know what they’re making but I doubt its meth, and I want a hit.

  23. farnorth
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    delurking long enough to note: I really hope I’m wrong about this but looks to me like Meth-mama is about to die in a hideous accident at “work,” prompting June and Rex to adopt the androgynous Niki, or at least take him in until some long-lost relative from NOLA is found to whisk his pathetic story line away

  24. GG
    November 27th, 2006 at 12:06 am [Reply]

    Is it just me, or is Peter Parker learning more about the meaning of “exposition” than “catch-22?”

    And is it just me, or is he not really learning the meaning of “catch-22″ at all?

  25. Black Card
    November 27th, 2006 at 12:28 am [Reply]

    Seriously, where the hell has Doc Ock taken Peter in the first panel? I see battlements, some walls that don’t seem to enclose any space, like a hedge maze, a giant wire frame drawing of a contact lens, or maybe the upper portion of somebody’s greenhouse, and it’s all floating in the upper troposphere?

    Seriously, what the hell?

  26. AppleGirl
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:14 am [Reply]

    25 – Nothing in Spiderman has made any sense to me in a long time. Like ever.

  27. Kimble
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:15 am [Reply]

    25: Judging from the appearance of the building (which is pretty close, except the domes are copper in real life), the word “Griffith” on the building in that panel, and Peter asking “How’d you know MJ was filming at Griffith Observatory?” on Saturday, I’d say it’s Griffith Observatory, north of Hollywood.

    More information on Griffith Observatory can be found on the Internet.

    (Sorry for the snarkiness. It’s past my bedtime.)

  28. Mikel
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:17 am [Reply]

    19- At one point, there was a Spider-Man action figure with that feature. Also, a McDonald’s toy.

    25- Doctor Octopus lured Peter Parker to an observatory. Why Peter fell for the ruse, and why his spider-sense didn’t alert him to the fact that one of his oldest enemies was about to pick him up is a mystery, however.

  29. Ubiq
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:17 am [Reply]

    Considering that it’s Margo, I guess this means he prefers ham to turkey for Thanksgiving.

  30. Mikel
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:21 am [Reply]

    Also, it looks like since Margo’s smallpox plot didn’t work out, she’s just going to give Eric Mills something even more sinister: an STD.

  31. Mibbitmaker
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:39 am [Reply]

    JP: Looking at her face in that panel, I don’t feel so good, either.

    SM: As if it isn’t bad enough that Stan Lee ruins a perfectly good bit of poetry at the end, Spidey displays more severed heads than Zarqawi in the throwaway panels.

  32. ohamsie
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:51 am [Reply]

    Is it just me or does the little boy in Sunday’s Mark Trail bear a very close resemblance to Mark? I mean, moreso than all the other characters that look like him.

  33. alsoReallySheila
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:55 am [Reply]

    There is something so incredibly sad with the current MW storyline. I’ve been wondering why I’ve been experiencing seasonal depression, when the temps have been in the mid-sixties. Then it hit me! Reading of Mary and Ella’s advice giving avocations, has the trappings of depressing Southern Gothic lit. Comics to slit your wrists by, except SG lit has irony and subtle humor to counter the sadness. Nothing funny exists in Charterstone.

  34. Craig Shergold
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:04 am [Reply]

    The dialogue in RMMD seems rather clear through those masks. I doubt the establishment provides azooltooth walkie-talkies: the employees would sell them.

    A union drive would not end well.

  35. Summerhouse
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:04 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail- Molly’s free! Molly’s free!

    Mary Worth – Ella is about to be visited by a mortician or a magician.

    Phantom – Doorman, if you want to scrape the Phantom off the roof of your jet, you just need to fly in to a parking garage with very low clearance. That always works.

  36. alsoReallySheila
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:08 am [Reply]

    …wish I could edit…

    Josh, I agree that image of Celeste is disturbing at best, but her legs are far worse. They appear to be overstuffed sausage casings filled with alcohol pickled cellulite. The sight literally made me turn up my nose for a protracted period. Great, now I’ll never get to sleep tonight.

  37. Donald The Anarchist
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:08 am [Reply]

    MT Kelly is going to make sure “The Snake” gets put away in a nice secure place, if you know what I mean. Plus she’s going to have sex with Ricky. Just wanted to make that clear.

    RMMD I wouldn’t work in a meth lab either. Not when there’s tons of crack houses looking for bouncers.
    A3G Well, how surprised can Margo be? When I go to a Thanksgiving, it’s either 1) I’m visiting with family and that’s just what you do 2) I want to have sex with one of the people there, or 3) A friend asked and I felt like being agreeable and companionable. Usually it’s either 1) or 3), but I’ve managed to work 2) more times than I’m willing to admit. (At least I don’t use those reasons to go to CHURCH…any more)

  38. Teague
    November 27th, 2006 at 3:08 am [Reply]

    We need bumber stickers that say “Support Our Supervillians” to give recognition to Doc Ock who bravely stands alone battling the terrifying army of disembodied heads from space.

  39. TB Tabby
    November 27th, 2006 at 3:21 am [Reply]

    Any resemblance between the newspaper Spidey and his comic book counterpart is purely coincidental. I assure you, he’s fully capable of throwing down. Case in point:

  40. Edward
    November 27th, 2006 at 3:41 am [Reply]

    “No, not turkey. But I would like you to nibble on a little ‘turkey neck’, if you know what I mean. Which I’m sure you do.”

  41. Tekende
    November 27th, 2006 at 3:47 am [Reply]

    37– I actually used reason 2 this Thanksgiving. And, recently, it was the reason I went to church not long ago.

    I probably shouldn’t admit that, should I?

  42. Audible Sigh
    November 27th, 2006 at 3:55 am [Reply]

    # 27, I was recently browsing the loverly Internet in regards to the Griffith Observatory because “Rebel without a Cause” was shown this weekend on some obscure cable channel.

    MW-Sun: Um, isn’t Wilbur an advice-columnist writer? Is all of Charterstone going to be taken over by people who are either professionally employed as or are hardcore hobbyists of advice-giving? Is Charterstone where Ann Landers went to die?

    FOOB-Mon: Is there any comic strip writer out there who hates his or her readers more than Lynn Johnston?

  43. Robert Whitaker Sirignano
    November 27th, 2006 at 4:42 am [Reply]

    The whole problem of the SPIDER-MAN Sunday is it assumes no one has been following the strip, or knows what’s going on and what’s at stake.

    Cultural amnesia at its best.

    The 50′s Superman’s strips often had wordings from Clark Kent, like “Superman could rescue Lois. Now if I could just get away…”

  44. Raccoon Bacon
    November 27th, 2006 at 5:28 am [Reply]

    Nothing says “Happy Thanksgiving” like a stiff, closed-mouth kiss from a Conan O’Brien look-alike.

  45. compass rose
    November 27th, 2006 at 7:19 am [Reply]

    #33 Nothing funny exists in Charterstone.

    That’s why they had to kill off Aldo. If Tommy “My Very Own Meth Lab” Tweeker pays his mom another extended visit, they’ll finish him off, as well.

  46. Charlotte
    November 27th, 2006 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    #20 – It could be more of a confusion with Starbucks – which DC101 DJ Elliott in the morning likened to liquid crack for their gingerbread lattes – the RMMD meth labs are going into franchise mode

  47. Action Ranger Timmy
    November 27th, 2006 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    Can someone explain to me why all the men in Mark Trail are wearing the same shirt?

  48. Krazy Kat
    November 27th, 2006 at 8:39 am [Reply]

    MW-Do we have another comic crossover?
    Is that Mandrake the Magician at Ella’s door?

  49. Amy
    November 27th, 2006 at 8:53 am [Reply]

    Now I know why the FOOBmistress loves to portray all her characters with those dopey, wide-open mouths (as in April here on the “Explore More” tag). She looks in the mirror when she draws.

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to despise Lynn Johnson more, but it has happened.

  50. Squawk
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    That Meet-the-Beatles-style collection of heads in Spider-Man only makes Doc Octopus look even more pathetic. The Green Goblin could eat him for breakfast.

  51. hogenmogen
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:07 am [Reply]

    “His plan’s so convoluted it’d be laughable…”
    Spiderman is writing his own comments now to save us the trouble.

    Kudos to Rex: On Sunday Elvis reveals himself to be an Imperial Storm Trooper. Listen, Niki’s-Mom-whatever-your-name-is, just say “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” The force gives power over weak minds.
    On Monday we are treated to the best facial expression that I’ve seen on June since she caught her husband and Troy Gainer “practicing thier swing” together.

  52. Teenage Bamm-Bamm
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:15 am [Reply]

    Were I not already gay, Mary Jane’s Marvella costume would be enough to put me off of women forever.

  53. hogenmogen
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:19 am [Reply]

    6 – Rusty, The cereal filler disembodied heads does indeed bear closer inspection. I expect the evil doer panel to be packed with rage filled faces, presumably because they are so flummoxed by Spiderman’s superiority. Missing was that flaming skull guy Death Rider, but I don’t want to digress. What I find surprising is that the “friends” section is filled with the same anger or at best, sullen stares as if they would rather be somewhere, anywhere else. The black guy behind the other black guy behind Peter Parker is trying to get a gig breaking the color barrier as an extra in Mary Worth. Even Aunt May is thinking “I could have played Ella Byrd better.” The only two smiles are from MJ and the Goblin. MJ is an actress and so her smile is likely a fake, and Goblin is criminally insane.

  54. moose
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    Actually, I thought the squirrel nut spreading was pretty interesting. If he spent more time reminding us of what we have forgotten since sixth grade and less time pestering us with mullet-haired shenanigans he might get more respect in these quarters.

  55. Joe
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    “His plan is so convoluted it’s laughable!” Wow, Spider-Man’s giving voice to Stan Lee’s paranoia. Maybe next week Spider-Man will lament his inability to maintain “Erecto-Man” in his custody for more than a couple minutes.

  56. hogenmogen
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    Gil Thorp spoiler: Bill is hurt, and Stormy is going to save him, thus making him a hero for real, and no one is going to believe him.

    A3G recap: Alan and Margo have just done the wild thing and Margo hasn’t even mussed her hair. I suspect that she was the one on top. That is the only explanation possible. The Prof is pouring a clear liquid for the toast from what looks like a bottle of Smirnoff black label. Maybe, given his heritage, it is some brand of Ouzo, I’m not familiar with that particular spirit. Gina is back to wearing her smock. And, speaking of “back”, there’s a rare ass-shot of Margo on Monday.

  57. Concerned Citizen
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    Having spent years as an IT contractor, I can appreciate SkankyMama’s feelings. She’s not too concerned about the meth lab, a job’s a job, but she is wondering if there are any good restaurants around there and if there are any good magazines in the restroom.

    If the drunk wife in JP (I completely forgot her name) hurls on the people in the front row, I would be eternally grateful.

    And how can I do that disembodied head thing that Peter Parker does?

  58. JonnyVanPelt
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    Best. Rex. Morgan. Panel. Ever. And apparently it must be some sort of rule that if you use the word “meth lab” in a comics panel, it has to be in bold, like it was with Tommy the Tweaker’s big revelation in Mary Worth. But beyond the priceless dialogue, I think what truly makes the whole thing work is the artistic juxtaposition between the hairdos and the gas masks, with the bald dude off to the right adding something to the overall effect as well. Interesting how criminal types in these serial comics a lot of the time seem to have either LONG hair or NO hair…..

  59. Roadside Sarah
    November 27th, 2006 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    The eight year old in Mark Trail has some mighty chiseled features…could we be looking at a bona fide little person in the world of Mr. Trail?

  60. The Brilliant Hen
    November 27th, 2006 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    So, Spiderman can’t bust out of his bonds and save MJ, because his identity would be revealed, but if she gets hurt, then he’ll reveal his secret identity anyway? Guess the honeymoon’s over.

  61. yellojkt
    November 27th, 2006 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    Someone needs to tell LuAnn and Tommie that “hawt monkey sex” has way more than four letters.

  62. Pozzo
    November 27th, 2006 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    I’m betting this isn’t the first time in Spiderman’s history that the “Come Into My Parlor” line has been used. Someone has to think up snappy titles for the comic books every month and for the end of the Sunday strip every week. Good thing they dont have “Next” captions on the daily strips, or we’d get a lot of “Peter Parker Yells at His TV Some More.”

  63. Keith
    November 27th, 2006 at 10:49 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail: Woodsman; Lawman; ventriloquist.

  64. Mogalike
    November 27th, 2006 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    I never thought anything Spidey-related would ever make me long for the sane, rational days of Maximum Cloneage.

    Way to go, Spidey Daily.

  65. poppinjay
    November 27th, 2006 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    I think Doc Ock is FOOB Shan…nons father. He figures out that Spiderman seems to be where MJ is so…..he… should…kidnap…. MJ’s HUSBAND! That’ll bring MJ, and then Spidey.

    The problem, how to handle Doc Ock without everybody finding out he’s Spiderman.

    Just wrap his freaking head up in webbing and blow his freaking brains out with a gun. Problem solved.

  66. Red Greenback
    November 27th, 2006 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    BTW, kudos, Josh! the piece you wrote made the opinion section of the L.A. Times today! The Times used to carry loads of cool strips such as Gordo, Terry and the Pirates, Dondi, and many, many more. I could only imagine the fodder for comments those strips would provide the CC. ….At least they still run Rex Morgan.

  67. MrP
    November 27th, 2006 at 11:46 am [Reply]

    Sir Elrod is getting lazy! He was so caught up in drawing the giant talking squirrel reciting ancient Asian poetry, he couldn’t be bothered to draw Mark Trail twice, instead copy-and-pasting his upper body from the middle panel of the daily comic and sloppily doodling in the rest of his body.

    This doesn’t disturb me, though. What disturbs me is Trail and his junior partner’s shit-eating grins as they stare at the giant squirrel’s crotch. “And squirrels, along with deer, birds, etc., certainly do their share in replenishing the forest,” indeed.

  68. DoubleJeopardy
    November 27th, 2006 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    A3G: Now that the triptophan has worn off, I can’t wait for Margo to learn that all the other girls know that “Eric” is synonomous with that other tiny four letter word, “dick”.

  69. hogenmogen
    November 27th, 2006 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    For those of us who don’t get the LA Times, you could post your opinion piece here. Some of us are interested, and I, for one don’t want to have to Google the shit out of the Times to find it, only to be denied access because of some paid subscription stuff. Thanks.

  70. Baby D’oh
    November 27th, 2006 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

  71. HBGlord
    November 27th, 2006 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    FBoFW: New, Improved Foob — Now featuring more of those Scancarelli-esque GA-style “realistic close-ups” of Hott Lizardbreath than ever! Good to see that Lynn’s sweatshop workers are really earning their Loonies and Twonies these days: (see last panel)

    But criminetly! Look at po’ Elly’s mug in contrast to her daughter’s in that panel: Maybe Lynn is still handling the “art” on her alter ego, ’cause that would be the best explanation for that nose, which looks like a cross between Jimmy Durante’s shnozzola and a baby turnip. But on the other hand, do we really wanna see the detailed version (in full blink mode) of that scary puss, with its Nixonian jowls and bags under the eyes so huge that they have to be checked at the airport?

  72. Albatross
    November 27th, 2006 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    Whoo-nelly! What would Dr. Freud have to say about the giant squirrel biting the nuts off of ‘Mark Trail’?

  73. the genghis
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    Oh Margo, though your nails say ‘no,’ your tongue says ‘yes!’

    Also, it didn’t take much for Kelly Welly to get Ricky whipped. Just a can-do attitude, some girlish charm, and a big ol’ shotgun.

  74. Gattamelata
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    I am definitely going to try the “No. Not turkey.” line before kissing my next date. I will post results. Since I tend not to date Margo-types, I may have less success than Eric.

    I think some of you folks have misinterpreted Kelly’s expression. I’m not convinced that she wants to have sex with Rick. I think it’s the expression of a person drunk with power. After all, she has Mark’s weapon and she has custody of a couple of primitives and the jerk who let her get captured by those primitives. The entire world of revenge is her oyster, and she has some pretty effective tools in her hands.

  75. anonymous
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    Oh come on, someone, give me the URL for that X-rated comic book site that someone posted here a few months ago! The not-work-safe one with Doc Ock poised to do….something… Spidey! And various other super-dudes in various states of undress, showing super sides of themselves not ordinarily seen by the general public!

  76. yggdrasil
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    “Do you have any experience with meth? Mmm hmm, yes, I see. Strong resume, highly motivated… yes, this all looks fine. I’ll be honest with you, we’re having a bit of a personnel problem. Explosion at the Dallas branch; you probably read about it. Ha ha! But, seriously, if you know anyone interested in the meth industry you might as well sign them up too, right now. Here’s a pen.”

  77. Decker
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    A3G scares me with all its inappropriate wiggles. When Margo does the patented “head bobble,” I can’t help but think she needs a Halo device.

  78. gleeb
    November 27th, 2006 at 1:42 pm [Reply]

    Why is the late John Barrymore calling on Ella Byrd?

  79. Phil the Wonder Pig
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    Monday’s A3G: I’ll bet the four letter word Tommie is thinking starts with a ‘C’ and ends with a ‘K’.

  80. Phil the Wonder Pig
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    It would be sweet if we find out Howard Urk’s lawyer has had a detective following Liz and Granthony and Howard gets acquitted after footage of them discussing the case over and over again is introduced into court.

  81. Trip
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:36 pm [Reply]

    “Step into my parlor, said the OCTOPUS to the SPIDER!”?

    That is quite the image, really. I suppose it really does deserve its exclamation point.

    I’m trying to figure out what kind of parlor an octopus would have. A beauty parlor, with blue-haired octopi under hair dryers? A literary parlor, with octopi reading Oprah’s latest picks? A foyer with an antique chesterfield? I just can’t see a spider fitting in regardless.

  82. anne
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    79. PTWP: Cunk?

  83. Phil the Wonder Pig
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:39 pm [Reply]

    Probably a tea parlor.

    It’s a play on the old saying, “Step into my parlor, said the spider to the fly.”

  84. resolver
    November 27th, 2006 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    What I don’t understand is why RMMD didn’t use some archaic, “hip” slang term for “money” — like “We need the dough” or “We need some scratch” or “We need some lettuce.” Or even “We need some dead prez.” As lame as it would probably be, you’d at least like to think they were making an effort.

  85. Leslee
    November 27th, 2006 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    79: ‘clik’?
    ….(margo) me if this isn’t hard!

  86. Phil the Wonder Pig
    November 27th, 2006 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    85: You are getting warmer. It would be pronounced much like your last guess.

  87. Marion Delgado
    November 27th, 2006 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    Just because Kelly is far cuter than Cherry, and unpredictable, I don’t see what’s so sexy. I mean, come on. It’s a coincidence that she’s going to say, hey, ricky, I believe in you – get these men behind bars while I go help mark trail.

    And you know how long it takes to return bears to the wild. Kelly and Mark may be gone for DAYS. Just giving a heads up because I know how you people like to talk and insinuate.

    Meanwhile, perfect wife Cherry “2000″ Trail is home not moving, looking at the wall, waiting for Mark to come through the door. She will give him the same perfect smile she always does, make the traditional monday dinner, and then it’s time for some wholesome and thoroughly predictable lovemaking – another Monday chore she gets through with pluck and cheerfulness.

    Ah love. Ah, domesticity. You can’t touch that, you wayward, unpredictable city career girls with cameras and revealing clothing.

  88. Marion Delgado
    November 27th, 2006 at 5:09 pm [Reply]

    Poor Rex Morgan, MD!

    * not only is he trapped in a sham marriage, unable to break away and run after Troy

    * not only is his cover wife a clueless rich bitch.

    * but they found him out, and he had to remove “MD” from the strip name. He’s just “Rex Morgan” now.

    WWTD – Troy would grab that MD back and dare the world to take it if it wants it!

  89. Fox Incorporated
    November 27th, 2006 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know, #59…it’s hard to say, but I think the look on the little tyke/deformed midget’s face is one of disgust, not one of said chiselement. I believe this results from the squirrel felating the acorn.
    Hmmm…maybe this is a cry for help? The unfortunate lad in question may just have worry lines from being molested for so long by Mark Trail, and the fellating squirrel just reminds him of what will happen soon, hence his look of disgust and panic. “Spread their fruit” indeed…

  90. Simple J Malarkey
    November 27th, 2006 at 6:35 pm [Reply]

    20: Drug labs do indeed provide standard, 9-to-5 jobs, just like any other industry. For an excellent example of a productive and hygenic drug manufacturing workforce, see New Jack City.

  91. Summerhouse
    November 27th, 2006 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    #63 – “‘Mark Trail – ventriloquist.” You’re a genius, man!

  92. Citric
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    Garfield – Wait, is Garfield seriously suggesting Jon wraps up his penis and gives it to Liz as a gift? Or is that cat suggesting he gives her lessons on how to properly satasfy him? Either way, this strip is making me think of Jon’s sex life a fair bit more than I feel comfortable admitting.

  93. Heckler123
    November 27th, 2006 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    #41 – ewwwwww. Now we’re going to have to spray the pews down with Lysol.

  94. mark
    November 27th, 2006 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    Jack Elrod was tempted to just draw a second Mark Trail to deliver the lines in sunday’s comic but backed away at the last moment.

    MF: First Tinsley tells stupid people to stay home and not vote and now he’s saying that people stayed home and didn’t vote because the GOP alienated them by spending too much. I’m sure your stupid poem will be read out in all the subcommitee meetings.

    Six Chix: Due to terrible art, the pain of optional grooming choices are compared to the iron cross.

    Rose is Rose: I check in once in a while to ensure that the comic still sucks worse than anything else in the paper. She’s still got it!

    MT: The sun is momentarily blotted out as a hundred foot high moose runs overheard.

  95. slinkimalinki
    November 27th, 2006 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    92 — “something from my heart” “try another organ”. something from another organ? i think garfield is suggesting jon give semen for christmas. or maybe just that he should slip his girlfriend some eric. either way, that cat is way to involved in his owner’s life.

  96. slinkimalinki
    November 27th, 2006 at 10:41 pm [Reply]

    also, why does google ads think i’m interested in live furry chat. was it the combination of “garfield” and “semen”? or was it the “eric”?

  97. taotu
    November 27th, 2006 at 11:43 pm [Reply]

    I saw this in the paper today (November 27th, 2006) and immediately thought of this blog. Betty is rarely, in my experience, much worth the effort put into reading it. This justifies every day for the last year I have read it, singlehandedly.

    Honestly, what makes it even funnier is that I can only come up with two explanations as to why a man’s response to the command ‘HANDCUFF ME!’ would be ‘she got a rude e-mail’.

    1. The man has so little sexual contact with his wife that there is no way he could ever, possibly, read anything suggestive in this command,


    2. His wife is clearly in anger therapy, and this is a regular occurence, where minor incidents will cause her to need to be physically restrained in order to keep from seriously injuring the sources of her spite.

    Either way- these two are surely well on their way to meeting the Lockhorns at the intersection of regret and spousal abuse.

  98. True Fable
    November 29th, 2006 at 10:18 am [Reply]

    “I think I’ll hire that kid for the meth lab after all. We’ve never hired anyone who wears a porcupine on his head before.”

    I can’t read Spiderman. I still haven’t forgiven Stan Lee for killing off Gwen Stacy.

    Can I hold a grudge for years, or what?!

    Ah, Margo…. you’re just itchin’ to put your quoting fingers somewhere new, aren’t you?

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