Tension seethes beneath the surface
Mark Trail, 8/2/05
What’s that you say? You’ve been waiting in vain for weeks — nay, months — for another exciting installment of What They Say And What They Mean? Well, wait no longer!
|What he says||What he means|
|El Presidente||“I’m surprised at Lynn, I didn’t think she would enjoy the outdoors…”||I enjoy forcing my underlings and their loved ones to do things they hate in order to prove how much power I have over them. It’s like the time I made my secretary get a tattoo!|
|El Presidente||“She seems to have adjusted well!”||I shall have to try harder to break her will. Upon return to civilization, she’ll be joining a naked roller-derby league for my amusement … unless you’ve decided you don’t want a future at my company, of course.|
|El Presidente||“She’s the type of wife I like my executives to have!”||Whiny, murderous, social climbing, and cravat-wearing! Oh, and someone told me once that straight women, gay men, and single people can make good executives too. Isn’t that a hoot?|
|Scott||“Thanks … she’s a good woman … I think I’ll turn in!”||You know, I was feeling bad about my wife’s plan to kill you. Now I’m more than happy to help out, you loathsome dinosaur. Ever been garroted by a cravat before?|
Yes, that’s our patented feature … What They Say And What They Mean! Sometimes it’s even funny!
Incidentally, hasn’t the sky in Mark Trail been a particularly trippy shade of ultra-bright blue lately? Even in strips like this, which ostensibly take place at night? The fact that everyone’s skin is chalk-white makes for extra psychadeliosity. Maybe the mega-amphibian in panel two is meant to stand in for the uncompromising toad-licking that the censors wouldn’t let Jack Elrod show.