Sunday, July 31, 2022

Hot Fudge Sundae Sounds Good...

Hey, if you are reading this in Kansas, are 18 or older and are registered to vote, make sure you vote early or get out on August 2nd and show our state legislature that abortion is healthcare and a human right.
Was this one of those dreams where you wake up feeling worse than when you went to bed? I've never had an eating dream before but I've had plenty of walking or cycling dreams where I wake up and my legs hurt. I don't even know why I have cycling dreams--I haven't rode a bike in 20 years.

What the hell does your heart have to do with dreaming? It's all subconscious gobbledygook. "Shows where your heart is." Shut up, Gladys.

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Saturday, July 30, 2022


February 26, 1974
You can tell the time period by the doctor suggesting that Brutus go back to smoking. How about chewing gum or eating more fruit or buying popsicles? Just don't chew on the stick.

You would think the doctor would be more concerned that a human got a disease that only affects trees. Actually, seeing how we handle diseases now, the doctor made the right decision.

Wait until Wilberforce grows up and it's basically the same thing: Five days of work followed by two days off. Work is crap, no one likes it, and if they say they do they are lying.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Who Knew Brutus Was Such a Lush?

February 21, 1974
Gladys' husband just got struck by lightning, or got vaporized, or turned into Shazam! (or back into Billy Batson) and she is not the least bit concerned? We got some real Andy Capp energy going here.

How many times has Brutus died in these old strips?

I like that Chip is starting to heed my suggestions now. I wonder if this is a call back to last Friday when Veeblefester let Brutus leave early because he's bad at his job.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Finally Starting? You've Been In the World of Business for At Least 25 Years

February 20, 1974
It should be easy to remember. It probably starts with 555.

I love the minimalist illustrations making it look like Brutus is standing in a void. What's the phone plugged into? There doesn't seem to be a wall there. It's just in the middle of the room.

Hey, Brutus? Instead of talking to yourself (or the "audience" that you think is there), you should really be working on that stack that's in your IN box. You know, since that's your job and you are at work.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Mirror, Mirror

February 5, 1974
Does Gladys routinely sneak out of bed and pick Brutus' pocket? At least the Gladys of today just outright spends money instead of acquiring it through duplicitous means.

Oh. So this is how Brutus dies--the alternate dimension of himself that lives in the mirror. Hope he never looks at the mirror during a flash of lightening.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Beef and Macaroni Surprise

January 28, 1974
Ivy League? Wilberforce isn't making it to a community college at this rate. I think you'd better begin thinking in terms of one the good neurologists listed in the phone book.

And Wilberforce standing in the middle of an empty screaming out what he assumes to be the alphabet isn't helping keep my thoughts of brain damage at bay.

Yes, it's just beef and macaroni casserole but it's actually made with cheese from milk and costs an additional $2 a serving.

Monday, July 25, 2022

How Many Boyfriends Has Gladys Had?

January 23, 1974
I guess Wilberforce pretending to be things was a running gag which is why Brutus didn't fall for it one time, much to his dismay.

I don't know if it's just a bad scan or what but it does look like the pig loses it's color in the second panel so maybe it is undercooked.

Good Lord! Oswald Pol Pot? Oh, wait. No. Oswald Philpot, which is apparently a real surname that people can have. It derives from the name Phillip, I guess.

Is Oswald Philpot married? Maybe Mother Gargle should marry Oswald if she loves him so much.

Sunday, July 24, 2022


"Ha ha! My son's an idiot!" So it's official, Wilberforce is eight.

If only Franklin's name was Bruce or something then I'd think these are pod people here to replace the Thornapples. About time, honestly.

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Weird Weather Channel Advertisement

January 14, 1974
These days, the panels would look normal and the middle panel would be Brutus waking up with a *POOF* cloudburst above him. He'd then look at us and say "Of course it was a dream," or some crap.

This also paints Brutus in the light of he's good at his job, Veeblefester just doesn't like him. Whereas today, Brutus is bad at his job which is why Veeblefester doesn't like him. I like the former better.

I agree. Brutus should go outside and enjoy the nice weather. The high today in Cleveland, Ohio is 86. As I write this, right now, at 12:42 AM, it's 89 and the high will be 102. Enjoy 86, Brutus. Enjoy 86.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Just Rewards

January 9, 1974
It's interesting how random these strips can be. Giant army balloon. Talking bear rug. Brutus on the Moon. Whatever this is. Here, we have the appearance of a bouncing alien who, sadly, will not become The Born Loser version of The Great Gazoo.
Hello, dumb-dumbs.

Take the rest of the day off. Without pay. And it's probably already 3:30 or 4. And you have to come in early on Monday.

How does this office work?
This office is small and the desk is too big.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

*Uncle Ted points to one part of his arm* "This Is the Only Place It Doesn't Hurt!"

January 7, 1974
The front of Brutus doesn't seem to match his profile view. Eh, whatever. I can't keep my eyes off the cork. I love how it looks the same in the first panel and the last. And this was before computers. Beautiful.

Brutus is over 40. Hell, he's over 30. Brutus should be well-accustomed to random and constant pain. I kept waking up the other night with side cramps. I'm laying down asleep, what am I doing that would cause both sides to cramp up.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Admiral Ackbar Loves Cannoli

January 5, 1974
I went to school during the 1980s and '90s so did kids volunteer to "keep the minutes of" the meetings? Meetings? What the hell? It's school. Right? This is school, right? Or is this some weird Christian Youth meeting that just happens to meet in a school? The '70s were weird.

This joke probably went over really well at the key party Chip hosted last month.

Mother Gargle doesn't seem like a person who would want to watch Star Wars so maybe we had her all wrong. (We didn't.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tipping the Scales

December 21, 1973
Your guess is as good as mine as to what this comic is about.

So what are you gonna do about it? Are you going to sue the scale manufacturer? Is that really what you want to be known for? Just skip lunch and take a lot of walks. Maybe buy a new scale.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Brutus, Just Eat Your, I'm Gonna Say, Oatmeal

December 10, 1973
Bear rugs don't have bones and muscles, right? For Brutus' sake, bear rugs better not have bones or muscles.

He's already said this several times in the past week? And he was on vacation this past week!

I'm assuming Brutus has tried the left and right side along with scooting to the foot of the bed. Has he tried standing up and climbing over the headboard? I don't know how many more ways you can get out of bed.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

🎵Brutus Fell In a Pit...We All Fell In a Pit🎶

December 1, 1973
How did Brutus fall into the pit? Was Brutus seriously not watching out giant holes in the ground? And in that massive pack that Wilberforce has there isn't a rope?

Is Wilberforce seriously wearing a scouting uniform? The scouts wouldn't accept Wilberforce. His own baseball team barely wants him. They only keep him around if someone needs to be first base.

So not only does Brutus not notice that Gladys' hair looks exactly the same, he also doesn't realize that she's home 45 minutes later? And that's the sound their car makes when it pulls into the driveway? Brutus is just a terrible husband on three fronts here.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Did They Make a New Season of The Swan?

October 27, 1973
Does that really work? Just pretend to sleepwalk and walk away? It did shut Gladys up.

If you want something watchable and intelligent then network TV is not your bag. The smart shows are on streaming or cable channels and even shows on streaming are becoming iffy.

And having a smart show that forces you to pay attention doesn't guarantee viewers. I'm sure we can all think of a good, intelligent show that only lasted a season or two.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Vacation Cookout

October 26, 1973
Veeblefester has a friend. And apparently Veeblefester is taking them on a tour of his company and insulting his employees. Always a good time.

Well, she doesn't have to cook tonight. That's a plus. There are still two more days in the weekend, maybe you can actually eat out Saturday or Sunday.

Also, Brutus didn't go to work at all this week. He said he was on vacation and by gar, he was.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Brutus Has Never Met These Women In His Life

September 10, 1973
Uh-oh. How is Brutus going to get out of this situation?

Was Brutus wearing a Jughead hat?

Brutus looks like he really cares about Gladys, Mabel, and Loretta's little kerfuffle. What's ironic is that Mabel is spreading rumors about Gladys spreading rumors. What a delightful little twist that will probably help these three ladies to become friends again.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Ted's Been Scamming Social Security Since He Was 42 So It's Not That...

August 16, 1973

Is Brutus wearing a beret? That's not going to protect his head if there's a crash. Is Gladys also wearing a beret? She should go to a hospital then.

They're talking about getting old again. I get told I look good for my age, too (uh-oh) but most people who say that don't know my real age. I usually give any age between 25 and 84. I don't know you like that.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022


July 3, 1973

While a part of me is hoping Brutus and Gladys are in a park so half the town can see Brutus on display, it's still funny even if they are in their own yard where just the neighbors can see Brutus stumbling around with a chair down his pants.

Is Wilberforce still in school? Maybe he's in summer school which makes sense considering all the mistakes he seems to make. Wilberforce is going to be the only kid in America who comes out of school dumber than when he went in.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Peter Rabbit Is a Stupid Book About a Stupid Rabbit Who Steals Vegetables from Other People's Gardens

July 6, 1973
I know it's hard to imagine even though I've posted on here before but Wilberforce actually used to look like this. I don't know why. It's disturbing and weird.

I'm the same way. I don't like wasting my day offs. I like getting up early so I have as much of the day as possible and then I go to bed late. Cut to me waking up at noon.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Chip Is Going to Send Jose a Signed Copy of Today's Strip

March 23, 1985

We don't actually know when Vasco da Gama, a famed Portugese explorer (he discovered that the Atlantic and Indian oceans were connected), was born. Reports say 1460 or 1469 but we don't have a month or day. Da Gama also used violence and hostage-taking to control the people of India so maybe Brutus shouldn't be celebrating da Gama's birthday. I don't care how "important" you think he is. Let's be honest, someone would've figured out to "sail around Africa" sooner or later.

Gladys can still fit in her wedding dress? Good for her.

Aww. Chip has a crush on Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez. I don't know what all that other stuff means except for "switch hitter". I don't think Wilberforce's coach should be talking about his underage players like that.
Urban Dictionary

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Monday, July 04, 2022

Happy Independence* Day

*some restrictions apply

I was never a fireworks fan. I'm sure I've mentioned that before. And as I've gotten older I've just had to live with them and, as much as I might like looking at them, I don't like dealing with crowds or the heat so I'll just stay inside, thanks.

I'm taking the next week or so off so I can get caught up on writing and other things. I'm going to even try to be off of social media. As a reminder, I'm not getting paid over the summer so if you would like to help out, you can check out all my money links on the About page. Or, in these trying times, you can donate to your local abortion fund and remember to vote early and vote often. Have a good week!

Sunday, July 03, 2022

And She's Back

This early strip first appeared on July 10, 1966, a little more than a year after The Born Loser started. Brutus had still not become the main focus but the logo is still used to this day. Thanks to the Born Loser Facebook Page for posting these cool throwbacks.

via TheUnderfold

Shortly after the Roe v Wade decision last week, a friend of mine posted on Facebook about regulating men's bodies the way that we regulate women's bodies. Someone then posted that men's bodies are already very regulated because if a woman's breast pops out, it's just a little mistake and she can just continue on with her day. Meanwhile, if his penis comes out then he gets in trouble. Stupidly taking the bait, I commented that comparing women's breasts to penises is not comparable but also that a woman showing her breasts is also indecent exposure (yes, depending on where you are but it's still looked down on) but guys can literally walk around in a swim thong and no one cares--well, someone might but it's not illegal.

His comeback was women show their breasts all the Mardi Gras but he still can't show his penis. I don't know why he wants to show off his penis so much. He then called me Captain Save-A-Hoe and I turned off notifications and hid the post because it was my mistake thinking we could have a reasonable conversation instead of him being wrong and stupid.

Anyway, this Underfold comic reminds me of that. "Let's regulate men's bodies!" "You do because I can't waggle my penis around." "Yeah, because it's a penis." "I'm being OPPRESSED!!"

Well, we were promised no Mother Gargle until July and that promise was kept.

I don't understand why Mother Gargle gets so upset when Brutus takes a day off. He works Monday through Friday for a terrible company with a terrible boss. Just let him relax. It's Fourth of July weekend anyway so who cares that he's resting.

And I'm not even going to comment on what Brutus and Gladys may or may not have in common because I think Brutus and Gladys are more similar than Mother Gargle would like to admit.

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