Friday, July 19, 2024

Late Night Post

December 9, 1965
Cream puff? What kind of descriptor is 'cream puff' for a car?

Hey, we got another funny hat.

Veeblefester is so upset at Brutus that he can't even look at him. Go home, enjoy your weekend. Come back Monday and we'll see how I feel about you then.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Summer Doldrums

December 8, 1965
That is an...eclectic group of women. More than one of them is clearly inspired by Wilma and Betty on The Flintstones.

Is that guy Mrs. Nooshnick's husband or one of those male escorts that are welcome here?

It's kind of mean and rude to be calling Brutus a born loser. I don't care if it is true, you don't say it out loud. Plus, losers are made, not born is what I always say. You want to stop being a loser? You have that power.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Two-Recliner Family

December 7, 1965
Yeah, sure, it's disturbing that the plane is flying upside down, but 500 feet is not very high up. The Washington Monument is 555 feet. This flight is definitely getting on the news tonight.

I'm too tired to look it up, but I don't think I've ever seen the Thornapple house with recliners. They are a feet up on the ottoman family.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Bathe Your Children!!

December 6, 1965
Someone's getting probed tonight! Lucky bastard.

All that for $40!? That is a great deal!

We had to shave our long-haired cat yesterday because he had a couple lumps that we couldn't brush out and they were really bothering him. It was definitely not $40.

You can't get Wilberforce to take a bath?

Monday, July 15, 2024

Strawberry or Cherry?

December 4, 1965
I understand that using K-W-I-T for quit is supposed to show us that Lunk here isn't the brightest bulb in the pack, but the dropout rate was around 15% and it was much easier to get a decent paying job without a high school diploma back in 1965. I know someone like the comic strip elite like Art Sansom wouldn't understand, but sometimes school just isn't for some people.

Gladys makes Brutus breakfast every morning. It's nothing special, Arnie.

So Brutus is eating a cold toaster pastry and drinking cold coffee...from a Styrofoam cup?

Why don't Brutus and Arnie carpool?

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Foot Pain

When a group of bandits make an important cattle drive pass impassable, a group of cowboys--and Bess, a cowgirl(!), try to figure out a way to their destination. But, when their best shot, and Bess' boyfriend, is gunned down, a mysterious stranger steps up. But can he be trusted? Read Ride Fast for Wyoming!

May 25, 1986
Knowing Veeblefester, I'd appreciate the empty box.

First Veeblefester remembers I have a kid and their name is Wilberforce. Now he's gifting me empty boxes.

The walk-in clinic was too booked up to help you? You can't speak with your own doctor to try to get into the podiatrist? I know the American healthcare system is terrible, but Brutus just seems lazy here. Which I'll allow.

He dropped a can of paint on his foot.

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Saturday, July 13, 2024


December 3, 1965
I can only assume that he tested it when done fixing it and the lamp worked fine. Therefore, the problem lies with the outlet, not the lamp.

I can tell you one thing for sure. I did not need to see Wilberforce's weird body today. Or any day. Nobody needs to see that.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Maybe Brutus Would Work Better If You Didn't Stand Over Him

December 2, 1965
Ha-ha! It's funny because it's true! Have you been to some small towns? If we can't have a good sports team then we'll just burn the town down!

Is Coach Thornapple Brutus' father? Maybe that's why we don't see him in current comics. He was hanged by his small town sports fans.

Tomorrow's Saturday so I am definitely not going to work on that report tomorrow. And now that you've insulted me, working today seems unlikely so you'll get this report, at the earliest, on Monday.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

(440)555-1213 Is a Made-Up Number Anyway

December 1, 1965
I apologize that this week has been kind of hit-and-miss with posts. I didn't plan it, it just kind of happened. Anyway, what do we have here? The filing department is turning important into paper airplanes? That can't be good. Hope this business doesn't get audited or something? What's the 1965 equivalent of Enron?

That does seem kind of rude. But I guess it all depends on how you take it and how you perceive yourself. I do hope that Uncle Ted used some of the moves he learned in the military on that clerk. What war was he in? World War I? II? Korea? Vietnam? The timeline's fuzzy.

Eh. Why are you still paying for a landline anyway? You should be glad it's been disconnected.

Why is the ear piece green and the mouth piece red? Is it just to add some color?

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Tuesday Quickies

November 30, 1965
Who's Princie? Another kid? A dog? It's not like you are moving at a high rate of speed, just open the door and lean out.

Gladys couldn't just leave the mail in the box outside their house? Maybe it needs a stamp.

Brutus is in the doghouse and he didn't even do anything. Even whatever is in his mug is scared.

Sunday, July 07, 2024

The Other Team's Coach Also Tells His Players to Move In

We're going back to look at the short-lived Golden Age comic book character, The Cat Man by June TarpΓ© Mills. This story is taken from his first appearance in Amazing Man #5 in 1939. I like the premise of the story and it gave us this amazing quote pictured here. There's also some old Sunday comics for you and Gladys in a horrible "Super Mom" sweatshirt.

May 18, 1986
Veeblefester's tennis partner broke his hip? He'll be dead within months. I used to be pretty good at tennis. I think it was mostly because I took it seriously while most everybody else in high school goofed around. Is Brutus confusing tennis with another sport or does he and Wilberforce not play with a net?

Hey! Veeblefester knows/remembers that Wilberforce is Brutus' kid!

For some reason, I figured today would be a rerun. I love Brutus' skepticism and concern in the next to last panel. "Really? In what context?" You are not ambidextrous and definitely favor your right hand. Do I need to have a talk with this coach? Is this how I'm going to spend my Sunday? Beating up a pervert?

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Saturday, July 06, 2024

Also the Screen Is Very Small

November 29, 1965
Yeah. Ok. But Cary Grant looked good.

Maybe he should try a hat that, you know, maybe, fits his head?

What? Are we talking about uploaded stuff on YouTube or something? Most places you can stream movies have an app that you can put on your TV and watch. Or was this strip supposed to be an ad for some kind of VPN? The real losers are those that don't use VPNs to encrypt their data.

Friday, July 05, 2024


November 27, 1965
Heh. That'll shut her up.

I don't see her holding cards, so she doesn't even get to play? She just has to sit there in a smoke-filled room watching these men play some low-stake games of poker? At least they aren't making her serve them food or something.

Is she able to leave the room?

Is the concert playing on the radio or are they just putting on whatever music they feel like? Do people just say one day "Want to go to a random concert tonight?" I never have.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Thursday, July 04, 2024

Sizzle & Pop

November 26, 1965

I've had my fingers pinched by bowling balls before and that hurts, I can't imagine getting hit in the head with one at full force. Although, there is an Unsolved Mysteries episode where this man pummels his mother-in-law with a bowling ball and she was fine.

Yeah, it's quieter and I get to sit on my own couch. Also, I can stop fireworks and watch something I actually want to see.

Wilberforce doesn't get to watch fireworks on TV though. Maybe he's actually outside watching the real stuff.

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Wrinkle In Time

November 24, 1965
Ooh, more Quincy Madison! I think he appears once or twice more in 1965. I like him. I think it's interesting that Quincy will walk through atomic fallout for his Emilie, but getting married is a bridge too far.

I wonder if we were anywhere close to getting The Born Loser starring Brutus Thornapple Quincy Madison?

Part two?! This isn't a joke or even remotely funny. This is just an explanation. I do have to hand it to Brutus for not using this opportunity to mock Mother Gargle.

Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Ageism In the Comics

November 23, 1965
What I don't like about this comic is that he has two hats. I get that it's cold and god forbid a businessman be seen without a hat on, but this annoys me.

I'm glad his plan didn't work.

Wilberforce really hates old people. I would agree that it's just a kid being a kid, but he seems really vindictive and not just curious. "How does it feel being old?" "How's those wrinkles treating you?" "Surprised you woke up this morning!"

Monday, July 01, 2024

Dope Springs Eternal

November 20, 1965

I've never been stranded on an island before. It's on my to-do list. But these islands never seem big enough to even rise above the water. Wouldn't an errant wave just wash you into the sea? I mean, islands in the middle of the Pacific freak me out anyway. I don't see how the people of Napari, Te Tautua Village, or Adamstown do it. Just hoping you don't get swept away into the ocean like Wilson the Volleyball.

Brutus is going to get yelled at, fired, and possibly thrown out a window. And it's a holiday week, too.