By bats | June 21, 2010 - 11:19 am
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

Once again, it falls to good ol’ Andy to haul everyone’s kibble out of the fire…


[The 20 June 2010 Mark Trail focuses on Lightning Awareness Week (shut up, there is such a thing), with poor Andy being royally spooked by a loud clap of thunder and lightning — I had to do something with it…]

PLUS! A conundrum!

If it’s Lightning Awareness Week, why is there a Moose and not Zeus?


Another Mystery of the Universe!

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By bats | June 20, 2010 - 3:38 pm

…no, not really.

It’s hard to think of Mary as anything but a meddler.

Huh.  There might be some promise for a road show of “Meddler on the Roof,” though…


Unfortunately,  Mary and “discretion” are light-years apart:


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By bats | June 19, 2010 - 12:21 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

that somewhere out there, Rusty Trail is real.  And one of these days, he’s going to hunt me down and kill me.

But, in the meantime:


OH, NOES!!!!1!1!!  How dastardly is this?!?


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By bats | June 18, 2010 - 1:25 pm
Posted in Category: Pulling the Plug(ger)

but Family Circus? Marmaduke?  Nahhhhh….


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By bats | June 17, 2010 - 1:10 pm
Posted in Category: Most maryWorthy

Yes, the Charterstone Posse is gathered ’round the pool, and Mary’s in the thick of things — not supervising the sideboard, but playing matchmaker!

Personally, I’d take my chances on the potato salad…


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By bats | June 15, 2010 - 3:08 pm

In the 14 June edition of The Phantom, Diana (Woman Who Is Wrongfully Incarcerated) bemoans the fact that Kit (Ghost Who Walks, aka Bummed-Out Husband) has forgotten about her, and that everyone assumes she was killed in the terrorist attack orchestrated by Chatu (Villain With Many Tats).

A short day late (15 June), Diana (Woman Who Has Been Out in the Sun Too Long) rhapsodizes about Kit (Big Purple Goober) is in fact still on the hunt for bad guys:


Yeah, sweetie, you just go on thinking that…

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By bats | June 14, 2010 - 4:47 pm

Good old Mr. Borgnine is still going strong in his 90s! Take that, Little Orphan Annie!

What’s his secret for longevity? He reveals all (well, thankfully not all):

By strange coincidence, life imitates (comic) art.  At 9 Chickweed Lane, Edie and Herr Kiester have discovered that Bill is alive:


Yet in spite of this crushing blow, hand jive goes on.

And over at Camp Swampy, it’s something about “Sarge squeezing his toothpaste”:


Is this a new spin on “don’t ask, don’t tell?”

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By bats | - 4:36 pm
Posted in Category: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

Currently over in Morganville, Cousins June and Brooke have located the thugs who mugged Brooke and are merrily giving chase.



(I did this mostly because a recent pet peeve of mine is the artists of serial strips like Rex Morgan and Judge Parker are bedewing the luscious lips of their young female characters with things that don’t so much look like sultry spots of shiny lip-gloss as they do canker sores.  Suddenly Mary Worth is looking pretty hot by comparison.)

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By bats | June 13, 2010 - 11:38 am

I think that many of the serial comics move too slowly, and the suspense is drawn out for too long.  Yes, suspense can add a lot to a plot, but a number of these plots are thin at best, and “suspense” only allow the mind (well, my mind) to wander…

Oh, yeah, my point:  when Aristotle Popitinpotitoutalot receives a phone call, who knows who or what might be on the other end?  Coy comments really don’t help:


(I also realized after having done this mashup, the first four panels have a nice little shock value, without having to worry about a plot.)

Sly chit-chat on the phone + a visitor who warrants a precious ejaculation =


Let’s just take this to its logical conclusion, shall we?


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By bats | June 10, 2010 - 1:35 pm

It seems one storyline is ending and another is beginning in Mary Worth.  Unfortunately, this has garnered a week-long vamp as we all wait in breathless anticipation of Who’s Meddled Next?

Some of us are a little more impatient than others, leading to all sorts of juicy speculation:


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