Nothing Is Happening In: Is Something A Thing?


So this past week in Karen Moy and Joe Giella’s Mary Worth, Mary and her darling little imprinted foundling Olivia talked with each other about how wonderful they are with each other and how other people can’t understand them. Um. Well, I guess that’s exactly the impression you get reading the comics. It looked like they did a lot of eating, although I guess that was just the same meal shown over a couple days. Hm.

Well. Ah. In Tony DePaul and Paul Ryan’s The Phantom, the Ghost Who Walks did that thing where a superhero walks around in his civilian guise while the real authorities try to figure out who tied up all the criminals. Then there was yet another weirdly over-specific Jungle Saying (“There are times when The Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the streets of the town like an ordinary man”? That’s nice and catchy, right up there with “On occasion The Phantom searches all over for his car keys and finds he left them in the refrigerator, in the vegetable bin, which is weird because they’re supposed to be either in the tea kettle or embedded in a stick of butter”.) Then he edged as far away from contact with his kids as he could … oh, that’s all what anyone would get from the strip anyway.

Well, Mark Trail didn’t literally punch the radiation poachers this week but … Bah. I give up. You can’t just pick out anything and snark on it. You have to have some attitude and some hope of building it into something better, even if it’s just writing your own story to make sense of it. I can’t turn Fridays into a review of this week’s baffling Compu-Toon panels. There’s not enough meat to them and the guy who draws them seems way too earnest. I’m doomed, I know it.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

2 thoughts on “Nothing Is Happening In: Is Something A Thing?”

    1. Yeah. Mandrake went into permanent reruns when the artist retired citing poor health. It had achieved a spectacular awfulness, though, with art that looked like it had been run through a fax machine four times before being slathered in color. And the writing … well, that story there had a major character named “Jockamo”, so you see how things were going. The strip ended mid-story and I haven’t heard any real interest in finishing whatever was going on.

      The mid-90s reruns they’ve been going on have been a tolerably-well-drawn if loopy set of tales, anyway. Last year it featured one where Mandrake was brought into the far-future Earth so he could teach the silly women who’d divided the government into parking laws, time lordship, and other (I’m not joking here, though I may have the division slightly off) how to be spanked.

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