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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

As Mike tries to work out why he doesn't seem to have any sort of real friends, he accidentally tells us why when he screams about the unfairness of something he seems to share with Martha: the belief that he's better than the people he finds himself amongst.

(Strip Number 5004, Original Publication Date, 16 August 1988)

Panel 1: We find out why Mike is sitting by himself when he comes to the conclusion that for some reason, no one seems to really like him as a person. (This proves that Mike is of dim intellect because it's kind of hard to like the knob we have to endure.)

Panel 2: People pretend to like him but when they choose a friend, nobody actually seems to want to choose him. (This means having brains and class is a bad thing because he's where he belongs: on the outside looking in.)

Panel 3: They only seem to pretend to like him so they can get him to do something dumb or act silly or accept a dare or something. (This is meant to absolve him of his pathetic eagerness to accept dares.)

Panel 4: Mike screams skyward and asks why he hasta be a clown and why can't he just be boring an'ordinary like everyone else.

Summary: The problem is, as always, that Mike isn't a rebel or a clown or anything else BUT a boring, ordinary kid like everyone else. He only thinks he is because his fragile flower parents and their moron friends tell him he is. The reason they can't see the slug-like dimwit everyone else sees is because they're as superficial as he is and only see the results of his being a pathetic shlub who accepts dares so he'll fit in and people will like him. Why he does stupid crap is something not of interest.
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