April 2nd, 2009

Angry Candiru

Friday, 3 April 2009

It seems to me that we're overdue for a strip that defames Rod; fortunately, there's one in this arc that gives us what we need when we need it. John, you see, makes an amazingly cruel and insensitive remark about glammed-up Elly's appearance that she just stands there and takes. In real life, of course, his attempt at wittiness would be an affirmative defense if Elly were on trial for manslaughter in the second degree; here, it's comic fodder. This is also the arc in which we learn that Liz's hollow leg comes from JFTF's side of the family.

Panel 1: We start off with Glammed-up Elly sating "Come, my dear --- shall we step out?" to an impressed John. It's sort of a crapshoot trying guess if he's impressed by her looks, her entrance or the Miracle Wrap-that-turns-into-a-coat.

Panel 2: She smiles because he tells her that she looks great.

Panel 3: She's even happier when he says that he can't wait to show her off. This is where things turn to crap because he's revealed that he's mentally classified her as an object to show off instead of an entity with thoughts and feelings.

Panel 4: Her brain goes into vapor lock when he says that she looks like she's for rent. Good one, John: tell Elly to her face that your friends will think you ditched your frumpy old wife and brought a call girl to the party. That's smart.

Summary: This idiocy was from the strips Lynn sent to the syndicate so as to get her contract. This meant that Elly had yet to flap and honk yet; it also meant that they were so desperate to get a married female cartoonist, they'd take this crap.