April 20th, 2018


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Elly channels her inner Gene Kelly, except the part where he carries an umbrella.

(Strip Number 6742, Original Publication Date, 30 April 1989)

This one jumps forward a week from the original publication date and since Easter is already done, I don’t know why they did the switch.  We will have to wait and see if Universal Uclick goes along with it.

Let’s start with the original to put us in the mood:

Panel 1: Elly in the shower using her bar soap as a microphone of sorts.

Panel 2: Elly has careful arm placement in order to keep this a family strip.  Elly goes nose in the air, the standard Peanuts expression when shouting. 

Panel 3: The song actually is titled as “Singin’ in the Rain” without the “g” on “singing”, making this a perfect Patterson song. 

Panel 4: This one is as naked as Elly gets and the closest we get to pushing that family rating.  No more I say.  We readers can’t take anymore!!

Panel 5: Blessed relief as non-naked Elly puts on the kind of mascara that attracts fleas or gnats. 

Panel 6: Elly sings the dance music part as she buttons up some buttons.  Dressed in a glorious blue and all I can say is, “Thank you colourist, for not making it purple.”

Panel 7: Her coat on, her purse by her side, Elly is ready to face the day.

Panel 8: Elly looks outside and the view causes her to stop singing.

Panel 9: The joke is that Elly doesn’t find it that much fun to be in actual rain and in order to put this joke across, Lynn Johnston has decided not to have Elly carry an umbrella in spite of numerous comic strips where Elly insists the kids carry one.  An example:

Summary: Singing naked Elly.  Why Lynn?  Why?