Cidu Bill on Nov 12th 2012


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  1. James Pollock Nov 12th 2012 at 12:50 am 1

    The pin when through the doll and into the arm he was holding it with.

  2. J-L Nov 12th 2012 at 12:55 am 2

    In the penultimate panel, the reader is likely to assume that the scream is coming from the jailer (having had his voodoo doll stabbed). But the last panel reveals that the scream came from the Spook — that is, he’s so clumsy he stabbed his own arm!

  3. Tezza Nov 12th 2012 at 01:25 am 3

    But … J-L the Spook has pin in R hand and yet R-Arm is the one bandaged on the gurney … so did he succeed in causing the jailer pain , who then took the pin and cause Spook to “self inflict” pain?

  4. James Pollock Nov 12th 2012 at 01:50 am 4

    The spook is to escape attempts what Wile E. Coyote is to road-runner hunting. (although, in his earliest appearances, it was exactly the opposite… the guard could never PREVENT him from escaping.)

  5. Kilby Nov 12th 2012 at 03:07 am 5

    Tezza is right (@3), the bandage should have been on the Spook’s left hand.

    P.S. As I recently mentioned (in another thread), the “jailer” in the Wizard of Id used to be called “Turnkey”. This strip has Parker’s name on it, but I wonder whether someone else is writing it now (or maybe Parker just forgot - it’s probably been decades since the old name was used).

  6. James Pollock Nov 12th 2012 at 03:26 am 6

    The other possibility, of course, is that after the spook stabbed the doll and nothing happened, the guard (OK, “Turnkey”) beat him for making the attempt.

  7. Kilby Nov 12th 2012 at 05:01 am 7

    P.P.S. (@5) - A quick look revealed that the strip has been done by Jeff Parker for fifteen years. Brant Parker bequeathed the zombie pen to him in 1997.

  8. Stan Nov 12th 2012 at 05:11 am 8

    The advert says that the pins are ‘not’ included. Why take such ‘pains’ to highlight that fact in the first panel? Where did he get the pin? Is that part of the joke?

  9. Kilby Nov 12th 2012 at 06:36 am 9

    @ Stan (8) - This strip is in the “standard” layout for syndicated strips, the first three panels are made up of the title panel and the “throwaway” joke (that’s all it is). Many papers that aren’t willing to give a strip that much space will omit these panels, printing only the “main” portion, so any mini joke contained there has to be self-contained (and expendable).

  10. DemetriosX Nov 12th 2012 at 07:09 am 10

    The “joke” has been pretty thoroughly covered. What jumped out to me is that the Spook is being drawn differently and it makes no sense. He’s going bald on top, but still has long hair covering the rest of him. Way back when, the visual gag was that he’d been there so long his hair had grown down to his knees, providing him with the only clothes he had. This guy is more like a balding ape.

  11. Stan Nov 12th 2012 at 07:18 am 11

    @Kilby - Ahhhh, that makes sense. I’ve learned something today. Cheers, bud.

  12. Niac Nov 12th 2012 at 07:48 am 12

    Could it be that because Spook keeps ending up back in the jail that he subconsciously wants to be there. Thus, when he stabbed the voodoo doll he hurt himself.

  13. Ooten Aboot Nov 12th 2012 at 08:06 am 13

    In panel 8 the Spook is still holding the pin at the ready when someone is stabbed. Me thinks yon Turnkey, tipped off by the outgoing mail censor, answered the same ad and ordered a voodoo doll of the Spook. Yon varlet then held the Spook’s package until his own arrived. Never trust a screw.

    Newspapers that throw the throwaway panes away are the reason I read the comics online.

  14. MollyJ Nov 12th 2012 at 09:51 am 14

    I’m not sure why he’d have to be wheeled out on a gurney for a little pin stick.

  15. J-L Nov 12th 2012 at 10:08 am 15

    Since we’re pointing out inconsistencies, shouldn’t the cast/bandage be put on the Spook after he get to the prison infirmary?

  16. Judge Mental Nov 12th 2012 at 10:41 am 16

    A vote for J-L’s interpretation at #2. I think the wrong armed bandaged is just a screw-up.

    I also noticed that Spook is drawn atypically. While I can sort of accept that he might eventually be balding on top, his beard looks like he has probably shaved sometime over the past week, which seems very unlikely.

    Some people seem to be interpreting that Turnkey=”my jailer”. But why would Spook refer to him in the third person if he was talking to him. Wouldn’t he just say “a voodoo doll of you”? Is the voodoo doll colored differently to show that it is a different person? Or did the colorist just goof it up? Turnkey is really Spook’s only friend, it really would make more sense for him to have made a voodoo doll of the fink, er, king. Is it possible that Turnkey is Spook’s warder, and in this case, “jailer” means the person who “jailed” (arrested and/or incarcerated) him? :shrug

  17. Judge Mental Nov 12th 2012 at 11:37 am 17

    An amendment to my previous note. Since Spook says “take this!” that would suggest that the doll is in fact Turnkey.

    Overall, whether you think this gag was funny or not, it was pretty poorly executed.

  18. J-L Nov 12th 2012 at 01:30 pm 18

    Turnkey: “I knew a man who was so clumsy, he stabbed his own arm with a pin! And what’s more, the arm he stabbed was the one holding the pin!”

  19. Inkwell Nov 12th 2012 at 02:41 pm 19

    Last time I read WoI in my newspaper (which has been several years), Turnkey and the Spook ranged from neutral towards each other to friendly. This comic baffled me at first, because of the rather murderous turn their relationship had taken.

    Then I noticed that the Spook referred to it as “my jailer”, and it was colored differently. Now I don’t know if it’s Turnkey or not.

  20. J-L Nov 12th 2012 at 04:17 pm 20

    Inkwell (#19): I’m not so sure the Spook is trying to murder the turnkey. I’m more inclined to think that the Spook is merely trying to inflict enough pain on the prison guard to escape (note that the prison door is wide open — it would do no good if it was closed and locked).

  21. DPWally Nov 13th 2012 at 01:39 pm 21

    I go with Niac (#12)’s explanation. He is his own jailer, so by stabbing the doll’s right arm he hurt his own.

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