367 – The Division Sword

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  1. Infamous Nefarious
    Infamous Nefarious

    Well…. Judging from Jerry’s nonchalant happy expression it’s obvious he’s not manually controlling the robot from up on top. If only he wasn’t technically the villain…. I mean I’d like to see him get the girl. Really…. Which is equally insane because they’re both old enough to be my parents.

    Cool jump tho!

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      This is called growing. You’re learning how to empathize with old people. Congrats!

  2. CartoonistWill

    Was it this strip that Marc sneaked the sword into? http://superfogeys.com/2011/07/13/333-a-word-with-her-fiancee/

    I dunno. I feel like the first panel, as much as I love the dialogue, is too crowded. Too much going on. The sword is an awesome idea. But I think that piece of exposition that explains what and where the sword came from is something that should have been mentioned in passing earlier on instead of crammed into such a tight space. It just feels forced to me, is all. But, you know, I think I’ve made this same exact mistake myself at some point though. Can’t remember where, but the mistake seems familiar.

    Note: The more I read it… Nah, maybe it’s not that bad after all. I feel like it’s a jump because we weren’t shown Bingo Knight fighting – which we would have seen, but Marc’s idea for Spy Gal pulling out her bobby pin was much better – and there’s too much exposition in that one little panel. Maybe not, though. We were away checking out Star Maiden and Swifty, so a jump is to be expected, I suppose. That’s where the “meanwhile” comes from. And I suppose the exposition isn’t too awful much or too out of place.

    By the way, I LOVE how we can clearly see that it was a stray shot of Space Pig’s pee what took ye olde Bingo Knight out of action. ;-)

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      I do believe you found the sword!

      As for the crowding in the first panel… that was kind of the point for me. Crowded for sure, but to ridiculous effect!

  3. Javier

    I also noticed how Star Maiden looks younger in the previous strip, but now Spy Gal looks younger as well. What the heck is going on?

    Anywho, I like this design for SG better. With her hair let down, she looks downright sexy and ready to go. Great artwork. No doubt about it.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      See Scott’s comment below. Logic fits.

      I think Marc does some of this unconsciously. He’s always drawn the Fogeys with more age than I ever did, so when he changes things even slightly, it’s more noticeable.

  4. Scott

    @Javier — ever see “Buba Ho-tep”? Same sorta deal; when an elder enters butt-kick mode they seem more youthful, doubly so for stylized artwork. Although SpyGal does have impossiboobs; she’s had children, so either she has the best bra in the world or she’s cheating. (Granted, it could also be she’s got dead world super-powers but still)

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      There are some things we don’t talk about around here, and Spy Gal’s “impossiboobs” is one of them. She does not tolerate discussion of her chest of any kind.

  5. drew

    this may sound wrong…BUT with all jerry has done in life…has anything been TRULY evil…SURE captain “Thinks” he killed his son but he actually made sure NO harm came to him. the only person that was injured when he was “Dr. Klein” Was jerry himself when he was shot by dictator tot…

    All jerry has ever wanted was to be the hero and get the girl…the girl whom it’s obvious that the captain never really deserved in the first place.

    Call it rooting for the underdog but i’m anxious to see where things go from here.

    WITH that being said jerry is STILL the villian and i’m sure this all plays into his grand plan so it’s a catch 22 you cheer for who he used to be knowing who he is, is a man wanting to ruin everything and everyone that ever wronged him…

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Jerry not a villain? Interesting… and solid evidence to back it up. Anyone else agree with this?

      • John Jett

        Ends don’t justify means in the hero business. Jerry definitely thinks he’s the hero of his own story, though.

        Also, Herman may have a different opinion on the number of residents harmed under Dr. Klein’s care.

  6. Valareos

    Perhaps in all of this.. Jerry has forgot one thing.. Right makes Might… if he could remember that.. and look back, can he say that anything he is doing really right? If the answer is.. it is right for him, he has then definatly gone to the dark side.

    Regardless….. GO JERRY!

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Wait, you think he’s probably evil and you still root for him? “Go Jerry,” indeed.

    • Valareos

      If I were to categorize Jerry in an alignment, Id say he is Neutral Good. He does what he feels is the morally right thing to do, but not necessarily what is “Legally right”. Even if his moral compass is not pointing him in the right direction, he is still trying to do what he feels is the right thing to do

  7. Scott

    Just want to jump in again because I just noticed that the reason why Bingo Knight is down is because Space Pig accidentally pee’d on him. Ew.

    As to whether or not Jerry is a villain — he’s not. He’s an anti-hero. He pretty much well fits the anti-hero description perfectly.

  8. quarktime

    When you’re old or broken down, you need a reason to live. “To be a hero” isn’t enough. You need to feel that your heroism is *necessary* and *right*. Cap feels useless from two directions, his own feelings of inadequacy AND the fact that he feels REPLACED — don’t forget that there’s a “Captain Spectacular 2″ out there, however useless that hairpile may be, he’s still supposedly the replacement.

    Jerry, for all his actions may appear to be villainous, is giving his friends a *purpose*. Feeling you have a reason to be doing what you are doing, and that someone cares that you are doing it and appreciates it, can be more rejuvenating to the spirit than a century of gerontologists. Perhaps that’s why some are appearing to get younger?

    My father once said that he always felt younger when he felt he was doing things he loved, when he felt useful. It was only when he finally succumbed to feeling broken and unable to DO that he started really looking OLD. It was when he gave up.

    Oh, and what happened to the sword when Spy Gal was jumping to the top of the robot? Did she stuff it in an extra-dimensional scabbard somewhere?

  9. quarktime

    Oh, nvm. I see it. It’s hard to see because it’s semi-transparent when she’s throwing it.

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