Crayzito Finito

Since today’s strip does nothing to move the story along, let us attempt to get at the genesis of “finito binito [sic]”:

Finito Benito
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Finito Benito comes from the North American Aviation B-25J Mitchell Medium Bomber airplane named “Finito Benito Next Hirohito.”  This B-25J bomber was attached to the 12th Air Force, based in Naples late in World War II.

The name Benito refers to the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini. Hirohito refers to the name of the Japanese emperor during World War II. Italy and Mussolini fell in 1943 while Japan and Hirohito fell in August 1945…[t]he name…was painted in red on the upper surfaces of the wings, as opposed to the usual placement on the nose of the airplane.


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25 responses to “Crayzito Finito

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Whoa, whoa whoa. First things first here. Are those supposed to be celebrity photos of noteworthy people who’ve eaten at Montoni’s there in the background??? When was Pee Wee Herman (over Funky’s right shoulder) ever in Westview?

    Is Mrs. Bean covering her mouth in surprise over the dialog or because of that terrifying Funky profile in panel three? In her defense, I gasped too. 

  2. sourbelly

    Thanks, TFH. At first I thought that “finito benito” was just another 1/4″ -removed from funny Batiuk saying. But now that I know that it’s an obscure reference to something written on WWII planes, well…yeah.

    Seriously, though, TB needs to upgrade whatever thesaurus he’s using. Gawd!

  3. Jimmy

    So, two things:

    1) use of that term means they’re roughly 80. Looking good for your age, guys.

    B) Does this mean FW is being canceled? Please say it is so!

  4. Really, Batominc? Really? You couldn’t be arsed to get the spelling of Benito Mussolini’s first name right? With a year’s lead time? WTF? Does Owen write this strip? What’s next? A reference to “Adulf Hotler”? “Dwayne Eisytower”? “Franken Roasterveldt”?

  5. Helskor

    Well, this is the same guy who spelled David Livingstone’s name as “Livingston” both during the Kilimanjaro story arc AND forty years ago (noticed it in at least one strip in Volume One). As a writer he makes a pretty good artist.

    Pee Wee signed that photo when he was in town for a special guest appearance at the Lighthouse, shortly before it closed in a hurry.

  6. Sgt. Saunders

    “Finito Benito” shouldn’t mean Crusty is as old as a WWII vet – although he sure as hell looks it. Many folks raised by WWII vets (me included) grew up hearing such terms and Crusty was probably among them. He probably heard this all the time –
    “Hey Harry you FUBAR sunofabitch, why don’t you fintio beinito in the bathroom and give someone else a chance! Shut the hell up, willya, Harriet, it’s SNAFU for our son.”
    “He’s not your son, Fred.”
    “Stop torturing me, Harriet”

  7. Beanie Wanker

    Is there any chance, and I can’t believe this has even occurred to me, that he wrote “Binito” because, uh, mailmen put mail into bins? Bins. Binito. Idiotic misspelling, or slapnuts hilarious pun?

  8. Professor Fate

    “he’s not pining he’s passed on. Bereft of life he rests in peace, if you hadn’t nailed him to the perch he’d be pushing up the daises…”

    At least today’s strip reminded me of the much much funnier dead parrot sketch by Monty Python it hast that going for it.

    Not much else though.

  9. Merry Pookster

    Q: What’s the difference between Harriet and Holly?

    A: Two comic strip days.

    Sheesh, Do all married westview women look the same?

  10. bobanero

    Maybe he was really referring to this.

  11. billytheskink

    This strip got filed under Donna, but the context of the strip (set at Montoni’s) leads me to believe that is Holly behind the counter. That’s the only thing that leads me to believe that, though… and come to think of it, I don’t think we’ve seen either of them in the same place at the same time in all of Act III.

    Holly : Donna :: Summer : _____
    A. Pete
    B. John Roche
    C. Billy Shears
    D. All of the Above

    TFH sez: Ya got me! “Holly” tag has been added.

  12. Is it too much to hope for that Paul Reubens graced Montoni’s with the same dignity and code of conduct he once had for movie theaters?

  13. Dolly Llama

    I’m happy with this day for one reason: The Return of the Green Tupperware Pitcher. I don’t need anything else.

  14. bobanero

    If this week ends with Crazy Harry emptying an AK47 into Montoni’s and saving the last slugs for Les and Cayla, I’ll take back every bad thing I ever said about this comic.

  15. Dolly Llama

    TFH you are my hero! And I thought the day couldn’t get any better…

  16. S. P. Charles

    Over the course of a year, TFH, how many posts do you suppose you could have begun with “Since today’s strip does nothing to move the story along…”?

  17. Oh, I dunno…at least one-third to one-half of ’em…

  18. John

    Considering Crazy Harry’s fond sharpie-drawn memories of his father buying him BOOKS ABOUT TARZAN all seem to take place in a crazed, disturbingly idealized and romanticized version of the early 1940s, yeah, I guess he really is from that era. Despite recently celebrating his 52nd birthday.

  19. Beanie Wanker

    I see a pattern. Corkey has been shipped off to the Army. Beardo has been axed by the USPS. I heard Kareesha (daughter of Crayola) interviewed for a gig over at Curtis as his whacky cousin from Detroit. Looks like the cast is breaking up. Could the end of FW be near? Or will the cast be s rubbed and replaced by all Owen and Cody, all the time?

  20. Señor Tortilla

    Dunno. I am willing accept certain things. If DSH John was arrested and sent to prison for child pornography and/or abuse (for good), but Les won the lottery (with much smirking abounding), then yay. In fact, there are number of storylines I’d like to see, even if Batiuk finds a way to ruin them.

  21. Duane

    Another day without Les still makes this a pleasant day, regardless of Crazy Harry preparing to go postal.

  22. $$$Westview Oncologist$$$$$

    You see Crazy Harry….this is what you get for not working at Montoni’s or Westview High School…the only two viable employers in the whole friggin town.

    Government jobs are NOT safe in Westview……. mainly because even Democrats and Republicans can agree……..nobody’s tax dollars should be wasted on the miserable populace of Westview, Ohio.

  23. bad wolf

    Okay, is there a consensus? Did the 2007 time jump move them from 2007 to 2017, in which case they’re both ~52 and it’s 2022, or did it catch up from 1997 to 2007, in which case they’re both ~42 and Batiuk really needs to start hanging around somewhere other than the High School because he has no idea what middle-aged people look like either?

  24. bad wolf

    TFH, maybe you should make a new tag for “fails to move the story along” and see how fast that adds up…

  25. Charles

    You know, as long as you are discussing tags, if you added a tag for “Holly touches her face in concern”, it and the Holly tag would be completely redundant. There wouldn’t be a single strip where one appeared without the other.