Shanks on a plane

In today’s strip, Pete puts his Starbuck Jones comic down long enough to wistfully look out the window as his plane prepares to land at Van Nuys Airport. He looks remarkably content and fairly happy, how many weeks do you give that?

For SOSF’s resident beady-eyed nitpickers, Pete appears to be reading a copy of Starbuck Jones #115. This is a key issue, as Starbuck’s little blue rabbit-like pal dies in the vacuum of space because Starbuck took him out onto a disintegrating asteroid without a space suit.



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17 responses to “Shanks on a plane

  1. Nathan Obral

    How in the wide wide world of sports did Mopey Pete Russell get a copy of Starbuck Jones? I thought that Holly bought every single copy there was, which necessitated Mason Jarr The Movie Actor to go to Westview to see the collection…

    Quarter inch from reality, my foot.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Starbuck Jones isn’t a specific fictional comic book title with a specific history, it’s more of an amorphous thing. It’s whatever BanTom needs it to be during any given comic book-related arc. At first it was extremely rare and obscure, then it had a 400+ issue run. Issue #1 was supposedly extremely valuable, then suddenly issue #115 was the keystone platinum thingy. Sometimes it’s popular and everyone knows about it, sometimes it’s unpopular and unloved by all. It has a fictional back story, but it’s someplace where no one will ever read it. It’s all so totally Batiukian.

  3. If by “happy” you mean “smiling in spite of world-weary ruefulness,” than yes. I suppose that’s the closest to happiness anybody in this strip gets.

  4. billytheskink

    Happy is always a relative term in the Batiukverse. Also, I’m surprised the airline didn’t make Pete check those bags under his eyes.

  5. SpacemanSpiff85

    The sad thing is that today’s strip just reinforces the fact that Batiuk puts much more effort into drawing those Starbuck Jones issues than he’s put into Funky Winkerbean in years. Also, you can tell by Pete’s face that Batiuk’s forgotten how to draw a happy person.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    A stunned-looking Boy Lisa stumbles into Montoni’s kitchen…

    Funky: “Darin! Put on a hair net!”

    Boy Lisa: “I have an announcement. “The Amazing Mister Sponge” creator Pete Reynolds-Roberts plane was shot down over the Great Salt Lake. It spun in, there were no survivors.”

    (Sobbing, sounds of pizza implements clinking in background)

  7. JerrytheMacGuy

    While Mopey Pete has to fly Coach with the rest of the plebeians, the studio gave the Lord of the Late a seat in First Class.

  8. 7dials

    Why exactly does Mopey’s in-flight reading apparently consist of a single issue of an ancient comic? Shouldn’t that be slabbed and longboxed and hidden away from prying human eyes? Wouldn’t it make more sense to read a trade than an actual individual comic? Oh, and is there a stewardess standing just out of frame bringing him cookies and milk?

  9. By the end of it he’ll be frowning because evil Hollywood turned down Crankshaft: The Series because they wanted it to appeal to mushheads with their need to laugh at sympathetic characters and their need for accountability.

  10. Ray

    Pete’s smile looking out the window at the HOLLYWOOD sign is similar to mine when I fly into LAX and see the sign in the distance.
    However, my smile comes from remembering the time I lived in OC back in 1985-1986 before I joined the Army.
    Sadly, nothing to hate on for me in FW today…that’ll change tomorrow.

  11. Rusty Shackleford

    Don’t get on that plane !!

  12. Smirks 'R Us

    @Epicus: Great M*A*S*H reference! Contrasting this dreck against expertly done storytelling always is good for a laugh.

  13. Professor Fate

    don’t have the photo shop skills but what came to my mind was the opening Demolition Man where the Hollywood sign is on fire.

  14. Pete Rawlings had better be waking up from a dream tomorrow, else this story arc is about as believable as the “Lisa phones it in from beyond the grave” arc.

  15. Epicus Doomus

    Thanks Smirks, although I have to admit I’ve used that gag before. But hey, a FW reader can dream, right???

    Given TB’s knack of mixing up names, maybe the “Hollywood” sign should read “Cindywood”.


    I like how miserable the guy behind Mopey Pete is.

    Inept Shoe Bomber?

    DB Cooper-esque hijacker?

    Guy on the escape from the Feds?

    Person fed up with hearing about Starbucks Jones for the 50th time on this trip?