The Thinning Edge

Link to today’s strip.

Yeah, the Doublemint Twins are fitting right in, with Nice considering holding hands with Halfback Dimwit, and Naughty being pinioned by ex-football hotshot Jared.   Jared’s really throwing himself into this, you can almost hear him asking if Naughty would like to see his forward pass.

Nice to see Jared back, but one really has to ask…what’s with the hairlines on these high school students?  Jared has a wicked widow’s peak kind of hiding his balding nature, while Dimwit’s hair is clearly retreating back over his scalp.

Are there that many high school kids going bald these days?  Is there some kind of drug I never heard about that makes your head swell, and your hair die?  I only ask because when I was in high school, all the students had hair.

Of course, when I was in high school, Funky Winkerbean was funny.



Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

26 responses to “The Thinning Edge

  1. Epicus Doomus

    This must be a preview of FW’s newest spin-off strip: “Jarod Posey-Sexual Predator”. What is he, like thirty years old now? Believe it or not, Tom, not every male starts losing their hair in high school.

  2. HeyItsDave

    That’s Jared? I thought it was Mason Jarr. Damn it, Bats, are you completely unable to differentiate ANY of your characters?

  3. Spacemanspiff85

    It’s probably easy to make friends when there are apparently only two other people in the school.

  4. billytheskink

    Is Jarod hitting on Amelia or is he about to open his coat and try to sell her a fake Rolex?

  5. Rembrandt36

    I actually went to high school with one or two guys that you could tell were going to immediately lose their hair by 19 or 20. I felt kind of sorry for them.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    Just to drive the point home even more, Batiuk has the Good Twin shyly talking to a big harmless galoot who’s offered to carry her books, while the Evil one coyly smirks approvingly as the menacing Jarod looms over her with nothing but animal lust in his eyes. Real subtle stuff.

    And I failed to mention Linda, my second least favorite WHS faculty member. Moving on, why is Nate referring to them as “the transfers from Centerville” and not by their names? Does he seriously believe that his loyal readers have already forgotten the events of last week? Or is he doing that phony self-effacing thing he does where he pretends he’s not shilling for something when he blatantly is? Uh-huh.

  7. Spacemanspiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    I bet the only conversation the Twins have with their new classmates is about “that crazy old bus driver, Crash Shank, or whatever his name was”.

  8. Knucklebean

    Cindy’s worst fear has finally been realized — Mason Jarr has dumped her for the new blonde teenager that just rolled into town.

  9. TomBat’s probably used to seeing thirty – year – olds play high schoolers on TV.

  10. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Lookit the giant head on Gray Suit Guy! It’s not that he has a receding hairline. He just needs his skull shrunk to fit the hair he’s got. Batboy evidently has decided today’s high school children have three wardrobe choices: Football jersey, chullo, or gray suit. But the gray suit is a really poor choice in this case because it makes it look like a faculty member is hitting on, and leering at, one of the students.

    And what the hell is behind Suit Boy’s right ear??? A pencil? A blunt? Seriously, what the frig? Does he keep a pencil there to write down the numbers of the girls he picks up while creeping around the halls? I’m sure ALL the really cool high school kids today keep a pencil behind one ear.

  11. Great. Super. Another reminder that everyone under forty blends together in Batiuk’s mind as being a kid. He’s getting more like Lynn Johnston by the day.

  12. I think it says a lot about The Author’s perception of girls and women that he has them already getting involved with boys apparently within less than a week (possibly before they’ve found all of their classrooms). If they’ve transferred this late in the year they still be working to figure where they might have to catch up in some classes or where they might be ahead in others. No two teachers teach a subject the same way. Again we’re presented with a thrown together and sloppily executed story arc. The fact that he puts these together a year in advance and then apparently ships them off without reviewing and revising them is another indicator that he’s just marking time until he gets his lifetime achievement award.

  13. What happened to the two blondes from last week?

  14. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Ultra-contrived. Centerview is pretty close to Westville, isn’t it? Why wouldn’t they just finish the school year at their old school? When the premise is this forced, you know everything that follows is bound to be pretty dumb.

  15. The dude is carrying her book for her?!? In 2016? What is this, the Dobie Gillis Show?

  16. Rusty

    He draws middle-aged high schoolers because his entire focus is on the aging original cast. He can’t draw a normal hairline anymore, does not compute.

  17. So that’s a regular character, then? Because I was wondering how Dorian Tyrell from “The Mask” ended up in Funky Winkerbean.

  18. HeyItsDave

    Good twin/bad twin. Heh. Sooner or later, Scottie’s going to figure out what was wrong with the transporter and reintegrate them.

  19. billytheskink

    I’m sure ALL the really cool high school kids today keep a pencil behind one ear.

    I’m told that keeping a pencil behind your ear places you in one of two cliques in high school these days, either “tortured” artists or avid mini-golfers.

  20. Actually, if you tilt Jared’s face upward a bit, he looks a lot less balding.

  21. HeyItsDave


  22. Jimmy

    @HeyItsDave: When I saw the banner earlier this week, I thought we were switching back to another Hollywood arc.

    Nice plot twist, Mr. Batiuk!

  23. HeyItsDave

    That pencil behind the ear…

    Man, today’s strip is just brimming with possibilities.


    You know…a much more courageous writer would have had J-Rod hit on BOTH sisters at the same time.


    Also, Jared’s football fame has gotten to his head! Literally.The dude has dyed his hair blonde and has become a poser hitting on prep chics.

  26. Charles

    I know many people have mentioned it, but I love Jarod’s blazer, as if he’d actually wear such a thing. Batiuk could have drawn it so it was a standard jacket, but he didn’t. He actually drew in those lapels. Never mind the white wrist cuffs on his black shirt. Perhaps he threw on the blazer because wearing that shirt alone would get his ass kicked again and again.

    Oh, and yes, I thought he was Mason at first.