That Old Familiar Ring

Since Batiuk went dialogue free in today’s strip (the better to further pad out this dreary story arc), I’ll be only slightly less lazy than he and just contribute a few lines of my own.

“Consarn it, here’s my joy buzzer! Wanted to use it on that actor feller!”

“Hope to God the cyanide table hidden inside will still do the job after all these years…”


“A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!”


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19 responses to “That Old Familiar Ring

  1. HeyItsDave

    Memories just ain’t what they used to be…

  2. spacemanspiff85

    I could totally see Batiuk just spending five years of this in Danger’s room. Just him slowly and dramatically picking up random stuff in his room. Staring off into the distance profoundly. Posing in front of the mirror. At least there wouldn’t be any more hideous pseudo-puns and attempts at wordplay.

  3. billytheskink

    I wouldn’t have bet that the Starbuck Jones serials rated a Bosco sponsorship, much less an Ovaltine one… But hey, it’s great that Cliff found the engagement ring that Mrs. Batiuk “lost” all those years ago.

  4. Here’s one you missed:

    “Forget the ring! The ring is bupkis! I found it in a Cracker-Jack box!”

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Wow, you can really feel the totally tripped-out boyhood decoder ring euphoric fantasy reverie he was experiencing when he slapped together this annoying piece of hogwash, you know? Eyes rolling back in his head, pupils like half dollars, flushed, slight drooling, twitching slightly, the whole nine yards. Old 1950s sci-fi serials, huge Hollywood comic book blockbusters, the history of comic books in Ohio, obscure old forgotten actors, laser pistols, decoder rings…such a vivid, textured and really strange little fantasy world. Maybe one day he’ll somehow wring a coherent story out of it all, but I wouldn’t bet on it. I also like the lack of dialog, as it really gets across how nothing is actually happening.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    Although it’s well established that characters in this strip hold things in weird ways, the position of the ring in the last panel looked foreboding and made me think that Friday’s strip will start out with an exterior shot of a New York Hotel and the following in a balloon emanating from one of the windows: “Acting on the reports of concerned neighbors, police found the body of actor Cliff Anger in his apartment. Cradled in the old man’s lifeless left palm was an Ovaltine decoder ring.”

  7. Rusty

    Tomorrow: Milk and cookies while reading comic books. This is really sad.

  8. Spacemanspiff85

    You know what would be genuinely awesome? If after a couple more days of this kind of crap it’s revealed that this isn’t actually Cliff Anger at all. Like the last strip is this guy slowly unlocking a closet to reveal the real Cliff’s corpse, still in costume, and this guy is his stunt double who murdered him years ago.
    Or we get this guy’s wife coming home. And then he says “You know all that junk that I got for free at Goodwill and you said I shouldn’t have taken? It paid off, baby!”.

  9. The depressing thing is that there’s no one at all who can convince Batiuk that most people don’t really care about all of the obscure and hokey garbage that entrances him. Nobody cares about Phantom Empire unless they want to mock it, nobody’s still an Ovaltiny, that weird add-on to jukeboxes never caught on and so on and so forth.

  10. Rusty Shackleford


    Exactly! But remember, Batty writes this strip for him and him alone. He doesn’t care what his readers think. It’s all about him. His interests, his pet peeves, Les, etc.

  11. HeyItsDave

    Look at that ring, though. LOOK AT IT. I gotta admit, T-Bats did a pretty awesome job rendering that shitty piece of cast potmetal. He even got (most) of the secret code letters, in the correct order! Seriously, if he were this committed to drawing his characters with that kind of consistency or tying up the hundreds of loose ends he’s left dangling, we’d have to work a lot harder to come up with snark.


    The only way these strips could be saved is if Cliff Anger shoots Mason Jarr on the set of Starbuck Jones. Of course then Les Moore would write a shitty book about it .

  13. HeyItsDave

    @ $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$ – And then Jessica would do a half-assed documentary about it.

  14. Professor Fate

    I completely don’t get this, not one little bit. I mean other that it being one more nostalgia wallow for the Author. That I can see but any other reason for this to exist is utterly beyond me.

  15. AGAIN with the crooked lampshade!

  16. Pssst! TomBat! The other strips are starting to notice…

  17. TF forgot another one. “In the brightest day/In the darkest night/No evil shall escape my sight.

  18. The Dreamer

    This is going to factor in to how he finds his long lost brother Crankshaft

  19. @ Professor Fate: Its main purpose was to kill time till next week.