Señor Offal

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“Senior officer”….oh, I get it. Because he’s OLD, right? Har-dee-f*cking-har har. With gags like that no wonder dozens of people all over the world love FW. You can see how Mason would have been a great Les Moore in “Lust For Lisa” given the way those horrible wordplay-based jokes just flow right out of his obnoxiously smirking mouth. The guy is grating on my nerves more and more with each appearance.

I like how the guy who remained an angry recluse for sixty years is suddenly strutting around in his SJ costume like he’s Adam West or something. SJ totally ruined his entire life but now he’s happily embracing it, all because a fifty year old blonde woman in tight pants lured her way into his apartment via the fire escape. Oh well, it’s not like it’s any more inconsistent than anything else going on in this thing. The SJ timeline is even more convoluted than the FW timeline is.

And consider this: we know nothing about Cliff Anger at all other than: he’s old, he lives in NYC and he played Starbuck Jones back in the 1950s. We don’t know a thing about his personality, his career, his life, nothing whatsoever. He exists solely so BanTom can wallow in more self-indulgent nostalgic comic book memories, the character might as well be a cardboard cut-out. He COULD have fleshed him out more, but in he opted to spend weeks on his favorite Crankshaft character, decoder rings and secret spaceman messages instead.

The point being that once again that big phony BanTom allows a perfectly fine premise to sift through his fingers like a handful of beach sand, preferring to take the nice, easy, lazy, hacky way out instead of spending twenty minutes cooking up a reasonable back story and some plausible dialog. IMO it just comes across as incredibly self-indulgent, he’s not even pretending to be writing this drivel for anyone but himself.


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12 responses to “Señor Offal

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Strips like this really make me think Batiuk’s personal copy has his name instead of Cliff’s. Because the only way they make any kind of sense is that they’re Batiuk’s daydreams on paper.

  2. HeyItsDave

    Man, dig the way Cliff and Mason look at each other in the last panel. If Cindy’s worried about Marianne Winters, she’s tilting at the wrong windmill.

  3. billytheskink

    Easily one of the highest smirk-to-face ratios of any FW strip in the past yea… uh, month? Week? Ok, this one isn’t that remarkable.

  4. So, yesterday, Starbuck Jones had the gold trim. Today he has the blue trim, and Admiral Whirlpool has the gold. Consistency is for stupidheads.

    Also, Cliff Anger looks way different to me. Maybe he just combed his hair and got rid of his glasses, and–hey! We could have had a week of Cliff combing his hair and we didn’t! We got ripped off!

  5. I’m confused. Why is Cliff Anger dressed like Harry Dinkle’s wet dream? (I’m very, very sorry that I made you envision that.)

  6. Gerard Plourde

    So are we to assume that the whole production is being filmed in Cleveland? I guess we’ll also find out that the special effects are going to be produced by the Kent State Art Department.

  7. Lazy and self-indulgent doesn’t even begin to cover it. There are so many people we could be following, so many stories we could be told and we’re not because a crazy idiot wants to blather mindlessly about how kewl some tawdry and ridiculous lotus pool for dull-witted, self-indulgent children who see mothers as being put on this Earth to uncomplainingly serve them as they waste their lives on shiny trash is.

  8. Rusty

    If this is leading up to some elderly fan boys like Jeff meeting Cliff Anger in costume I may just have to walk away forever. Absurd.

  9. So I’m guessing that Cliff Anger’s playing Starbuck Jones’ father or something in this movie, and not just “senior officer 2”? Now that TB is apparently fabricating a back story for Starbuck Jones where the serial has a big following like Star Trek or Star Wars (if more than two people show up at the Silver Grill[e], I’m totally calling bullshit), wouldn’t Cliff Anger have at least made some appearances at the Buckie conventions?


    They apparently replaced Cliff Anger with the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World”!

  11. Professor Fate

    Are these folks in Cleveland?

  12. The Dreamer

    So if Cliff Anger played Starbuck Jones back in the 30’s, meaning he was an adult then, what would he be like a hundred years old now?