Think, Tank

Day Two on the job and Rick Burchett is tasked with introducing a new character, and Batiuk even gives this one a name! “Tank” resembles bully emeritus Wedgeman, with his imposing physique, blue-black hair, and freckles/blemishes. Les, acting like a real teacher for once, unhesitatingly  offers Tank an opportunity to redeem his poor grade, but once again is stingingly slapped back to his senses, hard enough this time to make him effect a Jack Benny pose.

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  1. Charles

    I kind of wish that Wedgeman was still at the school, because that would mean that Dopey and Dippy were getting pushed around by a younger kid so bad that they would confer at the lunch table over it. It would have been the funnier than any of the strips that did feature Wedgeman and the Dopesy Twins.

    Anyway, I have a feeling that I’m going to have less cause to make fun of the art from here on in, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s as if a small darkness has gone out of the world.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    This new artist really captures Les’ inherent punch-ability, doncha think? Well done!

  3. Good god, Tank looks like he’s turning into the Joker.

  4. billytheskink

    I think this strip actually works. Or rather, it would have if Les had not ceased to be sympathetic in any way 25 years ago. It does work as the latest piece of evidence that Les is bad at his job, though.

    Mid-Act II bully and Susan-abuser Matt Miller also fit the Wedgeman/Tank profile: dim, dark haired, and freckled.

  5. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “Mr. Moored? I don’t understand my report card.”

    “What about it, Dim?”

    “Could you read it to me?”

    IMHO, the new artwork is inconsistent. The Sunday strip was great. Six panels of a girl sitting in class taking a test – death by boredom, right? The composition of the panels made it visually interesting, and I loved the clean, stylized look to the drawing. The girl and her classmates were well drawn, her facial expressions were good, and the shadows gave an unexpected depth to the art. “At least the new artist will add some visual variety, ” I naively thought.

    The Monday strip was ok, and the strip today is an artistic disaster. The composition is terrible. Why are those black angular shapes (that are the same color as the kid’s hair and shirt) allowed to become the most visually important things in the panels?

    Oh, well…We’ll always have the Sunday strip.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Hmm, seems like a Welcome Back Kotter joke. But at least Gabe Kaplan was funny, Les not so much.

  7. Saturnino

    “Good god, Tank looks like he’s turning into the Joker.”
    I wonder if he’s TANK MCNAMARA’S kid……………..

  8. Batiuk fucked up, since Les is WAY OOC today…

    The Les Moore we all know and hate would be genuinely proud and take full credit for this student’s best-ever grade, even if it was a ‘D-‘….

  9. If you’re going to have a world-weary, heard-it-all teacher, you shouldn’t have previously established him as being too stupid to live.