The Terrible Tues

Link to today’s strip.

Commentor Erdmann mentioned the Superman museum last week, and based on images on the web, it looks like a fun place to visit (if a bit overstuffed with things).  It’s also a much more modest endeavor than The Flash Museum in Central City, which, as we discovered yesterday, is a friggin’ skyscraper.

Someone built a skyscraper to celebrate a fictional character.   I just cannot wrap my brain around that–the Funkyverse is utterly insane if this is considered not to be cause for a trip to the asylum but beneficial behavior to be celebrated.  I think Funky Winkerbean has moved beyond criticism with this arc, because in order to criticize, one must have a common frame of reference with that being criticized.  And I really don’t think I have anything in common with the people who created this, um, story.  Sheesh.  A skyscraper for a fictional character!  What must Tom Batiuk have been thinking–


Anyway, I would like to point out something clever in this episode.  By using a single word, “guide,” Tom Batiuk told me that this Dexter Myles guy is the guide for the Flash Museum that exists in the comic book.  No need to do a web search or anything, which is good, because I didn’t care enough to find out who he was.  So, kudos for that.  Honestly, I appreciate his willingness to impart information so succinctly.

Of course, it’s for a character from a Flash comic book, so it’s half expected; it would be churlish for me to point out that a great number of his own characters (Thatsnought Humore for example) don’t even have proper names, so I won’t!

As for the rest of the content here, I think, “Therapy would be a really good idea.”

Alternate Les Museum:



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17 responses to “The Terrible Tues

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Like I said yesterday, it’s another one of those insane BanTom conundrums. He has this personal obsession he’s just dying to work into the strip, then he does so in the most laughably inept and uninteresting way he possibly can. Perhaps if he hadn’t wasted five days on pointless dialog something about this arc would make sense to someone other than him, but then again maybe that was the whole idea.

  2. dougputhoff

    I just keep hoping this is a dream and we discover that Blondie McBimbo has dumped Boy Lisa. That’s the only excuse I can think of to justify this megaawful storyline.

  3. batgirl

    I wanted to share this short piece from, which demonstrates how comic books – or specifically, the stories within them – can directly affect and inspire:
    It’s a fascinating contrast to TB’s presentation, where comic books are all about retreat, sitting in an attic with milk and cookies, pretending to still be eleven years old. And we hear so little of what the _story_ is in any of his in-universe constructs. What’s the plot of Starbuck Jones the Movie? Whatever passed through his head at that moment, apparently.

  4. SpacemanSpiff85

    This is honestly getting to the point where I’m suspecting Batiuk is aware of how crappy and lame this is, and it’s intentional. Like, this strip is now some weird postmodern absurdist thing. Really, that seems more believable than him honestly thinking this was a worthwhile idea to publish.

  5. billytheskink

    I went to Disney World several years ago and they had a Cinderella there, just like in the Cinderella movie. I somehow remained conscious after discovering this.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    batgirl: That’s it exactly. There’s no inspiration here, no desire to work his love of the Flash into the strip in any sort of clever or meaningful way. It’s all just wide-eyed fanboy nostalgia-wallowing…”oh BOY, the Flash Museum!”.

  7. How very sad and odd that we’re being subjected to a very dim eleven-years old’s idea of what the world should be. It’s one thing for a small town named Metropolis to goof on the Big Red S. It’s quite another for a major urban centre to go crazy and turn a skyscraper into the First Church Of Barry Allen. Even the jerk in the orange polo shirt in Chris Savino’s MRA starter kit cartoon show would blanch at this.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    I hate to say it, but a Les Moore museum would be more interesting. They could show Lisa’s first breast tumor, the signs would be crudely written and taped to the exhibits.

  9. Saturnino

    “This is honestly getting to the point where I’m suspecting Batiuk is aware of how crappy and lame this is, and it’s intentional.”

    His raison d’être is our abuse……………………….

    If we wrote how great the strip is, he would have no need to live the rest of the 5 years…….

  10. Hitorque

    This bullshit is just another monthlong dream a sequence, isn’t it? Are we ever going to explore why Pete/Darren only ever dream of themselves doing lame shit as a couple?

  11. If I may draw attention away from the riveting story I’d appreciate some thoughts from Flash experts. Particularly, what’s Flash’s deal? I mean, why does he superhero?

    I understand Superman and Captain America: they’re good enough people that they can’t avoid using their powers to better the world. I understand Batman and Spider-Man: personal guilt makes them want to save other people from misery. I get Plastic-Man: he’s atoning for a criminal past after experiencing acceptance. Green Lantern: he was chosen to have powers because he would use them to bring justice to the world. (This is mostly ancient, Silver-Age-filtered-through-Filmation/Hanna-Barbera versions of the characters but I think that’s basically their most common backstories anyway.)

    Why does the Flash do it? I tried reading his Wikipedia entry about his backstory and motivations and that’s just heaps of sentences with other sentences shoved in the middle of them that left me unenlightened and vaguely headachy. (It did leave me liking Flash’s Rogue’s Gallery a bit more, though, for being the sort of slightly genteel, embracing-the-ridiculous supervillain bunch that I want in superhero stories.)

    This isn’t an intentionally snarky question, I should say. My whole impression of The Flash is he was the guy who talked about fearing he couldn’t do stuff fast enough for Challenge of the Superfriends and sometimes he vibrated through walls. I’d like a little more solid idea of what drives him.

  12. Joseph – if I remember correctly, he was a police scientist, so “stopping criminals” was already in his world view.

  13. Professor Fate

    “I’ll be your personal guide today because nobody ever comes here.”
    And what’s with the author’s obsession with the Flash? Really why him? It just well it feels odd as heck.

  14. spacemanspiff85

    @Joseph Nebus:
    His mom was murdered when he was a kid, and his dad was convicted for it. He always thought his dad was innocent (he was), so he became a police scientist to solve that case and help other people, and that led to the superheroing.

  15. erdmann

    Originally, Barry Allen was just a police scientist who became a super-hero because it was the right thing to do after coincidentally gaining the same powers as his favorite childhood comic book character (who later turned out to be real, but that’s another story) His mother’s murder is a much later (and some would say unnecessary) addition.

    As for the Superman Museum, it’s quite nice. It could stand a bit of updating and upkeep, but if you’re a fan and you happen to be in the area, it’s a fun way to spend an hour. My wife, who is not a fan, spent the hour reading a mystery novel on the courthouse square in the shadow of the giant fiberglass Superman statue.

  16. Don

    So this isn’t the Flash Museum from the comic books…but, apparently, there really is a Central City? Or did the citizens of Centerville vote to change the town’s name after being offered a boatload of money from DC (the way, for example, Hot Springs, New Mexico changed its name to Truth Or Consequences in exchange for the 10th anniversary episode of that show being broadcast live from there)?

  17. spacemanspiff85

    Yeah, I had a feeling it was a more modern addition to the story.