At last the collection is complete.

Link to Today’s Comic.

Today we get a wonderfully detailed Sunday strip about an absolutely mundane thing. You’d think that if DSH John was easily annoyed by Crazy Harry’s personality they wouldn’t be able to work together long. I mean, it’s not like they ever have customers in the store to distract them from each other.

I assumed that “Mr. Monster” was a fake comic book, but the Dark Horse logo piqued my curiosity, and sure enough, Mr. Monster is a real comic book. And the art today does a decent job of copying the front cover of issue 2.

Never heard of this comic before, which means it is insufferably obscure. Of course Tom Batiuk would devote an entire Sunday to comic book hipsterism.

Well, it’s certainly been a interesting couple weeks, and an apt time for me to be at the wheel. But I really can’t take it anymore driving the Stuckfunky bus so I’m going to tuck and roll and hope that Epicus Doomus can grab the wheel and get us back on track.


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15 responses to “At last the collection is complete.

  1. Eff you, John Howard. Eff you.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    It really annoys me how Batiuk just flat out rips off other (much much better) people’s works. I don’t know if he thinks it’s okay because it’s (uncredited) sharing among comic creators, or thinks he’s somehow honoring these people by including their art in his strip, or what. I mean, he did that entire stupid Flash Museum arc where he literally copied existing art and inserted his own characters into it. I don’t know how he hasn’t been sued (apart from maybe just nobody noticing him), but I do know it’s pathetic.
    Also, does Harry get to just take whatever comics he wants home with him? I really hope he hasn’t paid for that yet and John sticks a four-figure price tag on it. Although knowing Batiuk it’s entirely possible Harry just gets paid solely in comics.

  3. billytheskink

    Given that there is not now (nor is there ever) a soul inside Komix Korner aside from these two, one can only deduce that DSH has some great and disturbing desire to see Crazy do his Mr. Monster mash in public.

  4. Charles

    I’d have laughed at this comic if Gross John’s punchline was instead “What the hell do you mean “my collection”? That thing costs more than twice your annual salary. Get your hands off that before I call the cops.”

    I do find Batiuk’s complete lack of understanding as to how businesses are run to be somewhat amusing though.

    • Don

      “That thing costs more than twice your annual salary” – his annual salary is less than $1.20? (Well, if you include the $5 shipping Lone Star charges, that’s “less than $3.70”)

  5. Yuck, Another pairing of idiot white men acting like pathetic idiot children.

  6. Erich

    As I recall, Michael T. Gilbert (the writer and main artist of “Mr. Monster”) did one of the Starbuck Jones covers…either this is a long-delayed shout-out, or Batiuk just commissioned another cover from Gilbert.

    And while Mr. Monster is a genuinely entertaining comic (don’t let this strip prejudice you against it, it really is funny), it’s not particularly old, expensive, or hard to find, so collecting a complete run is NOT an impressive feat…

    • ian'sdrunkenbeard

      The link that CBH provided shows issue #2 for sale at $2.40. That sum may be out of Crazy’s reach.

  7. bobanero

    Based on the level of customer activity we see at Komix Korner and Montoni’s, I have to assume that every business in Westview is part of an elaborate Ozark-esque money laundering scheme. My guess is, for accounting purposes, that comic book is evaluated somewhere around $400,000.

    • Gerard Plourde

      Truly.That goes for the Valentine Theater in Centerville as well. Can we also assume, based on Les’s book tour schedule and the alumni band arc which represents the most recent appearance of Becky and Dinkle, that Westview High has also closed?

  8. More information about Mr. Monster can be found on the Internet.

  9. MJ

    I thought Crazy had to sell his collection when he lost his job?

  10. Epicus Doomus

    God I’m so sick of comic books. Maybe instead of doing a spin-off strip about a grouchy old bus driver no one likes he should have done a totally comic book-centric strip instead, one where he could fully and completely indulge his many, many, many comic book fantasies on a daily basis without contriving new and ever-so-stupid ways of working them into FW instead. Or maybe he could just drop the pretense entirely and just do actual comic books, although expecting him to write multi-page stories might be expecting a tad much.

  11. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    To be read in the voice of Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons:

    “If you wish to possess said issue, merely place the winning bid on Fleabay. The auction will begin at on Tuesday at noon. Good luck.”