Fade Away And Radiation

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His insurance company? “Hello, I recently had to spend over $48 on buying back some radioactive isotopes I accidentally mailed to a bunch of strangers without their knowledge. Does my policy cover that? There’s no need for that language, ma’am”.

And this “buy back”??? How’d THAT go? Everyone just readily agreed to sell their rings back to Chester no questions asked? Sure, Tom, sure.

“Uh, hello, JoeTheSoSFSnarker? I’m Mr. Doomus with SoSF. How are you today? Good, good. Listen, remember that free Les Moore cocoa mug we sent to our most loyal snarkers a few days back?”

“Yeah, it’s out on my deck. It repels insects for some reason. I should have killed you and your entire family for sending me that thing, you jerk. What of it?”

“Well I kinda sorta need it back, like really bad.”

“Oh, do ya? Why exactly? Oh look, it says right here that the paint on that mug is a lethal carcinogen! I’m suing you!”


Premise 5x + one line resolution + weak wordplay wrap-up = another week crossed off the calendar. It wasn’t really that bad of a premise but, as usual, it was just completely squandered. I wonder how long he’s been waiting to zip that “umbrella policy” gag in there? Bet you he’s used it before, too.


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18 responses to “Fade Away And Radiation

  1. spacemanspiff85

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this whole arc wasn’t just a set-up for Pete to create a superhero whose origin is “he was sent a radioactive atomic bomb ring by his favorite comic book company, Atomik Komix!” called the Atomic Ringer or something equally lame.

    • Saturnino

      I’m hoping that’s Eugene coming to the reunion and Crankshaft is going to reach critical mass…….

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Crap crap crap crap crap.

    Crapshaft, Flatulent Cancerous Winkerbean, and Mary Not Worth it. Please cancel them all now. Now!! Total crap, worthless.

    • The Nelson Puppet

      Oh, there’s room in that trashcan for Hagar, Hi and Lois, Beetle Bailey, Six Chix, Family Circus, Amazing Spider-Man, Judge Parker, Rex Morgan, MD, and Gil Thorpe too!

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      Wow, downvotes for this. Looks like SOMEBODY got sand in his vagina over this.

  3. The Nelson Puppet

    Welp, THERE’S a frayed edge for ya!

  4. The Nelson Puppet

    Hey, what’s up with the Thurber dog in the masthead?

  5. All this misinformation so he could slide by another weak punchline.

    Well, at least Crankshaft is getting interesting because Lillian is finally going to have to answer for the filthy trick she played on her sister Lucy all them years ago.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    So, after (inaccurately) setting the stage for drama by referrring to the Curie and Litvenenko deaths and an offhand reference to critics thrown in as snark, we discover that ithis week’s strips were the set-up for a joke(?) about umbrella insurance policies.

  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Oh, tee hee! Slap-nuts funny punchline. Umbrella policy… only covers UMBRELLAS…? Do ya “get” it?? BAW haw haw haw!

    “Oh, well, boys. Looks like the joke’s on me this time! I paid all this money for a totally worthless liability policy. Well, that’s the LAST time I buy insurance from an ad on the back of a komix book. Oh dear, what’s this now…….. a Restricted Text Message from an attorney… The people who had the rings have all caught the cancer and are filing a class action lawsuit against me and Atomix Comix… They’re going to sue me back to a ball of dirt. My, my. How tiresome. Lads, we’re out of business. Do you suppose that quaint little pizza shoppe is hiring? I used to wash a mean dish back in the day.”

  8. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Insurance?? How much money are we talking about? If these rings were actually valuable, why would he send them out as marketing gimmicks? Let’s make a wild assumption that he spent many THOUSANDS to get the rings back. How many additional komix did he expect to sell as a result of the promotion? That many?? Enough to recoup his promotional cost and then some?

    Waiting for the other shoe to drop. What, exactly, is the consequence of lack of insurance? Layoffs? Bankruptcy? If I were Batty, I’d take this opportunity to bankrupt the Duuuhhhtomic Komix company and forget it ever existed. If he keeps the company alive, he will have to continue to show them coming up with brilliant komix ideas like “Atomic Ape” and “Cheeseburger Chimp,” or whatever his name was.

    More likely, he will have the company continue merrily on its way, just like Mopey and Minty’s relationship is still going strong even though he told her that her ideas were bullshit. Yeah, THAT would happen.

    • timbuys

      There’s write what you know and there’s write what you have misinformed and vague, yet strong, resentful feelings about.

  9. timbuys

    The lack of eyes on the fellow in the framed portrait on the bookshelf, just an expanse of flesh behind the thereby superfluous glasses, is unsettling.

  10. Charles

    Mopey and Darin sure are blase about how much of an idiot the guy employs them is.

    The guy gets ripped off trying to buy an insurance policy. He freely intermingles his own assets with the company’s assets. His ideas for their flagship product line are terrible according to Mopey. He doesn’t care if the products sell, which is good because he apparently has no idea what will sell. He buys and renovates a building for his two employees that could house a few hundred. He lets his employees make important financial decisions for him without consulting him first.

    If Batiuk had any idea about how business works, he’d be showing Mopey and Darin realizing in terror that they’re going to be unemployed in about two months, and totally fucked after that because they burned all their professional bridges to get this job. More guys to work for Montoni’s and that damn school, I guess.

  11. Nice Blondie reference in the title. Always loved that song.