Baturday

Gerard Plourde
June 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm
We don’t see it, of course, but I’m enjoying the thought that Darin bought “a bunch” of 2006 commemorative stamps featuring The Flash.

A very good guess indeed, and certainly close enough. Sure, Darin makes a big display of sending his beard wife an “I Care” package,  but he doesn’t forget to come back from the P.O. with a little something for his real life partner. It’s $9.80 well spent, too: just look at Pete’s flesh-colored eyeballs sparkling with delight.

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  1. As I said yesterday, I cheated. And saw how Batiuk’s joke fell through the trapdoor and broke its neck.

    See, in yesterday’s strip, Bernie Sr should have been holding two sheets, both hidden from us of course, and Dullard should have been pointing specifically at one sheet when he said “those.” That way, his “those” means he chose one type of stamp, and the…joke…pays off when Pete screams his ecstasy.

    In Batiukville, though, “those” simply indicates “stamps,” and Dullard comes across as a total and complete idiot. “Stamps? Yes, I shall have some of those, and you may insult me by insisting no one non-moronic buys stamps.”

    Batiuk, if you’re going to try and tell jokes…you need at least one more try.

  2. CRM114

    I wonder which one plays Batman and which one plays Robin in their sexual Olympics.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    A few months back I received a few Ebay orders and I noticed the envelopes used all kinds of weird commemorative stamps, some going back decades. It turns out that the USPS churned out umpteen millions of these things to the point where they lost all collectibility, thus some people holding hoards of these stamps just started using them or sold them off in bulk at a loss just to get rid of them. Which is why there were twenty-two Skylab stamps on my package here in 2019.

    So my point here is that this could have been a semi-interesting (or at least mildly informative) arc IF BatYak had put as much effort into it as I did with the above paragraph, which wasn’t a real lot. “Not a real lot” is an awfully high bar for Batiuk these days (and by “these days” I mean “since 1984 or so”).

    • Jimmy

      Great…next you’re going to tell me my state quarter collection does not carry enough value to fund a burgeoning comic book company.

      • Epicus Doomus

        But you COULD use the quarters to buy comic books, which will be valuable collector’s items in sixty years or thereabouts. And if FW has taught us anything it’s that life truly begins at ninety.

      • Count of Tower Grove

        Maybe you can use the series of presidential dollar coins.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    It continually boggles me what Batiuk thinks works as a climax to his stories. “One guy bought another guy Batman stamps!”. And he wonders why Marvel didn’t want him, somehow.

  5. billytheskink

    I remember these stamps. Some guy in my office bought them 4-5 years ago and stuck one to my cubicle for reasons he never explained. It’s still there (he isn’t, he left 2 and a half years ago).

    I have never thought this story interesting enough to tell, but with what TB is giving us this week I figure, why not?

    • Jimmy

      He probably heard you muttering “Stupid Batiuk” around the office and misheard it as Batman. He thought it would be a lark to annoy you with your arch nemesis.

  6. Paul Jones

    So, we waste a week because Batiuk has no idea that the USPS made a bad business decision and wants to unload the cost onto stupid people. Gotcha. Let’s spend the next month watching him not realize that Not!Fatty Arbuckle’s sad fate is less the result of his being the victim of a rich dickhole’s stupid vendetta and more the result of his being a clumsy fuck-up who appears to be trying to railroad his own damned self.

  7. Gerard Plourde

    Leaving aside the question whether the post office even keeps commemorative stamp sheets for five years (the Batman stamps were issued in 2014 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Batman’s 1939 debut), a couple of thoughts about the last two weeks come to mind:

    Given the relationship between Pete and Darin, it’s no wonder Jessica is still in California.

    Jessica’s behavior during her visit, seen in retrospect, reveals itself to be a sad and desperate attempt to make Darin realize how invested she is in their marriage. She needs to move on.

    Skyler is a neglected child.

    And finally, does TomBa have any clue that these are the messages he’s conveying?