Buster Brinkel

June 23, 2019 at 12:36 pm
I didn’t know the special effects were that impressive back in those days; it’s amazing how that window shifted about four feet to the left just before the building landed on him.

Professor Fate
June 23, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Well for one thing the way the joke is shown in the comic strip the stunt would have at the least badly injured if not killed Butter…Lord is this arc going to be painful.

As we saw last Sunday, “silent film actor” “Butter” Brickle tried, and as confirmed in today’s comic, failed, to replicate Buster Keaton’s most famous film stunt. Forget about a falling papier-mache wall landing on you and hurting your neck: Blonde and Blonder here are in imminent peril of being crushed to death under all that panel 2 exposition!

If you think a sore neck is bad, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, on whom Brickel is probably based, suffered second degree burns to both buttocks after sitting on acid-soaked rags at the garage where he was having his Pierce Arrow serviced.


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14 responses to “Buster Brinkel

  1. In what way is this a “spoof”? Unless the “injuring myself” bit was intentional…which still doesn’t make it much of a “spoof.”

  2. Epicus Doomus

    So now we’re supposed to feel SORRY for Bucky Briquette? Not bloody f*cking likely there, BatWad. I guarantee that each and every one of us will full-on despise him by the end of next week, if not sooner. I mean speaking for myself, I still fantasize about taking an aluminum baseball bat to that goddamned band box and this looks like it’ll be twenty times more enraging than that.

    If he just put the fictional documentary together and let the story unfold organically it might play better than having these two boring dimwits endlessly blathering about it. But, just like with the SJ movie, Les’ creepy cancer book and everything else, Batom has to tell his dumb stories in his dumb way and here we are again.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    I don’t know what TomBa’s point is here. I guess he wanted to give a nod to the dangers that silent movie stars experienced and the resulting injuries (Harold Lloyd lost several fingers when a prop prematurely exploded) but, nice again his slapdash work routine and lack of an editor gets in he way. We have the Buster Keaton rip-off followed by Cindy’s long-winded explanation of Brinkel’s resulting permanent injury. What this has to do with the actual plot he’s developing, the mystery surrounding Brinkel’s murder charge is anybody’s guess..

  4. Jimmy

    I was really getting into the pie arc, and now this. Color me disappointed.

  5. billytheskink

    A rather poor spoof of an iconic film scene that was actually intentionally funny to begin with? Looks like Butter Brinkel was the star of the Scary Movies of his day.

    • comicbookharriet

      The Adam Sandler of another age.

    • Yeah, but, I can think of a plausible storyline that would make this scene make sense. Try this plot:

      Butter Brinkel’s wholesome clean all-American small-town up-and-comer character takes his chances to go to Hollywood. A director thinks he’s exactly what it takes to be the next big comic star and signs him up. But the film star’s life is a lousy one. Every scene is about getting slapped, smacked, dropped in mud, or otherwise humiliated. For this scene, what’s intended is that they do the house-falls-around-Butter gag. In the scene, the in-universe director explains how all Butter has to do is stand on this mark and not move an inch and he’ll be safe. But something in-universe moves the mark, and Butter’s character gets the house front dropped on him, to great comic injury that the audience will find funny.

      In filming the scene real-actor Butter is supposed to be in the one spot where the front is butcher paper instead of even paper mâché. But something goes wrong with the staging and the real-actor Butter gets smacked with far heavier building materials than he’s supposed to.

      I grant this is a charitable reading of the scene, and that there’s like a 95% chance the strip will post something tomorrow that makes this reading impossible. But I don’t think I’m being unreasonably forgiving yet.

      • The storyline you describe is exactly what the Three Stooges did, short after short after short. The difference, they were trying to be funny and usually succeeded.

  6. Paul Jones

    Great. Not only a derivative hack, he’s an incompetent derivative hack who spreads misery wherever he does…..and then, of course, there’s Brinkel to be considered.

  7. gleeb

    Having his pierce arrow serviced in a garage? Is that what they called it back then?

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Over on Mary Worth, Mary is trying to get her boyfriend to do similar things to her. They’ve been beating around the bush for a week now. All this talk about trying something new….

  8. Professor Fate

    Ah…seriously how does one ‘spoof’ a joke? A spoof per one of the many one line dictionaries is “a humorous imitation of something, typically a film or a particular genre of film, in which its characteristic features are exaggerated for comic effect.” As for example in the film Airplane they spoof the famous kissing on the beach scene in “From here to Eternity” by letting the water wash completely over the couple leaving them covered in seaweed – that was a spoof – Not this
    Simply put the Joke in this bit is oh god he’s going to get killed the falling house front and then he isn’t because he happens to be standing where the open window is. (Buster adds the touch of genius by taking a beat to look around him wondering what just happened.) The Author’s version BB is hit by the building front – that’s what is expected. One could make a joke of it by oh having the director position BB in the correct place for the shot (a film within in a film moment) and then just before the director yells action Butter wanders away from his mark lured by, a pretty girl, a dropped flower from his button hole, a sandwich, anything, and then the building front crashes down on him leaving him with perhaps the long suffering “well this happened” look on Oillie’s face when Stan’s antics ended having him fall out a window or some such. . Humor needs to be set up. Something that the Author if knew has long since forgotten.
    That Butter Brinkel spend the rest of his life in pain is only going to be interesting if he ended up addicted to Morphine as result. I’d like to think so, it’s the romantic in me.

  9. timbuys

    Are we watching them make the documentary now? That is, is he depicting Cindy doing the voiceovers narration of the scenes from What’s-his-nuts career? While we’re here, let’s also call out the renderings of Cindy and Who’s-that in panel three… The drawings are so bad, (I refuse to call it draftsmanship) I’m not even sure what I want to say about it.

  10. Maxine of Arc

    By the way, Fatty Arbuckle originated that gag.