And Then Deprussian Set In

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So John decided to just stop by WHS to see if Becky, his wife, needed a ride home? How does she usually get home? Couldn’t he have just called her first?

Heh heh, that’s a good one, as everyone knows how regimented that Prussian army used to be. See, this is an example of our pal BatDerp trying too hard not to inadvertently offend someone. The German army, the Russian army, the US army…someone somewhere might take offense, but the Prussian army?

“Dear Akron Daily Bugle,

The “Funky Winkerbean” comic strip that ran on December 22nd was very offensive to all Prussian army veterans, as it implied that the Prussian military was very tightly-wound and regimented. My experience in the Prussian army was quite the opposite, as our commanders always promoted a relaxed and genial atmosphere. I demand a retraction and must insist that you stop publishing this blatant anti-Prussian propaganda at once.”

Not bloody likely. Anyhow, it’s pretty pathetic to see Becky STILL having to point out the differences between herself and the guy she replaced as band director a hundred years ago. “I do things differently than Harry did”…well good for you, Becky.

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26 responses to “And Then Deprussian Set In

  1. Dinkle has an excuse: he used to work at the high school. Whoever is allowing this douchebag to roam the halls of Westview High should be fired.

  2. William Thompson

    Harry Dinkle would never have made it in the Prussian army. Bavarian, maybe. Remember, they’re the ones who enlisted Hitler in 1914.

    • ComicBookHarriet

      I don’t know, I see a lot of similarities between Hitler and Dinkle. They’re both driven by ego and a version of history based on lies and false assumptions. They both spout off about hard work and expect perfection in others, while being quite lazy and quixotic themselves. And they’re both piss poor artists that couldn’t make it professionally.

      I see a lot of similarities between Hitler and Bati–I mean Dinkle.

  3. billytheskink

    I think Prussia was still an independent country the last time TB depicted these two as a couple.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    What a contrived way to show that Lefty and DSH are a couple. And it appears that the tribble on the top of DSH’s head has doubled in size between panels two and three. (I’ve been mystified by his hair for years. Does anyone actually have that look in real life? If so, would a man in his late 40s have it? I’m assuming that he’s about the same age as Lefty and Wally who should be about eight years younger than Funky and Les and about the same amount older than Darren and Pete.)

    • ComicBookHarriet

      Plausible enough hair. I’m not 40 yet, and I keep finding distressing amount of grey at the temples. And some guys leave a little grey at the temples, while dying the rest to give them that vaunted silver fox look.

  5. J.J. O'Malley

    How does the Beckster normally get home from the school? I just assumed she thumbs a ride…but, of course, it takes her twice as long as most people. Oops! Sorry, Becky!

    But, yeah…in a normal world Skunky John would have called her on the phone to see if she was at school or on her way home first. And well we know that Dinkleberg was harassing..er, “mentoring” her earlier in the day, Skunky doesn’t. Why does Becky even bother to bring him into the conversation? Can nothing in the WHS musicsphere take place without the spirit of Harry hovering over the proceedings? Oh, and leaving your high school music teacher job after classes are over and it’s dark outside–even on the Winter Solstice–is not running things “a little more loosely.” You’re still spending way too much of your personal time on it, girl.

    Oh, well, at least Johnny Boy didn’t walk on Becky’s left and romantically try to take her arm, only to wind up with a handful of empty sleeve. Oops! Sorry, Becky!

  6. Banana Jr. 6000

    These two are supposed to be married? They look like they’re starting a blind date that’s already going badly. Look at their body language. He offers her a ride nervously, as if she might say no. In panel 2, she puts space between him and herself. Not even the characters or the artist buy that these two are married.

    On the plus side, this strip is the closest we’ll ever get to someone calling Dinkle a Nazi.

  7. Hitorque

    Prussian?? Sorry, the judges say we were looking for “Austro-Hungarian” or “Ottoman Turks” to cap off your lameassed one-liner…

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      “Prussian” isn’t even the right word to describe Dinkle. Wikipedia describes it in the general sense to mean “professionalism, aggressiveness, militarism and conservatism.” To that I would add “overly formal.” Dinkle is militaristic, but other than that he doesn’t fit the description. Something like “tyrant” or “tin pot dictator” would be a better fit.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Does it say “ Band Room” on both sides of the door? That is odd. Just put the sign in the window area.

    • Count of Tower Grove

      Beat me to it.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Leave it to Funky Winkerbean to ruin a Police Squad! joke:

      • ian'sdrunkenbeard

        I still have all six episodes on a VHS that my wife taped. We watched the shows back-to-back a few times, and they have a lot of gags packed into them. My favorite is when each episode’s special guest star is murdered in the opening credits, so they only got a few seconds of air time. They had some big stars, too.

        • Banana Jr. 6000

          Police Squad is still funny even though a lot of the jokes got recycled in the Naked Gun movies. And it’s pretty dated by now – the late 70s cop show cliches it made fun of are almost anachronisms. People should watch it anyway. It’s that good. And a great antidote to the fun-destroying suckhole that is Funky Winkerbean.

          BTW one of those murdered guest stars was John Belushi. But they didn’t use the scene because of his actual death. I think the clip exists, though.

  9. I imagine even long-time readers are saying “Wait, why is John hanging around Becky?”

  10. Maxine of Arc

    What exactly was Dinkle supposedly doing during these long hours working after school every day? He was the band director. If the band wasn’t there, what was he supposed to be doing? When I was in high school music, our extracurriculars (madrigal choir, jazz band, what have you) did have after-school rehearsals, but they were scheduled like anything else. There aren’t any students around as Becky is closing up, so she doesn’t need to stay for something like that, so… what would she need to stay for?

  11. Perfect Tommy

    At least Sheldon from Big Bang Theory had the decency to change his super hero shirt occasionally.

  12. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “Harry is giving me a ride tonight. Don’t wait up.”

    • J.J. O'Malley

      “Harry is giving me a ride tonight…maybe more than one…and after that he’ll drop me off at the house!”