Banana Jr. 6000
October 14, 2022 at 11:19 am
On Monday, Funky said “Let’s fix that (meaning, throw Les the ball) and show these kids how it’s done!” They did exactly that. So why are they suddenly beaten down and laughed at? We’re left to guess. Batiuk basically makes you write the story for him. He thinks he’s being subtle by not telling you anything.
“Let’s fix that!” strikes me as a mantra for the latter half of Act III Funky Winkerbean. As this 50-year old comic strip approaches its twilight, Batiuk is busy retconning (and/or outright forgetting) established themes. Bull never really beat Les up; he was actually protecting his nerd friend from the real bullies. Yeah, the kids all picked on Wicked Wanda, but as adults they would be made to seek her forgiveness. Sure, those New York know-nothings at Marvel and DC snubbed an aspiring comic book artist from Ohio, but he would go on to create an (imaginary) comics publishing company with an all-star roster.
Anyway, “the two grandpas” walk back to their cars, duly chastened (despite having run at least one well-executed play) and the teens, no doubt still laughing, resume their game. Yep, they showed them alright!