This Week in Milford

March 14, 2016

Prelude To Violence

Filed under: Exploding Eyeball Syndrome, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 3:33 am


The Winter Blast in Central City is known for nothing if not its signature Hot Cider served in collectable, stackable cups! Buy a half dozen for your party, stack em’ up and zipline past the main stage where Snowplow Jones & The Black Ice are playing…

Oops, forgot about the Central City Cretins! They hate stackable cups and anybody who stacks ’em. This place needs a hero. Where is Herk The Mauler when we need him to clean house?







  1. I’ve heard many Herk the Mauler references but don’t know about him. Could that be him posing as a snowman in panel one?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 14, 2016 @ 7:03 am

  2. Is it legit to wear your letter when on enemy turf? I seem to recall lots of issues when The Warriors refused to take off their colors on the Orphan’s turf. If a young tart in a pink top shows up, there’ll be trouble!

    Comment by g2design — March 14, 2016 @ 7:24 am

  3. I’ve played this game many times, seeing how many times you can point at people you know who are carrying things while yelling out who they are and what they are carrying before someone threatens to swat you upside the head. These Central City schmos are playing it wrong, though.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 14, 2016 @ 7:30 am

  4. Fear not. The present iteration of Herk the Mauler is about three frames away from putting the Central City Cretin through the bass drum. There she is in panel 1, about to put her rugby skills to good use with a smart remark followed by the Cretin going airborne. I have been soo hoping for this…

    Comment by vaganova — March 14, 2016 @ 10:03 am

  5. See, kids, this is why you should NEVER go to the big city. Stick right here in Milford, where the biggest excitement is the annual homecoming bonfire slash witch burning.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 14, 2016 @ 10:37 am

  6. Listen to John S, Mfnrdians…

    Comment by vaganova — March 14, 2016 @ 11:01 am

  7. Police officer: “OK, kid, how’d this happen?”
    Central City hooligan: “Gosh, officer, I was just minding my own business … honest! … and I kind of bumped into this other guy … and then, all of a sudden, there was this girl … well, she looked like a cross between Emma Watson and Rob Gronkowski … and she asked me if I’d ever been in a ruck …”
    Police officer: “What’s a ruck?”
    Hooligan: “Apparently, it’s someplace that somebody puts your elbow where you wouldn’t think to look. Do you have time to help me look?”

    Comment by Philip — March 14, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

  8. Philip, I am hoping for the sound effect WUD! at some point, but to ask for that is too much like inquiring about the price of beer in heaven.

    Comment by vaganova — March 14, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

  9. Jive Turkey asked a question none of us has taken the time to answer. Harry ?Herkheimer– Herk the Mauler– was an older man, a former pro wrestler who knew Gil from way back. To cut to the relevant strips, he and his son stopped in Milford for subs, and found two punks verbally abusing a teenager who was making their subs. Herk spoke in her defense, the punks menaced him, and Herk flattened them. My favorite panel showed one of them draped unconscious over the back of a banquette. In a later strip, the girl he had defended threw her arms around him in recognition, crying “Mr Herkheimer!” Sheer poetry…

    Comment by vaganova — March 14, 2016 @ 1:19 pm

  10. Huh – I had hoped for more love for my favorite Crime film/Drama film of 1979. I tell ya, David Patrick Kelly nailed the role of Luther.

    Comment by g2design — March 14, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

  11. Thanks Vaganova . I’ll have to look for that in the archives. Know about what month and year?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 14, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

  12. Jive Turkey, I am hardly the archivist– that would be billytheskink. But I think the Herk story ran in the summer of 2013.

    Comment by vaganova — March 14, 2016 @ 2:17 pm

  13. Herc was July & August 2013 – you can read it all starting at

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 14, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

  14. It may be hard to find, but this site does have a search feature on the right side bar. If you want to see the scene Vaganova discusses, click here.

    Comment by timbuys — March 14, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

  15. I re-read the Herk story nearly as often as I do the Gail Martin and Gil Wins The Golf Tournament With Marty DeJon’s Chain-Smoking Father stories. One of the all-time great summer plots.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 14, 2016 @ 3:08 pm

  16. Thanks for history lesson. There is just too much to describe in those 5 or 6 comic strips. Where I’m from wrestlers don’t coach basketball. I know, Gil doesn’t coach basketball .

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 14, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

  17. Somebody forgot how to spell the word WINTER on the banner…

    Comment by L. Viss — March 14, 2016 @ 4:47 pm

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