This Week in Milford

April 18, 2016

Del Never Bargained For A Whoop Whoop

Filed under: Exploding Eyeball Syndrome, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 5:27 am


It looks like we’re going to get the full story of Del the industrial solvent salesman. Pacing of the baseball season be damned!

When last we saw Del, he was saying his goodbyes to Joe, the friendly bartender at Verne’s. Now he has climbed into a generic, midsize sedan and it looks like he’s swerving his way home to Milford. Did he stop at that Bauhaus inspired BURGER joint to try and sop up a few of those Tito’s & sodas? Not sure. Maybe he slammed on the brakes when he realized he had passed a BURPEE SEEDS OUTLET. He has nonetheless attracted the attention of the law, so let’s look forward to scenes from his field sobriety test and subsequent booking into the Central City lock-up.

It just dawned on me that maybe Whigham told Rubin he was sick of drawing kids playing sports and maybe they could focus on some other stuff for a while. Maybe more dashboards and those little guns that bartenders use to shoot out the carbonated mixers? Sure, Rodd, but we have to occasionally draw the kids doing stuff. You can keep doing the chunky bracelets.

And so we drop into the Bader place, where Barry, player of a scrappy second fills Mother Bader in on practice.

Great. Again. I nailed it, Mom. With my scrappiness and Pete De Windt’s grace…yes, Mom, the Pete De Windt that played tight end, we discussed this…I don’t think there’s anything that will stop us! Games? I don’t know when we start playing games this year. Coach Thorp has been rather evasive about our schedule. I’ll let you know when I know.

Heh heh…scrappy seconds.




  1. Did you mean Scrapie? Nervous sheep, goats; Look how everyones been acting for a very long time now.

    Comment by g2design — April 18, 2016 @ 7:47 am

  2. First Scott Fowler (Fouler) on the basketball team, and now Barry Bader (Batter) on the baseball team. Yeah, it’s probably supposed to be pronounced “Bay-der”, but I’m shooting for the football team to find a guy named Tom Rowd-Runner in the near future.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 18, 2016 @ 8:18 am

  3. Doesn’t that guy in the third panel look like Mickey Scaggs, who was in the strip from 1993-1997 ? He was a key player on the basketball team, as some of you recall. He was a jerk for the first 1-2 years, but then he matured a lot.

    Remember the 1994-95 basketball season, when he was going to shave points for a bookie, but he backed out at the last minute ? He sat out a key game in the end-of-season tournament, and Milford got clobbered.

    Comment by Howard S Sample — April 18, 2016 @ 8:54 am

  4. I was really hoping that Del was leaving a bar called “Burp.”

    Comment by Ol'Froth — April 18, 2016 @ 9:19 am

  5. Dostoyevski could not have written a more thorough and elaborate preparation for a DWI stop. Bravo, Karamatsov!

    But if Rubin was going to go to all that trouble preparing the obvious, couldn’t he have given us some kind of clue to how this jerk will fit into the spring sports plot? A player’s disgraced father? The polluter responsible for all these freak hands and exploding eyeballs?

    Comment by vaganova — April 18, 2016 @ 9:48 am

  6. Kudos to Howard S Sample for sending me way down memory lane. Yes, Barry looks exactly like a Whigham-drawn version of Mickey Skaggs.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 18, 2016 @ 10:23 am

  7. I checked the colored panels, to rule out a Howdy Doody sighting in P3. False alarm. However, the nighttime palette in P1&2 is worth looking up. Lemmetellya, there’s no Screechin’WhoopWhoop like red Screechin’WhoopWhoop

    Comment by g2design — April 18, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

  8. I suspect that “Joe the Friendly Bartender” is in cahoots with the Central City cops. Anyone from Milford comes in, downs a few shots, and gets back in his car, Joe’s calling the precinct house around the corner. Ah, Central City — where Milfordians’ hopes and dreams go to die.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 18, 2016 @ 2:02 pm

  9. Mr Baders friends all tease him.
    “Man! Your wife is UGLYYYYY!”
    “Yeah, but she sure can cook!”
    “Yeah man, alright.”
    If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life…

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 18, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

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