This Week in Milford

May 30, 2016

Nobody Puts Shelly On A Roll! (Yeah, I Got Nothing)

Filed under: google nonsense, The Bucket, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 7:12 am


Here we are, well over a week into Del’s client dinner/Boo’s triumph over Tilden. We’re waiting for something to happen. It looks like nothing is going to happen at The Bucket (unless you want to run this through the Bechdel Test and see how miserably it fails).

That leaves us with Del Bader, who is somewhere in panel 3, presumably. Is he the one with his back to us? Sure, I guess. We never even learned Mr. Businessman’s name, but we do know that he and Del have moved on from wine to something served in rocks glasses, so that shoe is poised to drop.

While that pot continues to simmer, here’s a little extra thing where I will share something from the Google newspaper archives. This ran in the Sept 15, 1972 edition of Norwalk, Connecticut’s The Hour, announcing the arrival of Gil Thorp to the pages of that great publication. I also snipped out the illustrated Jack Nicklaus On Golf that ran next to Gil.




  1. Gil Thorp in 1972. James Dean grows up. I thought he died in a car accident.
    Darn it if I didn’t golf yesterday . Could’ve used these tips. I always have Otter’s tip in my head. “You’re left arm is straight, but you’re not keeping your head down. Don’t think of it as work. Just remember to relax and enjoy yourself.”

    Comment by Jive turkey — May 30, 2016 @ 7:55 am

  2. That Gil Thorp ad is a trip. Gil is really putting it out there. The ‘He commands their respect!’ line just makes me laugh and laugh.

    Comment by timbuys — May 30, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

  3. Despite some minimal formal education, I suddenly can’t read. “You’re on a roll, Shelly” appears to be directed at the cocktail waitress, but what roll? And where is Douchebag Del? Under the table? Big Client is addressing him as if he were over BC’s left shoulder, but he’s not there. Meanwhile, Whigrub keeps our attention divided between the utterly unsympathetic Del and the likable kids, whose parallel story implies DD is about to “impact” them. To cite the Star Wars trash compactor scene, “I have a bad feeling about this.”

    Comment by vaganova — May 30, 2016 @ 1:43 pm

  4. Good catch JT. That looks like it was traced from an iconic James Dean pose. I wonder how old that ad copy was in 1972?

    Comment by nedryerson — May 30, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

  5. Shelly looks pissed. Not a nominee for Miss Congenality.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — May 31, 2016 @ 7:22 am

  6. Listen to me, Hatcher. You’ve gotta tell them! Fries and Shakes is people!

    Comment by g2design — May 31, 2016 @ 7:27 am

  7. 1972? I think Gil started in the 1950’s. In fact I know he did.

    Comment by tedkin — June 1, 2016 @ 8:32 am

  8. tedkin, this ad is announcing that Gil Thorp was going to begin running in that particular newspaper in 1972. As I commented earlier, it does look like they kept the ad copy from the initial debut intact, so it does seem rather inept. I imagine whoever syndicated comics back then just kept an old file cabinet full of ads like this and mailed out a copy to papers that picked up the strip. I have a similar ad that ran in another paper that I’ll include in a future post.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 1, 2016 @ 9:54 am

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