I came across this comic book panel yesterday while surfing the web (Cowabunga!), and my first thought was: "These are MY people!"
I've always been an oddball among oddballs.
But it reminded me too that as a kid I used to buy Midnight Tales, an anthology comic published by the notoriously Cheap-with-a-capital-C Charlton Comics Group. MT was mostly horror-oriented, but the cover always had a gag, and a wrap-around story that introduced two or three spooky or sci-fi stories. The wrap-around stories always ended with a gag, too.
The white-haired gent and raven-haired babe you see above were Prof. Coffin and his daughter Arachne. These characters, whose investigations of reports of the strange and supernatural, which were part of the wrap-around story, were the only continuing characters from one issue to the next.
This next panel from another issue of MT I read yesterday reminded me that my interests were casually frowned on from the time I was young--
--and also reminded me of the time when I was 16 and wanted to date someone outside my race. (No, I'm not comparing the bearded woman above to any group.) Just that my choice was NOT exactly welcomed by everyone closest to me.
Finally, I remembered an MT story that I could use to fulfill the request of one Drunken Severed Head reader, Greg S. of Pittsburgh. He asked to see a "weretuna." Having poor Photoshop skills, I thought of a character from one ish of Midnight Tales who looked llike a "wereporpoise," and I think that's close enough:
The character is actually a mutant, but who's quibbling? Anyway, I hope Greg is satisfied.
Okay, back to reading trash.