Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mary Worth 1,541

Monday's Mary Worth strip didn't post online until after 5 p.m. I was really worried that Aldo Kelrast had ushered in the Mary Worth Zombie Apocalypse and the strip had been canceled forever! Fortunately, a new story launched and order was restored.

Since we missed yesterday's strip, and since there is so much magic to celebrate in today's strip, I thought we'd have a double panel palooza.

It must be Mary's kitchen because I feel like I'm falling over, starting with the magical rainbow soup cascading into Mary's bowl.

From vanishing tables to self-rearranging counters, it's just fun, fun, fun!

Today's Full Strip

31 comments:

fauxprof said...

That's a whole lot of soup pouring out of a small saucepan. Almost too much for the bowl.

Hmmmm....the "type that keeps to himself". Anyone else getting a serial killer vibe, here?

NonnyMus said...

Never mind the wonky furniture, look at Toby's arm! It's coming up from her knees, apparently!!

KitKat said...

That saucepan changes dimensions in every panel, including yesterday's. No matter that, it is always too small for cooking soup, especially the purportedly "homemade" soup Mary was gloating over yesterday. I presume that Toby is so dimwitted, she believes everything Mary says.

Tom Harpman, hmm? After John Dill, I expected that Mary's next salvation victim would be female, but Ms. Moy has delivered a curve ball. I hope @fauxprof is on to something - reclusive loner/serial killer is just what Charterstone needs.

Nance said...

I think it's real nice of Mary to keep an eye on Eleanor (Panel One) while John Dill is in NYC.

...or maybe it's the other way around...!?

limber Joe said...

I don't have anything clever to add, just a few observations.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, it's the lack of continuity that keeps me coming back to MW (and this blog).

I love playing "How is this panel not like the other?" It's as though Uncle Joe draws one panel at a time. When he's finished with that panel, he tears it off of the board, puts a stamp on it, and "mails it in". He then goes back to the drawing board (or used lunch bag on the kitchen counter) and relies upon his memory regarding the details of the previous panels.

Speaking of Uncle Joe, it's been stated several times here at MW&M that he used to illustrate super hero comic books. Can anyone post examples of some of those illustrations? I find it hard to believe. Most super hero illustrations a better done than what we're seeing here.

Yahoonski said...

In addition to the cold he is fighting, Mr. Harpman (will he soon become an angel?)is suffering from a number of injuries received when Mary "ran into him in the parking lot." Obviously this is guilt soup she is pouring, pouring, pouring out.

Tony said...

On Monday, Mary says to Toby, "It's for our neighbor. Actually, your neighbor. He lives closer to you."

Implication: if Toby did more than eat apples in Mary's kitchen, and really cared about her neighbors, Mary could take a break from neighborly soup-making.

Yahoonski said...

Wait a minute. Apt 3B? Will it turn out that there are 2 other "boys" sharing the space with Tom?

By the way, let's blame the colorist and not Joe for Mary's huge back, which was actually supposed to be Toby's leg. Also, I wondered where the table Toby is sitting at had materialized from, but then I saw it had been miscolored to match the cabinet doors on Monday.

Link3220 said...

There goes Toby, profiling again. "Oh, he's one of THOSE. The type that keep to themselves". Maybe Mary can learn something from her sick neighbor and butt out.

Thorpnotized said...

If this was the Mark Trail comic strip, then Tom Harpman would actually be a guy who plays the harp.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's too late to warn Tom Harpman.

heydave said...

Chock-a-block with fun! Boy howdy, did I miss the good stuff or what by being absent for a couple days...

And here I thought I had the usual 15 day recap time to wait for the denouement.

Ahhhh, with a waterfall of soup, soup, soup.

Nance said...

To add to the comments regarding the many, many artistic/coloring errors, who eats an apple like Toby is eating hers, and what kind of apple ever looks like that?

I'm going with "Red Bliss potato." Maybe Mary tossed her one while she was preparing her Turbo-Charged Soup.

kathyo said...

Giella drew cream of chicken soup, not the regular kind. Moy should have been more specific.

fauxprof said...

@Limber Joe, 8:42 am. Do a Google search on "Joe Giella" and check out the images. There are several examples of his earlier work--I had to check it out, too, several months ago, during the "Unita del Mare" sinking. I doubted Uncle Joe's ability to do an action sequence, and was informed of his superhero past.

Shmoopie said...

Finally! Action, drama, suspense, cream of chicken soup, a new victim - uhm, I mean neighbor! My only disappointment is that Tom Harpman's last name has TWO syllables. I think I shall just call him Tom Harp.

Carl's Laptop said...

There's also a disappearing refrigerator. In the 1st panel Mary is standing where the fridge abuts the counter on the 2nd panel. Magic moving fridge!!!!!

Anonymous said...

That is soup? It looks more like gelled kelk. Ick! It doesn't pour. It just kind of shloops.

The arm rising from Toby's lap is more than disturbing. I think Joe is bored and is drawing with his eyes closed.

I suspect any decent robot would have an easier time deciphering those code words that I do. What they really want me to prove is that I'm not a middle aged woman, which I am. I rarely post, just because it's too much effort.

Anonymous said...

A guy who keeps to himself? Oh please, let Tom Harp be a hoarder! Can't wait to see Giella's renderings of moving piles of newspaper piles and target bags.

Dawn Weston's Evil Twin said...

I'm still peeved about missing out on a Charterstone pool party! We always get a pool party between "plots" or what passes for plots. Also, why is Mary bringing soup to the guy in 3B? The women of 3G are the ones who need it, since their apartment burned up.

Anonymous said...

Phantom Arm = Tom Harpman

meg said...

I'm predicting that this will be a holiday-themed story. And that Tom Harpman wil be a short, red-bearded guy wearing a bright green suit and top hat.

Lost in the Worthiverse said...

@Dawn Weston's Evil Twin,

Haven't you heard? Everything is all better in A3-G Land!!

Patrice said...

I googled Joe Giella once and found a picture. He looks like the sweetest old man ever. We are all going to miss him when he's gone.

Ifind that I can't use my ipad for MW&M anymore because it now requires that adobe thing that ipads don't have...so I'm sitting in front of my husband's computer, having to actually use a MOUSE and a REAL KEYBOARD. Primitive.

Dave in Parma said...

Mary Harpman, Mary Harpman....

Meanwhile, as Toby eats from the forbidden fruit, Mary's saucepan projectile vomits the salmon kelk soup into the unsuspecting bowl.

r u ok? said...

I hope that Tom Harpman does not want to design/decorate cakes.

No matter though - he will likely end up being sent to NYC one way or another after Mary is finished with him.

Shmoopie said...

Ah, Dave in Parma, you made me laugh out loud! Projectile vomiting takes me back to the days when my kids were babies. Although back then it wasn't funny at all.

Only two days into the new epic and we're off to a fantastic start. The stuff that happened in just 4 small panels is really unbelievable. So much entertainment on such a small piece of newspaper real estate. Quite the achievement!

I'm wondering though why Mary is gravitating towards yet another male in her condo complex. I mean, really, how is Dr. Jeff supposed to feel? Is Mary really too good to be true or is she a hussy?

Anonymous said...

A hussy. A brazen hussy!

Dave in Parma said...

@Schmoopie-- Kids and the periodic projectile vomiting are still all too real around my house...

Anonymous said...

"Magic moving fridge!!!!!"

Considering its a nine-foot tall block of solid cement, it IS a pretty nimble appliance.

"what kind of apple ever looks like that?"

I don't think I've ever seen a food-looking food in Mary Worth. They're mostly just odd-shaped chunks in one of four different colors that people nibble on or eat using hilariously-sized novelty cutlery.

Dawn Weston's Evil Twin said...

@Lost in the Worthiverse

Thank you so much for posting the link to the A3G blog! I love it!