The Central Park Troll continues to push her, but the Merry Meddler won't go down!
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I thought the accepted purse-snatching technique was to run past the old lady, grabbing the purse on the way. Notice that Mary and the mugging troll are wearing the same coat/pants ensemble, only in contrasting colors.
@fauxprof at 6:30 AM, Mary and the mugging troll are wearing the same style of shoes as well. Either Mary misunderstood the menswear influence in current women's fashions or she borrowed those from Dr. Jeff.Fortunately for Mary, she's being menaced by the most incompetent mugger in New York.
It is rare that you see somebody taking as much obvious pleasure in his work as we have witnessed from Mr. Blue Suit the past few days, and rarer still to see this kind of action in the Worthiverse. But to have Mary physically involved to this extent, well, that is priceless. I can see this going the way of the fight between Happy Gilmore and Bob Barker, which would be delightfully refreshing. But if the victorious Mary then cajoles the vanquished mugger into going to Promise Haven and turning his life around, well, not so much.
Eat earth, Mary Worth!
Joe G. is on a roll! We have not seen this much action since the shootout at Santa Royale Mart!
He pushes her away from him and then tries to grab her purse? Central Park Troll: Least efficient mugger ever.
See a meddler, push her down and all day long you'll have good luck.
... such a shame to see the low point Danny Partridge has reached.
The Central Park Troll has the same demented look on his face as that of the pornographic art collector of several years ago. Same downturned eyebrows. Same wicked smile. Definitely a bad guy.
OMG! That devil in the blue suit isn't a man (baby)!It's AGGIE!
Okay, now this is really the most idiotic turn of events. Under the laws of physics and sensibility, there would be no way a hearty push like that wouldn't result in a face plant even with a younger person. And with an old bat like the Queen of Smugness??? Come on. She didn't take THAT much yoga that she developed such amazing balance. As @Anonymous at 8:52 said: eat earth, Mary Worth!!
Can't decide if Mary is morphing int Wolverine in panel 1 or just doing the '5 Dollar footlong' dance in the 2 panels.
There is no way Mary defied the laws of physics and recovered from that shove, as shown in the first panel.@Dave in Parma: Definitely the 5 Dollar Footlong dance. When I saw that first panel, I immediately thought Mary should be eating a hotdog or something.
You see an evil troll. I see a desperate man, obviously the victim of an abusive childhood, acting out his pain on society. Mary will instinctively recognize his suffering and gently lead him to Promise Haven where he will be rehabiliated. Mary,Shelly and the would be mugger will tell their story on Dr. Phil. This episode will unfold in real time.
Joe must have giggled as he drew those faces. Great work, Joe! We know you don't often have the chance to draw anything remotely interesting, and you've made the most of this.
What great big eyes you have, Mr. Troll.What great big teeth … and is that a cashmere crew?-Waldorf Klink
This plot reminds me of Ed Crankshaft's encounter with young thugs while he was in NY visiting his daughter.All I can say is STAY OUT OF CENTRAL PARK!!
Upon retreating to his lair with Mary's purse, the Central Park Troll sadly notes its contents: an enormous wad of Kleenex (used and new); a table napkin bearing the Waldorf Astoria logo and containing one stale dinner roll; six packs of moist towelettes; a tube of Elizabeth Arden lipstick (frosty pink); assorted bobby pins, a roll of quarters and a single lint-covered stick of Dentyne.
I love the expression on Mary's face in both panels. Joe is showing his superhero chops. The troll radiates evil, even though he is rather a natty dresser, what with the long billowing jacket and cuffed pants.
euclidmary, you are so right, except you missed the rain bonnet and a travel size tube of dentugrip.
We should start taking bets on when Mary actually lands on the ground. I'll throw 20 bucks into the hat that we'll be opening Christmas presents by then.
ThursdayWhat a face - is Mary morphing into the Incredible Meddler? Tomorrow she'll have the handbag strap and maybe her scarf wrapped around the throat of the mugging troll.
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