Bound so tightly with tension and anger...
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There is perhaps a point of inflection between pre- and post-neuter strips in Peanuts. I wonder when Marmaduke shifts over?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:34 PM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


Is there a strip where Marmaduke gets neutered?
posted by maryr at 1:45 PM on September 28, 2013 [6 favorites]


New Marmaduke strips are also terrifying. Also, now the guy looks like Hitler, so there's that.
posted by phunniemee at 1:53 PM on September 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


Needs more giant scat.
posted by planetesimal at 2:09 PM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


The interface is weird so I can't link to it directly, but I really like the one with angry Marmaduke lapping up the remaining lemonade, as if he's not even thirsty--he's doing it solely out of spite.
posted by mcmile at 2:31 PM on September 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


This one is my favourite, and I can't explain why. Something about the timing, and the eldritch menace posed by Marm's mere presence. Not a dog voiced by Owen Wilson, anyway.
posted by rollick at 2:40 PM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


Man, that is an angry dog. That's great. I love these.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 2:41 PM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


"It's a good thing you drank all that lemonade, Marmaduke. A real good thing".
posted by rollick at 2:42 PM on September 28, 2013 [36 favorites]


In every one of these, Marmaduke appears to be evil Bert.
posted by bicyclefish at 2:45 PM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]




Interesting to compare those with early Dennis the Menace, too, where Dennis is just this ghastly little demon child who is clearly actively seeking to destroy his parents' employment prospects, marriage, and home whereas now he's barely in the "lovable scamp" category--unless cloyingly "cute" mispronunciations count as "scamp worthy."
posted by yoink at 2:49 PM on September 28, 2013


Definitely still scary

Heh, that crazy mutt. Always with the tarantulas! Nobody tells Marmaduke what to do.
posted by yoink at 2:51 PM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


What do you know? "Christ, what an asshole." works on these, too!
posted by papercake at 2:59 PM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


Marmaduke, Hound Of Hell
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:42 PM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


now the guy looks like Hitler, so there's that.

I would've said Greenberg the Vampire, but that also works.
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:45 PM on September 28, 2013


Henry and Alice weren't that great as parents...there's an early panel with Dennis and his piggy bank musing how it seemed to get lighter at the end of the month.
posted by brujita at 3:59 PM on September 28, 2013


Marmaduke is an asshole.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 4:03 PM on September 28, 2013



Definitely still scary

Oh, so the Marmaduke universe coexists with the Cthulhu mythos. Makes sense.
posted by deathpanels at 4:30 PM on September 28, 2013


This one is my favourite, and I can't explain why

There are a number of things which recommend it.

Firstly, and perhaps least disturbingly, Marmaduke appears to be spanking his owner. There are speed lines that could be taken to suggest that his owner's butt is quivering because of the spanking--but this is highly subjective, since there are speed lines drawn around almost every single thing in the comic.

Secondly: the feet that Marmaduke is standing on are clearly meant to be paws--at least, they have stubby, round toes (that look like testicles). But the... foot? ...that he's using to spank his owner has long, straight digits, making it appear to be something more like a human hand.

To sum up: AS YOU VALUE YOUR SANITY FOR GOD'S SAKE DO NOT READ MARMADUKE
posted by Sing Or Swim at 4:32 PM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


You know, MetaFilter turned into The Comics Curmudgeon so gradually, I didn’t even notice.


it's a Simpsons reference
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:02 PM on September 28, 2013 [6 favorites]


Firstly, and perhaps least disturbingly, Marmaduke appears to be spanking his owner. There are speed lines that could be taken to suggest that his owner's butt is quivering because of the spanking--but this is highly subjective, since there are speed lines drawn around almost every single thing in the comic.

Secondly: the feet that Marmaduke is standing on are clearly meant to be paws--at least, they have stubby, round toes (that look like testicles). But the... foot? ...that he's using to spank his owner has long, straight digits, making it appear to be something more like a human hand.


There's also the fact that Marmaduke is not looking at his owner, but at the reader, as if to say "You're next."
posted by mcmile at 5:10 PM on September 28, 2013 [6 favorites]


Personally, I enjoy the implication that Marmaduke is about to go devour or maim some children because they took a baseball.
posted by griphus at 5:58 PM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]




That isn't Marmaduke's owner, but a neighbor. Still frightening though.
posted by JHarris at 6:52 PM on September 28, 2013


The legacy strip that amuses me the most is Heathcliff, I swear occasionally it's just a vehicle for surrealistic humor.
posted by edgeways at 9:57 PM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Marmaduke just straight up staring down a marriage councilor is pretty damn funny.
posted by mcmile at 10:14 PM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Whoa! That is big dog!
posted by Cookiebastard at 9:14 AM on September 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dog so big, he cause problem for family!
posted by JHarris at 3:34 PM on September 29, 2013 [5 favorites]


Not to be pedantic, but a single-panel cartoon is not a strip.
posted by Paul Slade at 4:03 PM on September 29, 2013


Entirely to be pedantic, yes it is, it's a strip with a length of 1.
posted by JHarris at 5:12 PM on September 29, 2013 [4 favorites]


Paul Slade: "Not to be pedantic, but a single-panel cartoon is not a strip."

JHarris: "Entirely to be pedantic, yes it is, it's a strip with a length of 1."


Stop it! Stop it! Can't you see this constant fighting is tearing us all apart?
posted by dejah420 at 8:25 PM on September 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


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