Oyster War by Ben Towle

Oyster War

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  1. Superfrog

    Superfrog said, almost 2 years ago

    Just a bit missing off the bottom but the jist is there.

  2. Jakesully of the Omaticaya

    Jakesully of the Omaticaya said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ben Towle
    I hate to ruin the New Year for you, Ben, but could you do two things for all of us?

    One: fix that little problem with the bottom of the strip.

    Two: clear up that little matter about Cmdr. Bulloch’s facial hair. Is it a moustache or sideburns or a hybrid of both? Because I’ve never seen such a beard.

  3. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, almost 2 years ago

    @Jakesully of the Omaticaya

    They’re called “mutton chops,” wherein the sideburns connect to make a mustache, but no beard (I wore them for awhile in 1975-76). The most famous person to have worn them was Civil War Union General Ambrose Burnside (for whom, supposedly, sideburns are named).
    Your last history lesson for 2012.

  4. itisme

    itisme GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Jakesully of the Omaticaya

    Look at 21st President of the United States Chester A. Arthur. THat used to be a popular style for men, back in the day.

  5. starfighter441

    starfighter441 said, almost 2 years ago

    As Flashman said, nought like Bonnie Calvary Whiskers to attract the lassies.

  6. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Ugh! Again, there’s some problem with the image. Sorry, folks. I just re-uploaded today’s page. It can take a few minutes for files to get swept into the system, so I’ll check back in a few, just to make sure everything’s OK.

  7. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Jakesully of the Omaticaya

    Yep, like @Gary McSpook said, those are “mutton chops.” Bulloch’s appearance is loosely based on a guy named Hunter Davidson who was a real-life Maryland Oyster Navy officer. You can see him (and his “chops”) in action here:

    http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/h50000/h50688.jpg

  8. Grainpaw

    Grainpaw said, almost 2 years ago

    I was thinking Dundrearies, but this is not necessarily connected to the moustache.
    http://www.tawdryknickers.com/2011/04/dundrearies_01.html

  9. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Whew! It took two tries, but the page is now displaying correctly. Be sure to refresh the page if you’re still seeing that weird gray bar over the bottom of the image. Thanks for your patience folks!

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    Looks good now. I do recall mutton chops. Not seen them in awhile but then this is the past where what is common then is uncommon now.

  11. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! said, almost 2 years ago

    @Gary McSpook

    I’ve also heard muttonchops called “dundrearies”.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    @BRI-NO-MITE!!

    Where did you hear that, Ireland?

  13. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @dbig 1oohh

    You’ll be taking “kicking it old school” to a whole new level!

  14. Vince M

    Vince M said, almost 2 years ago

    The last instance of mutton chops I recall is Fat Freddy of the ‘Freak Brothers’.

  15. maybeinthenextworld

    maybeinthenextworld said, almost 2 years ago

    Dearest Ben, I do enjoy the way you tell — and illustrate — a story

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