Frazz by Jef Mallett for April 21, 2021

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    gduncan58  2 months ago

    1970 Buick GSX Stage III, now that was a bad-ass muscle car!

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    aKG1  2 months ago

    I could see her in a 1970 Dodge Charger painted Plum Crazy.

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    Tigrisan Premium Member 2 months ago

    Some of us still do spend hours making it bad*** and keeping it bad***. Alas, it’s becoming a dying art form…

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    TOTALED Muscle Car Returns to the Road After 35 Years! Flooded LeMans Gambler Car

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    The Old Wolf  2 months ago

    We learn that “parked in her rickety old garage is a brand new shiny red Super Stock Dodge.”

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    Geophyzz  2 months ago

    Is this strip set in Pasadena?

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    Ignatz Premium Member 2 months ago

    Caulfield, we were cooler than you will ever be.

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    Old Girl  2 months ago

    That old girl has a history.

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    sandpiper  2 months ago

    Caulfield just got a shot of the young and reckless Mrs. Olsen. He’s boggled but not out.

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    rugeirn  2 months ago

    So, in this fictional world, she can say this to a child in a school, but in the real world we have to * it out. After all, children might see it!

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    DonLee2  2 months ago

    Keep asking those questions, Caulfield. A rewarding experience for interviewer and interviewee.

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    Darwinskeeper  2 months ago

    Just did the Math, if we assume that “today” in the strip is 2021, then Ms. Olsen would have been at least 70 if she bought her new muscle car in 1972 after starting her first teaching job. Yeah…that sounds about right.

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    lagoulou  2 months ago

    She was a hot mama!

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    Buck B  2 months ago

    Actually, you could just buy a muscle car. Starting with the 1964 Pontiac GTO until high gas prices, insurance rates and emission standards killed then off in the early 70s, every American manufacturer had a least one model with the biggest engine that would fit under the hood. Those were the good old days.

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    Jimmyk939  2 months ago

    Get a starter kit, say the 1980 Buick Grand National, and go from there

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    JerryBryson  2 months ago

    She taught Frazz in his day, do I recall correctly?

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    Uncle Bob  2 months ago

    Don’t make an * * * of yourself Caulfield…

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    tcanton125  2 months ago

    She has a shiny red super stock Dodge in her gararge. Now I’m showing my age.

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    Jethro Flatline Premium Member 2 months ago

    Ask her how to tune a four barrel carburetor, Caulfield.

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    Mikey  2 months ago

    It must be gooder english day!

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    Colorado Expat  2 months ago

    Muscle cars were straight-line bad*** – braking & cornering, on the other hand…

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    Thinkingblade  2 months ago

    It would be fun to see a few retro strips showing her in her day. Was she young and sassy? Tom Boy tuning her car? Inquiring minds …

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    scherzo  2 months ago

    Mallett says in his blog today that he sees it as a miscalculation that, early on, he made Mrs. O “a villain.” Good! That’s a pleasant surprise.

    I’ve always found it strange that in the very first “Frazz” strip, our hero is shown absorbing the love and respect of the students and then displaying his disdain for his one-time teacher. Such a weird attitude, especially coming from a “role model.” Turns out the artist simply had a funny understanding of how comic strips are supposed to work.

    Anyway, to all you maniacs who are so protective of your fave strip and its creator, and who become totally beside themselves defending l’il Jefie: When you see out here that some call it stupid that a cartoonist would make old fatties the bad guys, know that the cartoonist hisself has copped to making an old fatty a bad guy.

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    Stephen Gilberg  2 months ago

    Anyone else concerned that an elementary school teacher said something censorable to a student?

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    AndrewSihler  2 months ago

    I think the approved locution would be "You didn’t use to just buy . . . " Use plus the infinitive is nowadays pretty much confined to the past tense, but it wasn’t always, as in “Fred uses to drink three cups of coffee in the morning, he used to drink five or more”. “Empty ‘do’” in a past tense or negative construction confuses things a bit, but the grammar is straightforward.

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    hekko Premium Member 2 months ago

    You didn’t USE to buy the car. Used is a verb in past tense. When making a negative, the auxiliary (helping) verb takes on the past tense and the main verb doesn’t.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 2 months ago

    Once again the redoubtable Mrs. Olsen gives us just a tiny glimpse of the amazon behind the patient, professional facade.

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    Antonio Hill  2 months ago

    We didn’t say bad to mean the opposite.

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    Andrew Bosch Premium Member 2 months ago

    It is an eye-opener when you first learn about the other parts of your teachers’ lives.

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    MoeyTehr  2 months ago

    For some reason, I suddenly heard Margo Martindale as Mrs. Olsen and you can’t convince that’s not Olsen’s actual voice.

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    Down to 102  2 months ago

    What? No hot 5 Star General food recipes included?

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    Night-Gaunt49  2 months ago

    Jef Mallett’s blog

    When I first started drawing up Frazz, Mrs. Olsen was supposed to be two-dimensional and terrible. Not that I believe that’s how teachers are, or how people are in general. I just thought that’s how storytelling worked. You had a villain. And I figured the honest thing to do was make the villain absolutely a villain. I’m not sure where I got that idea — after all, I’ve always been a fan of movies and novels where the good guys ranged from flawed to so bad you weren’t sure there were really any good guys in the vicinity — and it didn’t work for doodly squat anyway.

    I’d like to say I recognized my mistake and quickly grew bored with the evil Mrs. Olsen. But it’s more like Mrs. Olsen didn’t like her role as it was written and gradually changed it. (Trust me, that’s how it works.) She developed. Now my challenge, as the writer, isn’t to find new, charming sides to her personality. The challenge is to keep her cantankerous enough, consistently enough, that the bursts of character still have a little element of surprise. Plus, you still need a villain. Just not a pure one. Those, it turns out, are as boring in a story line as they are in real life.

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