Episode 106, “He Only Laughs When I Hurt!”

X-Men #124, August 1979
“He Only Laughs When I Hurt!”
Written by Chris Claremont, Pencils by John Byrne, Inks by Terry Austin, Lettered by Tom Orzechowski, Colors by Glynis Wein, Edited by Roger Stern, Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter

Dungeons and Diagrams!

In Which We Find That There Is No Crisis Storm Can Not Face Through Increased Teenage Boy Titillation, That Half A Villainess Costume Might Not Be Better Than None, And That Cyclops Found His Red Cross Training Got Him More Than Just A Renewal Of His Lifeguard Certification!

One Should Never Underestimate The Destructive Power Of The Letter ‘Z’! Pronounced like it Rhymes With Bee not Bed, I am Looking At You England!

Artist, cartoonist, and animator Elana Pritchard spent two months in the L.A. County jail system for violating a restraining order filed against her by John Kricfalusi (of Ren & Stimpy fame). Whether she deserved this fate or not, Elana took this opportunity to record the experience in her medium of choice: Cartoons. With little more than a golf pencil and whatever scrap of paper she could scrounge, Ms. Pritchard recorded the day to day events of jail life, from the banal to the horrific, much of which can be read in this L.A. Weekly article.

Here is an example of her cartooning, a scene describing some of the unpleasant showering and personal hygiene issues that Pritchard discovered rampant in the L.A. Jail system. As a possible testimony to the power of cartoons as communication, the publishing of her cartoons gathered a lot of attention, enough that the L.A. County Jail might actually do something about it. Elana wrote about it to the Huffington Post:  “I have been in communication with the LA County Sheriff’s department and they have told me that due to these comics they have issued a new policy that all inmates must be given showers within 24 hours of entering the jail. We are scheduled to meet next week to discuss further improvements.”

Arcade bought a giant sized pinball machine to put enemies into, yet he can’t afford another color TV screen?!

Only the rich can afford the extravagance of elbow umbrellas.

Dammit, Wolverine! Once you take them out of the package they are no longer mint condition!

Death traps should be constructed with a convex rather than a concave mirror ceiling. Everyone knows that.

The theme of this year’s Spring Fling Dance is “Marvel-ous Mutilation!” The Dance Planning Committee (DPC) could not be reached for comment.

Getting a decent plumber for your Murderworld is… well… murder.

I don’t know what’s more disturbing. That Cyclops is drooling all over Storm’s chin or the swath of heavy red lipstick he put on first.

Ororo would like to say this is the first time a large Russian man has choked her while a one-eyed man was forced to watch.

She would really like to.

Cyclops is astonished at what you can get at the highest Mary Kay prize levels.

Friends don’t let friends make dramatic asides.

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