Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Tick - The Tick '66 - P. A. Nolte
CHIRON: LAST TIME!
1/ The Tick holding up a confusing pile of clues. There are so many, from a scroll with mysterious writing and a tiki mask to a paddle-ball paddle and bowling pins. It's all junk.
Caption: Our hero confounded!
The Tick: Are writing desks black?! Have I solved it?!
2/ Arthur is strapped to an operating table, but The Tick's moth-themed chum looks more puzzled than endangered. A shadowy figure is reaching out to him, its evil fingers of evil flexed for the purposes of committing evil no doubt.
Caption: His sidekick bounded!
The Villain (Mostly OP): Now we'll see who you really are under that mask, Arthur.
3/ The Tick shamefully handing over a set of keys with a novelty keychain shaped like his own head to a police officer. Behind them is a large vehicle in the same vein as the Spider-Buggy. An unnecessary and cumbersome accessory in The Tick's crimefighting arsenal.
Caption: The Tickmobile impounded!
Officer: Sorry, Blue Yonder, but you're in no condition to drive.
The Tick: No, officer. You're only doing your job.
CHIRON: AND NOW!
4/ The door to the room has swung open, and in the doorway is The Tick. Tall, blue, heroic, and easily distracted. In the foreground, Arthur is indeed strapped to a metal table in a standard dingy-looking villainous lair. Standing over him is The Villain, a real Snidely Whiplash type, who has already pulled back Arthur's mask, revealing the face of... Arthur. I mean... Duh?
The Tick: Unhand her, Dan Backslide!
The Villain: ...what?
The Tick: I said: Let this anonymous man go and tell me where you're keeping my little buddy, you fiend!
5/ Arthur rolls his eyes, a gesture we can actually see thanks to his mask being removed.
Arthur: Um... Tick?