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The Japanese Beetle! for July 26, 2004
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July 27, 2004
Hope you had a great weekend - mine was pretty damn fun. Got to watch the Pirates slaughter the Reds on Friday, which was followed by a spectacular fireworks show, a round of drinks, and dinner at Tom's Diner in Dormont. Can't beat that! And Saturday I went to a midnight showing of The Manchurian Candidate (the original). If I could only find a way to get to a showing of Godzilla I've already made my entire week.

           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E
REDS       0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0   3  5  1
PIRATES    0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 X   6 11  0

W: O. Perez (6-4)
L: J. Acevedo (4-9)
S: J. Mesa (28)
Looking over my current poll, I realize that I've left out some important adaptations - Daredevil, From Hell, Hellboy and LXG immediately spring to mind - and it's too late to add them back in. Crap. As for me, I voted for Batman (1966). Because some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb.

Music: Elvis, "Rock-A-Hula Baby"

July 28, 2004
Today's strip is in color because the Japanese Beetle! revival is one year old today. Originally the third panel of this strip had a completely different layout, but as I got carried away drawing the motorcycle and fell in love with what I came up with. So I found a way to keep it.

Some people swear by the Golden Age, and others by the Silver Age. But for my money, the Bronze Age is where it's at - that's when comics were relevant, man! When else would you find Captain America blatantly ripping plot threads from Easy Rider or see Green Arrow and Green Lantern trivialize important issues of the day by resolving them with fistfights? Only the '70s, baby!

Book: Nick Carter, "The Kremlin File" (page 72)
Music: Esquivel, "Latinesque"

The Japanese Beetle and all related characters are copyright ©1998-2004 by Dave "The Knave" White. All rights reserved. Any passing resemblance to any actual persons, living or dead or otherwise, is purely coincidental except when it isn't. Really, we swear. Please don't sue us. Published on line by 741.5 Comics.