Welcome back, folks! Here’s your trivia fix for this installment of “Dead Duck: The Soul-Taker’s Apprentice”…
- Inserting “cowboys” into any gag has always been funny to me. I think this appreciation comes from an old “Far Side” cartoon I loved, where vultures are eating somebody, and one vultures puts on his hat and says, “Hey, I’m a cowboy! Howdy, howdy, howdy!”
- I’ve always worried that the panel before Dead Duck gets stabbed is hard to understand. The idea is that Bosquait takes Dead Duck’s instructions to stab him as code for sodomy, and drops his pants. Granted, Sodomy is a very adult concept on its own. But there are lines I draw in what I will and won’t show in a Dead Duck story, and genitalia falls under “won’t”. Hopefully the gag is still clear enough without seeing Bosquait’s wiener.
- Dead Duck sending the trio to find death under a tree is another plot point lifted from Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale”. In the original story, it’s an old man who sends the trio to their fate at the base of the tree.
- I also find a lot of humor in the idea of goofy cartoon characters in a bar, and you’ll find a lot of that in “Dead Duck”. Even the set up for such a scene amuses me.