Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the latest installment of the “Dead Duck” episode, “Gangs of New Scotland” or “Quebec to the Future”! Here’s your trivia fix for this installment:
- The Montreal Wanderers were indeed Canada’s first hockey franchise. Obviously the part about the ‘Scosh putting the squeeze on them is pure malarkey. I suppose it could be considered retconning, which in comic terms means to invent a new character or situation and weave it into an existing creation while acting like it was there all along. But in the world of “Dead Duck”, stuff like this happens all the time, and shouldn’t be given too much consideration other than allowing yourself to laugh at it.
- I now want to invent a game that DOES employ rabid badgers and cheese graters, if only so I can design the team’s mascot. What an effed up symbol that would be.
- Zombie Chick mistaking broken teeth for stale popcorn is the perfect mix of confusion, cute and gross, which are the tentpoles of who she is as a character.
- The Mountie in the bottom panel is obviously derived from comic strip detective Dick Tracy. I think I chose to parody Tracy because I was thinking of the scene from “The Untouchables”(1987), where Elliot Ness and his men bust a booze run at the Canadian border. And Ness was the model cartoonist Chester Gould used when he created Dick Tracy (a long way around for such incidental inspiration, I know). In retrospect though, I really wish I would have used a more iconic Canadian character, like Dudley Do-Right.
- The gag about Canadian root beer being stronger than the stuff Americans are used to was borrowed from “Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham” #6. Spider-Ham was a kid’s comic that re-envisioned Marvel superheroes as funny animals. And in that issue’s back up story, Marvel’s Canadian superhero team “Alpha Flight” was parodied as “Awful Flight” (drawn by one of my favorite cartoonists, Steve Mellor), and they were the first to make the observation about Canadian root beer.
- And yet, another poop/fart gag. These things never get old for me.
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