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November 11, 2007

Looking For a Few Good Flavors

Okay, I get that it’s Veteran’s Day. Is the point here that Max is supposed to let the military personnel go to the front of the line? Because seriously, I don’t think there are very members of our armed forces who would use their service status to cut in front of a 2-year-old in an ice cream line.


  1. Dunno. They kinda look like they’re trying not to be recognized while they’re in the queue. Is it because they all think it would damage their “tough” image if they were recognized queueing up for ice cream?

    Comment by brien — November 11, 2007 @ 2:15 am

  2. I’m thinking next generation to go serve his country.

    Comment by Keera — November 11, 2007 @ 6:58 am

  3. That should be “their country”.

    Comment by Keera — November 11, 2007 @ 8:34 am

  4. Yeah, they’re lined up in service order, so it appears that the young man and the kid in the front of the line are being asked who’ll be next to serve, rather than to be served.

    Why ice cream, I have no idea.

    Comment by Powers — November 11, 2007 @ 9:08 am

  5. Why Ice Cream? Because it’s less dreadful than ground up hamburger.

    Comment by Elliott — November 11, 2007 @ 9:42 am

  6. Is the small character at the right end of the panel, some icon from another publication? He seems familiar to me.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 11, 2007 @ 10:22 am

  7. From the back of the queue – WWI, WWI, Korea, Vietnam, The Gulf….What’s next?

    Comment by Dawn — November 11, 2007 @ 11:20 am

  8. 43 flavors of war from our 43rd president.

    Comment by Charles — November 11, 2007 @ 11:37 am

  9. My dad would so do that – use his uniform as a reason to go to the front of the line.

    After he left the military, he got a job as a cop, so he still has a uniform. And still does.

    He mostly wears it off-duty to look impressive – especially if he has to do anything with my mom. (Divorced since ’99)

    Comment by Kaitlyn — November 11, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

  10. I have the same sense, but so far no-one I’ve asked recognized it.
    Looks very like Thurber’s illustrations to me.

    Comment by Wondering too — November 11, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

  11. My comment (#10) is in reference to the one made by Kevin. (#6)

    Comment by Wondering too — November 11, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

  12. I especially like that Andy appears to just beginning to realize all those brave folks “behind” him (that’s what I read from his eyes, anyway)
    Evocative and provocative strip, Jan – ice cream less horrible indeed.

    Comment by Wondering too — November 11, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

  13. I like Dawn’s explanation, even if it is a bit unsettling.

    Reminds me of a classic Steve Canyon strip, published just as the Korean War was beginning: Steve is in a room where one wall lists names of men and women who died in the Spanish-Americar War, one wall lists men and women who died in World War 1, one wall lists men and women who died in World War 2… and he’s staring sadly at a blank, fourth wall.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 11, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

  14. The little character at right is Munro ( – which makes the cartoonists message pretty clear. . . .

    Comment by Mark Jackson — November 12, 2007 @ 7:45 am

  15. Thanks Mark! Wow.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 12, 2007 @ 9:36 am

  16. You can find everything on the internet these days. Here’s a complete video of the 8.5-minute animated film “Munro”:

    (Let’s see if I can get a link to work on this site.)

    Comment by Wendy — November 13, 2007 @ 11:09 am

  17. My thoughts on meanings…


    43 flavors likely refers to American Presidents, many of whom have served up wars that young men (and women) have lined up for.

    Finally, as to the “why ice cream?” question…

    “I scream.”

    Prob’ly not the actual intention, but it fits in well with my perspective.

    Comment by James Brown — December 4, 2007 @ 12:37 am

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