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December 15, 2007

Tropical Depression

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Days of Thunder, depression, Esmay, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


Morris Keesan: I understand this; I just feel that I ought to recognize the depressed man under the hat. It looks vaguely like Edgar Allan Poe, but not quite, and knowing Esmay, I mean “Lovely”, I suspect that it’s probably supposed to be some modern celebrity that I have no chance of recognizing.


  1. Nope, it’s Poe.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — December 15, 2007 @ 12:47 am

  2. It’s not Dennis Hopper?

    Comment by brien — December 15, 2007 @ 2:51 am

  3. John Cleese? He has been involved in a number of awareness projects related to clinical depression

    Comment by CAS — December 15, 2007 @ 8:25 am

  4. I’m sure that’s Poe. But I’m also sure that that is the STUPIDEST sight gag I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t work as a visual pun. You can’t really equate Poe with depression–at least, not enough for this to work. That’s not even a groaner, just off the mark.

    Comment by Jim M. — December 15, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

  5. It could be Hal Linden as Barney Miller.

    Comment by Tom T. — December 15, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

  6. It could be John Astin, in his role as “Buddy” on Night Court. That’s depressing…

    Comment by Jim M. — December 15, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

  7. But he’s feeling a lot better now…

    Comment by crimeweek — December 15, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  8. “Can’t equate Poe with depression”?
    Apart from Hemingway, is there an author whose bout with it is more widely known? And apart from Poe alone, is there anyone whose work is more deeply analyzed to look for its influence?

    just askin’. I won’t be surprised if either answer is yes. shocked, maybe.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — December 15, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

  9. That’s totally poe looking excited about fruit.

    Comment by bitterkarma — December 15, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

  10. My first guess was Hemingway (since I have no idea what he looked like without a beard and moustache), especially since he was frequently in the tropics.

    Comment by shennydenny — December 15, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

  11. I think it’s Poe, because of the depression, but Hemingway would have been better and been just as confusing! (Hemingway killed himself, right?)

    Though Poe’s work is dark and he had a terrible life and I don’t know much about Hemingway’s life.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — December 16, 2007 @ 12:08 am

  12. Ooh, maybe it’s supposed to be Ernesto Miranda. That’d be kinda twisted.

    Comment by brien — December 16, 2007 @ 2:05 am

  13. It’s obviously Gomez Addams! He is delightfully dreary on this day, by chance.

    I’m not sure it really is supposed to be anyone in particular, but it does seem like a rather distinct look to have come out of nowhere.

    Comment by bAT L. — December 16, 2007 @ 2:14 am

  14. Could it be Chavez? I understand he just lost an election in South America somewhere…

    Comment by Glenn — December 16, 2007 @ 5:03 am

  15. I’m voting for Poe.
    And I thought the joke worked.

    For those who want to compare – check out

    Although it just might be John Cleese portraying Edgar Allan Poe…

    Comment by Ron Obvious — December 16, 2007 @ 6:10 am

  16. The eyes and the hair are Poe, but the mustache just doesn’t look right to me.

    Comment by Powers — December 16, 2007 @ 8:47 am

  17. My $0.02: it’s definitely Poe, and I think a pretty good rendition at that.

    But I think this silly little joke would have worked better with just a generic depressed guy rather than a caricature of one particular person. The contrast between the whimsical Carmen Miranda headwear and the sad facial expression of the wearer is enough to sell the joke. Adding Poe to it seems gratuitous.

    Comment by Joe Blevins — December 16, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

  18. I just heard a Carmen Miranda warning on TV, and now this!

    Comment by Jon — December 17, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

  19. I think it’s that guy who played Higgins on Magnum PI. Fits with the tropical fruit theme, as well.

    Comment by Bill — December 18, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

  20. Maybe Hitler…who can not be happy with a big ole fruit hat on?

    Comment by cbgrace — December 18, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

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