Annotations for “8: Somethin’ Weird, an’ It Don’t Look Good ” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #8
Writer: Garth Ennis, Artist: Raulo Caceres
Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.
General: Pru and Eric track down a lonely pervert ghost, and ultimately content him with watching other ghosts across the street.
- The cover is a homage to frequent injury to the eye motifs from 1950s comics criticized by Frederic Wertham.
- In uniforms, left to right, are Pru Slapweather and her co-worker Eric Astrachan.
- “Ghostbust” is one of several references to the Ghostbusters movies. The title is a line from the Ghostbusters theme song.
- “Lilith” – see CP#7.
- Eric “wasn’t remotely interested” because he is homosexual.
- coming soon
- The icky sock was used to masturbate into.
- The “horror” of this issue is more the dead man’s solo sexual proclivities than the more supernatural horror of ghosts, monsters, etc.
- “Bill Squidpump” may be related to Jon Squidpump who appeared in Code Pru #1 and #2. Though this has the feel of an ongoing conversation, it is the first mention of Squidpump by Eric or Pru, though they interacted with his underground area in CP#3.
- The thing on the coat hanger in the closet is a (currently limp) inflatable sex doll.
- coming soon
- “Was the order of the day” refers to how the “early seventies” were known as a time of sexual promiscuity.
- These panels form a fixed-camera sequence that compresses the passing of time. Note that the television (larger fancier) and couch return to the same spot.
- The new residents represent, at least the outward appearance of, a conventional sexuality, which contrasts with the solo- and group-sex ghosts. The couple is not completely conventional, as they are mixed-race. However, they definitely are “Just people.”
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