Code Pru CP08

Cinema Purgatorio #8, Code Pru cover. Art by Raulo Caceres
Cinema Purgatorio #8, Code Pru cover. Art by Raulo Caceres

Annotations for “8: Somethin’ Weird, an’ It Don’t Look Good ” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #8

Writer: Garth Ennis, Artist: Raulo Caceres

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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.

Mister Mystery 12 from A Dispensable List of Comic Book Lists
Eye injury motif cover from Mister Mystery 12 (1953) image from A Dispensable List of Comic Book Lists


Page 1

panel 1

  • 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.

Page 2

panel 3

  • “Lilith” – see CP#7.

panel 4

  • Eric “wasn’t remotely interested” because he is homosexual.

Page 3

panel 2

  • coming soon

Page 4

panels 2-3

  • The icky sock was used to masturbate into.

panel 4

  • 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.

Page 5

panel 2

  • coming soon

Page 6

panel 2

  • “Was the order of the day” refers to how the “early seventies” were known as a time of sexual promiscuity.

Page 7

panels 1-4

  • 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.

Page 8

panel 1

  • 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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