The Octopi and the Ocean

by John Holbo on May 9, 2007

Gentlemen, in the 1960’s, representations of octopi in comics often bordered on the faintly ridiculous.


Having lately received my handsome copy of The Octopi and the Ocean [click through for preview], I am happy to report that the contemporary situation is much improved.


“One day, two monogamously dedicated archaeological octopi recovered an ancient artifact from the timeless ocean floor. The artifact was the power of true marriages. When activated by an inseparable pair, the two would be endowed with a certain unstoppable positive energy.” In the event, a small boy is called upon to etc. etc.

Here’s an interview with the author: “It’s actually the fastest thing I’ve ever done, other than some stuff I did faster.”

If PZ Myers doesn’t have a copy, he really should order one.



hermit greg 05.09.07 at 3:17 pm

Nice how gloves make the absence of fingers inconsequential.


Hogan 05.09.07 at 4:54 pm

I also like the fake nose to support the glasses that don’t line up with the eyes. And that it’s only when octopi drive buses that we get bus drivers wearing neckties. Or rather, tentacleties.


KCinDC 05.09.07 at 8:29 pm

I don’t think the nose is supporting the glasses, but vice versa. Of course, normally Groucho glasses require ears to support the glasses, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. Masking tape? Spirit gum?


Monado 05.11.07 at 2:26 pm



HTML Mencken 05.11.07 at 3:54 pm

C’mon, tell me what was wrong with Orful Octopus. He was one of the best of the Really Rottens.


Tom T. 05.11.07 at 7:29 pm

That’s a WINGED octopus in the old Legion comic. Totally different species.

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