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Comic Strip / The Outbursts of Everett True

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Two-panel newspaper comic from the 1900s with a setup as follows:

  • Panel 1: Someone annoys Everett True.
  • Panel 2: He yells at and/or physically punishes whoever annoyed him.

The simple setup just works, however, because all the situations are things people could relate to at the time, and many of them apply even today. For example, Everett is attending a baseball game when a group of men crowd him and say to him "Did you see that?" "Did you see that hit?" "You should have seen that!" He beats them up, saying "Yes, I saw that! And I'd love to see what's going on in the field right now if you'd all get out of my face!" Or Everett is being told by his doctor that he doesn't really have a medical problem and that he's just imagining the pain. In the next panel, Everett's beating up his doctor and telling him "This pain is all in your head. It's not really there. You're just imagining the pain."


And so on. Just think of your own personal pet peeve about everyday life, and imagine someone beating up the person responsible for it. Everett True becomes your hero.

The strip is definitely a product of its time however. Some of the situations that occur in the comic don't really make sense in modern society due to changes in social norms or lifestyle (people don't ride horses anymore, for instance), and there's occasional Values Dissonance. Everett only beats up men, and mostly just yells at women. Sometimes he gets back at women other ways, such as throwing a woman's puppy out the window because she was openly doting on it too much and annoying the other passengers on the train, or destroying a counter where several female clerks were working. There are some strips where Everett is the target of punishment for his wife, Mrs. True. Adding to the charm is that frequently Everett True uses verbose, but not imprecise language to scold whoever is annoying him at the time.


Still, by and large, The Outbursts of Everett True is entertaining if only to watch a parade of Asshole Victims get what they deserve.

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The Outbursts of Everett True provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: There were regular strips in which Everett True retaliated against people who were casually cruel to animals, children, or who tried to take advantage of women. Or just in general he stood up and said everything everyone else was afraid to say.
  • Angry White Man: One strip has Everett run into an unashamed racist who mocks Everett’s support for civil rights, saying “Racial equality my eye!” Fittingly, the man finds himself nursing a black eye by the time Everett is done with him.
  • Asshole Victim: The big part of the fun. Many of them are still assholes by today's standards.
  • Author Tract: Created when A.D. Condo, a largely meek, timid man, thought up the concept of a man who had no qualms about unleashing his wrath on the day's minor annoyances. Most of the strips were, in part, Condo's own views.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: In one strip, Everett comes across a man viciously beating a dog to “train” him. Everett is only too happy to repay the man in kind.
  • Brutal Honesty: Everett always says what he thinks, often in the most brash fashion imaginable.
  • Corruption of a Minor: Everett catches a man attempting to convince young boys to steal things, and naturally unleashes his wrath on the man.
  • Death Glare: In one strip, two men are seated on a trolley and taking up so much space an old lady can't sit down. Everett just glares at them, and they wisely make space for the other passengers.
  • The Edwardian Era
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Naturally, due to the standards of the time, nothing approaching swear words are used. That doesn't stop Everett's rants from being entertaining.
  • Meaningful Name: Everett True always says what he's thinking — which is often what everybody is thinking, but no one else has the courage to say.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: When Everett tries to go up against his wife every once in a while, he frequently ends up as the one on the receiving end.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Everett's response to a man talking of making money off the Great War is to leave the guy flat on his back, muttering "Well, well, well! So this is little Elsie! My, how she's grown!"
  • Outdated Outfit: Everett True's clothes are dated even by Edwardian Age standards. Also invoked when he is depicted wearing a stove-top hat and someone remarks: "You must have bought it before The Civil War."
  • Patriotic Fervor: Shortly after America's intervention in the First World War, Everett took to beating up conscientious objectors or wasteful people.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Everett is warmly regarded as a colorful character who's always in the right and unafraid to speak his mind by both the strip and the characters themselves, even when his actions border on the psychopathic or sadistic.
  • Rage Against the Author: Everett has met his author and promptly beaten him up for invading his privacy.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Everett tends to wildly overreact, but damn if it isn't satisfying.
  • Stout Strength: Everett doesn't seem to have any problem beating up the people that annoy him, even whole crowds of them.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: Everett doesn't use violence on women who annoy him, but usually yells at them instead. Sometimes he embarrasses them instead, such as spraying them with a hose.
  • You Are Fat: Many people have teased or patronized Everett True for his weight, and have been walloped in response.


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