Sally Forth (1/26/10)

Some words that should pack a punch have lost the bulk of their impact through casual use. Words like “insane” and “diabolical” have potent definitions, but their power weakens every time they’re used to describe something ordinary. Today’s Sally Forth describes the kind of terrifying and grotesque situation that would make these words appropriate. And if the horror of imagining a severed thumb isn’t enough, the strip throws in two creepy facial expressions for good measure: the man’s maniacal grin in panel two and his wife’s sly smile in panel three, complete with what could easily pass for a set of devil’s horns in the pale moonlight.


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