Rent-A-Thug #92 – Rules For Criminal Success #107
February 29th, 2008

Rent-A-Thug #92 – Rules For Criminal Success #107

This is the first of the 2008 strips. Well, the ones that are signed ’08, anyway. The last two were drawn in ’08 but I was so used to signing things ’07 that I did it without realizing that it wasn’t actually ’07 anymore.

This is the first appearance of the gangster penguins, who were first created as antagonists for a character called The Mongoose in a back-up feature for a comic that I used to draw. Pretty much all of the characters in that story have been appropriated for Rent-A-Thug. In the story, “Deep Freeze”, the penguins were using the freezer of a butcher shop as a base for their drug operation under Chilly Charlie (who was a bigger penguin with a nice suit, essentially). The Mongoose, who was inspired by the bizarreness that is Lobster Johnson (with bits of the Punisher thrown in), tracked the penguins to the butcher shop after observing them selling cocaine to some goblins (have I mentioned that there are goblins living in the sewers?) which led to a big shootout in the meat locker.

That’s it for this week, folks, thanks for reading and have a good weekend!

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