Monday, April 6, 2015

Funny Picture Stories #2

We start our last entry from Centaur for 1936 with this page from the Clock, with the old trope of rubber masks being able to fool people. Well, if a little domino mask can hide someone's true identity, then maybe a rubber mask isn't any more far-fetched. Rubber masks should be trophy items and require a save vs. plot to see for what they are.

Next we get a serious story from the terrible artist of The Stone Age. This time I won't be talking about statting animals like the okapi or zebras featured herein, as those are shy animals that won't pose a danger to Hideouts & Hoodlums Heroes.  I did want to say something about the witch doctor, however.  In a setting where magic is real, witch doctors would be Magic-Users, and adhere to that class.  In a setting without magic, like this one, then all witch doctors can do is frighten natives (and maybe superstitious hoodlums).

Leopards have already been discussed here.  Mandrills are not normally dangerous, but here serve as substitutes for apes from the Tarzan story and could conceivably help the Hero in battle. I would give mandrills only half a Hit Die.

Incidentally, the use of the locket to start a fire is exactly why all Heroes should consider carrying a magnifying glass.

Looking a little like Captain Easy, Inspector Scott Ware of U.S. Customs here learns the value of a ship's cook for information (or possibly a Supporting Cast Member).

Also note Rat Larson's seemingly impossible combination of a grappling attack (the stranglehold) with an armed attack (the butcher's knife).  In H&H this would be impossible, anyway.  What Rat would have to do is grapple and do strangling damage in one turn, and then let go and attack with the knife in the following turn. As long as Rat won initiative, he would still get a bonus to hit his prone opponent with the knife.

I've talked before about blows to the back of the head, but here we have a suggestion that this special type of attack should do some sort of stunning damage, which is different than the real damage a gun does. I'm not sure if H&H will ever reflect that, specifically.

I also don't know if dolls filled with "rotten coke" should ever be included on a trophy list for H&H...

In Buckaroo Brand, we are reminded that there are circumstances in which no one should have to make any kind of roll or use a stunt to track, like if you're following the hoof prints of 200 head of cattle.

I've talked plenty about tracking, but this is the stunt Foil Tracking at work.

(Scans courtesy of Digital Comic Museum)

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