Day By Day


  • JTC

    “Roll it”.

    Sounds like she did.

    Good stuff too.

  • WayneM

    Has Skye ever managed to stick to anything… other than her irrational utopian ideology?

    • John

      Sadly it’s the last thing to go.
      When it comes to irrational beliefs reason has no hold.
      Just look at all the poor TDS sufferers who have been presented with overwhelming proof they have been/are/ continue to be lied to by their preferred “news media” and still refuse to cede that DJT is not the Devil incarnate they want him to be.

  • Too Tall

    Bedtime stories at the Owens’s place.

    And Hollyweird can’t create an original plot to save their shrunken souls.

  • NotYetInACamp

    I wonder if that is a Grumman F4F Wildcat, or a Grumman F6F Hellcat that splashed yet another Zero in the Jap Skye.
    Rinse, spit, and repeat it seems. It stays weird.

    • Capn Jack

      @ 500 yds and 300mph a meatball couldn’t tell the difference until it torched them.

    • JSStryker

      It is an F6F Hellcat.

      • Lucius Severus Pertinax

        Magnificent Machine! It was pretty much the Navy’s answer to the P-47 Thunderbolt, but without the Turbocharger. Still, the F6F-6 (never entered production) with a 4 bladed prop and an improved mechanical supercharger, was still capable of 417 mph.

      • nonncom

        And a damn fine illustration….

    • MasterDiver

      Love the Nose Art.

      Zar Belk!

  • Upstate Elephant

    That was a F6F-4 Hellcat. the bubble canopy and the round stabilizer are the give-a-ways. Skye got off easy. Most Zeros blew up due to a light frame,concentrated 50 caliber fire and no self sealing gas tanks.

  • Saaruuk

    Absolutely correct Lucius….both magnificent aircraft. But the Chance/Vought F4U Corsair, aka “Whistling Death” to the Japs with that monstrous P&W 2800 Double Wasp engine, the largest engine available at the time, swinging that 13.12ft (4M) 4 blade prop belongs right up there with ’em.

    While “Hellcat” fits Sam quite well, figuratively as well as literally……I think she’d look seriously hot in a Corsair. 😛 *Drooling slightly*

    • DCE

      The US Navy’s nickname for the Corsair was “Ensign Eater”. A old friend used to fly one in WWII and he said that the Corsair killed a lot of ‘hot shot’ pilots who found out the hard way that it was far more capable than they were.

  • Badger

    Chris, compliments on your non-character art again, simply great. Zero done to a ‘T’ and the fixed gear earlier Nakajima with wheel-pants in the distance. Superb attention to detail.

  • Toxicavenger

    Like how you put Skye in a Zero…

  • Old Tanker

    Sam’s aircraft looks to me like an Aichi D3A Type 99 Carrier Bomber, codename Val.

  • markm

    F4F Wildcat or F6F Hellcat? In most respects the F6F looked like a scaled-up F4F, but it was easy to distinguish them by looking at the wing position on the fuselage. On the F4F it was just below center, and on the F6F it was right across the bottom – this is in-between. A Zero pilot that survived the war would have known the difference immediately, because he could outrun an F4F. But I don’t expect detailed accuracy in an allegorical drawing.

    Another difference is that the F6F cowling was considerably longer, but this is at an angle where I can’t tell.

  • TreHammer

    Which twin has grey eyes?

    • Too Tall


  • Pamela

    It’s good when a mission works out and everyone comes back to base.

    • JTC

      Yes, coming back down safely is the most critical part of any trip. 😉

  • Trying to exactly identify a cartoon aircraft can be difficult. Allegory within a cartoon is admissible for the story behind it. Brilliantly done, Chris.

    • John

      The problem extends into RL. I have a book on tanks created by Tom Clancy that gave me a moment of cringe by misidentifying an M48 A5 as an M60. Clancy was known for his research but we have to face the fact that there are just too many variants, especially post WWII, for mortals to keep track of.

      • eon

        For real confusing fun, check out a Nationalist Chinese CM-11 Brave Tiger;

        It’s basically an M48A2 turret with a new M68 105mm gun on an ex- U.S. Army M60A2 “Starship” hull. In the process of using up old turrets from their own M48s and almost-new M60 hulls from the U.S. minus the classified electronics in the kludgy Starship turret, the Taiwan Army basically re-created the original M60.



  • Halley

    The next time a foreign enemy wants to shut down the US economy, with the help of the Democrat Media Complex, the playbook is now written.
    The next time the Democrat Media Complex wants to shut down the US economy, with the help of a foreign enemy, that playbook is also now written.

    This Corona Doomsday Cult is the only thing that has seriously disturbed me in the entire Trump presidency. It’s like the Revenge of the TDS-Afficted, and they should never have had so much influence or power to destroy.

    It’s us, and MAGA, they are trying to shoot down.

    • JTC

      “It’s us and MAGA they’re trying to shoot down.”

      And collateral damage be damned…or is that actually part of the plan too?

      This pestilence is real, and not limited to the virus.

  • Oldarmourer

    F4F, F6F, Corsair, Lightning, Mustang…
    AN/M3’s still need to be fed and cleaned with love and attention to detail…
    then they’ll be reliable, just like kids 😉

  • DogByte6RER

    Skye is well suited for the Zero … she has zero common sense.

  • Kafiroon

    Good story! You girls sit back and roll with it. That is sounding better than anything in the movies or TV right now.
    So, was the dentist married and immune to other females?
    Did Skye freak him out?
    This story could grow legs.

    • Too Tall


      I agree. A 40-year old dentist with “Bite Me” nose art, and Skye- resistance? Put it on Pay-per-View and hope it goes 12 rounds. (Sam, Naomi, and Jan can carry the round number cards between rounds.)

    • Kafiroon

      Oh Yeah!
      Great times with that!

  • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman

    The allegories, puns, and jokes are thick and plenty in the fourth panel. As a confirmed and avowed punster, THANK YOU, CM.

  • Too Tall

    Gotta love the fact that the twins are already wise to the errors of their aunt’s ways. “She got shot down, huh? Snerk.” That’s devastating.

  • Night-gaunt49

    Coronavirus COVID19 a SARS-Cov2 is a novel version an doesn’t care about politics and does not differentiate. The corporate owned press has never been liberal and generally catered to the Republicans over Democrats. The “president” said it was a “hoax” and a “Chinese trick”. It is very real. Our “president” made sure we would have no ready means for fighting such a thing by removing both teams set up by Obama to fight such epidemics & pandemics. (Where the Libertarian market based ideal fails. Why govt is necessary.) Now he wants to stop the self quarantines before we have won against the virus by Easter. What kind of psychotic mass murderer would want that? Our “president” who wants to be dictator of course and his red hat MAGA cult 4-square behind him. It weakens us our security by following his directives.

  • Oldarmourer

    Amazing…all those words and every one of them wrong.
    Might wanna do a little research before blindly parroting media bullshit, Binky.

  • RE: NG49 ..You really need to update your research capabilities. Your statements are both inaccurate and “old Fake News”. Saddle Up, Kimosabe !


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