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Puck originally started as a university newspaper comic way back in the prehistoric days of 1998. It was reborn in 2011, and is now running weekly, in color. You can see the original run of eighty strips AND the new colour strips all here!
This strip is #64 in a series dating from my university days. Puck ran weekly for three full years in the Silhouette, McMaster University’s student newspaper.
Thus begins the Mamagrow storyline – one of the funnier moments in the whole Puck series. For those that have been following along with the series, you’ll know that Puck’s lack of endowment has long been a source of cheap jokes. That unholy tradition continues here.
My one friend thought that the Mamagrow salesman looked freaky. I guess he does.
And for those who aren’t the native English-speaking types, the whole “first-born child” thing has been taken from the European folktale “Rumpelstiltskin”, where the evil gnome/goblin/dwarf creature called Rumpelstiltskin makes a girl promise to hand over her first-born child in exchange for him spinning straw into gold. That sort of weird literary allusion pops up now and then in this series.