Comic 403 - Oh Crab!
11th Mar 2019, 12:00 AM in Raiders of the Lost Apple
Oh Crab!
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Yes, my characters have a tendency to paraphrase already famous quotes when they feel like the situation has to be accompanied by a quip that is heavy with meaning...

Here is something that I'd call a "Chekov's retroactive gun".
See, when I need something to spice up the story a bit, I sometimes check if I can expand upon something I have established earlier.
In Chapter 15 this resulted in giving Pierre-Renard's car, seen in one previous panel solely because I needed to show his car, a set of wings.
And in today's case, Ytterbium's remark about crabs got this treatment.
It even incidentally ties in in a way with the Stymphalian birds, because Herakles also had to fight a giant crab at one point (which was accompanying the Hydra) during his Twelve Labours.
By the way, Harryhausen also animated a giant crab once - using the carapace of a real crab!

Also, I like how Tarik and Babette are doing a gender-flipped version of the old "runs while pulling love interest away from danger" trope here...
User comments:
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
I was going to make a remark about those things getting "crabby", but thought better of it.

I am suddenly reminded of my initial troubles with mudcrabs while playing Morrowind for the first time. The thought is "how dangerous could a crab even be?"

At least they have the Apple... (further complications in 5... 4... 3...)
Microraptor edit delete reply
One crab: Not that dangerous.
A huge swarm of crabs: RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!

But you are indeed correct in the assumption that these crabs won't the last complication in this adventure... ;-)
Cartoonist_at_Large edit delete reply
Harryhausen's giant crab showed up in Mysterious Island (Columbia Pictures, 1961), and was one damned impressive stop-motion beastie - particularly because you can't believe it isn't a real crab, it's animated that well! If memory serves, the characters defeated it by causing it to topple into a conveniently-giant geothermal pool on the beach.... and then they cooked it and ate it!
Microraptor edit delete reply
You can actually see how they defeat the crab exactly as you describe it, by of the end of the clip that I linked... ;-)

And if IMDb is to be believed, the film crew actually cooked and ate some of the real crabs that where used - which means that this scene is quite meta in a bit of a disturbing way...
Stilldown (Guest) edit delete reply
Not to mention the monster chicken that got broiled in that movie, too.
Microraptor edit delete reply
OK, found this clip for that. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to show the end of the fight...

Interestingly, that bird is supposed to the a Phorusrhacos, and is thus one of the many prehistoric animals that Harryhausen animated.
lirvilas edit delete reply
And now the other boulder drops...

Microraptor edit delete reply
While this chapter in particular is quite Indiana Jones-inspired, that reference would be a bit too obvious... ;-)
Proxy170 edit delete reply
Should have brought a decoy to replace the apple with! XD
Microraptor edit delete reply
Why do people get reminded of Indiana Jones so often while reading this chapter, titled Raiders of the Los- oh, right.
AmeliaP edit delete reply
Crabs! Better than a giant rock rolling towards them ^^
Microraptor edit delete reply
How about... a giant crab rolling towards them!? ;-D
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
2nd panel: Oh no! Something's wrong D:
3rd panel: Hahahaha the ol' bait and switch
4th panel: OH NO
Microraptor edit delete reply
Double subversion! :-D