Comic 614 - Nightwatchman Edgar
2nd Mar 2021, 12:00 AM in The Butterfly Ruby Heist - Part 1
Nightwatchman Edgar
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
Meet Edgar Pech, father of Dieter Pech, and grandpa of Peter Pech!
(You may already have glimpsed a picture of him back here.)
Don't worry Edgar, it will be your grandson who'll have to deal with the ghost in the museum, not you! ;-D

While many of the exhibited objects are the same as in the present day, their presentation is of course different.
For example, following the dinosaur renaissance, the T. rex skeleton will be mounted in a much more dynamic pose.
Also, the room now known as Africa Hall was called Haveland Hall back then, and thus also contained stuff that Gideon W. Haveland got from other places than Africa (such as the Central American Codex Gernsbeckensis).
User comments:
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
yeaaaaaah that's Five Nights at Freddy's before Five Nights at Freddy's
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
A museum in the 1920s is at least not likely to have any animatronics...
Wlllibald edit delete reply
Unless a certain C. A. Rotwang had anything to do with the displays.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Ooooh, interesting that you mention Rotwang!

Because, you see, of course I don't set a story taking place in 1920s Germany without sooner or later referencing that movie... ;-D
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
Besides Rotwang (obvious), you can't go into german cinema of the 1920ies time without:
- Der Golem Wie Er In Die Welt Kam!
- Nosferatu!
- Dr. Mabuse!
- Das Kabinett Des D. Caligari!
- Die Nibelungen! (Beide Teile)
- Faust!
- Sumurun
- Der Müde Tod!
- Die Freudlose Gasse
- der Letzte Mann
- Büchse Der Pandora
- Die Bergkatze
- Frau Im Mond
- Berlin - Sinfonie Einer Großstadt

There are hundreds more of german movies of that time, but those are the most important ones. (I didn't list the ones I haven't seen yet, nor the important ones before 1920, so the list should be longer.)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I have heard of a few of them, and have seen excerpts of at least these ones:

Berlin - Sinfonie Einer Großstadt (They showed this one in a museum exhibition once.)
Die Nibelungen (We have discussed the dragon, remember?)
Nosferatu (Who doesn't know the iconic look of the titular character?)

I thought that I may have seen Dr. Mabuse in its entirety, but upon checking the plot, it was actually its sequel Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse from 1933!
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
I think I have watched 9 different Mabuse Movies, but only find 4 of them memorable.
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Here I was thinking he was a paleoartist I didn’t know about. So much for relying on context.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Hahahahaha! Knight, Harder, Zallinger, Sibbick, Burian... Rotwang! :-D
(Well, who knows how the in-universe artist is named who created the dinosaur painting in panel one... ;-D )
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
After poor-poor Granddaddy was kicked from the musuem, he changed his surname into Cayce and had a new career, right?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
It seems, you're talking about... this guy?

So you mean working in a haunted museum may have inspired Edgar Pech to further dabble in mysticism?
Well, in this case, "The Sleeping Prophet" would not be a description of his modus operandi as medium, but rather an allusion to his poor competence as nightwatchman. :-D

But alternatively, perhaps the Macrobian artifacts inspired him to change his name to Rice Burroughs and write about adventures in the African jungle instead... ;-)
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
And besides the tarzan-guy, he made up Sanders for some more africa stories under his second pseudonyme Wallace.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
...and also a lot of crime stories then.
(We'll get to the crime part of this story in the very next page!)
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
There is very little creepier (or more awesome) than a museum devoid of people.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I know exactly what you mean:
I occasionally have nightmares about empty museums, and I also had real life experiences of being in poorly lit museums with few visitors!
(And I usually love museums!)
Candralar edit delete reply
Candralar
I think the last panel on the previous page to this page was a great and clever way to do the transition from the long ago past to this not as long ago past which is this story's present although we started with Kanny in the actual present wondering about the tapes which would be the future to the past that is the present in this 1920s time period. I think I'm keeping everything straight. :D
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thank you!

And yes, this time travel stuff can get pretty complicated! :-D