11/28/19 – Kick It In! Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, November 25, 2019. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/11/2019-11-28-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Sometimes when one is tired, even kicking a bomb down a manhole can be a challenge. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 11/27/19 – Approaching Ship 12/02/19 – Emily Arrives 34 Comments DSL November 28, 2019 at 12:27 am 10 months ago See, Batman’66? Some days you _can_ get rid of a bomb. We won’t say anything about all the suddenly-backed-up toilets and drains in Murcia. Font Lady November 28, 2019 at 9:12 am 10 months ago That’s exactly what I thought. War Pig November 28, 2019 at 1:37 am 10 months ago In Nam we used to dig grenade sumps in the bottom of our trenches and fighting holes. Grenade comes in, you kick it into the sump which is angled away from you. In WWI and WWII American GIs used 12 gauge shotguns to blast German stick grenades in mid air. Kaidah November 28, 2019 at 8:34 am 10 months ago Were you in Vietnam? I know you’ve served but somehow I got the impression that you were younger than that. The stark reality of having to dig holes specifically for grenades that will get thrown at you to be kicked (kicked! O_O) into is an incredibly sobering thought for first thing in the morning. War Pig November 29, 2019 at 9:18 am 10 months ago I am 70 years old. I was there. 2/5 Marines, Hotel Company under Captain Christmas (his real name). We retook Hue during the battle of Tet 1968. I had just turned nineteen and had been in Nam for about three weeks when we were sent to Hue. My company took 50% casualties, including Captain Christmas, who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions at Hue and later retired at the rank of Lieutenant General (three stars for you civilians). Heck of a thing for a nineteen year old to go through, but I wasn’t the only youngster there. We went in as youngsters, but we were all old, centuries and centuries old, when the battle was over. That’s why I enjoy Thanksgiving so much. I have a lot to be thankful for. Muzhik November 29, 2019 at 3:17 pm 10 months ago Sir, I salute you and thank you for your service. I was only 11 in 1968. I never even got a draft card — the war ended and they cancelled the requirement to register for the draft just before I turned 18, and they didn’t reinstate the requirement until after I turned 25. (Besides, with my ADHD at the time, I was NOT the person you would want next to you during a firefight. “Kick the grenade? What grenade? I didn’t see one coming — oh, there. Where’s the sump?”) War Pig November 30, 2019 at 9:16 am 10 months ago I don’t know. Being shot at tends to focus your attention like you would not believe. 😉 It can cure your AD, and not jumping around to expose yourself to enemy fire will cure your HD. Pete Rogan December 1, 2019 at 6:58 pm 10 months ago You helped retake Hue? My profound respect to you, War Pig, sir. You have been where valor came at a dear price indeed. Glad you made it back. I pass you my bottle. Won’t need it back. Kaidah December 2, 2019 at 9:44 am 10 months ago Well damn. Much respect to you sir. As a Canadian born nearly 10 years later my experiences of Vietnam are stories from a high school history teacher who served with the peacekeeping forces in ’73, movies, and a lot of reading. I know Hue was bad, and I can’t begin to imagine what having to go through that at 19 and less than a month in-country could have been like. I’m very grateful that me and my family are thus far ignorant of the horrors of combat, and are eternally indebted to people like you and yours who help to ensure that way of life for me and mine. In the spirit of thanksgiving I thank you for your service to all of us. Gregg Eshelman December 8, 2019 at 2:53 am 10 months ago Thank you, sir. And @#%@#@ the politicians who got us into Vietnam, and @#%@#@ the politicians (and “useful idiots”) who wouldn’t let us win after getting us into it. russell styles November 28, 2019 at 11:39 pm 10 months ago They taught that technique to recruits as late as 76. Probably still do. Keith November 29, 2019 at 7:41 am 10 months ago Yes, they still do and it’s right there in SMCT a nice little book for quick classes and training in a pinch it’s thick enough to stop even 7.62 nato (not armor piercing ymmv) But, yeah sumps are nice if the ground lets you. It’s more complicated in sand. Way more complicated. Gregg Eshelman December 8, 2019 at 2:43 am 10 months ago Grenade Skeet: The Deadliest Sport? Nova November 28, 2019 at 1:58 am 10 months ago I love these two already. Rikard November 28, 2019 at 5:03 am 10 months ago Explosions in sewers? Of course, it could be some kind of real-estate-friendly device. “Want to flesh out the market value of your neighbourhood? Use the environtment-friendly neutron-based ‘Flesh out’ – no fallout, no problems! All it leaves is a whiff of ozone – and it’s now availably in lilac and also pine scented residual gasses! Buy ten and get 15% off!” The Shadow November 28, 2019 at 11:04 am 10 months ago Given their propensity for crushing houses, I doubt avoiding property damage is high on the list of hellhound priorities. Muzhik November 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm 10 months ago We won’t say anything about all the suddenly-backed-up toilets and drains in Murcia. I somehow doubt that Mucia is so … provincial … as to have toilets and drains go directly into an effluent stream that hopefully leads outside the city and into the drinking taps of cities downstream. No, I think what’s more likely is the discovery/recovery of several decomposing organisms whose disappearances can be linked to improperly conducted pharmaceutical transactions. Also, the clearing out of several places where the street sewer systems had too much mud and gunk accumulate, where the waters can now flow much more quickly. All thanks to alien technology. Yay. Pete Rogan November 28, 2019 at 8:35 pm 10 months ago One solution for fatberg clearance, I do admit. Though I’m not sure it should be used more than once. Another reminder that Life is like a sewer: What you get out of it depends on what you put into it. Thank you, Tom Lehrer. Keith November 29, 2019 at 7:45 am 10 months ago Yeah, I”m pretty sure that considering the state of the sewers…much like caldeum but with fewer demons. The average sewer is just going to collapse and or blow out. Think car eating sinkholes. Conspiracy theory nutcases blaming a soviet/mafia/aliens theory claiming it’s an effort to make Elvis come back to earth and rule as god imperatrix. Muzhik November 29, 2019 at 3:10 pm 10 months ago Or, among the more (or less, take your pick) sane, the results of organized crime using the sewers to cook up meth, or for terrorists to build bombs russell styles November 30, 2019 at 11:10 pm 10 months ago Pointless to try. He’s happy at that alien diner. Forget the planet name – see Hitchhiker series. DSL December 1, 2019 at 11:26 am 10 months ago I thought he was working at the Burger Lord in Des O’Moines, Iowa. Muzhik December 1, 2019 at 12:32 pm 10 months ago YOU WIN! Courtesy of “Good Omens”! Of course, he’d be in his late ’70’s by now … Just sayin’ … Maybe he lives on in Soylent Green … russell styles November 28, 2019 at 11:49 pm 10 months ago Oddly slow bomb. You don’t want to give people a chance to get away. My first thought involved a dumpster. This is better. Pedrocelli November 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm 10 months ago It’s a grenade – you need a bit of time to put some distance between you and it. It’s no different to a human made grenade in that respect. russell styles November 29, 2019 at 12:19 pm 10 months ago Not sure if it has gone off yet. The effects shown could be from dropping the lid. We ought to have SOME sort of effect from the bomb. Christopher Baldwin November 29, 2019 at 12:20 pm 10 months ago @Russell, you are indeed correct, it has not gone off yet. 🙂 russell styles November 29, 2019 at 1:51 pm 10 months ago Than they should run. Richard November 29, 2019 at 2:21 pm 10 months ago Anybody remember the short-lived idea of Atomic hand grenades? 😎 And the Atomic Howitzer (actually built and tested)? Muzhik November 29, 2019 at 3:06 pm 10 months ago @Richard, don’t forget the atomic mine: a low-yield (relatively speaking) that would definitely take out the tank that ran over it, plus one or two on each side of it. It also had the advantage of making it … interesting … for enemy infantry to cross over after the mine detonated. They would still live a few more years to give their lives for their Glorious Leader. Definitely a weapon to be used along a recognized border, and on land you didn’t plan on using after the war anyway … russell styles November 29, 2019 at 4:43 pm 10 months ago Surely the Atomic Hand Grenade was an idea from Mad Magazine, and not the military? Plus, I don’t think they ever got one that small. Pete Rogan November 29, 2019 at 8:11 pm 10 months ago Getting an atomic device small enough to use as a hand grenade was difficult enough. But the smallest deployed nuclear weapon, the Davy Crockett, was eased out of the TOE in 1971, when the Pentagon realized they represented giving the go-ahead to use nukes on the battlefield to twenty-two year-old lieutenants. Crossing the nuclear weapon line, they finally realized, would give permission to the other side to go nuclear as well, and escalation past that point had no natural bar. Nuke Kalisz? They might up the ante on Bonn, and then where do you go? For a time, nuclear demolition charges were built, the idea being that they would guarantee a bridge would fall or a road or train tunnel collapse, but there was that gosh-darned problem of escalation again. Still, it’s sobering to think that Green Berets would be inserted to lug one of these charges on foot to an intended target, arm it, then get out of the lethal range in time. Nothing like the movie at all. TB November 30, 2019 at 12:26 am 10 months ago A little off-topic here: Just got my Spacetrawler books in the mail, and they are very well done. Paging through one tonight, I suddenly realized how DENSE the information flow is in this story, and that it was actually easier for me to process the story when it was presented in small daily chunks. Hint to any new readers who might pick one of these up in a library or something: this is a comic, but definitely not a speed-read. Hint to anyone who ordered these books in the Kickstarter: the author sent out a notice about a week ago to be sure you check everywhere in the package for the goodies, including between packing sheets. Do not fail to do this. There is a lot of nice swag, and you don’t want to miss any. Meran December 2, 2019 at 7:43 am 10 months ago Yes! I almost tossed the patch! And I did NOT see that warning. I’m very into reuse of things like flat unmarked paper… so I found my patch while sorting the packaging for proper reuse of it all. It hit the floor, I pounced, then realized how closely I’d gotten to throwing it out ?? I agree about the density of information on Chris’s comics! And I’m re-reading the series in book form this time. It’s amazing how much I’d forgotten. And old Mr Zillow’s face is SO DIFFERENT from how Chris is drawing him now. Beyond Hilarious and into the Preponderance. Leave a Reply to Christopher Baldwin Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.