#1015 – Mutans

Back in the early 80’s when microwave popcorn was all the rage microwave ovens were still a little expensive and were not ubiquitous yet. Fortunately there were a few regional popping centers that picked up the slack. You would place your bag of unpopped corn into the pre-paid mailer and send it off to the nearest center. They were outfitted with large commercial ovens that could handle 4 bags simultaneously. Your freshly popped bag would be placed in a foil lined box and immediately shipped back to your location. If you timed it right the bag you sent out on Monday would get back to you just in time for the Friday night movie.

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13 thoughts on “#1015 – Mutans”

  1. Kree says:

    Why would people supply their own popcorn kernels? Surely it would have made more sense just to place an order for the corn and let these popping centers buy kernels in bulk? Ahh the 80s, so strange and weird ๐Ÿ˜›

    I prefer air-popped myself. Microwaves always burnt too many until I finally went and got my own little air popper machine.

  2. baughbe says:

    Do I feel my leg getting pulled, or did I step into a gopher hole again?
    @ Kree: It took me a while to learn this, but you’re supposed to stop the microwave before the fire alarm goes off. I lost 5 jobs before I got that one right.

  3. AwakeAgain says:

    NO WAY did something like that actually exist. I call shenanigans!!!!

  4. MaskedMan says:


    I second the call on shenanigans!

    Lucky for Biff he has detatchable body parts. But won’t he get bored in the box? Did he pack something to read along the way? And if so, how will he turn the pages?

  5. Paku-san says:

    wounder if biff is getting his teeth checked for any popcorn kernals stuck in his teeth.

  6. Cari says:

    Of course, Jiffy Pob on the stove was immediate gratification, and it wasn’t stale by the time you ate it.

  7. richboywinston says:

    MaskedMan- His eyebrows would be able to turn pages. Or he could use his tongue.

    Great comic today Chris! I too have trouble popping popcorn, even in one of those air-poppers.

  8. -2! says:

    Oh if only I didn’t already have plains this weekend, your finaly really close to me… ๐Ÿ™

  9. Raya says:

    Gah, I own a movie-theater style popper, and it’s AMAZING

  10. linuxxorcist says:

    You can pop corn in just a regular paper bag for less than 50ยข a bag, if you buy in bulk.
    I cant buy a new microwave bexause then id have to spend another month burning popcorn until i got the time and power level perfect

  11. MKH says:

    I’m terrified to think people are actually going to take your word for this (the mail-in popcorn popping, not the dentistry)

  12. Radical Edward says:

    My insurance doesn’t cover any kind of dentistry. My mouth is $15,000 of extensive work. I would have to sell baked goods to support myself. I live in the Seattle area and the dentists I see love me for some reason. I think it’s because I inherited a British smile.

  13. Marscaleb says:

    This page made me laugh out loud

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