Comic 39

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Jetpack dolphin!

Link: Comic 39

Translations: Finnish, French, Polish, Danish, Italian

Title: I thought they were supposed to be mammals

Date: January 14, 2005

Summary: Beaver and Steve are lost at sea, and Steve ruins their one chance of salvation.

Cast: Beaver, Steve, Dolphin

Onomatopoeias used: "PFFFSHT!", "FKOOSH!", "FOOOOOSH!"

"Fin" style: Written on a message in a bottle.

Number of panels: 10


Panel 1

Beaver and Steve sit in a yellow raft, out in the middle of a large body of water. Beaver lounges with his hand in the water. Both Beaver and Steve are stubbly.

Panel 2

Beaver takes his hand out of the water.
Beaver: "I can't take it much longer! We've been adrift for 3 days now and there's nothing but water as far as the eye can see!"

Panel 3

A dolphin surfaces and adresses Beaver and Steve.
Dolphin: "I say, do you fellers need any help?"
Steve: "A Dolphin! And I think it's trying to tell us something!"

Panel 4

Dolphin: "Yes! I can lead you to a tropical island paradise inhabited only by beautiful maidens. It's not far!"
Steve starts to get visibly angry.
Steve: "Stupid clown of the sea! It's laughing at us!"

Panel 5

Steve lunges at the surprised dolphin.
Steve: "YAAAA!"

Panel 6

The dolphin jumps out of the water, all except his tail. He PFFFSHT!'s gas into Steve's face.
Steve: "AKH! GAS!"

Panel 7

The dolphin, now sporting an orange jet-pack, FKOOSH!'s into the air.
Dolphin: "Time for this bird to fly!"

Panel 8

The dolphin FOOOOOSH's off to the right, as Steve climbs back into the raft. He stares nervously at Beaver.

Panel 9

Steve, still dripping, continues to stare at Beaver.

Panel 10

Steve, no longer dripping, says something.
Steve: "I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with 'W' "

Fun Facts

  • Steve is quite likely referring to "Water" in the last frame.
  • A new breed of dolphins apparently has jetpacks and can spray blinding gas at its enemies.
  • This isn't the last time Beaver and Steve are trapped in the middle of the sea in a life raft.


  • The title refers to a common fact which states that although dolphins live in the water, they are mammals, not fish. And then this comic turns it all upside down, making a dolphin refer to himself as 'bird'. Hooray!
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