Monster of the Day #705

OK, intellectually, this is terrifying. Think how bad a regular-sized pissed off house cat is. It’s not a bear or anything, but you wouldn’t chose to tangle with it. More to the point, think of the cat in Incredible Shrinking Man. This would be bad news.

Still…even if this isn’t inherently farcical, like giant killer rabbits, it still doesn’t *look* terrifying. This is obviously exacerbated by the fact that it’s not just a cat, but on the inside pages is clearly a kitten. You just know either the writer or the artist used their pet as a model, perhaps to amuse their kids. certainly this has to be Cutesie’s favorite comic.

The story sounds super crazy. You know, this series I would mind seeing a reprint book of. Still would prefer a book of Dell painted covers, but still, this series sounds crazy.

  • Cullen Waters

    Now I know what my cat dreams of when she’s asleep.

    And the Reed Richards look alike is right; there’s no way Kona can fight that cat. It’s adorable. How could you hurt anything that adorable?

    What they need is a 30 foot tall spray bottle filled with water. Or the world’s largest bowl of milk.

  • Flangepart

    “Crow T. Robot.- “Kitty!”
    Yeah, a house cat is a lion who’s too small to bite yer neck until you are dead…but if it could…if it could…

  • Luke Blanchard

    Issues of Kona, including this one, can be read at a website called Comic Book Plus, which hosts a large collection of public domain comics. Some 60s comics are in the public domain because they were published without copyright information, others because their copyrights weren’t renewed and expired before the rules were changed.

  • Gamera977

    Ya know – is there anything atomic radiation couldn’t do back in the ’50s-’60s???

    Nice to know the Doctor and his family are at least doing something here, wonder if Kona sent them off to set the fire as busy-work just to keep them out of his way.

  • Gamera977

    I was thinking about bribing it with a giant ball of yarn filled with catnip.

  • Luke Blanchard

    Giant-kitten wise, the 1957 Super Thriller Annual from Britain has a story featuring an imitation of Superman called Ace Hart. A comet causes natural disasters in the southern hemisphere. Ace saves a kitten when Melbourne is flooded. In a spaceship Ace travels to a planet called Silvanus on the theory that it has deflected the comet towards Earth, taking the kitten with him as a mascot. The kitten eats some of the local food and grows to an enormous size. The Silvanans kill it, but not before it captures, plays with and kills one of their own number. They capture Ace, but he escapes and saves the day for Earth (by bringing wasps to Silvanus).

  • Ken_Begg

    Wow, that is SPECTACULAR! Thanks!!

  • Ken_Begg

    And, of course, there’s Kitty Kong, the best episode of The Goodies.

  • kgb_san_diego

    You notice, though, that for once the family is out front fighting hand-to-hand, and Kona is in the distance with a missile weapon?

  • bgbear_rogerh

    if only they had a laser pointer.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Thanks for sharing that. I know where I’ll be going online.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Kona probably hoped that Kitty Kong would put them out of his misery.

  • Eric Hinkle

    That cover! That art! I hope the other monsters Kona killed were a little more fearsome looking, else he must have come off as the nastiest monster-slayer in comics history.

  • Greenhornet

    Don’t worry, I’ll stop it with my bazooka! Awww! Look at the kitty! Look at those big eyes!

  • sandra

    AWWW ! Look at that sweet little face ! Somebody give it a catnip rhinoceros.

  • FEnM


    or, “When LOL Cats goes horribly wrong”.

  • Rock Baker

    The one on the cover looks like a giant bobcat. At least per your earlier complaints, the civilized folk are pitching in to help this time.

  • Luke Blanchard

    I don’t know much about archery, but I’m pretty sure in the cover painting Kona is going to slice his hand.

  • Cullen Waters

    I think you’re right. It’s been a bijillion years since I used a bow and arrow, but I seem to remember the arrow going on the side away from the body, not the side near the body.

    Good eye.

  • The Rev.

    Like Ken said, a giant cat in presentation, like a giant rabbit, is kind of silly. The cover makes it work with how pissed-off the cat looks. That inside image, though…Jesus. If he’d make it look like a Maine Coon that would look exactly like our younger cat, who is super-adorable and sweet and wouldn’t harm anyone. I don’t care how big it is, that’s not in the least terrifying.

  • BobTanaka

    The original concept for ‘Strays’ was much more ambitious before the budget got slashed in pre-production…

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