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Terminal Lance #287 “Grizzled”


You really don’t see many white guys with a “no-shave chit” walking around. You will, however, encounter the unshaven black guy quite often. Despite my excessively large penis, I’m not as black as people think, so I wouldn’t actually know what it is about shaving that irritates the skin so much. I do know that just about every African American male I ever met in the Corps was able to get a no-shave chit at some point, which allowed them to grow their grizzled facial hair out proudly on its ever-masculine display.

Alas, it wouldn’t do me much good anyway. Despite being half Jewish, my facial hair took a note from my Spanish and Mexican half, so I only grow a little, patchy, white-trash spit of whiskers on my face.

I’m sure every Marine has fantasized about this though, or fantasized equally about the day you EAS: going up to Staff Sergeant with no shave, improper civilian attire, silkies and your jungle boots just to try and get a rise out of him. Of course, how many actually follow through with it, I’m not sure. I’m not sure what the allure is of being able to grow your facial hair out… actually, I’m pretty sure the allure is being able to grow your facial hair out. It’s not that Marines actually want some grizzled beard, it’s that we’re not allowed to that makes it so appealing.

This Terminal Lance comic reminds me more of the older strips. I feel, as a creator, more pressure to produce “bigger” strips on “bigger” topics as the comic gets more and more popular. However, people seem to forget (myself included) that Terminal Lance was always about the little things, the inside jokes and the culture.

Some days, I kind of miss those days.

Infantry Marine turned Combat Artist turned animator turned bestselling author turned dad.

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