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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 41

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we continue “Catch Phrase” week! Each day we’ll examine the first time that various comic book characters used their most famous catch phrase!

Today we look at the most notable catch phrase of Eric Powell’s The Goon!


The Goon, written and drawn by Eric Powell, is about The Goon, a brawler who claims to be the head enforcer for the mobster Labrazio (the truth is another matter) and his sidekick, Franky, who get caught up in all sorts of misadventures, mostly of the paranormal nature.

The first Goon issues came out at Avatar Press in the late 90s, but Powell was unhappy with the situation there and stopped the book three issues in. After self-publishing for a short period (once his Avatar contract expired), Dark Horse picked the series up and continues publishing it today, to great acclaim.

In any event, in the third issue of the original series, The Goon has been captured by zombies, so Franky goes to their regular hang out to gain some allies to free him.

A vampire who had crossed their paths before offered to help them…

Franky is surprised…

And then delivers his catch phrase/signature fighting move, which has become most likely the most famous catch phrase from The Goon…

“Knife to the Eye!”

Man, that rules.


My favorite comics series of the past few years.

And don’t forget that Goon himself frequently grumbles, “Aw, fer Christ.”

Haha, classic. That series is still great today.

Ah, the Goon! Gotta love him (I sure do…and if I don’t, he breaks my cat’s kneecaps).

But I must confess, I recall that character is actually a sissy vampire, not a zombie. He just looks like one after they burned the crap out of him. ;)

Yup! :P

I believe you’re right, Rob!


Just as good as “Knife to the eye!” is the vampire’s response. ‘Cuz, yeah, I know that’s how I’d respond.

I picked up The Goon: Black and White on a whim when my LCS was having a sale. Funny stuff. I’ll probably pick up some more collections/GNs of it at some point.

Nice one! After the first two, I was kinda expecting “Sweet Christmas!” but by golly, you certainly surprised me with this one.

I always find my self wanting to like The Goon a bit more than I actually do. Much like Hellboy and Madman

My favorite Goon moment was when he was dumped into a pit full of mutants as a form of torture, but when they checkod on him later, he was leading them in a Johnny Cash sing-a-long.

What a great catchphrase. Been a while since I’ve read any of The Goon (have the first 2 trades, must rectify that soon) but that bit always made me laugh.

By the way, if you don’t cover Machine Man’s “fleshy ones” catchphrase from NextWave, I will be very disappointed ;).

Although that’s more of a comment really isn’t it….

He knifed the vampire in the eye even though the vampire was trying to help him?

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