Actually, that occurred to me. But I couldn’t help myself!
I distinctly remember the first time I heard that expression: Robert Blake used it on The Tonight Show, to great comic effect. This was circa 1980 or so… within a few years anyway. I doubt that was the first use of it either but it does predate Seinfeld.
Ha! Didn’t even notice the robe. Thank god for the commenters here! In the pre-internet days I would’ve just remained stumped.
Yep, that’s it! Though “Hey Zeus” is a great phonetic version.
Indeed, they’re quotes… these clips will explain everything!
In the last panel, Mike’s quoting Jerry and Mark’s quoting Elaine… is Zonker quoting someone, too? If so it’s not obvious to me who it is… Kramer or George. Or maybe it’s just… nothing!
I figured as much… thanks! Looking forward to more nonsensical physics!
This strip has newly arrived in my local paper so I’m again reading it regularly, and definitely enjoying it But – and I realize this must have been discussed before – I gotta ask about the whole “inconsistent underwater physics” thing, i.e. how does Ernest’s spit behave like they’re not submerged?
Looks like there was a gremlin amongst the elves! Thanks for the explanation. And as always, a great gag – regardless of spelling!
A public figure’s name shouldn’t be subject to copyright though…