Updated on 16 October, 2021
Overboard Comic is the daily comic strip created by Chip Dunham. It is currently the third most popular daily comic strip published by the newspaper comics industry. It originally debuted in July 1990 and was later syndicated by Andrews McMeel Syndication, which is now known as Core Media Group.
Overboard Comic is a comic strip that features a group of overzealous, morally bankrupt, foul mouthed pirates. The ship they belong to, the Overboard, is described as a "ship filled with nothing but criminals". In each issue, there are two main characters who are often depicted in the same scene: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa. The comic strips are set topless, which is why they have gained popularity in the past few years. However, over the years, many have questioned the inappropriateness of their depiction of female nipples.
One of the things that make Overboard Comic so unique is that it deals with a morally bankrupt crew of pirates that truly have no morals whatsoever. The comic strip's name came from the fact that most of the characters are referred to as "overboard". This is a reference to how they sail around the Globe without setting a destination. The majority of the comics have pirates that engage in a sort of haphazard behavior, as if they don't care where they're going as long as they can shoot people and keep their hands free. The origin story of Overboard Comic explains that this crew of pirates came across an island that had all sorts of strange activities happening around it.
One particular incident involves a giant sea turtle that was stranded on the island and the group of pirates tried to kill it. However, one of the crew members apparently ate its tail. The rest of the group were then forced to eat the turtle meat in order to survive. Needless to say, eating a creature like this is not recommended. The full history of Overboard Comic is quite fascinating, particularly given that there is a real history behind it.
The origins of Overboard Comic actually take place during World War I. The United States Navy actually had a problem with maintaining proper discipline with their crews. Most of them routinely served whiskey and cigarettes to their officers rather than working on a ship. The captain was actually ordered to send out "Rabbit Boilers" to test these poor seamen. He supposedly placed them in pairs, one with an ill Captain who wasn't so careful with his orders, and the other with a pair of rabbits.
After a few days, the Rabbits apparently died from smoke inhalation. The captain supposedly ordered a "Rabbi boiler" to be placed on the ship to test out the crew. In recent years, Overboard Comic has been referenced in the South Park episode titled "pring break". In that episode, a tourist on the wrong cruise ends up on the wrong island, where he meets the entire opposing crew. Originally, the Rabbis were supposed to protect the tourists, but instead they attacked the tourists (who are in turn protected by the "Rabbis", who are portrayed by bald eagle-like men).
In one strip, a ship's captain is pictured as having lost an arm. To pay for it, he sells one of his kidneys to a snake. However, later in the same strip, the captain is seen buying a new arm, with the intention of replacing his old one. He then proceeds to have the ship renamed the "Sailor Woman" and the "Sailor Wench". This would seem to contradict one of the original themes of Overboard: that women are supposed to be the weaker gender, to avoid getting murdered by pirates (seeing that most pirates kill both men and women in their quest to pillage large islands and ports).
In conclusion, Overboard Comic is a great strip that contains great humour. It also contains a message of hope - a message that pirates aren't so bad after all! The main characters are funny and well-drawn, while the premise is fun. I would highly recommend Overboard to anyone who likes this genre, and particularly to someone who appreciates humour.