The Mighty Barribal

The Mighty Barribal - Episode 41


Oliver B. Bomble, a gentleman of independent wealth, and his good friend Ocelot delve into the mystery of a mighty giant on a mission to set things straight in the world. The story is published in daily installments and will run until Election Day.  All previous installments can be found below the current episode.

Ocelot followed Goose all morning without interfering with his work activities. These turned out to be as simple as could be. At regular intervals, the image builder would consult a list of addresses, press his billboard against a door or wall, and then move on. It was well into the afternoon when he concluded his odyssey in a back street, at a building with all manner of electronic equipment sticking out.

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Before going in, Goose waved a cheery hello to Captain Bulles, who had posted himself opposite the entrance. The police chief rewarded him with a deeply resentful look.

“There he goes again, doing as he pleases,” he said bitterly to himself. “Placards and motorized walkers, and the police are powerless. And there’s that Ocelot again, too.”

“Yes, I’m back,” said Ocelot. “And this time nothing’s going to stop me from getting the scoop on that giant. He seems to have quite a following already.”

“Tell me about it,” grumbled the police chief. “Public disturbances and street corner gatherings—and if anybody disagrees with their TV wisdom, they swing a stick at him! And here I am, looking like a fool trying to represent the law. Speak up, buddy. What do you know about this building?

“This must be the laboratory of the mysterious professor,” said Ocelot. “And it wouldn’t surprise me if that Barribal hung out here as well.”

“This is where those illegal broadcasts originate,” the captain informed him grim-faced. “But I am not allowed to act. Mayor’s orders. He’s mulling things over, he says.”

And with these words, he turned his back in disgust on the professor’s science building.



Translation Copyright © 2014 by Adrian Meerman © Text and Images Toonder Company, Netherlands


‘Tales from the life of Olivier B. Bomble, gentleman,’ was serialized in Dutch newspapers for many years, and Squire Bomble, his good friend Ocelot and many others have become household names in the Netherlands. This is their first appearance in the US after the successful translation into English by Adrian Meerman, a Sparta resident.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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