The Morning After
An 6 page story, no dialogue except for sound effects.
Cerebus wakes up with a pounding hangover. He staggers to a horse trough and dunks his head, chugging the water, but it doesn't stop the pounding. Cerebus makes his way to the market, where he buys a dozen or so eggs and stumbles off to eat them raw. This doesn't help. Cerebus goes to the Blacksmythe, pays him, and he wrenches his head in a vice until it pops. The pounding is now replaced by popping! Cerebus goes across the street to the En Bartoum Barber. He pays the barber, and has a hot towel wrapped around his head. The hissing of the heat collides with the popping, causing him to writhe in agony. Finally, the towel is removed, and Cerebus is finally free of his headache. He casually walks over, sits down in front of the tavern door, and patiently awaits its opening at noon.
First printed in Swords of Cerebus #2, June 1981.
Reprinted in the World Tour Book.
Digital High Society #1
- p. 65: Dave: "Sample dialogue for "The Morning After" before it become a completely silent (except for the sound effects) strip:
- Clerk: Most unusual. Short grey chap just came in and brought a half-foot of fox fur. . .
- Boss: What's unusual about that?
- Clerk: He rolled it up, stuck it in his mouth, chewed on it for a few seconds and spit it out.
- p. 66:
- Cerebus: (with head in vice) A little harder.
- Blacksmith: It's your 'alf-crown, mate. . .I'll do it 'till you squirt if you [want]