Now it really gets surreal. Mr. Hookem is standing in his store. A small Krazy-Kat-type animal is swimming in a puddle. Pete is bumping ugly with some hideous creature, and the proboscis contact yields the Stars of Pain. Hookem’s cigar has left a mound of ash, as though he’s been standing there for an hour. That’s one of the trademarks of a good High Pressure Pete cartoon: Swan lets time pass even though it clearly hasn’t.