Dilbert is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Scott Adams. It was first published on April 16, 1989 and has had great success to this day. It features satirical office humor revolving around a white-collar, micromanaged office drone (and engineer) named Dilbert. But this post is all about his Boss.
The unnamed, oblivious manager of the engineering division of Dilbert’s company is a standout character in the strip! Scott Adams states that he never named him so that people could imagine him to be their boss. And I can say that I have definitely done that! Man, haven’t we all had ‘That Boss’?
Dilbert’s Boss is hopelessly incompetent at management. He also doesn’t understand technical issues, and is always being mocked by his employees for this. The strip below is my favorite for showing this to a ‘T’:
According to Adams, the pointy hair is intended to remind the reader of devils’ horns. Seems about right.
When I came across this solid rubber figurine of The Boss, I just had to have it:
Yes, the root word here is ‘Stupid’. Just thought I should point that out. In case you missed it. I’m helpful that way!
Dilbert used to have a little figure like this on his desk in the Strip and when The Boss would walk away, as he is doing above, he’d give it a good whack!
Here is one last strip in honor of the pandemic that just won’t go away:
Admit it… you thought of doing that, didn’t you?
You can visit the Official Dilbert Website by clicking the link to see a new comic strip each and every day. It’ll give you hope that you’re not the only one… with ‘A Boss’!