is very simply the world's biggest jinx. He walks around with
a perpetually dark rain cloud a foot over his head. Once he appears
on any scene, dreadfully bad luck befalls anyone in his vicinity.
Though well-meaning and gentle, his reputation
inevitably precedes him, so Joe is a very lonely and feared little
He is also a character with an apparently
unpronounceable name, but creator Al
Capp pronounced Btfsplk with a "raspberries" sound,
also known as a "Bronx cheer."