Some months ago I answered a question over on the Literature SE. The question was about a Krazy Kat strip from 1936.
In the cartoon, Offisa Pupp takes a nap; he dreams that he meets Krazy and then catches Ignatz Mouse. Offisa Pupp and Ignatz start wrestling each other, with Krazy looking on and commenting on the action. The language in Krazy Kat is idiosyncratic and the question seeks elucidation on some of the strip’s text. Unfortunately there was no link to the actual strip and I’ve been unable to find a copy.
I was able to answer almost all of the question after working out that Krazy’s commentary is 'crying' names of classical poses being struck by exhibition bodybuilders. (My answer on LitSE explains in more detail). https://literature.stackexchange.com/q/11353/333 Offisa Pupp's comments seem related to the poses, although we were not able to connect all the dots there.
There were references to Hercules, Horatius at the Bridge, Ajax defying the thunderbolts etc. However, there was one which completely stumped us all:
Krazy: Cyklops destroyin' the tutty-nine dumb dimmins
It seems as though it should be straightforward, ‘Cyclops destroying the 39 dumb demons’, but I can’t find a myth that it maps to.
I initially assumed it related to Polyphemus; Odysseus fools him with the aid of strong wine, hence Pupp's response 'Skol', a toast. However that still doesn't get us to 39 demons being destroyed.
I have begun to wonder if ‘tutty-nine’ isn’t ‘39’ but some adjective that I can’t place, along the lines of eg saturine or something.
Someone suggested the Telkhines, but I still couldn’t match it convincingly, or persuade myself that ‘Tutty-nine’ might be cognate with ‘Telkhines’.
Can anyone here suggest any instances of Cyclops involvement in mass demon destruction? I would love to fill that gap in the answer.