A Visual History

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A Visual History
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Comic Strip Info
Released: June 10, 2010
Number of pages: 4
Artist: Michael Oeming
I like this gun.
The Heavy on Apple's newest product

A Visual History is a comic released on June 10, 2010, along side the Mac Update. The comic features the RED Scout, the RED Soldier, and the RED Heavy getting more than they bargained for when they find themselves at the Apple Store.

The comic is non-canon and is not included in the Team Fortress 2 background or storyline.


In the comic, the RED Scout, the RED Soldier, and the RED Heavy are leaving a giant burning pile of rubble in Dustbowl after losing a battle thanks to their broken Mann Co. gear. After blaming their junk equipment and claiming they'll end up dying if they don't find a solution to their situation, they come across an Apple Store and enter it. Inside, they find Trent and Jessica. The Scout tries to unsuccessfully seduce the girl by telling her his achievements in his lastest battle and by un-noticeably flexing. The employees also present the mercenaries to their high-quality, multi-use products, such as a new headset for the Scout, a Minigun that "fires biodegradable bullets that track kills on a blog and are programmed to set one up if you don't own one" for the Heavy, and a pig that cooks itself when plugged into a FireWire port, which interests the Soldier more than his flame-bursting Shovel. Shortly afterwards, Saxton Hale unexpectedly breaks into the store, claiming his unsafe and manly equipment is much better than any of Apple's little white egg gadgets. However, he discovers all the great things their products could do after pressing a tiny button that blows up the Moon. He decides to purchase the company, until the shop manager, whose identity is unknown, appears and rejects. Hale, quickly identifying the rival, claims the store has his curvy stink all over it and prepares for a battle, which is supposedly shown in the next issue, "When Titans Clash!".



  • In Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories, a hardcover compilation of earlier comics that are based on the lore of Valve games, the name of the story was changed to Mac.
  • The lyrics on page 4 that emanate from the TV after Saxton Hale destroys the Moon, "...Hope you had the ti-ii-ime of your life....," are from the Green Day song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)."

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