Aaaand another prescient Slumberland strip. This is a complicated one.
The first panel is based on a well-known Little Nemo image of Nemo and the Princess riding in a dragon’s mouth; it appeared in both the strip and in a Little Nemo animated short Winsor McCay created for the vaudeville circuit. It’s a fantastic piece of animation. You can see it here.
Most of the other visual elements are taken from miscellaneous other Little Nemo strips. The plaza in the second panel was really hard for me to draw. I’ve never been any good at perspective drawing.
BIG TIME SPOILERS: As usual, the Slumberland strip foreshadows material in the coming year of Narbonic. The girl in the cage is Zeta, who will appear with her natural hair color in “Mad Science Is Decadent and Depraved.” The experiment in the covered cage is Dave himself. “Mainly it’s OK” is an anagram for “Milo Tinasky,” a name that plays a major part in “Professor Madblood and the Lovelace Affair.”
In the next-to-last panel, the landscape over which Dave and Helen fly represents the continuity of the strip. From left to right, we have the jungles of the Dave Conspiracy prison island, the Moon, the Narbonics Labs entrance elevator representing the present day, the Brazillian mountains where Dr. Narbon’s lair will be located in 2005, the Arctic with ice floes, and, in the sky, the flying hamster island. I’d just come up with the flying island around this time, and I was really proud of myself.