Ah, this setup never fails to amuse me. The whole gag, of course, depends on Dave and Madblood being obviously different people even when they’re physically identical, and I took great pride in differentiating them with dialogue and mannerisms. It helps that Madblood insists on continuing to wear a lab coat. Artie falls for it partly because it’s funnier that way, and partly because Artie generally isn’t very good at telling humans apart.
Madblood calls Dave “David” because he’s David to everyone outside the staff of Narbonics Labs; readers with ridiculously good memories will recall that he’s currently on the outs with the Dave Conspiracy.
Not much to say about this one, although I do like Madblood’s worried little expression in the second panel. Also, it’s convenient that Helen and Madblood both have giant communicator screens in their labs, but they’d have to, wouldn’t they?
If allowed, Helen would probably keep doing this indefinitely. I wonder how long I could have drawn it out before readers started complaining.
Madblood’s hair looks pretty good in the second panel. I was still drawing ears too big.
Have I mentioned that I love this week? Sometimes I’m awesome. Madblood’s complete inability to pass himself off as Dave in any way whatsoever continues to be wonderful. Madblood’s such a useful character to have around: the blowhard who’s smart, but not as smart as he thinks he is.
Helen’s expression in the last panel is just plain evil. Madblood really shouldn’t have stood her up on that date.
This happened in “Blackadder” once.
At one point I considered establishing that it was taboo, or at least extremely tacky, for mad scientists to get romantically involved with their henchmen, and that was one reason Helen didn’t make a move on Dave. Madblood’s line in the first panel was included so I could go in that direction if I wanted to later on, but in the end I didn’t.
Madblood looks wracked with misery in the two middle panels. One should never pass up an opportunity to draw flying sweat drops.
It is possible that certain people have sometimes called me “Monkey-Pie.” I cannot comment on the record.
Okay, now this is just cruel. And Madblood’s efforts to talk himself up while nominally pretending to be Dave are very sad.