Oh, if only all Narbonic strips could be as clean as this one. Simple character humor, simple bad logic, death threats…this is just about perfect. Sigh.
That’s definitely a Sea Monkeys Ocean Zoo that Helen’s working on. Look, Artie’s got the little feeding spoon in the first panel.
All right! Obscure foreshadowing! (This strip’s a little clumsily written, though, unfortunately.) There actually was a three-eyed, possibly purple monster under Dave’s childhood bed, and this will become relevant to the story in about two years. It’s even plausible that Dave would have mentioned the monster to Dr. Narbon, since he’s dealing with both of them at the same time.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but one thing I find interesting about Dr. Narbon is that, for a mad scientist, she doesn’t seem to be all that into science. Mostly she gets ahead by manipulating and intimidating people. She did manage to create both Helen and Mongor the Iguana Man, though, so presumably she’s got some skills.
Gotta laugh at Dave’s badly drawn “Keep on Truckin'” foot in the first panel. Drawing people walking is HARD.
Man, I wish I had a Chewbacca night light.
The art in this strip is really weird and messed up. Dave’s gesture in the first panel is hell of stiff, I don’t know what’s going on with anybody’s hands, and there’s basically no good way to draw Dave’s head from the top, as I tried to do in the third panel, because his hair is so completely divorced from reality. His expression in the second panel is good, but that’s about it.
But it’s all worth it for Dr. Narbon sexually harassing Dave. In spite of it all, I still like this strip.
As I discuss in a much later “Continuity Errors with Rob and Andy” Sunday strip, this strip introduces what I consider to be the most severe continuity error in the entirety of Narbonic: namely, the Yak-Face action figure came out when Dave was seven, not six. I was six in 1984; I forgot that I’d made Dave a year older than myself. This wouldn’t have even been an issue if I’d just gone ahead and made Dave 22 when he graduated from college, but I had it in the back of my head that it took him five years to graduate (it may have been mentioned in “The Ratio” at some point), and I stuck to that.
Hopefully, I’m the only person anal-retentive enough to care what age the Narbonic characters are at any given point in the strip, but it still bugs me.
I spent a lot of time (at work, natch) looking up “Star Wars” action figures and their value to collectors before settling on Yak-Face. In the balance, I think it was a pretty good choice. Yak-Face ended up playing an even bigger part in the strip than I initially expected (I knew he’d be back in the time-travel story, but I found other uses for him in later storylines, including a heartbreaking moment with the Dave clone), so it’s good that I picked a figure with a goofy name.
That’s a weirdly foreshortened pencil in the first panel.
This strip am brilliant. It make total sense. It not just excuse for me name-drop H.R. Pufnstuf.