Man, so hard on Dave! I hope it’s touching that Dave values Helen for the things that are uniquely her, and not just frustrating that he puts himself down all the time. This strip originally ran in September, which is why there are evocative autumn leaves blowing around.
The poster in the background is for Shonen Jump magazine. The first issue was just about to debut around this time.
Logistically, of course, the central problem with this plot is that when you cross Helen and Dave you get something that looks exactly like me, only with a cigarette. It’s kind of creepy, but I went ahead with it anyway.
I wanted to do this strip to establish that Artie, although a genius, is decidedly not a mad genius. He has the misfortune of being the sanest one in the lab. And, hey, another appearance from the three-eyed smiley mug! That makes me happy for some reason.
I like this strip for introducing the idea that Dave has his own special brand of genius. And for the boss centrifuge in the first panel. Man, I drew ears really big, though. I know I bring it up a lot, but now that I’ve noticed it I can’t stop being bothered by it.
A lot of the plotting for this storyline involved me thinking of possible solutions at roughly the same rate as the characters. You can’t have an alternate source of Helen’s DNA available without trying to tap it, even if the DNA is located in the most dangerous person on the planet. And yes, I just suggested that the characters go tap Helen’s mom. I’m sorry.
Also, I like that HelenDave is about equally upset about Dr. Narbon killing Dave and Dr. Narbon stealing Dave’s Yak-Face action figure. It probably burns Dave up that she’s got Yak-Face.
That’s a nifty gizmo Helen’s got in the first panel. I have no idea what it is.
Helen’s right. Her mom probably does like Dave. Poor Dave.
It’s a sign that Dave’s been at Narbonics Labs too long that he distinguishes between regular evil and “bad evil.”
If there’s ever some kind of live-action production of Narbonic, only Bette Midler could play Helen’s mom.
Yes, Mell called Dave an unholy abomination. She’s trying to keep up the evil.