Actually, Cigar McBalding’s idea sounds like a good one. While he’s obviously proposing it for prurient reasons, the Comics Code Authority would curtail anything outrageous, and really, I think it would make the Starbuck Jones comic a bit less one-dimensional.
Which makes it strange that McBalding is proposing it. I thought he was supposed to be the greedy, money-eyed villain of the Batom Comics company (despite him being, uh, the publisher). Here he is, actually trying to improve the book.
Of course, I’m thinking of a typical comic book; in the context of this strip, adding a new female character opens up the whole can-o-worms that is “female characters in the Funky Winkerbean world,” which is a place that is really depressing. Starbuck Jones already has a robot that can bring him hot chocolate and cookies while he’s reading comic books…what else can a woman do? I guess she can travel the universe, collecting comic books for him, or she can die of cancer. At all times, though, she must show herself as way inferior to her man.
Ah well, when you’ve got a 50th Anniversary as a goal, it’s a bit late to start learning new tricks. You just need to get there, pal, any way you can.