The content of today’s strip implies that Droppo and Pungent spent the entire weekend doing a cover mock-up. (Complete with title, logo, price, etc. Is Darin also a compositor in the print shop?) Because a cover is the only thing that Cigar McBalding is holding… I thought they were supposed to be doing an entire comic book, and that’s why it was so arduous? Hell, I could do a cover mock-up over a weekend without a problem.
–Unless I missed something–this strip is so careful and attentive to detail, after all.
If all they were doing was a cover, why was Pete even there? Oh well, looking for consistency or common sense in this thing is a fool’s errand. It’s like asking, “Why is Darin’s hair in color when everything else is sepiatone?” There’s no answer to that, man.
I think Moon Mile Meek is the big-eared thing barely visible at the bottom of panel one.
I seem to recall some Bat-Mite like thing on other Starbuck Jones covers. Doesn’t seem like a great idea to give it its own book, but what do I know? Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen was a successful enough comic for years. Of course, Olsen was an occasionally entertaining moron who drank whatever potions he found lying around, turned ray projectors on himself and ate millions of pancakes. Then Superman would have to save him. And then, the exact same thing would happen all over again the next month. There were always more potions, radioactive rocks, alien artifacts, magical crowns, and so on. Superman never lost patience with Jimmy or tried to knock some sense into him (and his teeth out of him), and despite what I imagine were hundreds of fan letters, Superman never punched Jimmy so hard he flew into a completely different comic book.
So I suspect that the same formula would follow in Moon Mile Meek, minus the “entertaining” bits of course. After all, the exact same thing happens with Funky Winkerbean. Someone will be asked to do something, he’ll complain the entire way, then it’ll end with a pun and a smirk. Interesting how the Starbuck Jones universe keeps expanding, while the strip that hosts it continues to shrink.
So, are we all ready for the comic book tribute tomorrow? It looks like it might be well drawn at least.