I had been looking for an excuse to do a single-panel strip for a long time and this conclusion of the Healer’s interviews with all the SuperFogeys was a good excuse for it. Originally, the dialogue on this one was vastly different. It was a back and forth between the Healer and the Captain; none of the other characters spoke.
However, when I put all the balloons and words together, it just didn’t flow real well and the balloons looked crowded. Looking at the drawing, it looked like whatever was going through Jerry’s and Swifty’s heads must be pretty interesting, so I gave them some lines. I moved most of the dialogue I deleted to Strip 51.
This strip also contains the most perfect drawing of Dr. Rocket I am likely ever to do.