Pirate Mike’s Treasure Hunt!

Oh, look! Another treasure hunt strip! This is another early strip prior to the computer where I think I may have finally to get a glimpse of what it looked like to have a successful final panel of a gag strip. Being able to establish an element early in the strip that then somehow is involved in resolving the strip with a laugh. Mike popping up, turning out to have been holding the shovel, cracks me up. I have come up with a bonus panel for this one that I also enjoy. You can see here the boy (now named Billy) is still skinny with dyed hair.