Like the previous strip, this one also popped into my head mostly fully-formed. With one exception.
Here’s where I finished:
I couldn’t make up my mind about two things. First, do I include the fish in the last frame? I love the fish, but then I thought I was overindulging myself. But then I thought, I gotta have the fish, so the fish went in there. But the fish wasn’t talking yet:
But the fish was already such a ’40s schtick, I had to have him talk the part, too. I had a couple of different ideas, but I can’t even remember them now because I fell in love with “Thanks, Pal!” I think another one was “See ya ’round!” and “S’long suckahs!” but I I wanted the fish to be sweeter and friendly to the kid, much like the goldfish and the canary were friendly to Jerry whenever he saved them from Tom.
And, of course, it’s an excuse to bring back The Dinghy of Doom! terror of the inland fishing lakes!