Lookin’ Good

Cidu Bill on Mar 28th 2009

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Rodney is supposed to be good-looking by comic-strip standards?? This was certainly never hinted at previously, and far from apparent in today’s strip.
But if not, I don’t see the joke here.

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13 Responses to “Lookin’ Good”

  1. Powers Mar 28th 2009 at 09:17 am 1

    Well the second panel disproves the “intelligence” and “savoir faire” attributes. (That’s the joke.) Beauty, on the other hand, is in the eye of the beholder, so I’m willing to give the lady here the benefit of the doubt on that score.

  2. Brent Mar 28th 2009 at 10:58 am 2

    I’m with CIDU Bill on this one… Rodney has always been drawn in a way that suggests that he’s goofy looking, not good looking (beauty does have an objective quality that can be measured… what’s in the eye of the beholder would be what a person finds attractive).

    Apparently, whatever happened to Luann in that past strip is happening to Rodney in today’s. They don’t appear any different, but by some quirk of biorhythms, star alignment, and wizardry… for one single moment, they’ve qualified as good looking in their universe.

  3. Kit Mar 28th 2009 at 11:15 am 3

    I think another part of the joke is that he isn’t good-looking, but that’s his strongest suit.

  4. Frosted Donut Mar 28th 2009 at 11:45 am 4

    Not only is Rodney drawn with a giant nose, in past strips, characters have mocked him for his nose. But I guess somebody had a joke and a tee time.

    When I first read this, I got confused by the “You have everything a girl could ask for” line. I thought she was saying that Rodney had girl characteristics.

  5. dd Mar 28th 2009 at 12:40 pm 5

    She really doesn’t have much to choose from in her comic strip world, does she?

  6. rain Mar 28th 2009 at 05:14 pm 6

    Perhaps this is a world where scale-covered pantless goobers with giant overbites, two bulging eyes on the same side of their humongous noses, and four giant fingers all the same length on their right hands are considered particularly handsome by balding mullet-haired maidens with earrings on their chins and breasts growing out of their necks.

  7. Seth Finkelstein Mar 28th 2009 at 05:44 pm 7

    In a medieval world, Rodney probably would indeed qualify as (moderately) good looking. He’s not scarred from battle or disease, doesn’t have any visible sores, is clean and well-groomed. He may not be the best looker in the kingdom, but compared to the average prospect, he’s probably up there.

  8. Ron Mar 28th 2009 at 05:49 pm 8

    The question you have to ask is just how much wine
    she has consumed and whether Rodney looked good
    before she started drinking.

  9. Mark in Boston Mar 28th 2009 at 09:52 pm 9

    Is there any good-looking male in this strip? Rodney just might be the most handsome of them all, by default.

  10. fh Mar 29th 2009 at 01:43 pm 10

    In the last panel, she is squinting. I think she is trying hard to salvage something from her list.

  11. Todd Mar 29th 2009 at 04:17 pm 11

    The Duke is drawn as the idealized male. Square jaw, broad shoulders. But he’s arrogant and self-centered.

  12. ty Mar 29th 2009 at 06:00 pm 12

    Mark - There’s one character with the Errol Flynn mustache and promient chin that I suspect is supposed to be good-looking

  13. ty Mar 30th 2009 at 12:46 am 13

    Yeah, that guy.

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