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.
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.
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.
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.