Ah, a good old-fashioned “sick joke.”  Sick humor was a craze in the late 50s, early 60s.  A lot of the “can Johnny come out and play” and “dead baby” jokes that still circulate today came out back then.  Occasionally I will think of a gag like this one and think maybe I was born to the wrong era, but not for long.  The sick humor of that time was shock humor, and I realy don’t aim for shock.  Like the puns, shock jokes sometimes happen in a strip, but they’re rarely where I was headed when I started out.  I think I’m writing for the right era.