Here’s a great example of how I think the writing of a gag is strong, but the art didn’t “sing.” I remember distinctly cracking up at the term “..Vaguely Satisfied Men” when I thought of it. “Robin Hood” (1939, Errol Flynn) is one of my all time favorite films, and I’ve read all sorts of stories with “the Merry Men.” But, can men be Merry all the time? Surely there were days of boredom, ennui, or even perhaps a little anger. I just wish the art was a little sharper here.
Also, “Phil” is a funny go-to name for a character. It’s up there with “Carl.”