Original Release Date: June 10, 2008
One of my favorite little artistic touches ever made is Stu smoking a cigarette, reading the stolen file under lamplight. I think it sets the mood of the era and the situation Stu and Pratt find themselves in here.
A criticism I remember getting on the first panel is that it looks like the car isn't moving. If I went back to fix it now, I would have put the car closer to the right side of the panel to leave room for some motion lines, then maybe do something different with the second panel so it wouldn't look almost identical.
This was the debut of the Hired Goon Association logo. It's similar to a billion other logos, but I wasn't thinking about any of those at the time. I was looking for a way to combine strong-arming and money, and that's what I came up with.
Two last comments. First, Pratt's mustache is choice. Second, Stu hiding in a trash can is one of my better sight gags.