On this day in history, I learned that Phil preferred tiny type to dotted-line balloons as an indication of talking under your breath like in panel one here.

Best comment from the original page: “3 Why do you look at the dire honey that is in your berserker’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your berserker, ‘Let me take the dire honey out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the dire honey out of your berserker’s eye.”

We needed the silence in this sequence. If we’d gotten any sort of running commentary from Byron here, it would have ruined the note of encroaching suspense as we see less and less of his face and begin to wonder, just a bit, if his eyes will be pools of white when we see them clearly again.

Yeah, there was no way we could’ve done this fight in one page.