Today, I’m stretching all the way back to 1987, when the comic strip Arlo & Janis was less than two years old. (I call this period “the terrible twos,” based on the artwork.) As we shall see, Gene’s romantic entanglements have provided material almost from the beginning. As the “Twilight Zone” ripoff implies, this strip started it all. In 1987, I was working with much fresher memories of boyhood than I have now, but I still can remember the thrill of playground romance. As above, it often began with an agent provocateur whose motives were unclear. Then it went downhill.