The Devilment is in the Details

We might as well stick with young Gene and his ever-changing haircut, since he is, sadly, gone from the strip. These strips are from 1986 and 1988, respectively. They both trade on the same idea: you have to tell children of a certain age exactly what you intend to tell them, for their cognitive abilities are catching and surpassing their verbal abilities. And they’re sneaky little rats!