Hey, Dina! I think this is the first time she’s been properly introduced, rather than being a background prop.
Here’s the last of the displaced old comics. See Sal swoop away with Joe! See Billie and Danny smooch chastely on a bed! See Walky make the Alien mechs perform “YMCA”! See Sal go to Taco Bell! See the dumb payoff to an even dumber running gag involving a puppy that for some reason was not included in the redraws!
Apparently there was another week skipped between the Sunday strip here and the following daily. Man, keep a schedule, dude! (I was probably visiting friends in the Upper Peninsula.)
As you can see, the new version threw a bunch of extra stuff here — Walky’s dilemma, Joyce’s actually-documented trip to the White House, and a sense of a larger scale battle (hopefully). Things go from A to B to C really succinctly here, without much room to breathe.
That first Sunday-sized strip I couldn’t find anywhere. I knew it existed, but it wasn’t on the old site and it wasn’t on my hard drive. And so I dug out my folder of old art, confirmed it existed, and rescanned it. So probably it’s the first time anyone’s seen it since some website disaster whenever in the past couple decades.
The story still flows pretty well without it, so meh.