It’s the first on-panel appearance of Sal.

One thing that’s striking me over and over as I’ve been uploading these old strips is the truncated sentences.  I wrote pretty huge and messily, and so I’d often have to cut off Joe or whoever mid-statement because I’d run out of room.  This was fixed later with the introduction of the Walky Font, which allows me room to cram actual complete sentences into comics!

So just, uh, imagine Joe is legitimately trailing off into some objectionable territory, instead of getting throttled before reaching anything remotely throttleable.