Looking back on these old strips I have to laugh at the drastic change in Hot Rod’s characterization. At this point he was an eager kid wanting to shine in the eyes of his commander. I have to say the first panel is still one of my favorite exchanges, even with it being so simple. Backstop having a butthand was something that was too good not to make fun of. Optimus’ reaction to Backstop trying to shake his hand still makes me crack up. That’s probably one of the best poses I’ve put him in throughout the entire life of the comic.