Brenda Starr Reporter is raising eyebrows if not other things with a suggestive series of strips that has Timothy J. McNulty, the Chicago Tribune‘s public editor asking questions. The strip he’s talking about features this panel, which he says despite appearances isn’t about sex. Subsequent strips seem to weaken this argument somewhat.

What I’m wondering is: When did Brenda Starr Reporter get so edgy? Next thing you know, we’re gonna find out Mark Trail’s a bear! I always lumped Brenda Starr in with Mary Worth and Rex Morgan, M.D. as the “boring comics.” That seems to have been a mistake.