I definitely like that panel, Lew. There is plenty of balance, certainly. A few examples that come to mind are the two figures flying up through the air in the top right being balanced by the ghost and mole-like figures in the bottom left, who are either coming up out of the ground or going down into it, a success either way, the green-headed boy's tongue balances with Superman's right arm, and the upward-pointing triangular flame surrounding the head of some kind of fireboy up on the left is in balance with the inverted triangular beard of the old gentleman with a walking stick down on the right.Lew Stringer wrote:Balance is the best option IMHO, such as in this large panel from my Super School strip. Stinkbomb is farting but there's lots more going on in the picture as well:
Some of the humour, though, comes from the unexpected, Spiderman toasting a piece of bread on the fireboy's burning head, Superman doing his personal noughts and crosses with his gloved right hand on the bald head of a boy who must clearly be as dim as he looks, and his two-fingered gesture with his gloved left hand towards Always Late Boy, which simultaneously manages to look like a snail, which is then allowing it to double up as an emphasis on, and further oblique reference to, the slowness of the boy, who would clearly be too slow to catch a cold. Of course, if he is always late, he could be offered up as a paragon of reliability! The anger of the cameraman whose camera has been broken is contrasted with the general hilarity and anarchy elsewhere.
The whole is anchored by the eleven seated figures, and of course the figures clinging to the upper form, one of whom is in the classic Chad/Kilroy position, are totally unaware that the left end of their form, as we are viewing it, is going upward towards Spiderman who is flying downwards, while the other end is moving downwards, away from the upward-flying duo previously mentioned. Ridiculous elements are present too, such as the bearded baby and the cat-like figure whose green ears or horns are supporting a very short clothes line with only one sock pegged out on it.
Yes, a nice piece of work.