Launched by King Features on December 7 1992, Galacto Guys was a rare attempt at sci-fi comedy on the comics page. The simple plot concerns a pair of dim-witted space explorers, Lenny and Punky, exploring strange new worlds, meeting exotic aliens, and trying to sell them junk from their employer, an intergalactic trading company.
Given the small space in which cartoonist Steve Cole had to work, he opted for a simplified approach to the art which gets the job done perfectly, even if it doesn’t bring Alex Raymond to mind. The strip is often quite funny, and since it treads very different ground from anything else on the comics page, tends to stand out.
So then why is it an Obscurity of the Day? I really don’t know. It seems to me it had a lot of ingredients for potential success — originality, simplicity, and an endless well of joke fodder.. But my impression is that the strip began with a tiny client list, and didn’t gain any more with time. In fact, I’ve seen the strip in papers so rarely that I can only say that it presumably ended sometime in 1993, but you couldn’t prove that by any paper I’ve reviewed. If anyone can supply a definite end date or suggest a paper that I should review to find it, I’d love to hear from you.
Galacto Guys is Steve Cole’s only known newspaper comic. His primary profession was teaching, and I presume the strip was an experiment in changing the direction of his life that simply didn’t pan out. In a 2010 interview with his alma mater, Northern Arizona University, he mentions a passing interest in art, but makes no mention of cartooning at all.