The strip I am looking at is from the last issue of the Pioneer series, #5, from 1988. What stands out to me is the witty banter between the characters of Sawyer and Maharani/Cobra..who is later nicknamed Sultry. It's a unique scene full of sexual innuendo and suggestive violence. At one point, Buz ties Sultry up in a carpet rug. Later, the calm and intelligent Sultry outwits the happy-go-lucky Sawyer. She begs Sawyer two see her not as a woman, but as an equal. Sawyer's response? "You're much too alluring to want a man not to notice." The content is very adult and it surprises me a bit, in retrospect, that this was so popular and published in newspapers. Still, you've got to love Roy Crane for his serious approach to storytelling. You might not agree with all of his choices, but he was really ahead of his time in terms of making adventure stories with "real" characters, likable or not.
And finally, here is a Buz Sawyer print by Crane, published shortly after his death, again showing the sexual suggestiveness of this comic.
(the print was signed by "Mrs. Roy Crane" - his wife)
(Spanking, a common cartoon trope of the 1940s and 50s. From another Buz Sawyer strip I found online but originally published in 1941)
RIP Roy Crane 1901-1977