Fryd was designed as an homage (read, '"rip off") of two of my favorite characters: The Rocketeer and Earthworm Jim.
In adapting Fryd, I wanted to maintain those qualities while sprinkling a little Milt Kahl goofiness.
One of the best things about growing as an artist is that you gain this library of visual reference in your brain. At the time I created Fryd, I had no idea how to draw a legitimate-looking flightcap, bomber jacket, riding britches, and flare gun (yes, that's a flare gun he's holding).
The clothing/prop aspects that I used to dread drawing as a kid are now some of my favorite things to draw, thanks to years of practice.
The final result is the updated Fryd design!
Of course, 13 yr-old me would be disappointed that I still can't render as well as Doug TenNapel or Dave Stevens.