If I was him...
Oh yeah, Blaine and Giovanni. Lots of Water-types in that sea!
Clair: The Ice-types in Ice Cavern
Clay: Vanillite and Ducklett
Skyla: Chargestone Cave
Wattson got lucky - no Ground-types readily available at the time.
Agh, Wattson was so annoying! XD I think I had to evolve my Torchic to beat him
Not exactly the best spot for an electric gym now, huh?
Oh! And in Yellow, with Mankey and Nidoran before Brock. Butterfree too.
very funny comic!
Great against Brock and Misty, resists electricity, immune to toxic against Erika and Koga, and wonderful against Giovanni.
It only really misses out against Sabrina and Blaine but by that point you'll have a water type anyway and Sabrina's pretty much fair game to pretty much anything but a poison or fighting type. Just get something with decent SP. Defence and speed and you're set.
G4 probably is the most versatile when it comes to starter vs. starter.
What I meant is that Charizard's dragon-like appearance made it versatile to learn Dragon moves and Steel Wing against the rock-types. Blastoise was also versatile. The most disappointing starters were Gen 2's.