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The Muppet Show Comic Book: the Four Seasons V1 out now

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Drtooth, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    With absolutely NO fanfare or even so much as a preview, the first issue of Marvel's publication of the lost arc is in comic book stores now. And it was a surprise to me to, not budgeting for it, and having to postpone the thing I was going to buy this week until next week.

    Now, it has a completely different new cover by the same artist that does the other ones (not Roger's), and I did a quick flip through and it has something that really disappointed me... ADS. I really hope nothing was edited or taken out to accommodate them.
  2. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Man, I'm gonna have to get that. I remember learning about this so long ago... I really liked Boom's format. Too bad it has ads. :sympathy:
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A second thumb through (I'm going to read it later) accentuated the aesthetic problems with the ads. First off, we don't have the luxury of putting the credits into the inside front cover, so we have the first page being the credits, the second being the third page, another advertisement, the splash panel... and so forth. so it takes an additional 3 pages to get the *&^% story to start.

    I really hope they didn't edit anything off of the original.
  4. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that would be horrible! Man, Disney sure can be stupid sometimes! :grr:
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's the fault of going from indie comic publisher to mainstream. Disney doesn't have anything to do with it other than not letting them get a temporary extension of the license in the first place.

    Still, the magazines only had ads at the end, not interfering with the original comics.

    Also, my other complaint (thumb through wise) is the coloring. They do a good job on layering Animal's colorings... but for some reason Janice looks pale, and I don't like the red uniforms the Pigs in Space crew has. I mean, there were occasional screw ups with the original coloring studio (Sam had an orange beak in one panel of On the Road, there were a couple others)...

    But I'm still pretty happy they're releasing this after the well over a year long wait.

    However, between this and DC's Masters of the Universe, these are the first mainstream comics I picked up in some time. I've been only buying Archie, IDW, and Boom lately.
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  6. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Awwwwsweeeet. Hope there's a copy left at my local comic shop after payday... Is the story as good as Roger's stuff? I thought he really captured the Muppety essence with his stories. Hope that trend continues.

  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    it IS Roger's stuff. This is the last story of the Muppet Show Comic Book, and the license expired before Boom could publish it.
  8. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I wonder if Marvel will make new comics. I don't know if they would be the same though. :smirk:
  9. ilovemuppet4eva

    ilovemuppet4eva Well-Known Member

    I have yet to find this. Where are they being sold at?
  10. catherine

    catherine Well-Known Member

    yeah me too can you get them in shops?
  11. ilovemuppet4eva

    ilovemuppet4eva Well-Known Member

    Okay so I figured it our. Go to www.comicshoplocator.com to find the local comic shops near you. I would call the comic stores because I had to call a couple because the stores told me they are selling out. Prabably since the price tag is only $2.99 and more people are familiar with the muppets now. My local B&N does not have them and my sister's local bookstore sold out of them already!
  12. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Man, I am disappointed by the coloring, too. Red uniforms for Pigs in Space?! And I noticed the lighter shade on Janice as you mentioned, Tooth. :sympathy:
  13. catherine

    catherine Well-Known Member

    not sure about the pop vinyl figures on forbidden planet.
  14. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Art and story were what I would expect but he coloring..especially on the pigs in Space section was aweful
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  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah. They clearly went with another coloring agency than they used for Boom (guessing only the original line work was finished). I kinda liked how Animal looked, and when they got it right, they did an okay job... but it takes like 2 minutes of research to get the Pigs in Space costumes their proper color. And the inconsistency on the Colonel character. How come he was a different color completely in his sketch than the rest of the issue?

    But other than that, the ads, and the fact they started with the second story in the arc I'm just glad they released these. I just hope there wasn't some running gag or some big pay off that doesn't get hurt by these being released out of order.
  16. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, that would be bad! :o
  17. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Overall, i didn't think it was a strong entry as compared with much of Roger's other stuff - i considered it an "average" issue (bearing in mind that an "average" Muppet Show comic is quite good indeed since the bar is set high) but what i really loved and appreciated was that it was an Animal-centric story where Animal didn't come across OOC (which isn't easy to pull off) I lmao'd at both the Animal introduces his new friend to the drums page and the last page.

    Also loved Fozzie's unwanted attention by Gorgon Heap & Luncheon Counter Monster on the intro splash page. (Though more bad coloring on LCM)
  18. ilovemuppet4eva

    ilovemuppet4eva Well-Known Member

    Got my copy today. I love it. I love all marvel muppets comics! $2.99 is a great price!
  19. j3h

    j3h Well-Known Member

    Solicit for issue 4 due early oct:

    Muppets #4 (of 4)
    Written by ROGER LANGRIDGE
    The four-part Muppet Show story “The Four Seasons” - for the first time in print
    • It’s time for the holidays at the Muppet Theatre, and everyone is getting into the spirit of the season!
    • The Swedish Chef causes chaos in the kitchen when he tries to make his special Christmas dessert!
    • Kermit and Piggy exchange holiday gifts!
    • Gonzo introduces his new performing protégé!
    32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99
  20. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    It's an enjoyable comic. I love the idea of Animal briefly having a love interest, and the fate of that relationship was perfect. I also like Langridge's habit of having the characters break into song, which kinda makes me wish he was interested in writing for Fraggles.

    The one thing I'm really not digging is the Disney covers. I can forgive the off-modelness, as Langridge's art certainly takes liberties with the characters. (Except for Camilla on the cover. Since when does she have Sam the Eagle hands?!) However, I'm getting tired of seeing the most marketable characters all making happy faces at the camera, particularly Animal. They're all "Yay!" pictures. The Boom! comics had some great covers, nifty images that caught the eye and got you interested in the story inside. The Disney covers just show you Muppets staring ecstatically into the camera lens. Blah.
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