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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 Well-Known Member

    Actually, I remember Amy and Dave both complaining that they had to basically make happy, smiling to the camera pictures when they did their respective comic covers...


    Dave wanted to use a disgruntled or slightly annoyed Kermit here, but Disney wouldn't let them.

    I recall Amy was basically told to make a "Remember these guys?" cover.'

    But even then, Boom and Disney gave them more artistic freedom the further the line went down.

    I have to admit, I like the Spring cover... at least it has some nice movement to it, especially Animal... but it just doesn't have the same feel as the ones done by everyone else, and it makes me miss the artwork of James, Dave, Amy, and Shelli (who's doing a fantastic job with Adventure Time, BTW). It's too bad that Roger wouldn't work for Marvel (he's not really a fan, considering what happened to his "The Mighty Thor," I wouldn't wanna work their either), because they could have used his covers, and he could have drawn up fresh ones for the 2 that haven't been drawn yet.
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  2. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I don't mind off-model at all - in fact lots of times i LOVE it...but that's usually because by going off model, the artist in question is utilizing a particular type of style. Langridge is masterful at this as were the early SST artists. But it's the type of style used with the current Disney covers that are a turn off...they're kiddified almost bordering on babyish, and doesn't encourage readers past a certain age to want to pick them up or get excited about them.
  3. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I have to say, even though I like the Spring cover to an extent, I don't like Camilla with nostrils. or even Camilla on the cover in a story with no Camilla in it.

    Yeah, it's definitely kiddy marketing at work here. Seems like Marvel just basically tossed it off, didn't even bother to make a preview for these things, either. But at least they didn't dump overused poser pictures on the covers.
  4. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Ooh, good point.
  5. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yep. We were saved from this fate...


    And that's still more credit than I can give them.
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  6. newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Ye local comic shop in my town has this in the "kiddie comix" section of the store. Eh...at least they had one copy left when I snagged it today.

    Decent story, agree with you all on the coloring...hoping the stories improve. This isn't Langridge's best stuff. But hey, at least it's finally seeing publication!
  7. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Summer is out.

    The story is much stronger this time. And there's a LOT of sketches in this one. Very short one page skits, but there's a Vet's Hospital, a Muppet Labs, AND a Pigs in Space. A very short one.

    And the layout is MUCH better with the credits page at the end. The first 3 pages only take 3 pages.
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  8. CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I got it too! I thought the snow came in too quick, did you? I wasn't sure if they edited out some stuff or not.
  9. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if that was the case. I think it was sudden onset of something unexpected. I don't think a full explanation was written or even necessary.

    But I loved seeing YET another gang of Muppet doppelgangers. The Whatnots, featuring Miss Tiggy, Dr. Tounge, and a giant carrot that's obsessed with spoons.
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  10. CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    They got the Pigs in Space colors right this time! :)
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    But Wanda is now a blonde for some reason.

    Baby Steps....
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  12. The Count Moderator

    Hmm... That's not so much a mistake as you might think there Drtooth. There was a blonde-wigged Wanda puppet who appeared in the Steve Martin episode of TMS arm in arm with :news:, so maybe this was a double reference to two backgrounders. Although I heard she broke it off with the reporter soon after, he's gone on to find happiness with a redheaded non-felted gypsy woman. *Whistles innocently.
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  13. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    She needed to have more fun.
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  14. newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Excellent...will have to scrape up a few bucks and head to the comic shop! Thanks for keeping us updated, Drtooth! :news:

  15. Slackbot Well-Known Member


    I got this comic yesterday, and...well, it kind of puzzled me. On first glance I wondered if they'd spliced two seasons together. But, no, the story remained consistent. It would have made a little more sense to me if the Muppets had reacted a little to the sudden climate change. When something bizarre happens, usually they run around and panic a little, or someone at least has a fit, before regrouping and coping with the situation.

    Also, I got no sense that they were actually doing a show on the beach. Was there an audience besides Statler and Waldorf? Were the auditions and stuff going on right in front of the audience? Were the Pigs in Space and Veterinarian's Hospital skits filmed at the theater (or drawn for another comic) and then spliced in?

    I did get a grin out of the alternate Muppets, particularly "Vegetable" and the British Bulldog. I wonder if Langridge was thinking of the Moopets when he did those guys, or if he had even heard of them at that time. And I liked Fozzie's plot. Very in character for the bear. And I suspect his bit with Scooter was a callback to Simon Smith.
  16. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, I liked that. It gave a sense of "Yeah, we should have known something stupid was going to happen all along, let's roll with it." But I suspect that it was more of the old writer's trick of not pointing out the obvious, presuming the panic happened during Fozzie's scene. I kinda think an "Oh No!" reaction would've been redundant. After all, when DOES a Muppet Show production go right?
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  17. The Count Moderator

    Hi... Just curious if Issue 3, Autumn has been released yet and what people who've gotten it can tell the rest of us about the story and/or new characters if any.
  18. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's probably coming out Tomorrow, as these things tend to come out the first Wednesday of the month. I certainly hope it didn't come out last week (the 29th) as I didn't manage to get to the comic store as I have taken ill.
  19. The Count Moderator

    Thanks for the reply Drtooth. Yeah, these get released either on the end or start of the month, so long as it's a new issue being released monthly. Will wait then to hear about the third part of Four Seasons. :jim:
  20. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, it's the FOURTH part of the Four Seasons, because they're one issue out of order. There's still an issue left to go, Winter, and it was supposed to be part one of the arc. I don't know if Roger put anything in there as a Grand Finale, but if he did, it's probably spoiled.

    I picked it up and only sort of thumbed through it. The plot has something to do with Pops.

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