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Your Thoughts: The Muppet Show Comic Book

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by GelflingWaldo, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well I found a copy of issue 9. I haven't read the thing yet, just glanced through it. It's interesting how issues 9 and 10 are two in a row to feature guest stars.

    I wonder if this storyarc will include any existing monsters besides Sweetums (who doesn't seem to do much anyway). They seem to focus more on old horror movie motifs, and most of the monsters are original designs. Hopefully we'll at least get appearances by Uncle Deadley and maybe Doglion.
  2. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I love how Toys R Us now carries every single Boom Kids issue.
    Definitely loving the Halloween arc issue. I keep thinking, "where has Langridge been all these years"; as I am just thoroughly amused and delighted my his very distinct artwork and nuances. I know some may take issue with his taking liberty on some of the characters scale/look, but I think it works(even his beaker)
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Issue 9 is definitely salvaged from the Cleopatra guest star issue that was part of an arc that was never made. I like how unlike the other guests (even Howlin' Jack in issue 10), she actually looks different from the rest of the Muppets. Presumably the other guests were to look that way also. The last issue of the Family Reunion arc reused covers from the Sherlock Holmes issue that was never made.

    10 really felt more like a Muppet show than ever before. Nothing says muppet show like off kilter musical numbers. I nearly died when Beaker ran out on stage at one point, it was so funny.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I got issue 10 today. I wasn't too excited about the Muppet Mash storyarc at first, but it seems like each issue is better than the previous one. Still, we've gone through three issues of this storyarc, and Sweetums has been the only recurring monster to appear in them. A few original monster designs have been used, but I wish more of the classic monsters would be used. We've seen some of them in past issues before this storyarc... Did Roger Langridge forget that there were other monsters besides Sweetums? Still, there's one more issue....

    I wonder if the "Link Hogthrob, Monster Smasher" sketches will have any kind of payoff next time.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Anyone know if any of the Muppet comics are coming out this week or if they're coming next week or something? Boom hasn't submitted anything to comic resources (possibly due to NY comic con) and I like to keep a jump ahead at least a day in advance... my store somehow runs out of them if I wait until the weekend.
  6. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Muppet Sherlock Holmes #2 is listed on Boom's site as coming out on 10/13.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I mentioned this slightly on the review that will be posted Monday. I bought a vintage Dudley Do-Right comic that basically gave me nothing but the highest of respects and admiration of what Boom, Roger Langridge and all the rest are doing with these comics.

    I keep forgetting how much those old timey TV/Cartoon/Movie comics really... well... stunk.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, all four "Muppet Mash" issues have been released. Does the fourth one have any recurring monsters besides Animal and Sweetums?

    It seems like for a horror-themed storyarc we haven't been seeing the other monsters, but they had popped up quite a bit in previous storyarcs. And last night I had a dream that the enxt issue came out and it actually featured Thog and one of the other monsters (that would be very ironic, for a horror-themed storyarc to NOT include them, but for them be in the issues before and after).

    I don't think I've said this on the forum before, but before the first Muppet Show Comic Book issue came out I e-mailed Roger Langridge, and mentioned some characters who I wanted to see in the comic books. And ironically it seems like NONE of them have made it to The Muppet Show Comic Book yet (we've seen most of them in the "Muppet Classics" comics). I mentioned Lips, Gaffer, Marvin Suggs, Doglion, Droop, and Fleet Scribbler. While I can possibly see Roger Langridge having trouble including some of them in the comic book (and even then, he could just put them in the audience, or in the two-page spreads), I am surprised that Marvin Suggs hasn't appeared in the comic yet. I would have expected him to have been worked in somehow by now. I'm also surprised by Doglion's absense. He seems to have been used quite a bit on The Muppet Show (and post-TMS productions), and we have seen Thog, The Mutations, and Mean Mama in the comic. And it's a shame that Gaffer still hasn't laid on the ledge backstage.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I didn't really have all that much room for it in my review, but as much as I liked the Monster mash arc, it wasn't Monstery enough. And I swear that the Calistoga Cleo bit was the Cleopatra guest star issue with a few minor alterations. And 2 of the other monsters turned out to be misunderstandings. There were some great stories in the arc, but it just lacked a certain monsterousness to it. And there really should have been more Muppet Monsters in it as well. But that's about it.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I liked issue 4. The arc got better with each issue (and I wasn't expecting it to be that great, even with the unfulfilled hope that it would feature many Muppet monsters besides Sweetums... Really, next time Roger Langridge gets interviewed by Tough Pigs I hope he's asked about the lack of known monsters).

    And it seems like Langridge is trying to introduce a new kind of Muppet species: Poobs. They've appeared twice in this arc and were mentioned as alien creatures in Kermit's Story from the first storyarc. I liked Statler and Waldorf's "Who's on First"-like exchange regarding a poob named Hugh.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Sort of related... but uh... in Darkwing Duck #6, James hid some more Muppet references. There's someone wearing an Animal shirt an one of the alternate dimensional Darkwings in the splash panel crowd scene is a Fozzie Bear Darkwing.
  12. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I always comb through the DWD comics for Easter eggs like that. The character wearing the Animal shirt looks like a caricature, but I don't know who she might be.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The month's almost over, and still no sign of when the next issue will be released. They must be skipping this month (of course I think there was a month when two issues of The Muppet Show Comic Book came out).
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's not coming out this week either. I'm not usually inclined to worry, but I'm worried.

    Come to think about it, it's well over a month since the last one came out now, and we should at least have some sign when it's about to be due. And also, everyone involved at Boom has been pretty silent lately. We haven't heard anything about the next Classics series (Sherlock Holmes ends this month, and we usually get the next series info 2 series in advance). I know they keep saying cryptic stuff about plans for 2011... and I'm greatly looking forward to this week's debut of Rescue Rangers... but I just wanna know if something is up.
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Considering the next issue is supposedly about Christmas (or at least winter, but I think I read it iinvovles Christmas) it will be sad if it doesn't get released until after Christmas ends (though the trade paperback should be released after Christmas and several months before next years Christmas).
  16. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I wished that i had a place that sold Darkwing and Fraggle Rock comics but they don't. It's worries me that i'll never get to see any of these sooner and might have to wait a long time before i actually get to see them both. It makes me out of the loop. I just hope that Rescue Rangers are picked up my Hastings and i'll be able to get them. I love any of the Disney Afternoon line characters.

    But enough of about that i'm loving the Muppet Sherlock Holmes. It is cracking me up. I would love to see a Muppet skit come out of this if the Muppets ever get to have their own show or even a movie. Now that would be awwwwsome! I also loved the Halloween type story too. Pretty cool to see a guest host which to me might have been a real DJ back in the day. I know it was a parody of Pickett (the guy who sang the Monster Mash) but the name sounded like a DJ. Also i could have seen Jerry Nelson playing that character. But i just can't get enough of the Muppet comics. Can't wait for the Christmas one to come out.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I actually like it a lot too. I hear a lot of negative things about it... and I have to admit, I'd much rather them focus on parodying detective movies like in the first issue, instead of just wacky hi-jinks like in the second and third issue. Plus, I just want Moriarty to show up already. Above all, I like them, I think they're really funny and all... love the references to Danger Mouse... but the one thing that bugs me is that they cast Kermit as LeStrade for the sake of having Kermit in every issue, when Sam would have been a stronger LeStrade. Someone that has little tolerance for the eccentricities of Sherlock and his style of crime fighting.

    I'm just worried we don't know what the next saga will be after this.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    At the risk of sounding ungrateful the LEAST they could have done is told us this straight. I like Darkwing and Rescue Rangers, but when that's gone, I give up with them. This is very disappointing, and I would think that the least they could have done is give us a reason.
  20. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I will be furious if they leave 4 Seasons unreleased - at least pay tribute to Langridge by letting fans see his last Muppet stuff; give it its proper farewell! I could care less if it's delayed or we have to wait a while for it, but please allow it a proper sendoff.

    Either way, Boom's making a huge mistake to let the Muppet comics go - we KNOW there's other talented folk who can do them.

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