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Simpsons Comics #90

Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2004
By: Ray Tate

"Homer's America"
"Do the Copyright Thing"

Writer: Ian Boothby
Artists: Luis Escobar; John Costanza(p), Patrick Owlsey; Phyllis Novin(i), Art Villanueva(c)
Publisher: Bongo

In Simpsons Comics the delightfully absurdist humor of Ian Boothby completely derails history as Homer takes over the steering of Otto's school bus. He misinforms and entertains the school kids much to the embarrassment of his daughter.

Quite frankly, you just might believe that finally Mr. Boothby would fall flat with such a dry premise, but my goodness, not only does he induce heaving fits of laughter; he does it in a completely original way.

For instance, the Washington Monument has been the butt of many phallic jokes, but Mr. Boothby does not explore that territory. Instead, he pitches his tent elsewhere in popular culture.

The Liberty Belle gains its crack in a different way which alludes to All-Star Squadron. Otto references a certain hole, but not the one you immediately expect. Then there's a twisted von Daniken explanation to describe Mt. Rushmore. "Homer's America" is as good as any above average episode of the source television series.

In the second story, Boothby takes advantage of copyright expiration dates and the war between Gabbo's unctuous master Arthur Crandall and Krusty the Klown. On the way, he brings out a splendid tribute to the sadly now deceased Bob Keeshan, Captain Kangaroo.

The artwork as you can expect emulates the series look and style, and the artists do even more with heroic depictions of George Washington, a panel of doctors, an homage to another Doctor which shows Krusty regenerating into various Springfield support characters and scenes of mass destruction courtesy of Kang and Kodos. Kudos.

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