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Simpsons Comics #117

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2006
By: Ray Tate

"Sandwiches Are Forever"

Writer/Artist: Ty Templeton, Andrew Pepoy(i), Art Villanueva(c)
Publisher: Bongo

One of my all time favorite episodes of The Simpsons is when Homer Simpson unwittingly joins THRUSH. THRUSH was the nemesis of UNCLE in of course The Man from UNCLE.

THRUSH wasn't exactly like other villainous organizations. They wanted to supplant the world governments because they felt all were flawed in some way. Their plans went to the extent of creating satraps of secret THRUSH cities within the countries they were trying to overthrow.

The Simpsons spoofed this idea with the creation of Harry Scorpio, the best boss Homer ever had. Homer transplants his family into a Scorpio haven, which seems like a Utopia. Slowly the whole family becomes miserable and as Homer intends to resign, the viewers learn the truth. Scorpio is actually a gregarious nutcase, and Utopia is the first of Scorpio's many intended satraps.

In this issue of Simpsons comics, Ty Templeton reunites Homer with his former boss to hilarious effect. Homer believes that he will find the best turkey sandwich in, where else, Turkey. This leads to a smuggling charge that lands him in Harry Scorpio's cell.

In true Simpsonian fashion, Homer unwittingly provides the escape of the mastermind, and in perhaps the most bizarre fashion, Templeton finds a realistic way to involve the rest of the Simpsons clan. The escape leads to space, and Templeton gives Scorpio a happy ending.

Templeton brilliantly captures the pure insanity of Harry Scorpio, who strangely comes off looking like a wild-haired, wild-eyed Tom Baker. Templeton as well reminds readers of Scorpio's contrasting niceness, exemplified by scenes in which he's so supportive of Lisa as she attempts to thwart him. Templeton makes use of classic Simpsons continuity to facilitate a speedy plot, and he gives a historical credence to Scorpio's victory.

Ty Templeton's excursions to Springfield are rare but always welcome. The author/writer gives the fan of this particular episode of The Simpsons a deserving sequel that packs everything for which he or she could wish. The voices of the characters are easily heard through the dialogue, and the jokes are both complex in construction and quick in their delivery.

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