by Matt Groening (Author)
Paperback: 128 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.34 x 10.21 x 6.68
Publisher: Perennial; (November 1996)
The fine funny folks at Bongo Comics have put together another Simpsons comics collection. In Simpsons Comics Strike Back, which collects issues 15-18, there are parodies aplenty such as "Get Fatty" (a takeoff on Get Shorty) and a skewed view on popular television shows ("A Trip to Simpsons Mountain"). The main features are, as always, written and drawn to the same high standards as the animated show. Mock old comic book advertisements like a coupon from Dr. Nick offering "a free implant with purchase of two or more implants" make this collection stand out.
The popular cartoon family bumbles its way through another series of adventures, as Patty and Selma become flight attendants, Homer fights fitness, and Grandpa reminisces about the good old days of the Depression. 60,000 first printing.
About the Author
Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning series "The Simpsons," the "Life in Hell" cartoon series, and the animated Fox tv series "Futurama", is the man responsible for bringing animation to prime time.
In addition, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of their four comic books - Simpsons Comics, Itchy & Scratchy Comics, Bartman, and Radioactive Man.
Groening lives in Los Angeles, CA.All rights reserved.
FuturamaTM & © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
It's another sidesplitting series of adventures as America's most popular cartoon family returns to the big colorful comic pages in this latest addition to the bestselling Simpsons anthologies. In Simpsons Comics Strike Back, Groening fans are treated to another laugh-fest as they catch up on the latest antics of this irrepressibly irreverent family. First, it's a yuck-filled yarn of yore when Grampa Simpson reminisces about the good old days of the Depression. Then Patty and Selma take to the air as flight attendants, and the friendly skies will never be the same. Next, the network wars have come to town, and the big boys are running scared from the BBC -- the Bart Broadcasting Channel. Then last, but certainly not least, it's an epic brawl as the Presidential Fitness Program dispatches McBain to Springfield to whip the cholesterol-clogged town into shape. Between him and success, however, is hungry Homer Simpson.
When the TV show just isn't enough, fans turn to the comic books to satiate their Simpsons addiction. A veritable bonanza of the characteristic wit that made the series an international hit, this anthology will be a treasured gift for all fans of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Homer and Marge.
More Simpson Fun Beyond the TV!, November 14, 2002
Reviewer: Melynie Withington from Yuba City, CA United States
More super stories from the great characters of Springfield! Here's what this issue has to offer:
"A Trip to Simpson Mountain": Grandpa tells a story of his childhood days before television that sounds oddly enough like a cross between The Waltons, Beverly Hills 90210, Leave It To Beaver, The Brady Bunch, and the Partridge Family (must be a coincidence).
"Kill-er Up With Regular": A classic Itchy and Scratchy short from the "1930s".
"Waitresses in the Sky": Patty and Selma lose their jobs at the DMV and end up living with the Simpsons. Can they find the job of their dreams at Mr. Burns' airline (you'll love the insignia on the planes) or will they break under the pressure (actually, the "No Smoking" sign)? Would make a hilarious T.V. episode.
"Apu's Incredible 96-Hour Shift (without Getting a Break)": The legend is true, but not so impresive considering Apu didn't have a customer for 95 hours and 54 minutes of the famed shift.
"What's the Frequency Simpson": Similar to the T.V. episode where Lisa and Bart co-anchor a kids' news program. In this comic, Bart and Lisa take over a public access channel to start a new sensation: SimpTV. SimpTV offers such entertaining and informative programs as "Geek Patrol" hosted by Martin Prince, "Bad Boy' starring Nelson Munz, and "In the Kitchen With Wiggum" where Ralph creates many tantalizing dishes involving paste. The television elite of Springfield (aka Krusty the Klown, Troy McClure, Bumblebee Man, Kent Brockman, and Dr. Nick) try to shut the renegade channel down.
"Bumblebee Man in !Ay, Que Lastima!": Short about the trying personal life of the yellow and black striped character we thought we knew.
"The Dame and the Clown": Dragnet take-off where Otto is Detective Friday and Moe helps Marge escape an abusive relationship to return to her true love (Homer the Sailor Man).
"Get Fatty": One of the funniest of this book. This comic has a topic similar to the T.V. show where Springfield is named the nation's fattest city. In this comic, President Clinton plans to shape up the country's fattest town with the "worst cholesterol count in modern history." He sends his fitness ambassador Rainier Wolfcastle (aka McBain) to whip Springfield into shape. The worst offenders must lose 10 pounds in two weeks or face the consequences. Can they (or, more to the point, CAN HOMER) do it?
"The Quest for Yaz": This comic continues the storyline started in the T.V. episode "Three Men and a Comic Book." Milhouse's dream is to own a 1973 Carl Yastzremski baseball card when he had big sideburns--but is Milhouse willing to steal to get it?
Yee-Haw!!, November 19, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from j
This is the first simpsons thing I had ever bought-and once I read it I went and bought a lot more>! This is one of fav. simpsons comics.
Worthy of bearing the name Somsons, July 17, 1999
Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer
Waitresses in the sky is the only bad one in this book.A trip to Simsons mountain is the best.All the others are good too.
I thought this book was the best of the best!!, March 6, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
All four stories were very funny.You should see the T.V. show first.Lisa's top 40 was also funny.I think number 18 was the funniest.I recommend Simpsons Wing Ding.
SIMPSONS WHEREVER YOU GO !!!!!, February 5, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Istambul
This book is so cool.Just when you thought the simpsons coudn't get more funny it happened in this book. It is a simpsons fan must have.
This is one of the best comics of the decade, April 24, 1998
Reviewer: Paula Wolkowicz from argentina
The simpson have been since they appeard, the perfect match between irony and sensitivity. This familiy represents the critisim of the new american way of life. Again, Matt Groeing presents his own world through the exceptionals characters of Lisa, Homero, Bart and of course the little Maggie. As usual with humor and with a solid script, the simpson are still going... now better than ever.