Spumco Comic Book #1- 1995

I had been debating whether to include this series on here for a while. The books themselves measure 9x12", a little shy of the classic treasury/tabloid size and one that I've used as a general cut-off point on deciding what to include here.

But I got a couple of emails from fans mentioning the series to me, and I concluded that the spirit of the "giant fun comic" idea is firmly in place with this series, so its time to give it the attention it deserves.

The first three issues were published by Dark Horse. And then, oddly, a fourth issue came out under the Marvel imprint, but confusingly numbered "Volume 1, No.1"--normally you'd have to be published by Charlton to get numbering this confusing.

(One final note: these books are pretty hard to find, even on eBay, so until I procure my own copes I got all these images from a blog called Barbie's Sketch Blog, which generously posted all four books in their entirety as PDFs)

 

Comic Book was the brainchild behind Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, and each story in this book carries his indelible stamp, even when he had nothing to do with them directly.

In this issue, stories include "Remote Control Jimmy" and "Fishing Show", plus some goofy "fun fact" pages, all filtered through John K.'s bent perspective. The kind of comic that, had you caught been reading it in, say, 1955, would've been torn from your hands and tossed into the trash, which I'm sure was the exact tone they were going for.

64 pages.

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Spumco Comic Book #2 - 1995

Stories include "For A Quarter", more "Fishing Show" plus two text-pieces, once called "Baby-Sitting the Idiot", the other "Why Girls Love Cartoonists."

64 pages.

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Spumco Comics Book #3 - 1995

Stories include the grotesque (check the cover and multiply) "Baby Comes First" and "The Butcher Shop."

64 pages.

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Spumco Comics Book Vol.2 #1 (#4) - 1997

I absolutely love the idea that Marvel Comics published this. I guess they wanted to stay in business with John K. so badly that they were willing to publish something they normally wouldn't have touched with The Stilt-Man.

Features the book length story "The Turtle Food Collector."

64 pages.

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