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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 300

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

We’re up to #300!!! Woohoo!

We need a special comic for this number, and luckily for us, Bongo Comics’ Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror IS that special comic! This wonderful yearly anthology is always a fun read, but for today, let’s spotlight the very first one! With stories by Mike Allred, Jeff Smith and James Robinson!!!


First off, the idea of Bongo to get three of the most critically-acclaimed comic creators of 1995 to do their first Treehouse of Horror comic (which itself was a spin-off of the show’s yearly Halloween episode) was inspired.

Allred’s story (written and inked by Allred, with breakdowns by Luis Escobar and pencils by Bill Morrison) is a riff on Little Shop of Horrors…

After the plant seemingly dies, Bart steals it from the trash and, well, hilarity ensues…

Naturally, even MORE hilarity ensues after this – but you’ll have to read the story to find out what!

In Smith’s story (written by Smith with breakdowns by Smith, pencils by Stephanie Gladden and inks by Morrison), we see a take-off of Moby Dick…Simpsons-style!

Finally, in Robinson’s story (written by Robinson, with layouts by Chris Roman and finishes by Morrison – they really used Morrison a lot in this comic!), we see the Simpsons version of the Cat People!!!

Neat stuff!

And, as a special #300 bonus, I’ll add the last page, where Matt Groening created little costumes for Bart based on the famous creations of each of the aforementioned creators!!

Cool, huh?


The first two look incredibly hilarious and well done, but the Robinson one felt like it was overwritten and trying too hard. Maybe if I read it in its entirety it would redeem itself to me. But overall looks like a great book.

That last page is nice, and Morrison and the others do a good job working in the house style, but I like the later issues more because they had creators doing the art too. I want to see Allred and Smith’s interpretation of the Simpons as cartoonists, not just writing.

Wouldn’t any Treehouse of Horror story fit? I’m partial to Evan Dorkin’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers take-off, as well as the short story bonding The Simpsons with Death Note, starring Bart as Kira, Krusty as Ryuk, and Lisa (seemingly) as L. That one won Best Short Story at the Eisners last year.

I have this comic, it must be a decade since I read it. Oh the nostalgia…

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