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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 348

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 continue the Cool Christmas Comic Countdown with a bizarre Pinky and the Brain Christmas Special, courtesy of writers David Cody Geiss and Bobbi JG Geiss and artists Walter Carzon and Mike DeCarlo….


In case you are unfamiliar with the animated series, Pinky and the Brain, SHAME ON YOU!!! Seriously, though, it is a cool show about these two lab mice who try different ways to take over the world (Brain is the guy who comes up the nefarious plots).

In this Christmas Special (from 1996), Brain has an idea…

This, of course, sets up the plot that they have to go to the North Pole to pretend to be elves to get access to the toys…

As you can see, hilarity ensues – and it just gets wackier and crazier as the issue goes on.

This was a real treat of an issue by the Geisses, and the artwork was strong. This is a really underrated Christmas special (mostly because I doubt many people even know about it).


Man, I OWN this one. I have a bunch of the Pinky and the Brain comics and a large amount of the Animaniacs comics too. Not even sure how I got them all. Partially due to the multipacks of comics places like Toys R Us used to sell. Unfortunately, if you got a few of those packs, you’d tend to get multiple copies of some of the issues.

But yeah, seeing this, it’s pretty good. But the guy who does Brain’s voice really enhanced that cartoon. YES!

He did an impression of Orson Welles where he’s talking about how green some peas were, that their very pea-ness was marvelous. (Say it out loud kids!) (Unless that actually was Welles, I know he was hurting for work towards the end…)


The impression of Orson Welles discussing peas appeared on the cartoon The Critic.

His impression of an old Welles bootleg of Welles arguing with some commercial producers actually made it onto Animaniacs with some of the more offensive references being toned down for a kids’ cartoon. For example, in the bootleg, Welles says that if someone can explain to him how to emphasize something a certain way, he’ll go down on them. In the cartoon, it’s changed to “make cheese.”

I own this comic, as well, and it’s funny because it just recently turned up at my parents’ home and re-read it. It’s absolutely hilarious and stands up well.

Brain’s voice actor was the incredibly talented Maurice LaMarche. (And while I can imagine his voice reading Brain’s lines here, it just isn’t the same without actually hearing him and Rob Paulsen (Pinky) delivering the dialogue…)

Is this a retelling of the animated special? Which, IMHO, is simply the greatest Christmas special of all time.

“After work, Brain, we’ve been invited to a party with the reindeer over at Donner’s!”

“Somehow, Pinky, I don’t want to be part of any Donner party…”

But, of course, the best is…

“Might you have, in that big old bag of yours…the world?” followed by Brain actually pulling the plug on his one successful plan!


The impression of Orson Welles discussing peas appeared on the cartoon The Critic.

There was definitely a Pinky and the Brain one. It is on the Youtubes.

I was digging around my comics and came across this one, so I had to read it. It’s pretty good, although I think you have the best stuff shown here.

I also came across an Animaniacs one, but that apparently adapts an Animaniacs TV special. Not as good as the P&B.

Have you done, or will you do, the Superman #64, “Metropolis Mailbag” by Jurgens and Guice, from about 1991, I think? I came across that one too, and it’s (I wanna say heartwarming, but because of a plot point, it sounds like I’m being “punny”). Good stuff.

Dear Brian Cronin,
Thank you for your words!
It was a pleasure for me to work in all Pinky and The Brain’s comics for DC.
Big Hug!

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