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The Comic Book Fools of April – Aunt May, Herald of Galactus!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at a suggestion from reader Lee S., who wished to see the Mike Carlin, Greg LaRocque and Mike Esposito tale of Aunt May and Franklin Richards teaming up to stop Galactus in the pages of Marvel Team-Up (issue #137, to be precise)…

The issue, which was part of Marvel’s “Assistant Editor’s Month” (where all their books were put out under the premise that the Assistant Editors were in charge that month, so each book tried to do something a bit different that month – some went for outright wackiness while others just tried to do slightly different types of stories), had a cover which noted that this team-up was “Not a Hoax! Not a What If! Not an Imaginary Story!”

It opened with Nova, Galactus’ then herald, dying after a planet decided to destroy itself rather than give itself over to Galactus for him to feed on them (with the theory being that their sacrifice might serve to kill Galactus through starvation). Nova is killed in the explosion.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker is at the circus with Aunt May and the Fantastic Four are all there with Franklin Richards. Reed discovers a situation in San Diego, so the FF has to leave. Peter figures that he should help out, as well, and while they’re all gone, he figures that Aunt May can watch Franklin (who naturally doesn’t want to leave the circus).

A weakened Galactus searches out a new herald and figures Franklin would do well, since he already has so much power in his little body, but Aunt May takes her protector duties seriously…

Franklin has a brainstorm as to what could help Galactus find nourishment…

Then the comic becomes basically an extended riff on the idea of the famous superhero Hostess ads, as Golden Oldie discovers a peculiar planet…

I’ll let you seek out this issue (it shouldn’t be too expensive to find) to see how they resolve everything (while keeping true to their promise on the cover)!!


Ha ha! Funny stuff right there. I love how it’s like one of those Hostess ads that used to run in the comics, but made into a “real” story, not just a throwaway commercial.

Oh, and as an aside, Brian, it would be greatly appreciated by me if these posts mentioned the date of the comics. I can place this issue in the early ’80s by the look of it, but it’s nice to know.

I can’t believe I’ve never heard or seen of this issue this one.

lol i remembered how hilerious i found it when Galactus turned aunt may to the golden oldie not to mention the issue shows that aunt may does take her duties serious to even work for Galactus plus the giant twinkie planet shows marvel does have a sense of humor.though the alien cook looks like a really mad rip of the pilsbury doughboy

Ethan: Indeed, early ’80s. MTU #137 was cover dated January 1984.

“Hold… I’m mistaken.”

One of my top ten favorite issues ever. I have a friend that I always go to conventions with, and at one of them I was trying to convince him that it was worth it to spend $1.25 on this issue. He wouldn’t. So, I plunked down the buck and a quarter to buy it for him. I simply could not let him walk out of there without that issue in his bag – no Marvel fan and no Hostess ad fan should miss this issue.

Looks like a cross between the Pillsbury Doughboy and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man…

“Silence, Aged One!”
Bwa ha ha!

One of the highlights of the very strong output of Assistant Editor’s Month. I only have a handful needed to complete my collection of these! Woohoo! :) Almost all of them are amazingly cheap (though I bet “The Boy Who Collects Spider-Man” goes for a few shekels these days) and worth picking up

I loved the Assistant Editor’s Month event, and still have many of those featured issues in my collection, including this Marvel Team-Up. You might consider the issue of Avengers that came out during this same event, #239 iirc. The Avengers make an appearance on David Letterman’s Late Night Show on NBC.

I loved the Hostess ads as much as the stories in my Archie and Harvey comics as a kid, so this was always a favorite issue of mine growing up.

I saw this on the rack as a kid, but I couldn’t reach up that high at the time.

I bought this one when it was brand new and I’ve always loved it.

Matthew Johnson

April 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

What makes this work is the way it goes off the rails so gradually… the first few pages seem like a perfectly normal issue of the comic, then it gets into “OK, I can sort of see this, but it’ll all be back to normal by the end”… and then the PIllsbury Doughboy shows up.

Hey, that’s me! Thanks for using my suggestion. I suppose I should finish that Assistant Editors’ Month web page I started. (Of course, I think I’m still missing a couple issues.) All the issues are cover dated January ’84.

I just got this a few weeks back for 50 cents, or maybe 75. It’s an entertaining read, although —

Wait, I can’t go into that or it goes into a spoiler.

I first read about “Golden Oldie” in the Jeff Rovin Encyclopedia of Super-Heroes, and it sounded so goofy I HAD to have the book, so seeing it for real cheap was a treat.

Galactus should totally be chowing down on sponge cake goodness all the time.

I have this comic. And it made me laugh! :D The whole Assistant Editor’s Month thing was an unexpected, but enjoyable thing. Is it me, or did comics feel more friendly to the reader back then?

Btw, for those of you who want a hint for the story’s spoiler: there’s a option missing in that classic “Not a hoax, not an imaginary story!” line. If you recall the whole thing, you’ll know what the secret is. ;)

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