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31 Days of Comics – A Comic That Made You Laugh

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I figured it would be a fun bit to do, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 24, which is A Comic That Made You Laugh.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!

Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle is one of those books where you might really need to see it to believe it.

Every issue Kupperman delivers thirty-odd pages of the most delightfully absurd ideas that you can imagine, to the point where I don’t know if simply describing the comic would do it justice.

Every issue is roughly as good as each other, so I’ll just show you some samples from the first issue.

The first issue is split into different sections – a kids section, an adults section and an old people section. It is strictly enforced…

Here’s one of his most “out there” jokes period, and this is a guy who does lots of “out there” jokes!

Here are probably his two most famous characters, Snake and Bacon, who go on all sorts of adventures (they’re tough cops in the Dirty Harry style sometimes, but here they are time travelers trying to figure out who killed Casanova) while, of course, only saying “Ssss” (from the Snake) and describing the many attributes of bacon (from the Bacon)

Trippy.

Brace yourself for…Pagus!

Finally, I’m glad that this debate is finally finished…

Kupperman is awesome.

The most recent issue of Tales Designed to Thrizzle might actually be the funniest yet. It included the Eisner Award winning short story about the TRUE story behind man’s first journey to the Moon (it involves all sorts of crazy shit, including Lt. Columbo being sent to the moon to investigate a murder aboard Apollo 11)

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Boy, there were a lot in this category that my friend and I used to look at in the early 80s: Fantastic Four Roast, What If #34, the No-Prize Book, Legion of Substitute Heroes…all really corny, but a lot of fun.

More recently, I think Preacher and Transmetropolitan have given me some chuckles.

But the one my mind keeps coming back to is Helfer’s “The Shadow”, especially with Kyle Baker. An odd choice (and one I haven’t revisited in decades), but I just remember finding the over-the-top violence and morbid ludicrousness hilarious (an image of chasing Shadow’s severed head down a hill comes to mind) right up until the last issue with the bizarre Robo-Shadow turn. I really gotta reread that run soon…

Tales Designed to Thrizzle looks to be right up my ally. I’ll have to order a copy today.

“My penis owes money to gangsters. Classic”

I’ll go with Kate Beaton’s “Hark, a vagrant” which is great if your a comic, history, or candian history nerd like me.

Heres a strip she did about Black Canary at a metal show.

http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=351

A comic which genuinely made me laugh is ”Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.”. The many ways Warren Ellis simply puts absurdity into the story and goes wild with it is quite fun, but it’s the dialogue and the complete lack of seriousness that got me to chuckle and laugh quite a lot.

The Fin Fan Foom part was especially funny.

I gotta go with Deadpool #11. I laugh all the way through, every time.

Pretty much anything by Evan Dorkin, especially Milk & Cheese and his “4-panel comics” (Myron the Living Voodoo Doll is excellent).

tom fitzpatrick

January 25, 2014 at 7:26 am

MAJOR BUMMER is a good one.
NEXTWAVE, PREACHER, TRANSMETROPOLITAN sure round out the quartet.

The Ambush Bug mini-series definitely. And if you can ever find it, I highly recommend the Ambush Bug module for the original DC Super Heroes role playing game.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle and the also aforementioned Hark! A Vagrant are some of the funniest things around!

Also, the Perry Bible Fellowship is a brilliant next evolution of the Far Side aesthetic. It’s both hilarious and artistically impressive.

Though I usually don’t laugh at a lot of Japanese comics, I really loved School Rumble (though I wonder how good it will be on rereading) and am currently impressed with Onepunch Man, about a super-hero who is so powerful he can beat any enemy in one punch… and finds himself a bit bored with the whole thing. It’s moving away from the gags a bit, but it is still a good series.

Also, the really early chapters of Dragonball still has some gags I laugh at.

I’m not the biggest Peanuts fan, but I think that the very first Peanuts strip is still wickedly funny. Check it out if you haven’t seen it.

People have already mentioned Preacher, Nextwave, and Deadpool (Though I would also specify the current series #1-6. The Dead Presidents arc was laugh out loud funny all the way through.), so I’m going to mention PAD’s X-Factor. He always finds a way to inject levity, usually with banter. I’m really looking forward to his interpretation of Warlock in the new series.

Captain Haddock

January 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

I would echo Michael P and the Fourth Man. Deadpool #11 is the single funniest comic I’ve ever read, and Hark a Vagrant is always always funny.
And, of course, any Calvin and Hobbes strip.
I also ave a soft spot for any Archie story by Samm Schwartz and Frank Doyle.

Aside from some already mentioned, I’ll add Boom’s Darkwing Duck, Blue Beetle before the New 52 relaunch, Damage Control, Atomic Robo…

I could go on.

Two more:

Waid//Ramos era Impulse: chronicling the adventures of a hyper-impatient speedster in a small Alabama town. The third issue was awesome . . . Bart inadvertently gets into a fight with most of the school, and winds up winning without having to throw a punch.

Priest/Bright’s Quantum & Woody: Sorry, but the relaunch doesn’t measure up, especially the bits from #10, where Woody swapped bodies with Eric and didn’t want to touch another guy’s junk while going to the restroom.

Flaming Carrot! Remember when the evil umpires took over the Umpire State Building and they were keeping the cops at bay by throwing pennies at them from the top stories?

The ‘Commuter’ story from Spider-Man.

An old Archie I read in a digest once, called ‘Name Game’. It consisted entirely of Archie, Betty, Veronica, (and one unknown guy who showed up at the end) all saying each other’s names over and over. It was brilliant.

Every single answer I had was already listed by the rest of you, so I’ll add Cowboy Wally by Kyle Baker. It’s a rambling story about a kids show host and his entertainment “empire.” Never have I laughed so hard at the phrase “minced churlishly.”

Tales Designed to Thrizzle was my first thought.

The original The Tick comics are really funny. The Incredible Herc series by Pak and Van Lente was consistently funny.

Metal men by giffen and co. Really funny

“I’ve been planning to destroy the Breakworld since I was a child.”

“This is why I don’t make jokes.”

Bone, Hourman, Dan Slott’s She-Hulk, Hack/Slash, Saga…

If you man actually laugh out loud, I think I’ve legit loled at Archie (especially the classic Jughead stories) on at least one occasion. Possibly Hitman as well.

I can’t believe no one has mentioned World’s Funnest by Evan Dorkin and a slew of artists in a Bat-Mite vs Mr Mxyzptlk stand off. Lots of comics and DC in-jokes that still make me laugh out loud.

Artists include Mike Allred, Brian Bolland, Frank Cho, Dave Gibbons, Jaime Hernandez, Stuart Immonen, Phil Jimenez, Doug Mahnke, Frank Miller, Sheldon Moldoff, Alex Ross, Scott Shaw, Ty Templeton, Bruce Timm, and Scott Lye.

I’d also mention Bizarro Comics.

Most of the stuff Evan Dorkin does is a blast to read. I also have to add Joe Kelly’s run on Deadpool, which struck a good balance of humor and pathos. Gotta love the finale, when Wade told an endless horde of people he killed that he’d kill them all over again . . . then he’d go back in time, impregnate their mothers to ensure their existences . . . then kill them again. Then he fought them while butchering the theme song to The Love Boat. Also: the time he kicked a possessed Captain America in the nuts. Great times.

Did anyone say Heckler yet?

There’s some really funny stuff in Cerebus.

Dorkin stuff, as has been mentioned.

Crater XV and the first volume as well, whose name escapes me right now. Dang.

Seth knows I’m down with Yotsuba&!

Numerous other things that I’m just not thinking of.

And looking over at Seth’s site, I saw the Bad Machinery review, and the Case of the Team Spirit book that Oni put out was hilarious. Great stuff, almost stealthily funny. Seth’s review is really good at pointing out why it’s good, too.

A few months ago, Greg Burgas and I put together a list of what we thought were, like, the funniest comics we knew. If you like laughing and like comics, I recommend you peruse that list. It’s pretty wonderful.

For today’s category, I’m going with one of those books, the absurdly absurd Screw-On Head—an adventure drama with that bizarro 19-century flair. Screw-On Head is basically just a head with screw threading on his neck, allowing him to be attached to a variety of bodies. He works (at least some of the time) for Abraham Lincoln. The whole thing is worth a look. It’s only a single issue. Which is either perfect or a tragedy.

Also, if you like, you can watch an animated episode that captures some of the same charm.

http://youtu.be/_64GdGhuOkU

Forgot to mention Reid Fleming: World’s Toughest Milkman. It’s ridiculous.

Sleeper #11 has a great line that just comes out of nowhere considering the issue is about Holden’s worst-case scenario: He and Miss Misery have been captured and tortured for information. Misery and Holden’s ex, Veronica are both trying to protect him by saying he’s an undercover agent, and Slayton (AKA Slay) is starting to wonder if it’s true, so:
“You wanna hear something funny, Carver? I’ve got two different women telling me the exact same thing. What do you think that means?”
“Well, Slayton, I’d say that means it really IS too small.”

Lesse… What Else:

Ambush Bug. For all time.

Secret Six (“What? It was self defense! Guy clearly had a gun.” “He didn’t have a gun, Lawton.” “Okay, so it was murder. Who cares?”)

Transmetropolitan (“Hey! Bill Chimpfucker!” and the whole dumpster rant from #25.)

I’ll second Cowboy Wally and add Why I Hate Saturn: “You’re not going to hit me with that bottle of Scotch. You might break it. That’s against the alcoholic’s code!” “it’s Been Unusually Rainy. I’ll Eventually Drown. Peace And Understanding – L.”

I don’t think a series has had me laughing more than Azumanga Daioh!, one of the funniest comics ever

I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Justice League by Giffen, Maguire, and DeMatteis. Funniest comic I have ever read.

Ooh to many

Viz
Justice League International
Groo
Asterix
All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder
Preacher
Jesus and Mo
Perry Bible Fellowship

And of course Ambush Bug – particularly Son of Ambush Bug

Amazing Screw-On Head, Star Wars: Tag & Bink Are Dead, Fearless Defenders, Starman…

@Travis – You’re thinking of Far Arden, the saddest funniest book around.

Stig’s Inferno by Ty Templeton (available in full on the web here: http://www.templetons.com/ty/stig/)

Peter David’s first two issues at Marvel, Amazing Spider-Man #273 & 274 (unless my numbering is off!). #273 features Spidey following a thief all the way to New Jersey and is unable to webswing anywhere due to the lack of skyscrapers (amongst other ridiculousness). #274 guest starred the Toad as he tries to turn over a new leaf and become Spidey’s sidekick. (Parental discretion required, as Peter has a nightmarish vision of Toad in a Black Cat suit.) I still dig those out from the archives for a laugh now and then.

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Everyone covered most of my choices, and Brian already covered “Achewood” in a previous entry. Since “Perry Bible Fellowship” stopped updating regularly (the creator said he was quitting comics, but still posts like twice a year or so {?}), I’ve been getting a similar feel from “Three Word Phrase”.

It veers between PBF-level cleverness and straight-up doody-poopy stupidity (the good kind). For an example of the latter, there was a recent strip where NASA Mission Control is watching two astronauts attempting a space dock, and it ends up they are referring to the male/male sex act known as “docking”. If you can handle that, that’s about as bad as it gets. But I won’t lie, I laughed.

I’m also mentioning Nextwave just to say that I had to stop reading after two pages into the first issue because it made me laugh so hard. Can’t think at the moment of any other comic book that made me laugh as Nextwave did.

Deadpool #11. One of the funniest comics in history, if not the #1…..

Major Bummer from DC – does anyone else remember that? Sometimes after I finish laughing I feel like I’m one hand clapping.

You see a monster,
Or a pirate,
Electric Emu,
I giant sky rat
A midget hitler,
Or Pontius Pilate?!
CALL NEXTWAVE!!!!

Star Wars Tag and Bink are Dead.

Fantastic Four #1 latest volume where the Thing us worried about scrubbing a video of himself from the internet.

The aforementioned JLI, of course. But I’ll add Hitman and the early issues of Punisher by Ennis.

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