The Muppet Show (comics)

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The Muppet Show
Cover to The Muppet Show #1.
Art by Roger Langridge.
Publication information
Publisher Boom! Studios(2009-11)
Disney Publishing / Marvel Comics (2011-present)
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date March 2009 – Present
Number of issues 10
Main character(s) The Muppets
Creative team
Writer(s) Roger Langridge
Artist(s) Roger Langridge
Letterer(s) Deron Bennett
Colorist(s) Digikore Studios
Editor(s) Paul Morrissey
Collected editions
Meet the Muppets ISBN 1-60886-527-4

The Muppet Show is comic book based on the variety television series The Muppet Show and featuring The Muppets. The series was written and drawn by Roger Langridge and published by Boom Kids!, an imprint of Boom! Studios.[1] In 2011, the Boom! license with Disney Publishing Worldwide expired. Disney's own comic book publishing subsidiary, Marvel Comics, renamed the series Muppets and published four issues in 2012.[2]

Issues[edit]

Roger Langridge originally made a special preview for the comic which was originally to be used in the Disney Adventures magazine, which was cancelled in November 2007.

The first two story arcs are renumbered from One, this was changed after the second story arc.

Meet the Muppets (4 Issues)[edit]

  • Issue #3: Gonzo's Story - Osbert J. Smedley, the theater's insurance agent, comes to the theater for some routine questioning. A busy Kermit has Scooter answer Smedley's questions. Mr. Smedley needs to know what species everybody in the theater is, but Scooter's not sure what Gonzo is. Scooter asks Gonzo what he is, but Gonzo states that he's never really thought about it before. Scooter asks around, and nobody else is sure. Eventually, Rizzo comes to the conclusion that Gonzo is a "Gonzo". Scooter gives Smedley the answer, but then after realising who Gonzo is, he realizes that having Gonzo in the theater would raise the premium up to five thousand percent. Gonzo assures a nervous Smedley that his act is risk-free, and offers to let Smedley test out his act, which would involve Smedley getting inside a cannon. A frightened Smedley then claims that there was an error and that the insurance company owes the theater thirty-two cents, and rushes off just before the big finale, which ends up sending Gonzo to the hospital. At the hospital, Scooter begs Gonzo to tell him what he is. Gonzo's reply: "I'm an artist." Other sketches include "Chicken Lake" by Gonzo and the chickens, "Bear on Patrol", "Gumshoe McGurk, Private Eye" with Gonzo in the title role, "Pigs in Space," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Rat" with Gonzo, Rizzo, and the rats, and "Extravagonzo!" (the finale with Gonzo being fired from a cannon).
  • Issue #4: Piggy's Story - The guest star is Madame Rhonda, a psychic. She gives fortunes to various Muppets backstage. When she reads Miss Piggy's fortune, she tells her that she'll lose something valuable and green, referring to her money (as she takes the purse when Piggy isn't looking), but she thinks Madam Rhonda is talking about Kermit. Miss Piggy soon gets jealous when she sees Kermit talking to the other female Muppets. Meanwhile, Kermit, who doesn't believe in Madame Rhonda's fortune telling, eventually lets Fozzie and Gonzo talk him into getting his fortune told. Later, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Madame Rhonda end up in jail, while a police officer explains what happened to his boss. As shown in flashback form, Miss Piggy sees Madame Rhonda reading Kermit's palm and karate chops them both. Miss Piggy then finds out that Madame Rhonda had taken her purse. Madame Rhonda admits to her psychic powers being a scam, and Kermit decides not to press charges on Miss Piggy for karate chopping him. Since the theater is only a short distance away, he decides to walk back with Miss Piggy, but then they remember that Miss Piggy is supposed to be in the closing number. They rush back to the theater just in time for Miss Piggy to sing the final line. Other sketches include "An Editorial by Sam the Eagle" revolving around gullibility, "Veterinarian's Hospital," The Talking Houses sketch, the Muppet Labs sketch, and "Pigs in Space."

The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson (4 Issues)[edit]

  • Issue #3: Follow the Money - Due to the buried treasure, Kermit decides to have a pirate-themed closing number. He instructs Gonzo to go to the library and do some research on who Peg-Leg Wilson was. Meanwhile, it's revealed that Kismet and Rizzo have been working together and planning on splitting the treasure, but then Kismet decides that he'll split it with whoever finds the treasure first, who could be the dwarves he has working for him. Kismet also reveals that he's after Miss Piggy's jewelry. Kismet comes to Piggy's rescue in a melodrama "The Perils of Piggy" and tells her that he wants to see her in her jewelry. Miss Piggy is soon dressed in a lot of gold jewelry, but the dwarves run after her. They soon realize that the gold and jewelry are fake, and they leave her locked up behind the wall. With Miss Piggy seemingly missing, Link talks Kermit into using the robotic Piggy that was in the shows "Pigs in Space" sketch during the closing number "H.M.S. Pinafore" in which the cast sings "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General", using a very expensive set on loan. Unfortunately, the robotic Piggy runs amok and destroys the set, costing Kermit thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, The Electric Mayhem attempt to get Animal back to normal by instructing him to hit several fleas thrown at his drums, expecting him to become a wild drummer again. However, Animal has become a Buddhist and is not allowed to harm living beings. The fleas put on an act on Animal's drum set "Julius Prunes Amazing Flea Circus" and they later give Animal a trophy for being the only guy who was ever kind to them.
  • Issue #4: Be It Ever So Humble... - The search for treasure starts to cause damage to the Muppet Theater. Meanwhile, The Electric Mayhem decides to drop Animal as their drummer, replacing him with M.A.M.M.A. A saddened Animal recalls that Bunsen told him that he can stop his treatment whenever he wants, and Animal gives up his pills quickly becoming his old self again. Kermit finds Rizzo and reminds him that the Muppet Theater is more than just a theater, it's Rizzo's home. Rizzo tries to tell the other rats to stop, but they won't listen. Meanwhile, Kismet tricks Bunsen and Beaker into leaving the laboratory so that he can steal Bunsen's latest invention, x-ray glasses, and use it to find the treasure. Kismet finds that the treasure is in the basement. However, as soon as he finds the treasure, Miss Piggy shows up with a cop telling him to arrest Kismet for replacing her jewels with shabby fake replacements. Kismet tells her that the originals turned out to be fake as well, but Piggy is aware of this. She just thought hers were the best fakes money could buy. A monster named Rumpelstiltskin is ordered by a dwarf to smash a pillar, which will destroy the whole Muppet Theater and make the treasure easy to find (not knowing that it had been found). Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo all tell him that if he wants to break down the theater, he'd have to get through them. Rumpelstiltskin is about to do so anyway, until Miss Piggy informs everybody that the treasure's been found. As they are about to open the treasure chest, Animal crashes through the theater on a construction ball, destroying the Muppet Theater. All that's in the treasure chest are letters written by Peg-Leg Wilson and his wife which after reading the letters, makes them realize that the Muppet Theater itself was the treasure. Soon, the stamps on all the letters end up being worth exactly the same amount as the costs to repair the Muppet Theater, and Kermit decides to take The Muppet Show on the road, but can only afford to travel to four towns. Other sketches include "A Young Frog's Guide to Stamp Collecting", "Muppet Labs", "Veterinarian's Hospital", and an act from Gonzo.

After Peg-Leg Wilson, The Muppet Show Comic Book continued as an ongoing series, and started with a new #0.

Ongoing series[edit]

Pigs in Space: The Movie (1 Issue)[edit]

On the Road (3 Issues)[edit]

  • Issue #2: His Wackiness, Clint Wacky! - The Muppets hire Clint Wacky as a temporary replacement for Fozzie, and the Muppets also pick up Clint Wacky's writers Mr. Stadler and Mr. Waltorf. They perform at Little Statwald, home to only two families (Statler and Waldorf's families). Clint Wacky tells insulting jokes which the audience likes, but Kermit and Scooter decide they don't want the show to be known for insulting the audience. Scooter offers to write new material for Mr. Wacky, but Clint turns it down stating that he gets compensation if his material gets rewritten or if he gets fired, but since it's okay for Clint Wacky to quit at any time, the Muppets try to find a way to get him to leave. Eventually, Rizzo the Rat tricks Clint into thinking that Hollywood finally wants him, and Clint rushes away. However, this means that the show is without a closing comedian. Since Scooter had written plenty of comedy material, he goes on-stage. At first he has no luck, but then Dr. Teeth tells him to lose the script and improvise, and Scooter ends up succeeding with the audience. Other sketches include "The Woodland Gerbils", "Pigs in Space", "The Talking Caravans", and Fozzie Bear in "Garbage".
  • Issue #3: Box Clever - The Muppets finally return to the Muppet Theater and put on their first show at the newly-rebuilt Muppet Theater. A package addressed to Fozzie (who hasn't gotten back yet) arrives as well. The various Muppets want to know what's in the package, but Kermit suggests they wait until Fozzie comes back. Eventually, it's decided to put the package in the basement, but everybody (including Kermit) sneaks down to try to open it. Eventually, they decide to open the package. It turns out that Fozzie was in the package (he had enough money to mail himself, but mistakenly addressed it to himself) and Fozzie joins the Muppets for the closing number. Statler and Waldorf are excited about Fozzie's return so they can throw stuff at him. Meanwhile, Gonzo decides to raise money for charity by traveling in a number of ways (covered by Louis Kazagger) including running, moving bathtub, and cannon. He makes it back to the Muppet Theater during the closing number. Gonzo had planned on giving the money to the "Chessington Wasp Society." But due to a scandal, Gonzo changes his mind. Fozzie suggests giving the money to a charity for retired gentlemen theater patrons. Other sketches include "Muppet Labs," "Veterinarian's Hospital," "Pigs in Space," and "At the Dance."

Family Reunion (4 Issues)[edit]

  • Issue #6 - Skeeter and Robin believe that Robin is being sent to an orphanage. Also in this issue are "Walk Like a Chicken" with Gonzo and the Chickens, The Frog Scouts in an all-mine production of "Death of a Salesman", Wayne and Wanda singing "Mighty Like a Rose", "Pigs in Space", and a closing number featuring Kermit and Robin, backed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Dustbin as well as an appearance by Beauregard's cousin Mo.[5]

Muppet Mash[edit]

  • Issue #11: The Curse of Beaker - Dr. Bunsen Honeydew decides to invent a robot version of Beaker in order to give Beaker a break from his work.

The Four Seasons[edit]

  • Issue #12: Spring Muppets - Colonel Marmaduke Bunch and Meredith Gorilla guest star. Floyd Pepper refers to as "the greatest primate-based song-and-dance act in showbiz. Meredith and Animal fall for each other to the dismay of her former lover, Bruce. Animal ends up leaving her after she ruins his drum set from playing too rough, and she gets back together with Bruce.
  • Issue #13: Summer Muppets - The Muppets do a show at the beach. Before they head for the beach, Fozzie gets a letter from The Whatnot Theater offering him a summer position. Fozzie accepts, but since he and Scooter were supposed to do an act together, Scooter has to audition a replacement. Although it's summer, it eventually snows right as Scooter found a replacement in Frosty the Polar Bear. Meanwhile at the Whatnot Theater, Fozzie finds that the cast is very similar to the Muppets like Dermot the Dog (a dog parody of Kermit the Frog), Miss Tiggy (a tiger parody of Miss Piggy), Doctor Tongue, Bonzo the Great (a monkey version of Gonzo), a carrot parody of Animal who plays the spoons, and a British bulldog parody of Sam the Eagle (down to wearing the Union Jack flag). Fozzie learns that his gig is as a replacement for the resident beaver Ozzy (who's leaving because of a bigger opportunity). Fozzie eventually returns to the Muppets since many of the Whatnots believe their show to be what performers do before something better comes along while Fozzie always saw what he does as what he is, but wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Issue #14: Fall Muppets - Pops gets a letter from the Stage Doorman Union informing him that union rules require him to retire at his age, something he doesn't really want to do. Pops trains his nephew Nat Crotchet to take over his duties while Gonzo gets the gang together for a meeting where they intend to switch Pops' birth certificate and then distract the union before they notice the name is not his. However, nobody at the theater has their birth certificate except for Miss Piggy (who's not thrilled with having to use her birth certificate, yet she also has to go through several files to find it). Eventually, Pops finds his birth certificate, and it turns out he's five years younger than he thought he was (Pops had stopped celebrating his birthday and forgot how old he actually was) and doesn't need to retire. Nat Crotchet reveals to Kermit that Pops lied about his age when he joined the army, but suffered memory loss and mistakenly thought he really was the age he lied about being. Nat had found Pops' real birth certificate and came to switch it in his office for Pops to find, a skill he had learned when he was a spy (which he had failed to mention to the others).

Spin-off titles[edit]

Muppet Robin Hood (4 Issues)[edit]

An adaption of Robin Hood with Kermit the Frog starring as Robin of Loxley as he and his Merry Men takes on Prince John (played by Johnny Fiama), the Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Sam Eagle) and the wicked Gonzo of Gisbourne (played by Gonzo the Great).

Cast[edit]

Cameo appearances by Nigel (the one from Muppets Tonight, issue #2), Wayne and Wanda (issue #2), Bean Bunny (issue #3), the Snowths (issue #3), Lubbock Lou (issue #3), Gramps (issue #3), Zeke (issue #3), Beauregard (issue #4), Spamela Hamderson (issue #4), Fleet Scribbler (issue #4), and Andy and Randy Pig (issue #4)

Muppet Peter Pan (4 issues)[edit]

An adaption of Peter Pan with Kermit the Frog in the title role, Miss Piggy as Piggytink, Janice, Scooter, and Bean Bunny as the Darling children, and Gonzo as Captain Gonzo

Cast[edit]

Muppet King Arthur (4 Issues)[edit]

An adaption of King Arthur with Kermit the Frog in the title role.

Cast[edit]

Cameo appearances by Delbert the La Choy Dragon (on a shield), a Skeksis from The Dark Crystal, Lew Zealand, Zoot, Floyd Pepper, Dr. Teeth, Slim Wilson, Statler and Waldorf, Pigs, Penguins, Rizzo the Rat, Seymour the Elephant, Foo-Foo, Sweetums, Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Clueless Morgan, Catgut the Cat from The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, Leroy the Donkey from The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, T.R. the Rooster from The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, Rover Joe the Dog from The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, Mahna Mahna, the Snowths, Beauregard, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Gaffer the Cat, Sir Cumnavigate, Teporter, Sir Mount, Crickets, Geri and the Atrics, Baskerville the Hound, Sir Render, Susan Boil, Swedish Chef, Sal Minella, Bobo the Bear, Hilda, Mildred Huxtetter, Angel Marie, Doglion, Camels, Camel Lot Owner, Tin Man, a Dragon, Scooter, Pepe the King Prawn, Professor Phineas A. Plot, Angus McGonagle, Lips, Quongo the Gorilla, Thog, Kangaroo, Marvin Suggs, Louis Kazagger, Crazy Harry, Uncle Deadly, Bobby Benson, Koozebanian Phoob, Mean Mama, Lou, Gladys, Jim, Pops, Whatnots, The Frackles, Cows, and Horses.

Muppet Snow White (4 Issues)[edit]

An adaptation of Snow White with Spamela Hamderson as the title character.

Cast[edit]

Cameo appearances by Foo-Foo, Beauregard, Sam Eagle, Uncle Deadly, Crazy Harry, Dead Tom from Muppet Treasure Island, Headless Bill from Muppet Treasure Island, Marvin Suggs, Angus McGonagle, Bobby Benson, Johnny Fiama, Wayne and Wanda, Mahna Mahna, The Snowths, Sal Minella, Bad Polly, Clueless Morgan, Mad Monty, Annie Sue, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Thog, Doglion, Timmy Monster, The Mutations, Behemoth, Beautiful Day Monster, Blue Frackle, Green Frackle, Big V, Gorgon Heap, Luncheon Counter Monster, and the Dragon from Sleeping Beauty.

There were also brief glimpses of Ace Yu from Dog City, Bugsy Them from Dog City, Clifford, Mean Mama, Beard from The Jim Henson Hour, Slim Wilson, the Yoda Muppet from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Ernst Stavros Grouper (mention only), Howard Tubman, Rhonda the Raccoon from Jim Henson's Animal Show, Morton the Beaver from Jim Henson's Animal Show, Carter, Baskerville the Hound, Angel Marie, and Banana Nose Maldonado.

Muppet Sherlock Holmes (4 Issues)[edit]

An adaption of Sherlock Holmes with Gonzo as the title character, Fozzie Bear as Dr. Watson, Kermit the Frog as Inspector Lestrade, and Miss Piggy in various female leads.

Cast[edit]

Camero appearances by Animal, Floyd Pepper, Mahna Mahna, Scooter, and Skeeter.

Reception[edit]

Dan Crown of IGN gave the first issue an 8.2 out of ten, saying "The idea of using a sketch comedy show as a vehicle for various and unique comic strips is borderline inspired. This book isn't just funny, in some ways it's revolutionary."[8]

Eye on Comics gave the first issue a 9/10.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Shea, Tim (July 13, 2009). "Talking Comics with Tim: Roger Langridge". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Marvel and Disney Publishing Worldwide launch Disney•Muppets Presents giant-sized comic". Marvel Comics. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Q&A with Roger Langridge #7 at ToughPigs.com
  4. ^ Review of issue #5 at ToughPigs.com
  5. ^ Review of issue #6 at ToughPigs.com
  6. ^ Preview of issue #8 (with sample pages) at ToughPigs.com
  7. ^ Review of issue #8 at ToughPigs.com
  8. ^ Muppet Show #1 Review, IGN, March 25, 2009
  9. ^ It’s Time to Play the Music…, Eye on Comics, March 23, 2009

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