Friday, June 16, 2006

Bizzarro Comic Tales #3

Well, I wasn't going to post another Dennis excerpt so soon, but this one's just too bizarre.

Okay there's this crrrazy Billionaire, see? ...And he sees ol' Mr. Wilson out shovelin' snow off his driveway, see? And he gives him a plane ticket and a bunch o' money so he can go around the world and experience Christmas in different lands --on the on the old gentleman's private SST no less-- providing he takes the Dennis gang along for the ride. See? I think Hank Ketcham's Wilson woulda probably taken a swing at the guy at this point...but this is the sedated trying-to-get-into-Heaven Mr. Wilson of the early '70's comics that never yelled or really got mad anymore, so naturally (since we're only on page 3 of a 52 page Xmas Comic Special) he agrees. Next thing you know...

Yep, That guy's wearing a jacket that says "Scrooge SST" Oh, I did I neglect to mention the crazy Billionaire's name actually is "Mr. Scrooge"? *ahem* Yeah.
Anyhow while in France Dennis here gets related to him this little heart-warming tale of Christmas cheer...

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Ah, Nothing says Christmas quite like stories of child butchery and cannibalism...(yikes!) Leave it to the French.
Artwise --A modern art painting in the kids' room? this happened in the 1950's? --And forgive me for noticing that the boys are brought back to life wearing only t-shirts and shoes (Actually my wife pointed it out).


Blogger John Rozum said...

I'm actually pretty familiar with this charming tale of St. Nick and how he came to be the patron saint of children.

I always thought it would be fun to make into a stop motion animated short in the style of the classic Rankin-Bass specials.

It was a little surreal reading the graphic descriptions in Dennis the Menace. Comics have sure come a long way. I had a really cool Scooby-Doo story rejected because it suggested that the monster actually ate his victim, even though we see him intact, and behind the shenanigans at the end of the story. Go figure.

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Blogger John Rozum said...

I'm well familiar with that charming tale of how St. Nick became associated with children.

I've always wanted to adapt it as a short stop motion animated film in the style of the Rankin-Bass holiday specials.

It was a bit surreal to read such graphic descriptions coming from Dennis the Menace. how the comics climate has changed. A plot I'd submitted for the Scooby-Doo comic book was rejected because it implied that the monster ate his victime, even though the alleged victim appears very much alive at the end and very much behind the hoax.

This is a really fun blog to visit. I'm glad you chose to undertake it.

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