What The?! #1: The Bower Brats meet Clunk and Dagnabbit

You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 85

Satire is a lesson, parody is a game. – Vladimir Nabokov

I can make that into a new song. – Weird Al (probably)

Make a Wish

It is time to get silly! And we are not going to dive into the madness alone. We are going to bring a fan with us.

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The Jokes Get Worse

No, not that kind of fan. The type of fan that actually sees us perform live at a campground and trades a mess of Hero-clix for a really cool tricycle. Of course I am talking about Jeff Polier. He is the guy who reminded us about this issue, and he gets to suffer through it with us.

I’m Huge

What type of insane story is this? Why would we even be covering a parody? Why would anyone want to mock the comic book series they love? None of these are good questions, so we are just going to say that 2/3rds of us find this to be pretty funny, and it is always a sign that you have made it if people want to mock you. At least, that is the story I told myself while I was growing up.

This is Accurate

Do not get us wrong, we love these kids and the comics. But we have to take the time to give them both a little ribbing once in a while. Besides, most of the people working on this issue have done work on the main book. You can tell they love these kids.

That is a Whiner

Now for those of you who do not like parody, well, that is just sad. A good parody is fun. A bad parody is cruel. I am pretty sure that I just made up that quote. Feel free to spread it around and use it in every day communication. I am hoping to one day be remembered as the creator of a useless and annoying quote.

Our Heroes

And I guess we should mention Cloak and Dagger are mocked as well. We hope you enjoy this episodes silliness.

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Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod
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Hackbeat by Kevin MacLeod
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4 thoughts on “What The?! #1: The Bower Brats meet Clunk and Dagnabbit

  1. Hey there guys,

    I hope the weather has gotten better for you and you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday!

    I bought this issue on the spinner rack at Kroger grocery in 1988 off the basis of the cover. The sight of Wolverine roasting marshmallows over the Human Torch is still pretty funny to me. I picked another couple of issues, but not in sequence. I don’t know about your spinner rack collecting but in the stores I was able to get comics, the titles were an arbitrary assortment that would not be consistent from the vendor. If you were able to find two issues in a row of a title, that felt like a small miracle.

    I agree the parody written by Austin was the best he has written! What I was taken with was his inks of June’s pencils. I thought they would probably look really good together in a 22 page story. The Bob’s big boy gag made me laugh this time around knowing the mascot. I don’t even know if that restaurant is around where I live. Another gag I liked was the Donohue bit with the snarks. Memories of being a kid at grandma’s watching this show because she liked Phil’s no nonsense style with some guests and empathy for others. Different times back then.

    I got to read the latest Power Pack story by Ryan North and Nico Leon. It was quite enjoyable, aside from the aging issues of the kids. I know that Alex and Julie aged while in space but, Jack and Katie haven’t? Is there a comics explanation to this? lol.

    I look forward to the next few episodes as you start getting through the Power family adventures outside of their own book. I know there has been talk of New Warriors stuff, but, will the Loners mini be discussed any? Julie was in that group, and outside of a Jason Pearson cover, I have forgotten the particulars of the story.

    Thanks for reading friends,

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    1. Hey, Jeremy.

      Ahhh, yes….spinner racks. The slot machine of my youth. Spin it and see what happens. I always was looking for the least damaged issues in them as well as seeing if I could get a semblance of a run.

      I have fondish memories of watching Phil Donahue with my folks. Ahhh, back in the days of only having one screen in a house and a very limited number of channels. Hard to imagine that now isn’t it?

      The kids ages…oh man, what a nightmare. Everyone is of an indeterminate age now I think. Alex aged five years in space and is in his twenties? Julie got aged up to seventeen to try and be an actress and the others are…some age? I really have no idea if anyone knows their current details. Heck, look at the difference in body styles between Future Foundation and the recent Power Pack mini.

      As to what we are going to be covering… it will be a bunch of stuff. Rick is keeping tabs on that. All I know is that we have a year plus of stuff to still do, past that it is a journey into mystery.

      Catch ya next time, Jeremy.



  2. I haven’t read What The? But I’ll have to give this issue a try sometime.
    Not really related, my kids knew a girl in middle school named Katie Sowers, pronounced like “sours”, and now the evil mirror universe version of the kids has a name. Sower Sack.
    Fun as always, my Back-Men!

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