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05/28/2014 Non-Canonical Wednesday: Puppets in Space

 

 

On Wednesday’s we try to focus on Trek stories and parodies that cannot be considered canon by any stretch of the imagination. Though we will try stick with comics, we will not be limited to them.

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Today’s Story: Muppet Babies #13: Out of This World (Marvel/Star, May 1987)

 

The Muppet Babies the TV show aired from 1984 to 1990. A generation of children grew-up watching infant versions of the Muppets doing what Muppets do best, parodying mainstream entertainment.  The cartoon itself was a spin-off/parody of an imaginary sequence within the movie The Muppets Take Manhattan.

 

Around this time, Marvel Comic created a new imprint to focus on “Kiddie Comics” called Star Comics. Star Comics released comic book versions of Alf, Masters of the Universe, Spider-Ham, and in 1985 they released a comic book series based on the Muppet Babies cartoon. Within its 26 issue run, the Muppets parodied classic tales like “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Robin Hood”  as well as the modern movies of time like Star Wars and Star Trek. The Trek universe was parodied on several occasions, one such being issue 13’s story titled “Out of This World”.

 

Muppet Babies 13 - Out of this World

 

Written by Bill Prady  and Art by Marie Severin. The story tells the tale of the USS Swinetrek (same ship used in classic “Pigs in Space” segments in The Muppet Show), now captained by Captain Kermit and crewed by Spock (Gonzo), Scotty (Rowlf), Sulu (Scooter) and Chekov (Skeeter). En route to return Princess Piggy to her home world, the ship runs out of fuel. Forced to make an emergency stop, they arrive at the planet Jokeville and with a name like Jokesville, you can expect that the comedy soon unfurls. Wokka Wokka!

 

Story is only one half of the book, so a short read and worth the current asking price, usually under a buck.

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