Thursday, November 08, 2007

Beavis and Butt-Head and Spidey and MJ

Is it too early to be nostalgic for Beavis and Butt-Head? From straight outta 1994, we have this selection from Beavis and Butt-Head's Greatest Hits, a collection of the licensed Marvel series. The whole conceit of the B&B comic was to have stories with the boys doing the same sort of things they did on TV, but instead of watching rock videos, they read and commented on Marvel Comics, focusing on, well, the sort of thing you’d expect to see them focus on:


Myyyy goodness. Here we get a reminder of what a hot commodity Mary Jane was for Marvel at the time. Todd McFarlane soared to success on Amazing Spider-Man partly on his penchant for drawing the newly wed Mary Jane lounging around in frilly undergarments all the time and Marvel has kept "sexy MJ" merchandise readily available since. Remember that laundry statue everyone was all bent outta shape about awhile ago? Yeah. The point being, the dimwitted duo could have easily seen this sort of thing in any random Spidey comic at the time, albeit not nearly as well drawn. God bless you, John Romita, Sr.

Then we get a hefty dose of Spider-man vs Venom vs Carnage, with a whiff of that whole father/son/weird uncle thing they had going on at the time. The symbiotes were being heavily flogged at the time, so this is another glimpse at the state of Marvel circa 1994:

Heh heh. The Beavis and Butt-Head comics are actually pretty funny. Rick Parker drew and wrote them with Marvel artists completing the Comic-within-a-comic pages. Sadly, you haven't heard the last of it from me.



7 comments:

Anonymous said...

PleasepleasePLEASE do the BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD where they rip on Devil Dinosaur!

Brian Hughes said...

Okay.

Maxo said...

That must be one hell of a sensual couch. And Peter's later for dinner with MJ? Doesn't she realize he's coming home to eat ... oohhhhhh.

Lis Riba said...

Possibly stupid question, but who's the artist drawing MJ on that first page? Is that Colleen Doran's artwork?

Brian Hughes said...

All the Spidey-related stuff on both pages was by John Romita, Sr.

RICK PARKER said...

Aaah, Yes. Beavis and Butt-Head. Those were the days! I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would like to correct one big point (=Huh-Huh, I said, "big point"), however. While it is true that I must take the credit-- or the blame for the layouts, penciling, inking and lettering and I did write many of the activity pages, the early issues were written by then Marvel Assistant Editor, Mike Lackey. When the writers at MTV got wind of the amount of Money Mike was getting in royalties, (don't ask, but the first issue sold over 600,000 copies, okay? That's a helluva lot of nickels--do the math!) they wanted in on the action and MTV gave in and Beavis and Butt-Head became one of the only comics at the time to be written by Harvard graduates. I don't know if it was Johnson or Marcil--or both). The sales cooled off after that but the comic book remained extremely popular and was in the top 100 (out of about 10,000 different comics available at the time) for the first twenty issues! An unheard of feat at a time when the market was dominated by super hero comics. --Rick Parker

Brian Hughes said...

I never knew it was that popular, but I guess that makes sense. Thanks for the comment! Rick is working on a new story over at his blog: his blog.
Check it out!