Simpsons Comics #115
"Krusty the Clown and Ned Flanders take center stage this month in two separate but equally
funny stories. First, Krusty quits show biz for health reasons and ends up working at of all places…the Springfield
Nuclear Power Plant! Then, Ned Flanders enters a Hitchcockian web of intrigue and suffers a bout of vertigo-areeno when he
becomes obsessed with a woman who is a dead ringer for his dearly departed wife, Maude!"
Script: Chuck Dixon Pencils: Phil Ortiz
Inks: Mike DeCarlo Colours: Art Villanueva Letters: Karen Bates
Krusty has a nervous breakdown on a live set, and he is taken to court for swearing on television.
The judge makes him go to anger management sessions. She tells Krusty that he has to get a job where he doesn't laugh, otherwise
it could bring on another breakdown. He starts working at the power plant. Homer accidentally causes a meltdown, and Krusty
is the only one who can stop people from panicking, by making jokes.
Script: Chuck Dixon Pencils: Jason
Ho Inks: Mike Rote Colours: Art Villanueva Letters: Karen Bates
Ned Flanders takes Rod and Todd to a smoothie store. He spots a lady driving a car that looks
exactly like Maude. With the help of Homer, he tries to meet the lady, because he believes it's a sign from God. They follow
her to the Buy More, where Ned witnesses the lookalike shoplift. He's about to save her from security when Moe arrives in
a car and helps her get away.
I really enjoyed this issue. The first story, "Clown Therapy" was good and fun. The art was
off in a few places, but the story was funny, especially Homer quickly escaping from the plant after he causes the meltdown,
and Krusty's anger management supervisor. ("Do you have any insurance?" "I don't have insurance." "Good news! You're cured!").
Personally I enjoyed "Vertigo-areena" a lot more. It had some more classic Homer lines, like with the whipped cream ("As soon
as I make a pompadour"), as well as some of the references. Ned passes out in a carpet store, and when Rod and Todd lead him
out he sees a sign saying "Shag Carpets", to which he replies "Do they have to use sex to sell EVERYTHING?", and then at the
smoothie hut where he nearly passes out in front of a psychadelic wall, where Otto comes out of a store called "Bongs Away",
and he says "Whoa, bad trip!". I hope the next few issues to come can be as enjoyable as this.