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Franklin Richards Monster Mash (2007) 1

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Franklin sets out to prove his classmates wrong in Ready, Steady, Yeti.

With H.E.R.B.I.E. in tow, the two teleport to Mount Everest. The quickly complete their mission, to find the Abominable Snowman. The results are not what either expected.

Intestinal distress releases a monster no one expected as Franklin tackles his Little Monster; it’s not as dirty as it sounds.

Franklin Richards Monster Mash (2007) 1

Franklin Richards Monster Mash (2007) 1

Not until help from an unexpected source intercedes does Franklin learn to control the forces insides him.

Ghost in the Machine is not only the best album by the Police, but the third story in the book.

Franklin uses one of his father’s machines to turn the tables on his doubting dad. The story quickly degenerates into a Casper clone complete with the Ghostly trio. In the end, it’s Franklin who learns the lesson.

Under the Bed has Franklin taking matters in hand, behind his father’s back. He and H.E.R.B.I.E. return an interdimensional monster back to its home.

Power Trip shows Franklin how dirty the super hero business can be at times.

Another fun trip into the world of the FF’s heir apparent.

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Realworlds Justice League of America (2000)

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Realworlds Justice League of America bears more than a passing resemblance to Stephen King’s Stand By Me. Or, The Body if you are referring to King’s novella from the 1982 Different Seasons hardcover from which the screenplay blossomed.

J.M. DeMatteis’ millennial-prestige edition even manages a dash of King’s It for good measure. But, mostly Stand by Me. Right down to the, “It’s been said that no matter how far you travel in life, you’ll never have friends like the ones you had when you were 10,” line.

Realworlds Justice League of America (2000)

Realworlds Justice League of America (2000)

Stand by Me/The Body is not a bad story to swipe from. Neither is It.

The difference is DeMatteis uses a more mundane excuse to bring the former childhood friends together. Return of the Justice League has no corpse to focus on. Nor does a nigh-immortal evil dressed in clown garb terrorize a generation.

Return of the Justice League just uses longing. A longing to be 10 again. To experience friendship – real friendship – for the first time. To return to a time when whimsy and fantasy were allowed in lives.

One by one, the former gang of Richard Barrison, Nick DiMarco, Michael Riley and Karen Steuben are contacted. Each are flown home to relive a day from their past.

Only when they allow themselves to be immersed in yesterday do they realize what they’ve missed and what they have to look forward to.

Return of the Justice League is a return to youth on Halloween and Halloween eve. For the cost of a costume and imagination Richard, Nick, Michael and Karen are richly rewarded.

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Bettie Page (2018) Halloween Special

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Bettie goes undercover in Pickman’s Supermodel to stop a dimensional take over.

Bettie Page (2018) Halloween Special

Bettie Page (2018) Halloween Special

Other worldly happenings continue in Haunting in Hollywood. A rival decides to eliminate competition by inviting Bettie to a haunted house. Any clichés end when the host admits defeat and takes her leave.

Page was a real-life model appearing in bondage and S&M photographs as her stock in trade. She would later become known as the Queen of Bondage.

In the 1950s, Page would become a Playmate of the Month in Hugh Hefner’s fledgling Playboy.

Her risqué modeling career was short lived, but has become the thing of legend.

Page retired from modeling by the 1960s. She would work for Reverend Billy Graham after attending bible college. A divorce kept her from becoming a missionary in Africa.

In the late 1970s Page was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and spent 20 months in the Patton State Hospital in California. She was later arrested for assault and found innocent on grounds of insanity. Page would be placed under supervision. She was finally released in 1992.

She died Dec. 11, 2008.

Her legacy continues as evidenced with this comic book. Minor planet 184784 has been named after Page.

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The Tick Big Halloween Special 2000

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The Orange Teeth of Horror is a welcome return of the Tick to his early days. The humor is as sublime as the story is abstract.

The Tick Big Halloween Special 2000

The Tick Big Halloween Special 2000

Extension Agent of the U.S.D.A. (Undercover Search for Detached Anthropomorphs) comes to aid the maladroit duo as Halloween hatches horrors aplenty.

A government experiment has wronged the gourds that now seek revenge and pumpkins are becoming angry animated Jack O’ Lanterns. Their mission is nothing less than the destruction of mankind.

The trio of heroes are enough to stop the massacre and the trick has been treated.

Halloween is the Christianized version of a pagan ritual. Though hoping to contain All Hallow’s Eve, commercialism has taken the last day of October and made it one for free candy and devilish delights.

It has become the second, only to Christmas, most expensive holiday of the year. It is estimated 175 million Americans celebrated Halloween in 2018. On average, they each spent $86.79 for a total of $9 billion dollars.

About 90-percent of America buy candy. That’s estimated to cost $2.6 billion. Almost 75 percent buy Halloween decorations for an estimated $2.7 billion.

The most expensive part of the holiday are the costumes. Those totaled around $3.2 billion. The top five-adult costumes are a witch, vampire, pirate and Avenger character for 2018.

Children fantasized about being a princess, superhero, Star Wars character or witch.

Retailers use Halloween sales figures to calculate spending during the coming holiday season.

Continue reading for the final installment of the Tick’s Halloween parade.

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Tick Big Halloween Special (1999) 1

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The Tick gets all alliterative in the 1999 special titled Haunted Halloween Hootenanny.

Tick and Arthur are caught in a haunted house for the night when the bridge goes out. They and half a dozen others all interested in buying the stately, old mansion.

The twist on this spooky, overnight stay is, well, there really isn’t one. It’s straight up, Arthur in the Sylvester the Cat persona trying to warn Tick/Porky Pig about the hauntings a hair’s breadth from overtaking them.

All so the Tick can scope out a new, more stately headquarters with a bit more Bruce Wayne/Batman flourish.

Dr. Skull and Red Eye guest star in the slumber party scare-a-thon.

Tune in throughout the week as we celebrate Halloween Spoon style.

Tick Big Halloween Special (1999) 1

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Young Justice (1998) 3

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Another in a string of Happy Halloween reminders to Four Color readers. Today we’ve tapped Young Justice to herald the holiday.

Young Justice began as a bridge between Teen Titan teams. Originally the group consisted of Superboy, Robin and Impulse first tossed together in the GirlFrenzy one-shot. They next teamed in the World Without Grown-Ups mini-series before earning an ongoing title in 1998.

Young Justice (1998) 3

Young Justice (1998) 3

Red Tornado became their “guardian” and were later joined by Wonder Girl, Secret and Arrowette.

Young Justice ended as it began, serving the greater good of the Teen Titans. Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day was a three-issue mini leading into a new Teen Titans cartoon. Though billed as a maturation process for the characters, licensing proved too lucrative for art.

Issue three worked as an early example of what would come. Peter David and Todd Nauck crafted a Halloween tale that has little to do with October 31, but everything to do with the title.

Mr. Mxyzptlk makes a guest appearance in The Issue Before the One Where the Girls Show Up. Young Justice has agreed to host a Hallow-Teen Party. The fourth-dimension’s most notorious resident works on his thesis of three-dimensional primitive life forms only to be unwittingly shocked back to his former state of prankster.

This is a priceless bit of late 1990’s fun courtesy of Mr. David. The dialog is witty and relevant, right down to the Hason reference by Impulse.

As mentioned above, all good things must end and the series was cancelled by issue 55.

Drown your sorrows with some sugary treats and remember the good times that included several specials to compliment the regular series.

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Sugar and Spike (1956) 37

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Another not-so-haunting issue for Halloween 2020.

Sugar and Spike were created by Sheldon Mayer with the self-titled book running 98 issues, 1956 to 1971. It was a much simpler time when the books began and many wish for a return to such by the book’s finish.

Sugar and Spike (1956) 37

Sugar and Spike (1956) 37

Issue 37 is from 1961, when Camelot was still forming, Viet Nam was as distant in thought as proximity and the space race was far from won.

Halloween Monster has the two tots discovering Halloween. How they were never taken from their parents must be attributed to the times, but the kids are left alone while the parents partied.

Learning they are alone; Sugar and Spike sneak a peek at festivities across the yard. Neither can comprehend the costumed grown-ups devouring all the food in sight.

The two marshal their moxie and march next door to save the horderves. Their plan is discovered and the adults laugh at the two they believe are attempting to steal food.

When Mayer’s eyesight became too bad to continue, the book it was cancelled. Cameos were worked in over the years until Keith Giffen and Bliquis Evely had the pair grow up and become private eyes in Legends of Tomorrow.

Happy Halloween from a simpler time.

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Looney Tunes (1994) 155

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Every Witch Way has Witch Hazel stomping through the fairy tales. All with Bugs as her agent earning his 15 percent the hard way.

Daffy Duck shows even Gossamer can have a new look in Bad Scare Day.

Looney Tunes (1994) 155

Looney Tunes (1994) 155

Finally, Sylvester sheds eight of his nine lives with Elmer in House of Horror in another take on the couple’s haunted house routine.

Looney Tunes has been a staple of the four-color community since Dell Publishing first offered Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics beginning in 1941 and continuing to 1955. The success of the original book led to Bugs’ self-titled book the following year. It ran from 1942 to 1962.

Porky Pig, Tweety and Sylvester, Daffy Duck and the Road Runner all had their own books, as well.

Gold Key/Whitman licensed the Looney Tunes gang from 1962 to 1984. Numbering picked up from Dell’s books.

After a 10-year hiatus, Bugs and gang returned to the comic book racks in 1993 with a three-issue Bugs Bunny mini. The main Looney Tunes book began in 1994.

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Casper’s Haunted Halloween (2019) 1

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We’re gonna go old school and kick off the haunting season with Casper’s Haunted Halloween.

The main story is told in three acts, the first being ‘Spook School.’ Featured are our Friendly Ghost and the Ghostly Trio. Casper’s antagonists force him to attend fright school to hone his haunting craft.

Needless to say, it does not go well.

Nightmare, the spectral stallion, spells the main characters with the one-page ‘King Tut’s Tomb.’

When everyone returns for the second act, entitled ‘Ghosts in Goblandia,’ Goblins kidnap a gaggle of ghosts from the school. They are forced into servitude toiling in the fields and factories allowing the goblins time to terrorize.

Following the Frightful Fronk interlude starring Spooky, the final act ensues. This one called ‘It’s Never too Late to Learn.’ Casper demonstrates kindness is a virtue.

Finally, Spooky returns to ring down the curtain on the book with ‘Clammy Clay.’ He tricks a sorcerer with model behavior.

 

 

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Batman The Brave and the Bold 12

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Happy Halloween from Four Color Holidays.

More importantly, happy Halloween from Batman, Zatanna, Cain and Able and the House of Mystery.

Batman enlists the aid of Zatanna to help in the mystery of the transformed Cain.

Not all is as it seems and Zatanna must call in the clairvoyant cavalry to save the eve.

Batman The Brave and the Bold 12

Batman The Brave and the Bold 12

Batman: The Brave and the Bold premiered Nov. 14, 2008 on Cartoon Network. It marked the first cartoon since Batman the Animated Series. Rather than follow the critically acclaimed series in a similar vein, B&B chose a more tongue-in-cheek approach.

Each episode teamed Batman with A- and B-list characters from the DC Universe. Everyone from Adam Strange to Vicki Vale.

Brave and the Bold was cancelled after three seasons in 2011. The next series returned Batman to a more serious tone.

B&B was resurrected one last time in 2018 with the straight-to-video BluRay release of Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

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