REVIEW CORNER: Bart Simpson’s Treehouse Of Horror # 1

Bart Simpson’s Treehouse Of Horror # 1 (1995)”
“Little Shop Of Homer”
Writer/Inker: Mike Allred
Breakdowns: Luis Escobar
Penciller: Bill Morrison
Letterer: Mike Sakamoto
Colorists: Laura Allred & Nathan Kane
“Call Me Homer”
Writer/Breakdowns: Jeff Smith
Penciller: Stephanie Gladden
Inker: Bill Morrison
Letterer: Mike Sakamoto
Colorist: Nathan Kane
“Bart People”
Writer: James Robinson
Layouts: Chris Roman
Artist: Bill Morrison
Letterer: Mike Sakamoto
Colorist: Nathan Kane
With Halloween being just around the corner, I would devote my time to giving all of you some Halloween reviews so that I can end October on a good note, so this week I’ll look at Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror # 1 from 1995. It’s no secret that the Treehouse of Horror episodes became a staple of Halloween because I’m sure that most people rushed home to cut their trick-or-treating short just to catch them so when Bongo Comics began putting out comic installments, it always felt like they are better than the television versions, especially this one where big-name creators such as Mike Allred (Madman), Jeff Smith (Bone) and James Robinson (Starman) came aboard to tell some of the most hilarious stories that will leave you laughing more than scared.

The first story, done by Mike Allred parodies “Little Shop of Horrors” in which Lisa’s science project, a plant suddenly dies but not before swallowing one of Homer’s toenail clippings, then it comes alive after getting milk poured on it and eating some donuts; Next, Jeff Smith spoofs “Moby Dick” in “Call Me Homer” where Homer gets addicted to the whale blubber he’s ordered to fry up but then gets an up-close and personal encounter with Moby Dick; Finally, in “Bart People” James Robinson tells a very clever jab at 1982’s “Cat People” (which starred Natassja Kinski and John Heard); This story itself features Bart transforming into a cat-person who turns into one if he studies with someone other than Lisa.

This special really kept the comedic essence of the show thanks in part to the big-name creators and is an absolute gem for any Simpsons fan that enjoys well-crafted humor in a Halloween story that will put “Tales From The Crypt” and “Creepshow” to shame, but if I would have to pick between the Treehouse of Horror segments (Whenever it’s in print or Television) or an abomination like “Creepshow 3” then the former will be more suitable for you, mainly because of the strong effort on the creative side being presented with grace and dignity

Well, that’s it for me. Next week I’ll be back with another Halloween review so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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