Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spongebob Comics - FCBD Edition

Comics Weekend "Squiadward and the Golden Clarinet" by Derek Drymon, Gregg Schigiel, and Ramona Fradon.

Since Aquaman doesn't appear at all in the newest issue of Justice League (#9)--the only JLer absent--I thought we could skip a recap of that book and talk about something a little more fun. Namely, Spongebob Squarepants!

At last week's Free Comic Book Day, one of the freebies was a double-sided book with Bongo's Simpsons Comics filling one half, and Spongebob the other:
In this issue's story, Spongebob dives into the newest issue of Mermaid Man, a character very familiar to any Aqua-Fan. But this is no regular issue of Mermaid Man--no, this one is drawn by the legendary Ramona Fradon!

Now I think I'm just going to get out of the way:
Whoever had the idea to get Ms. Fradon to do this deserves a raise--what a delightful treat for everyone involved who picked up this book! If you're a kid, you just enjoy the swell artwork. And if you're an old school Aquaman Fan, you're delighted to see her illustrating the Sea King (or at least a close relative) one more time.

I am ashamed to say I didn't pick up this book during FCBD, and had no idea Ms. Fradon was part of it. But a few days ago, the Shrine received a package from Derek Tague containing the comic (and some other stuff) and man what a wonderful surprise that was.

The Shrine extends an extra-special thanks to Derek for his generosity and thoughtfulness!


Caffeinated Joe said...

Gah! I didn't see this when I went! Looks awesome and yeah, whoever thought of using Fradon should have a plaque on their wall that says "Genius". :)

r duncan said...

Great. I loved it.

Anthony said...

Nice! My shop just had the Simpsons side facing forward, so didn't notice/see this one (that and their two-book limit...).

I liked how on the TV series, the opening title for "Mermaid Man" is a parody of the 60s Filmation Aquaman cartoon (down to the fish swimming/the narration/the throwing the water ball at the screen at the end). :-p

Wonder if you've seen "Johnny Test"; there, they parodied Aquaman as well (Johnny's a fan of watching "Aquadude" on TV, and eventually meets the also-retired sea hero).

Russell said...

I must find this comic, haha!!

Anonymous said...

This may or may it help (for those who want a copy), but that story was actually a reprint of the story which originally appeared in SPONGEBOB COMICS #3 (which, depending, could be easier or harder to get a hold of).

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