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Things to Know About Muppets
The "Muppets" comic strip was based on Jim Henson's
famed Muppets characters from television and film, specifically those
of TVs "The Muppet Show" (1976-1981). The strip actually debuted
a few months after the popular TV show ended, and ran through 1986!
What's amazing about the "Muppets" strip is that
it's not just a recycling of jokes from the TV shows and movies.
Guy & Brad Gilchrist presented the strip in a very polished style
with sleek artwork and top-notch gag-writing.
This strip, like "The Muppet Show", was made to be
an ensemble cast. Kermit is the alleged lead character but, from
what I've seen, Fozzie Bear dominates the strip. We see Fozzie a
lot, and his particular character seems to work for comic strip
gag-writing. Fozzie, if you don't know, is a hacky stand-up
comedian. I love Fozzie! I think they could have named the
strip "Fozzie & Friends" and people would have loved it.
Maybe the reason the strip didn't last beyond five years is the fact
that there was no clear major character. When it comes to comic
strips, people like to follow one, most important personality. I
still think the strip is awesome and perfect in just about every way
Fozzie's given the most to do in this strip.
I'd say Kermit was actually of second importance. Gonzo was third
and Miss Piggy, quite surprisingly, would probably be fourth
place. Miss Piggy was the breakout character on TV, but she isn't
given a lot to do here. She hardly ever changes her outfit in the
strip. Miss Piggy, in TV and film, is ALWAYS changing her
looks. She also doesn't seem to display much of a temper or a
violent streak in the comic strip. Other aspects of her comic
character, however, are pretty true to form.
Rowlf is shown quite a bit, but almost always in his
Dr. Bob persona. Robin the Frog and Bo the Janitor are given a
lot of moments to shine. Animal, although one of the most popular
Muppets characters of all time, is rarely seen.
to Know About Muppets:
- "Muppets" was created by Guy & Brad Gilchrist...
Releases: I will add more information as I find it, but
here is a list of known "Muppets" books of strip reprints I've found.
- Beauregard ("Bo") the Janitor
- Camilla de Chicken
- Fozzie Bear
- Kermit the Frog
- Miss Piggy
- Robin the Frog
- Rowlf (Dr. Bob)
- Sam Eagle
- Statler & Waldorf
About Guy & Brad Gilchrist:
- Chickens are People, Too!
(Nov. 1985, Tor Books)