The Muppet Show Comic Book is a comic book based on The Muppet Show and featuring The Muppets. The series was written and drawn by Roger Langridge and originally published by Boom Kids!, an imprint of Boom! Studios, from March 2009 to October 2010. Boom! lost the license from Disney Publishing Worldwide afterward, and the license was subsequently taken up by Disney's own comic book publishing subsidiary, Marvel Comics, who subsequently reprinted the previous arcs and also published the final arc as a 4-issue mini-series.
The first two story arcs were renumbered from 1; this was changed after the second story arc.
Roger Langridge originally made a special preview for the comic which was meant to be used in Disney Adventures, which was canceled in November 2007.
Release Date: July 2008
Synopsis: The show is about to start and Kermit the Frog thinks the guest star hasn't shown up yet, when Kermit hears a knock at the door. When he opens the door, he finds a baby. The show continues as they try to calm the baby down. Eventually, the "baby" reveals that he's not really a baby, but the scheduled guest star is Babyface Magee, Midget Acrobat. He'd been hit on the head and left ga-ga, regaining consciousness only minutes ago. The culprit responsible turned out to be Sweetums in an attempt to take Babyface Magee's spot. Sweetums is found on-stage singing during the closing number where he then reveals that his mommy is in the audience, and he wanted to surprise her. Kermit the Frog tries to think of a way to give Sweetums something to do that doesn't involve singing, and soon hires him to throw bricks at hecklers.
Meet the Muppets mini-series
Issue #1: Kermit's Story
Release Date: March 25, 2009
Synopsis: When Kermit receives a mysterious letter and starts strumming an old tune on his banjo, Robin realizes that his uncle misses the swamp. With their beloved leader down in the dumps, the whole Muppet gang does its best to try to improve Kermit's spirit. The cast tries to cheer Kermit up, but in the end, it's Robin's insistence that his uncle play through to the end of The "Pond Where I Was Born" on his banjo that finally helps Kermit realize that even though the theater is his home now, the pond will always be a part of me. Wherever I should roam. Other sketches include a "Muppet News Flash," a new musical number called "Bang, Boom, Splat and Pow," a cooking segment with the Swedish Chef, and "Pigs in Space."
Issue #2: Fozzie's Story
Release Date: April 29, 2009
Synopsis: When the Cheese Manufacturers' Convention sours on Fozzie Bear's comedy act, he tries to reinvent himself by looking to the past for inspiration. Unfortunately, his Shakespearean homage ends in tragedy, his music hall routine lands him in "Veterinarian's Hospital" when Miss Piggy finds out that Kermit has canceled her "Suffragette, Crepe Suzette" number for it, and a slapstick performance conceived by Gonzo leaves him with nothing but pie on his face. But when Rowlf suggests during a last-ditch Beatnik sketch that Fozzie just be himself, the bear actually succeeds, bringing even Statler and Waldorf to tears of laughter! Other sketches include a musical number called "In My Merry Oldsmobile" by Johnnie Steele and Lucille, "The Ubiquitous Quilp," and "Pigs in Space."
Issue #3: Gonzo's Story
Release Date: June 3, 2009
Synopsis: Osbert J. Smedley, the theater's insurance agent, comes to the theater for some routine questioning. A busy Kermit has Scooter answer Smedley's questions. Mr. Smedley needs to know what species everybody in the theater is, but Scooter's not sure what Gonzo is (retconning the revelation that Gonzo was an alien in Muppets From Space). Scooter asks Gonzo what he is, but Gonzo states that he's never really thought about it before. Scooter asks around, and nobody else is sure. Eventually, Rizzo comes to the conclusion that Gonzo is a "Gonzo". Scooter gives Smedley the answer, but then after realizing who Gonzo is, he realizes that having Gonzo in the theater would raise the premium up to five thousand percent. Gonzo assures a nervous Smedley that his act is risk-free, and offers to let Smedley test out his act, which would involve Smedley getting inside a cannon. A frightened Smedley then claims that there was an error and that the insurance company owes the theater thirty-two cents, and rushes off just before the big finale, which ends up sending Gonzo to the hospital. At the hospital, Scooter begs Gonzo to tell him what he is. Gonzo's reply: "I'm an artist." Other sketches include "Chicken Lake" by Gonzo and the chickens, "Bear on Patrol", "Gumshoe McGurk, Private Eye" with Gonzo in the title role, "Pigs in Space," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Rat" with Gonzo, Rizzo, and the rats, and "Extravagonzo!" (the finale with Gonzo being fired from a cannon).
Issue #4: Piggy's Story
Release Date: July 1, 2009
Synopsis: The guest star is Madame Rhonda, a psychic. She gives fortunes to various Muppets backstage. When she reads Miss Piggy's fortune, she tells her that she'll lose something valuable and green, referring to her money (as she takes the purse when Piggy isn't looking), but she thinks Madam Rhonda is talking about Kermit. Miss Piggy soon gets jealous when she sees Kermit talking to the other female Muppets. Meanwhile, Kermit, who doesn't believe in Madame Rhonda's fortune telling, eventually lets Fozzie and Gonzo talk him into getting his fortune told. Later, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Madame Rhonda end up in jail, while a police officer explains what happened to his boss. As shown in flashback form, Miss Piggy sees Madame Rhonda reading Kermit's palm and karate chops them both. Miss Piggy then finds out that Madame Rhonda had taken her purse. Madame Rhonda admits to her psychic powers being a scam, and Kermit decides not to press charges on Miss Piggy for karate chopping him. Since the theater is only a short distance away, he decides to walk back with Miss Piggy, but then they remember that Miss Piggy is supposed to be in the closing number. They rush back to the theater just in time for Miss Piggy to sing the final line. Other sketches include "An Editorial by Sam the Eagle" revolving around gullibility, "Veterinarian's Hospital," The Talking Houses sketch, the Muppet Labs sketch, and "Pigs in Space."
On August 26, 2009, BOOM released a soft-cover trade paperback collection of the four issue run. The binder and interior label it as, The Muppet Show Comic Book: Meet the Muppets.
The "A" and "B" covers are included, albeit without "The Muppet Show Comic Book" title logo, Boom! logo, pricing, issue numbers, and bar code, but the variants by other artists are omitted. The back of the book reprints material created by Langridge for Disney Adventures. Thirteen of the fifteen original pages are included; a two-page Pigs in Space story from the Comic-Con preview is missing.
At 6"x9", the book is smaller than the individual issues (which are 65/8"x101/8"). The second page of the Pigs in Space story from issue #3 "Gonzo's Story" is printed in inferior quality to the rest of the pages in the book.
Additionally, the "At the Dance" page from the preview comic (called "The Muppet Ballroom" here) replaces Bert with Dr. Teeth. The preview comic is shown with additional pages, including an act by Gonzo and a Veterinarian's Hospital comic.
In 2011, Marvel Comics reprinted the collection in a larger format (newsstand magazine size) with four variant covers.
The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson mini-series
Issue #1: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
Release Date: July 29, 2009
Synopsis: Scooter discovers old documents which reveal that a cache of treasure is hidden somewhere within the Muppet Theater, and when Rizzo the Rat overhears this, the news spreads like wildfire. Animal begins acting very strangely - he's now refined and well-mannered! Meanwhile, Kermit is acting suspiciously cool. Sketches include "Muppet Sports," a cooking segment the Swedish Chef, Wayne and Wanda singing "When the Lusitania Went Down," "Muppet Labs," "Pigs in Space," "At the Dance," and a musical number by Miss Piggy backed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem with special guest drummer Ninja Rogers.
Issue #2: You Will Meet a Stranger
Release Date: August 26, 2009
Synopsis: Hypnotist Creepy McBoo tries to cure Animal. Kermit comes back and reveals he hired the look-alike Kismit to act like him for a sketch. The Electric Mayhem tries to get Animal back to his crazy self. Mahna Mahna performs with the Snowths.
Issue #3: Follow the Money
Release Date: September 23, 2009
Synopsis: Due to the buried treasure, Kermit decides to have a pirate-themed closing number. He instructs Gonzo to go to the library and do some research on who Peg-Leg Wilson was. Meanwhile, it's revealed that Kismet and Rizzo have been working together and planning on splitting the treasure, but then Kismet decides that he'll split it with whoever finds the treasure first, who could be the dwarves he has working for him. Kismet also reveals that he's after Miss Piggy's jewelry. Kismet comes to Piggy's rescue in a melodrama "The Perils of Piggy" and tells her that he wants to see her in her jewelry. Miss Piggy is soon dressed in a lot of gold jewelry, but the dwarves run after her. They soon realize that the gold and jewelry are fake, and they leave her locked up behind the wall. With Miss Piggy seemingly missing, Link talks Kermit into using the robotic Piggy that was in the shows "Pigs in Space" sketch during the closing number "H.M.S. Pinafore" in which the cast sings "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General", using a very expensive set on loan. Unfortunately, the robotic Piggy runs amok and destroys the set, costing Kermit thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, The Electric Mayhem attempt to get Animal back to normal by instructing him to hit several fleas thrown at his drums, expecting him to become a wild drummer again. However, Animal has become a Buddhist and is not allowed to harm living beings. The fleas put on an act on Animal's drum set "Julius Prunes Amazing Flea Circus" and they later give Animal a trophy for being the only guy who was ever kind to them.
Issue #4: Be It Ever So Humble...
Release Date: November 11, 2009
Synopsis: The search for treasure starts to cause damage to the Muppet Theater. Meanwhile, The Electric Mayhem decides to drop Animal as their drummer, replacing him with M.A.M.M.A. A saddened Animal recalls that Bunsen told him that he can stop his treatment whenever he wants, and Animal gives up his pills quickly becoming his old self again. Kermit finds Rizzo and reminds him that the Muppet Theater is more than just a theater, it's Rizzo's home. Rizzo tries to tell the other rats to stop, but they won't listen. Meanwhile, Kismet tricks Bunsen and Beaker into leaving the laboratory so that he can steal Bunsen's latest invention, x-ray glasses, and use it to find the treasure. Kismet finds that the treasure is in the basement. However, as soon as he finds the treasure, Miss Piggy shows up with a cop telling him to arrest Kismet for replacing her jewels with shabby fake replacements. Kismet tells her that the originals turned out to be fake as well, but Piggy is aware of this. She just thought hers were the best fakes money could buy. A monster named Rumpelstiltskin is ordered by a dwarf to smash a pillar, which will destroy the whole Muppet Theater and make the treasure easy to find (not knowing that it had been found). Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo all tell him that if he wants to break down the theater, he'd have to get through them. Rumpelstiltskin is about to do so anyway, until Miss Piggy informs everybody that the treasure's been found. As they are about to open the treasure chest, Animal crashes through the theater on a construction ball, destroying the Muppet Theater. All that's in the treasure chest are letters written by Peg-Leg Wilson and his wife which after reading the letters, makes them realize that the Muppet Theater itself was the treasure. Soon, the stamps on all the letters end up being worth exactly the same amount as the costs to repair the Muppet Theater, and Kermit decides to take The Muppet Show on the road, but can only afford to travel to four towns. Other sketches include include "A Young Frog's Guide to Stamp Collecting", "Muppet Labs", "Veterinarian's Hospital", and an act from Gonzo.
The trade paperback collection, released January 6, 2010, included all four issues and a cover gallery with all variant covers. The "A" cover for Issue 3 is mistakenly referred to as the "B" cover for Issue 4, despite the fact that even that cover is referred to cover "B".
In 2011, Marvel Comics reprinted the collection in a larger format (newsstand magazine size) with a variant cover.
After Peg-Leg Wilson, The Muppet Show Comic Book continued as an ongoing series, and started with a new #0.
Issue #0: Pigs in Space: The Movie
Release Date: December 9, 2009
Synopsis: Fozzie and Rizzo try to pitch a movie idea for "Pigs in Space" to a bunch of film producers (which at the end turns out to be Statler and Waldorf).
Issue #1: Watch That Tiger
Release Date: January 13, 2010
Synopsis: With the Muppet Theater in disarray after the events of The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson, the Muppet gang decides to take their show on the road while the Muppet Theater is being rebuilt. Is the world ready for traveling Muppet minstrels? "The Muppet Roadshow" makes its first stop in Little Gideon, Ohio. Miss Piggy is afraid that the show won't work without a theater, and Kermit the Frog is worried that he won't make enough money to pay Mister Weazell (who owns the land they're performing on). To make matters worse, Fozzie decides to take his act solo and a tiger has escaped. Can the Muppet Roadshow gain an audience...and more importantly, a profit? Other sketches include a patent-medicine style version of "Veterinarian's Hospital," "Country Cooking with The Swedish Chef", a performance of "Whispering" by Sweetums and Robin the Frog backed by The Acoustic Mayhem, a "Muppet News Flash," a rendition of "The Muppet Show Theme," and a brief backup story called "Alphabear" featuring Fozzie's solo act.
Issue #2: His Wackiness, Clint Wacky!
Release Date: February 10, 2010
Synopsis: The Muppets hire Clint Wacky as a temporary replacement for Fozzie, and the Muppets also pick up Clint Wacky's writers Mr. Stadler and Mr. Waltorf. They perform at Little Statwald, home to only two families (Statler and Waldorf's families). Clint Wacky tells insulting jokes which the audience likes, but Kermit and Scooter decide they don't want the show to be known for insulting the audience. Scooter offers to write new material for Mr. Wacky, but Clint turns it down stating that he gets compensation if his material gets rewritten or if he gets fired, but since it's okay for Clint Wacky to quit at any time, the Muppets try to find a way to get him to leave. Eventually, Rizzo the Rat tricks Clint into thinking that Hollywood finally wants him, and Clint rushes away. However, this means that the show is without a closing comedian. Since Scooter had written plenty of comedy material, he goes on-stage. At first he has no luck, but then Dr. Teeth tells him to lose the script and improvise, and Scooter ends up succeeding with the audience. Other sketches include "The Woodland Gerbils", "Pigs in Space", "The Talking Caravans", and Fozzie Bear in "Garbage".
Issue #3: Box Clever
Release Date: March 10, 2010
Synopsis: The Muppets finally return to the Muppet Theater and put on their first show at the newly-rebuilt Muppet Theater. A package addressed to Fozzie (who hasn't gotten back yet) arrives as well. The various Muppets want to know what's in the package, but Kermit suggests they wait until Fozzie comes back. Eventually, it's decided to put the package in the basement, but everybody (including Kermit) sneaks down to try to open it. Eventually, they decide to open the package. It turns out that Fozzie was in the package (he had enough money to mail himself, but mistakenly addressed it to himself) and Fozzie joins the Muppets for the closing number. Statler and Waldorf are excited about Fozzie's return so they can throw stuff at him. Meanwhile, Gonzo decides to raise money for charity by traveling in a number of ways (covered by Louis Kazagger) including running, moving bathtub, and cannon. He makes it back to the Muppet Theater during the closing number. Gonzo had planned on giving the money to the "Chessington Wasp Society." But due to a scandal, Gonzo changes his mind. Fozzie suggests giving the money to a charity for retired gentlemen theater patrons. Other sketches include "Muppet Labs," "Veterinarian's Hospital," "Pigs in Space," and "At the Dance."
Issue #4: Family Reunion (Part 1)
Release Date: April 7, 2010
Synopsis: The first issue of this arc features the return of Scooter's twin sister Skeeter (from Jim Henson's Muppet Babies). Other sketches include "Samlet," "Muppet Labs," and "Pigs in Space."
Issue #5: Family Reunion (Part 2)
Release Date: May 5, 2010
Synopsis: Miss Piggy's nephews Andy and Randy Pig come to stay for a week. They're given some minor tasks to do and they manage to screw up all of them. Also in this issue are a song by Bobby Benson's Baby Band called "The Girl with the Goo-Goo Eyes" a cooking segment with the Swedish Chef, a visit to Planet Koozebane, "Veterinarian's Hospital," "Pigs in Space," and the closing number "Pigmalion."
Issue #6: Family Reunion (Part 3)
Release Date: June 3, 2010
Synopsis: Skeeter and Robin believe that Robin is being sent to an orphanage. Also in this issue are "Walk Like a Chicken" with Gonzo and the Chickens, The Frog Scouts in an all-mine production of "Death of a Salesman", Wayne and Wanda singing "Mighty Like a Rose", "Pigs in Space", and a closing number featuring Kermit and Robin, backed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Dustbin as well as an appearance by Beauregard's cousin Mo.
Issue #7: Family Reunion (Part 4)
Release Date: June 30, 2010
Synopsis: Fozzie's Mom appears at the theater to fix up an old acquaintance from Fozzie's kid days. Fozzie told his mother that he was a famous detective and had a girlfriend. He then must pretend to be a detective and makes Skeeter pretend to be his girlfriend. Other sketches include "Wormwood in Bohemia", a poem by Rowlf, "Pigs in Space," "Sweet, Sweet Music", and "The Adventures of Baron Munchfozzen".
Issue #8: Chickens of the Night
Release Date: July 28, 2010
Synopsis: Just as Gonzo returns from his vacation in Transylvania, the Muppets are following the latest trend in entertainment by putting on a vampire-themed show. However, because Gonzo now looks and acts differently than usual, everyone starts wondering if he happens to be a vampire! Other sketches include "Casey Was a Bat", "Henhouse of Horror", "Gourmet Time with The Swedish Chef", "Veterinarian's Hospital" with Fozzie as the patient, "Link Hogthrob: Monster Smasher", and "Interview with a Gonzo."
Issue #9: That's a Wrap
Release Date: August 25, 2010
Synopsis: Statler and Waldorf discover that their favorite act Calistoga Cleo and the Pharaohs are going to be performing on The Muppet Show. Other sketches include a monologure from Fozzie Bear, "In the Praise of Older Men," "Muppet Labs," "Link Hogthrob, Monster Smasher," and "The Pyramid of Geezer."
Issue 10: Monster Munch
Release Date: September 22, 2010
Synopsis: Legendary singer Howlin' Jack Talbot is the musical guest on "The Muppet Show." Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem are pleased to be performing with Howlin' Jack Talbot. During the song, Howlin' Jack Talbot leaves the stage and a wolf appears on stage causing the Electric Mayhem to think that Howlin' Jack Talbot is a werewolf. Other sketches include "Little Red Riding Hood," "Doggone Dallas Blues," "Muppet Labs," "Crypt-Kicker Kate," "Link Hogthrob, Monster Smasher," and "The Monster Munch."
Issue #11: The Curse of Beaker
Release Date: October 20, 2010
Synopsis: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew decides to invent a robot version of Beaker in order to give Beaker a break from his work.
The Four Seasons mini-series
"The Four Seasons" is the fourth story arc in the Muppet Show Comic Book series, and the final arc written and illustrated by Roger Langridge. Marvel Comics released the first issue on July 4, 2012. "The Four Seasons" arc features a different seasonal theme in each of the 4 parts.
Although originally planned for release in late 2010, the release was delayed. In February 2011, BOOM! Studios announced that they would no longer carry the Muppet comic license; it was later announced that Marvel Comics would be picking up publishing rights and reprinting the original Meet the Muppets comic book. BOOM! Studios founder and CEO Ross Richie released the following response regarding the comic:
"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the team at Marvel are a group I respect greatly and consider friends. It’s exciting to see them republish Harvey Award-winning BOOM! content from the incomparable Roger Langridge. Susan Butterworth and the entire Muppet Studios team are fantastic people, and they were a joy to work with. With any luck, Roger’s unpublished FOUR SEASONS arc will find success on their publishing schedule.
The Muppet Show Motion Comics
The Muppet Show motion comics were planned adaptations of the Boom Studios publication The Muppet Show Comic Book. The series was announced at the D23 Expo in September 2009 and later promoted with a video embedded into Amazon.com's Muppet store in October 2010. Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire provided voices for the project. The motion comics were announced for multiple platforms: Apple iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Microsoft Xbox Live, Amazon Video Store, Sony PSN, and DVD.
Although originally planned for release in the fall of 2010, the release was delayed. However, in February 2011, Boom Studios announced that they were losing the Muppet comic license; it was later announced that Marvel Comics (now owned by Disney) would be picking up publishing rights and reprinting the original Meet the Muppets comic book.
To date, there have been no announced plans from Marvel, Boom or Disney regarding the motion comics.
The Muppets Omnibus
On March 18, 2014, Disney published The Muppets Omnibus, a hardcover collection featuring reprints of all of Roger Langridge's Muppet Show comic stories.
Dan Crown of IGN gave the first issue an 8.2 out of ten, saying "The idea of using a sketch comedy show as a vehicle for various and unique comic strips is borderline inspired. This book isn't just funny, in some ways it's revolutionary."
Eye on Comics gave the first issue a 9/10.
- The Muppet Show at the Grand Comics Database
- The Muppet Show at the Comic Book DB
- Muppet Wiki: The Muppet Show Comic Book
- Welcoming the Muppets Back to Comics, Newsarama, January 27, 2009
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