I have a dozen Simpsons comic books and Wingding is my favorite! Every comic is a hit and it starts off with the best Simpsons comic ever: "Don't Cry for Me Jebediah." Bart has to do a school essay on the town founder. For once, Bart is motivated due to the prize for the top paper: a year's supply of Squishees (Mrs. Krabapal made out with Apu to get this prize). Unable to find a new, exciting angle, Bart decides to create his own by hooking up an apparatus to make the Jebediah Springfield statue in the middle of town appear to cry. The media circus kicks into high gear! Town square becomes a haven for opportunistic vendors including Moe's "tear beer", Ned Flanders' "shroud of Jebediah" hankies, and Homer's "tear in a cube." Bart can almost taste those free Squishees! "The Artist Formerly Known as Bart": The teen heartthrob of the month is touring his way through Springfield. His name is Biff Westwood and he looks remarkably like Bart (why Lisa would have the hots for a kid who looks like her brother's twin is cause for further examination, but back to the summary...). Biff wants to spend a day as a normal kid while Bart is always attracted to the wild side of life. What if... "Stand and Deliverance": Bart is busted for using Principal Skinner's credit card to start a "School Shopping Network." His punishment is a "back to basics" camping trip led by Groundskeeper Willie. Curiously, the only other camper is do-gooder Martin Prince (maybe that's the real punishment). In one funny scene, Otto swerves his bus to avoid a raccoon ("I wouldn't wanna upset the balance of nature") only to start a forest fire in the process killing the raccoon from smoke inhalation. On vacation, Sideshow Mel is found snorkeling and is abruptly sucked up by the park's airplane and dumped onto the fire (I've heard of this actually happening before). "Little Big Mart": Apu and Mr. Burns go into cahoots to start a Mega Kwik-E-Super Store. Mr. Burns was impressed with Apu's business skills which include watering down the Squishee machine. "Bart De Triomphe": Bart finagles himself the grand prize in a Krusty Kroissants Kontest-A trip to Paris where he meets up with the two con-men from the TV episode "Crapes of Wrath" (breaking out of jail after being convicted of tainting wine with anti-freeze) and Sideshow Bob. "Citizen Shame": A comic from Reverend Lovejoy's Hellfire Comics ("God's favorite comic book"). The Rev. explains how a good boy can go bad. The funniest part is that Bart writes sarcastic comments throughout the comic!
I read this with my two teen sons. We're all Simpsons fans. It was our first experience with Simpsons in comic book form, and we all enjoyed it (although my 16 year old said he prefers the Futurama comics). The book really came alive - as my 13 year old put it, when he thinks of the stories, he can't remember if he saw them on tv or in the book. "Little big mart", which focused on Apu, was the weakest story in the book.
I recently found this book on the internet. I did not even know that this book existed. I thought about buying it. For what seemed like decades, I thought about buying it. Then I decided not to buy it. Based on what I saw of the cover, I thought this book was by far the best book I have ever read. I think the author had his neck screwed on correctly while writing this book. I was thoughly impressed with the subject. The only thing that left anything to be desired was of course the amount of junk on the website. Still. . .