Marvel Team-Up #74
June 4, 2012
Live from New York, it's a really bizarre team-up!
(Open with Linkara, who is utterly dumbfounded as he sits on his futon)
Linkara: Spider-Man and the cast of Saturday Night Live... What?!
(AT4W title theme plays; title card has the opening theme for SNL playing in the background)
Linkara: (looking at comic) Okay, this one requires some explanation, but unfortunately there's not much to give.
(Cut to a shot of Jim Shooter)
Linkara (v/o): According to Jim Shooter, then editor-in-chief of Marvel, the idea for this team-up originated with...
(Cut to a shot of...)
Linkara (v/o): ...Chris Claremont, the writer responsible for bringing the X-Men back into prominence in the '70s and '80s. But yeah, that was it. He apparently just suggested it out of the blue and boom, Marvel was negotiating with the Saturday Night Live production crew for the legal rights to this.
(Cut to footage of SNL)
Linkara (v/o): In the unlikely event that there are people out there who don't know what this is, Saturday Night Live is a long-running sketch comedy show that's, well, done live and on Saturday nights. Sometimes, the comedy can be hit or miss, with the biggest problem being that a sketch will run much longer than it should. I get that they're trying to fill an hour and a half worth of material and come up with new stuff every week in a very short amount of time, but the sad truth is that sometimes they just don't bring the funny. However, there is a lot to like about the show, and some of its best sketches have stood the test of time and even continue to this day, like "Weekend Update", which pretty much just straight-up riffs on news and current events.
(Cut to a "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch on the show)
Linkara (v/o): If I had to pick a favorite recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live, it'd be "Celebrity Jeopardy".
Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond): Then the day is mine!
Linkara (v/o): Though even the glory of Darrell Hammond's Sean Connery impression can get grating when the writers seem to forget that he can tell more jokes beyond Sean Connery saying that he slept with Alex Trebek's mother. Still, Tom Hanks playing himself on it was hilarious.
Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell): Pick a category!
Tom Hanks: Uh, I'll take 600.
Trebek: In what category?
Hanks: The... uh, video daily double.
Trebek: I had such high hopes for you.
(Cut to a closeup of the cover of today's comic)
Linkara (v/o): This particular crossover came out in 1978, a mere three years into Saturday Night Live's tenure, and, at the time at least, the performers were called the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players", hence the title of the team-up. (...which is "Spider-Man and the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players")
Linkara: Damn it, why couldn't they have held off on this crossover for a few more years? Then we could have had Joel Hodgson* meeting Spider-Man!
- NOTE: Joel Hodgson only appeared four times on SNL as a guest act in the early '80s before creating MST3K.
Linkara (v/o): I don't know if the cast are still called the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players*, since, unfortunately, I don't really watch the show anymore, unless something ends up up on Hulu or I'm linked to anything like that. But yeah, this comic exists!
- ANOTHER NOTE: They are indeed no longer called the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players, just the Saturday Night Live Cast Members.
Linkara: So let's dig into (holds up today's comic) "Marvel Team-Up #74" and... (camera zooms in on Linkara's face) LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!
(The '90s intro for SNL is shown. But then Linkara quickly pushes the scene out of the way)
Linkara: Yeah, that bit is over. This is recorded, it's Minnesota, and it's Monday afternoon.
(Cut back to the closeup of the comic's cover)
Linkara (v/o): The problem with having the name "Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players" is that, along with the Spider-Man name, they had to list off every member of the main SNL crew*, meaning a full third of the cover is nothing but text. The remaining third is Spider-Man swinging over the Saturday Night Live cast, most prominently, John Belushi playing his character Samurai Futaba from the show.
- YET ANOTHER NOTE: The crew at the time consisted of Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner.
Spider-Man: Belushi! No! That samurai's for \'real!
Linkara (v/o): And Belushi responds with these characters. They kind of look like kanji, but I'm no expert. What I do know is that if that's an actual thing he's saying, then that's just confusing, since the character in the sketch never actually spoke Japanese, just random gibberish pretending it was Japanese.
Text: Still only 35 cents!
Linkara: I'd make a joke about how expensive comics are getting these days, but frankly, I still feel ashamed that I paid any money on "Cry for Justice".
Linkara (v/o): We open on a rainstorm in New York, where a samurai-like figure is silhouetted in the sky. Hey, a Spider-Man story that doesn't open with him swinging around? What new spore of madness is this?
Narrator: It was the best of days, it was the worst of days...
Linkara: (narrator) It was the best rehashing of the opening lines of "A Tale of Two Cities", it was the worst rehashing of the opening lines of "A Tale of Two Cities".
Narrator: After a year of waiting, the tickets had finally arrived...
Linkara: (as narrator) Unfortunately, they were for the show that premiered a year ago. Thus, it was kind of pointless that they arrived.
Linkara (v/o): Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, nine years before their marriage, are going to be part of the audience for that evening's Saturday Night Live. M.J. worried about not getting good seats, but Peter reassures her that a friend told him that they still let people in late.
Usher: We're sorry, folks! The stage seats are filled. You'll have to go up to the balcony!
Mary Jane: Some friend, Petey-King.
Linkara: Okay, the seats aren't going to be great, but at least you still get to be part of the audience. Live with it!
Linkara (v/o): The two are interrupted when a man shoves them aside, proclaiming he's in a hurry. However, Peter's Spider-Sense goes nuts near the guy, and he thinks the voice is familiar. He wants to go investigate, but since this is before Mary Jane found out he was Spider-Man, he also doesn't want to separate from her. They are distracted briefly, though, when they spot the late, great Gilda Radner down a hallway. Just to comment on the art, by the way, is it just me or is Gilda Radner drawn in this panel like she's doing Troll-Face? She hears noises coming from John Belushi's dressing room and goes to investigate, where we see other members of the cast gathered around him.
Radner: What's going on, Laraine?
Laraine Newman: Not much, Mr. Nimble-Fingers here (meaning Belushi) was trying on a ring, and now it's stuck.
Linkara: (as Green Lantern's ring) JOHN BELUSHI, YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO OVERCOME GREAT FEAR. WELCOME TO THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS.
Linkara (v/o): He [Belushi] explains that the ring arrived in his fan mail from somewhere in Japan, but despite the fact that the ring slipped on without any trouble, it won't come off. Naturally, he can't possibly do the show with a ring on because... I don't know, rings make it impossible for him to do comedy? He has the other cast members try to all pull it off at once without success. SNL's producer, Lorne Michaels, comes in and tells them to forget about it because they've got a show to do.
Narrator: Lorne Michaels led his troupe of hearty thespians out to their waiting audience...
Linkara: Oh, yes, truly, the cast of Saturday Night Live are the most (fancy voice) dramatic of actors!
(Cut to another sketch of "Celebrity Jeopardy", once again showing Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery)
Connery: That says "Anal bum cover!"
Linkara: Oh, I kid, I love that bit. Though, I would remind you that Saturday Night Live writing is responsible for the character of Amber, the one-legged hypoglycemic reality show contestant, and the movie, It's Pat!
Linkara (v/o): The guy who pushed past Peter and M.J. earlier goes into a storage room and announces that the people inside of it can "show themselves". And thus, we see a crap ton of people emerging from boxes and trunks. And it's mot like we're talking one or two guys here. Check out this panel. There have to be at least a dozen goons who all managed to slip into the one storage room! These guys are beefy, too. It must have been uncomfortable as hell in some of those boxes. I don't think there are any air holes in those things. The lead guy says that the ring was sent to an SNL cast member by mistake, and they have to retrieve it. He reveals himself as the Silver Samurai, a mutant who, at this time, was a villain, particularly towards Wolverine, the X-Men, and Daredevil. He actually did reform at one point from what I've read, but he's also apparently dead now. Comics are confusing.
Silver Samurai: This assignment calls for subtlety as much as brute force.
Linkara (v/o): And that's why he's very subtly putting on the bright silver armor that makes him stand out even more than the collection of 1920s gangsters he has apparently hired as his goons. Seriously, were they all wearing those trenchcoats and fedoras in the boxes, too? Man, they must be hot as hell. As with every episode of Saturday Night Live, except for one season, Don Pardo* announces, the guest host, and the musical guest.
- YET ANOTHER NOTE: In 2014, Don Pardo passed away. His successor as SNL announcer was former SNL cast member, Darrell Hammond.
Pardo: Starring, Stan "The Man" Lee!! With Stan’s special musical guest, Rick Jones...
Linkara: Stan Lee is the host, and yet Nightcat isn't the musical guest? Well, I guess I'll be flipping channels during the music segments.
Don Padro: ...And the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Players: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner!
Linkara (v/o): So, I haven't watched any full episodes from this era, but was it a thing in the early years to have the entire cast on stage along with the guests while Don Pardo was introducing everyone? Anyway, Peter and M.J. arrive in their balcony seats. In an amusing little nod, human versions of Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show are in the audience too. Unfortunately, they're not as funny as the Muppet versions.
Comic Waldorf: Will you two kindly sit down! Statler and I came here to see the show!
Comic Statler: That's tellin' 'em, Waldorf, you old coot!
(Cut to a clip of an episode of The Muppet Show, showing Statler and Waldorf there)
Waldorf: What'd you think of that?
Statler: I liked it!
Waldorf: (surprised) Ohh! You...? Uh! (hits his head on the balcony railing) You liked that?!
Statler: No, I just wanted to see what you'd do if I said I did.
Linkara: (holds up index finger) Little trivia note about this: Bob Hall, the penciler for the comic, never watched The Muppet Show, and this was in the days before the Internet or the larger market of shows on tape, so he didn’t know what Statler and Waldorf looked like. They had to be described to him, and to avoid getting them exactly wrong, they were drawn mostly from the back.
Linkara (v/o): Mind you, he still kind of screwed up Statler, who is also supposed to be bald and doesn't have a mustache, but whatever.
(Cut to another clip of another episode of The Muppet Show)
Waldorf: Oh, that puppet looks so alive!
Statler: Well, that's more than I can say for you! (laughs)
(Cut back to the comic)
Linkara (v/o): Actually, one more note about this: the first two seasons of Saturday Night Live actually did have Muppet sketches on the show... which were apparently not only unpopular with viewers, but the writers absolutely hated doing them. Then head writer, Michael O'Donoghue, apparently had a lynched Big Bird hanging in his office. How pleasant. Anyway, Stan Lee...
Lee: Hiya, true believers! I can't tell you how pleased I am to be hosting 'Saturday Night.' For those of you who've been living in Siberia the last yew years...
Linkara: So... exiled Communists? (shrugs)
Lee: ...I'm the guy who runs Marvel Comics. Now, a lot of people think that's really neat.
Linkara: (as Lee) I just long for the day when (gets depressed) I can finally stop saying the same catchphrases over and over and over and OH, GOD, WHY WON'T MARVEL JUST LET ME STOP?!?! (sobs) Excelsior!
Guy in control booth: (thinking) Not bad. No Steve Martin, but not bad.
Linkara: "Not bad"? He said all of four sentences, and not one of them was an actual joke. "No Steve Martin"? Hell, he's no Chris Kattan! Kattan would've actually tried to say something funny!
Linkara (v/o): In the booth, a goon grabs the guy who was thinking a second ago, and Peter's Spider-Sense goes off again. He excuses himself from Mary Jane. Anyway, despite the show breaking for commercial, Stan Lee is still on stage under a light as if he's still giving the opening monologue. After Peter almost drops his shoe on him while changing into his costume, we cut to the control room, where the goons have taken full control and are forcing Lorne Michaels to run the board by himself.
Goon: Stay cool, Mr. Michaels an' stay alive.
Linkara: (as goon, holding up a gun) Now, my friend here is gonna tell you about this little idea we have called "Laser Cats".
Linkara (v/o): Spidey apparently can't see very well inside the door's window, so he can't tell that there are guys with guns and another one tied up in the corner, even though I'm pretty sure you could tell from that angle. But his Spider-Sense is still tingling, so he continues to investigate. Meanwhile, John Belushi complains some more about "getting the ring off" to Bill Murray, but Bill has to go off to give a prop Mjölnir to Garrett Morris for a "Thor" sketch. On the way, however, he spots the Silver Samurai directing his goons to search for the ring. Realizing he can't warn John or the stage crew fast enough, he uses the prop hammer, which is made of hard rubber, to knock out a goon and steal their jacket and hat in the hopes of impersonating them. We cut back to the studio, where "Weekend Update" is starting up, surprisingly early in the episode. They, of course, don't know where Bill Murrary is, so in the meantime, Jane Curtin does her half of the presentation along with Gilda Radner doing her Emily Litella character. For those who don't know, Emily Litella basically does news editorials about things she mishears people complaining about. Seriously, look up her bit about violins on television. The bit in the comic is legitimately funny, and it's refreshing to read actual humor in a comic after having read through two issues of "Marville"'s painful attempts at it. However, the bit is interrupted when Gilda Radner suddenly drops through the floor, Jane Curtin following soon afterwards. We see that the Silver Samurai cut two large holes for the women to fall down, Looney Tunes style, and there in the floor below. Looks like a pretty thin floor, by the way, and how do they know exactly where sitting in relation to where they were underneath? The goons search the two for the ring, but of course fail to find it.
Linkara: So, here's a stupid question: why didn't you wait until the after-party to do this? You've got a crap-ton of people in the audience and in the crew, who still outnumber you, and they can be witnesses if they spot you!
Linkara (v/o): Hell, they're going through the trouble of taking them while they're on camera, meaning a bunch of stage crew are all going to come up and investigate! Spider-Man swings in and knocks the goons away. The Silver Samurai says he doesn't have to deal with the wall crawler and cuts open a pipe that releases a bunch of high-pressure steam, creating a fog that obscures his escape. Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin attack another goon, but it turns out to be Bill Murray.
Murray: Wait a minute, will ya! I'm Bill Murray! I'm no crook, I'm an actor!
Linkara (v/o): This is helpfully supplemented by a caption box.
Caption Box (Broadway Bob): There's a difference?
(Cut to a clip of an SNL sketch where Fred Armisen is dressed like a drummer for a lounge band. He does a rim shot on a drum set. Then cut back to the comic)
Linkara (v/o): Bill Murray explains what he's found out and suggests that they call the cops.
Spider-Man: Waste of time. The phones are out.
Linkara: How the hell do you know that? Is there a scene missing?
Spider-Man: Your security people are the Samurai's prisoners, and his men have all the stairs and elevators covered. If we're going to stop him, we'll have to do it by ourselves.
Linkara: It's not like he's taken the whole building. Have Spidey knock out the guards at the stairs or elevators and have someone run to another floor and try calling from there. Hell, you're in New York in the '70s! Run outside and use a payphone!
Spider-Man: (narrating) First things first, though. Let's get Jane and Gilda back on stage back onstage... before people start asking questions we don't want to answer.
Linkara (v/o): It's been at least five minutes, I think someone's noticed by now! Or are the camera crews just staring at an empty set for the rest of the sketch's runtime? How are they not used to this kind of thing? This show is the very definition of "We'll do it live!" So yeah, creating some kind of web pulley, Spidey lifts the two back up to the set where the camera is indeed still staring at where they were! Simply brilliant. Backstage, Laraine Newman is getting dressed as the superheroine, Miss Marvel, for a sketch. Two goons storm into her room and mistake her for the real Miss Marvel, I see the Silver Samurai didn't exactly spring for the brightest henchmen. Spidey arrives and fights them off, with the other cast members, save for John Belushi, arriving. Spider-man explains the situation to them, but John Belushi is supposed to be on stage at the moment, so they can't get to him.
Aykroyd: Garrett [Morris] has a point. If they start shooting and the audience panics...
Linkara: So, is the entire stage crew ignorant of what’s going on? You'd think they’d be suspicious by now.
Linkara (v/o): Spider-Man suggests, however, that if the goons are afraid of New York-based superheroes, they can use that to their advantage. On a catwalk above, three goons are confronted by Thor... played by Garret Morris. Garret Morris is a black guy. In fact, the crooks all point out that something's weird because he's not a white guy.
Morris: (thinking) Oops! Great idea for a skit, Dan, but really lousy when you'e trying to bluff a crook.
Linkara: Was that just it for the skit idea they had? Black Thor?
(Cut to some shots of Spider-Man as played by Miles Morales)
Linkara (v/o): People have asked me recently about the subject of changing a character's race or orientation or something like that for the comics or the movies. Now, before anyone gets into an argument about this, I honestly don't really have any opinions about stuff like this. Yes, I know about Miles Morales being the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe, but the thing is, I don't care about it. I don't care about the Ultimate universe.
(Now cut to a shot of Alan Scott in the "Earth-2" comic)
Linkara (v/o): Likewise, I don't care if Alan Scott in the "Earth-2" comic is gay. It's frankly a completely different character than the one I did a part of Secret Origins Month on, who just happens to share his name and powers. This is not a, quote-unquote, "issue" that I have any opinion on.
(Cut back to Garret Morris as Thor)
Linkara (v/o): However, what I'm getting at here is that they're making it clear in this comic that this does take place in the Marvel Universe ["Earth-616"]. There are real superheroes running around. Thor is a real person in this comic's universe.
(Cut to a shot of Tim Meadows, followed by another of Phil Hartman as President Bill Clinton)
Linkara (v/o): I don't recall Tim Meadows being the guy they called on to play Bill Clinton, is what I'm saying. It's just... weird.
(Cut to a clip of Dave Chapelle as George W. Bush, which was on The Chapelle Show, not SNL)
Linkara (v/o): Well, unless it's Dave Chapelle doing black Bush, but that wasn't Saturday Night Live.
(Cut back again to the comic)
Linkara (v/o): Anyway, in the distraction, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray use live electrical wires on the metal grading of the catwalk, electrocuting the goons. Garrett Morris is saved by the rubber boots of his Thor costume. Sooo what protected Gilda and Bill? They're clearly on the catwalk with them. Meanwhile, Dan Aykroyd is dressed up like a stereotypical Russian dancer, while also wearing bandoleers.
(Cut to another clip of The Muppet Show, once again showing Statler and Waldorf)
Statler: I think that number raises a pertinent question.
Waldorf: What's that?
Statler: Why did they do it? (both laugh)
(Back to the comic again)
Linkara (v/o): Even Spidey is questioning this.
Spider-Man: Are these costumes really necessary, Mr. Aykroyd?
Aykroyd: Call me Dan. And that's a heckuva question coming from you, Spidey.
Linkara: Dan Aykroyd trying to get people to wear his costumes? (shrugs) I actually shouldn’t be surprised, really.
(Cut to a clip of another SNL sketch, this one where Dan Aykroyd is playing sleazy businessman, Irwin Mainway, in an interview with Jane Curtin. The interview is about the dangerous Halloween costumes his company sells. He holds up a bag for the costume "Invisible Pedestrian")
Irwin Mainway: You know, this is a sidewalk costume.
Curtin: "A sidewalk costume"?
Mainway: Yeah! I mean, y'know, we don't recommend it for blind kids. I mean, see, there's a warning on the label: "Invisible Pedestrian. Not for blind kids."
(Cut back to the comic)
Aykroyd: Our best bet is to hit 'em with the unexpected--so many zany things happening so fast they won’t know which end is up. By the time they've recovered, it’ll be all over.
Linkara: It's not often that I encounter a story where being zany is the actual, serious plan of the heroes.
Linkara (v/o): In the meantime, John Belushi has dressed up in his samurai costume, which is probably colored green instead of the usual gray, because the Silver Samurai comes around the corner and spots him
Silver Samurai: By my ancestors, is nothing sacred?! You dare mock the samurai, American?!
Linkara: (as Belushi) Oh, no, no, of course not. (laughs nervously) Rangers together, Samurai forever?
Linkara (v/o): He then spots that Belushi is wearing the ring and attacks. In the control booth, the goons are confused by the sight of Stan Lee and Jane Curtin doing a "soft-shoe shuffle". Huh. I just got to wonder what the hell the audience thinks of all this.
(Cut to yet another clip of The Muppet Show, once again showing Statler and Waldorf)
Statler: I now realize television has one major advantage over a live stage show.
Waldorf: Oh? What's that?
Statler: A television, you can turn off! (they both laugh)
(Back to the comic again)
Linkara (v/o): Actually, here’s a legitimate question: with all the cast members indisposed by the crap going on behind the scenes, has Stan Lee been forced to carry the entire show until now? John Belushi, chased by the Silver Samurai, runs of stage. Before the goons in the booth can react to this, Laraine Newman and Dan Aykroyd rush in with fire extinguishers that blind the goons and allow them to steal their guns. However, Lorne Michaels got blasted, too.
Michaels: Aykroyd, you-- you--!!
Aykroyd: No need to say thanks, Lorne. It's all in a day's work.
Michaels: (thinking) For this I left Canada?? Lord, you have no sense of justice.
Linkara: (as Michaels, groans) Just two more years, Lorne. Just two more years. (normal) My thanks to the three people who get that joke*.
- STILL ANOTHER NOTE: In 1980, Lorne Michaels took a five-year break from the show.
Linkara (v/o): Oh, and Lorne Michaels is also the only guy smart enough to TELL THEM TO CALL THE COPS! Back in the audience...
Mary Jane Watson: (To the man sitting near her, Ken Morrow) Great show, huh?
Ken Morrow: Yup.
Linkara: (as Ken) I especially loved how half the sketches are falling apart and another one has Stan Lee dancing inexplicably with Jane Curtin. Truly, this is the best of Saturday Night Live.
Linkara (v/o): Anyway, while Mary Jane gets hit on, Spidey engages the Silver Samurai, but gets knocked away pretty easily. Belushi tries to fight the samurai head-on, but the samurai grabs the ring from him and a kick by Spidey finally gets the ring off Belushi's finger. With the ring in his possession, the Silver Samurai teleports away.
Linkara: (sarcastically) Wow, good team-up, guys! The villain got what he wanted and he escaped! (gives a thumbs-up)
Narrator: The show's almost over, then. And as the cast moves center stage for their final bows-- before an audience ri–
Linkara (v/o): That grammar's way off.
Narrator: Before an audience rising in a standing ovation for what they thought was a magnificent slapstick show...
Linkara (v/o): Oh, yeah, "a magnificent slapstick show" that also had dancing and a sword fight and Spider-Man and half the sketches didn't happen because of electrocutions and characters being missing. Spidey changes back to Peter Parker and meets back up with M.J., who's put off by the guy who was hitting on her earlier, for some reason. And so, our comic ends with John Belushi talking to Garrett Morris about how the ring was supposed to some other guy in the building with a similar name [J.B. Lushi], but the rain ruined the ink on the label and so the mailman just guessed that it went to him instead. And it ends on a bad joke as Belushi somehow has some of Spider-Man's webbing... Isn't that supposed to disintegrate after an hour or so? ...and says that he wonders what they'll do for... the spin-off!
Linkara: (holds up comic) This comic sucks... (hesitates slightly) but I really kind of feel bad about saying that.
Linkara (v/o): Most people who have read it these days seem to think it's pretty decent, and if you hold that opinion, that's fine. The strongest thing I can say in its favor is that has a pretty good amount of action...
(Cut to a shot of the cover of "Marvel Team-Up #127")
Linkara (v/o): ...and unlike a certain other Marvel team-up issue I've reviewed, Spidey does at least interact with the SNL cast a lot.
(Cut back to "Marvel Team-Up #74")
Linkara (v/o): Where it fails is that for a team-up with a bunch of comedians... it's not very funny. I know that there are bits that are meant to be funny, but they really aren't. The funniest it gets is Gilda Radner doing Emily Litella. Otherwise, it's just the cast of the show fighting off goons and occasionally saying something that's probably supposed to be a joke, but really isn't.
(Now cut to shots of John Belushi)
Linkara (v/o): Jim Shooter wrote in his blog that John Belushi read the issue after it came out and loved it, asking to come and see the Marvel offices. When he was there, he revealed he was actually a huge Marvel Comics fan and could identify all the plots of all the covers that were hung up in the offices. He invited the creative team of the book to attend the opening night party of the movie Animal House and a few of them were even there, Belushi introducing them to everybody, including some of the other SNL cast members. As a result of all this, Belushi was given comp copies of every Marvel comic published until his tragic death in 1982 from an accidental drug overdose.
Linkara: Still, this opens the door for other bizarre crossovers between late-night personalities and superheroes. Heck, why don't we have David letterman meet the Avengers?
(A shot of the cover of such a crossover is shown briefly: "The Avengers on Late Night with David Letterman")
Linkara: Yeah, that exists. I have it. But, we'll save it for another time. (throws down comic, gets up and leaves)
(End credits roll)
Yes, I know Mary Jane's dialogue's says "Petey-kins" and not "Petey-king." I didn't notice it until I was editing the episode and zoomed in on it. It honestly looked like a "G" to me, much like how in the New Teen Titans anti-drug comic, I thought it said "pop" instead of "pcp."
I couldn't find a clean version of the ending theme for the show, so just enjoy the jazzy theme from the 95-96 season again.
(Stinger: Linkara walks out into the main living room)
Linkara: Okay, please tell me you guys have made some progress.
Harvey Finevoice: (holding a Sonic screwdriver and a TOS tricorder) Well, kid, here's the thing: all the tools you gave us to try to fix your magic piece (...meaning the magic gun), none of it's working.
Linkara: What?! Let me see that!
(He grabs the Sonic Screwdriver from Harvey and examines it. He pulls it in half and makes a realization...)
Linkara: It's a toy.
Linkara: (upset) It's... It's just a toy again!
Linkara: Pollo! (puts away Sonic Screwdriver away and pulls out Zeonizer) Scan this!
(Pollo scans at the Zeonizer and then turns back to Linkara)
Pollo: Just plastic and paint, but isn't this your Zeonizer?
Linkara: It is.
Harvey: Kid, what's the lowdown? I see you use this crap all the time. It works!
Linkara: It's supposed to.
(He grabs a small, leather-bound book from the book shelf and reads it while holding the Sonic Screwdriver)
Linkara: Sindramini! (nothing happens, which confuses him)
Harvey: Kid, what the hell are you doing?
Linkara: That... That should've at least created a spark or something!
Pollo: I don't understand.
Linkara: Haven't you guys ever wondered how I have all this working technology from, like, Pokemon and Star Trek and all that just lying around the apartment?
Harvey: I don't know, I just figured you knew people.
Linkara: It's magic! It's always been magic! An enchantment called "The Image Becomes Reality", I think; the translations kind of iffy. If it's executed properly, the representation of an object becomes the actual object. I do it on my toys because it's the closest representation I have to the real thing.
Harvey: What, really? Then why the hell haven't you ever made a little box with a button on it that said "Destroy Mechakara forever and ever" or some crap like that?
Linkara: It just doesn't work like that. Hell, I don't even fully comprehend the rules to this stuff. And even on the stuff I do have, it's tricky. It took me ten times to perform the spell before I got a working phaser. The Zeonizer took months of work, because while the spell worked the first time, there's no universal morphing grid for this thing to access and give superpowers! (takes his duel disc) Hell, I'm still trying to get the spell to work right on my duel disc, though that might be because I don't have the hand grip for the thing. I did try it out on a Yu-Gi-Oh card, though, just to test it.
Harvey: What happened?
(Linkara puts down the duel disc and takes out a Yu-Gi-Oh card that is bigger than usual)
Linkara: This. I don't think the spell likes being used on stuff with text on it.
Harvey: So, all this magic crap means that none of your weapons work?
Linkara: Well, I suppose that anything that I didn't originally enchant would work, but there's a bigger problem than that.
Harvey: What do you mean?
Pollo: He means this apartment itself is no longer safe.
Linkara: I have a low-level protection spell in place on the whole apartment. I'm not strong enough or skilled enough to protect people, but the apartment itself is safe. You could shoot guns or detonate a bomb, and it would not matter; the apartment itself would remain standing. I started casting it a few years ago after that "Star Trek" comic came to life and tried to kill me.
Pollo: If this mysterious gunslinger decides to pay another visit, we could find ourselves homeless very quickly.
Linkara: Yeah, but I'm more worried about the person who's already home. (takes and looks at magic gun) The little girl inside of this thing considers me her friend, her partner. Whenever I use this thing, I can just hear her whispering inside my ear. If the gun's not firing, I think something may have happened to her. DAMN IT, DOESN'T ANYONE HAVE ANY GOOD NEWS?!
Dr. Linksano: (coming into the room) And, as usual, it is up to science to save the day!
Linkara: What have you got, Doc?
Dr. Linksano: Everything on board Comicron 1 is functioning just fine, including its sensors. In fact, the computers have just finished a thorough analysis of the magic gun.
Dr. Linksano: Nothing, I'm afraid. (Linkara sways his head in annoyance) There's still magic inside of it as much as any other time. As far as we can tell, it's perfectly fine.
Linkara: (irritably) THEN WHY DOES NOTHING MAGICAL AROUND HERE WORK?
Dr. Linksano: I've been considering that, actually. It's almost as if the magic gun was being... suppressed, as if something in a specific area was keeping the magic from being utilized.
Linkara: What, like some kind of anti-magic field– (stops abruptly as he realizes and Linksano nods in his hypothesis) You think that–
Dr. Linkasano: Oh, yes, I do.
Linkara: Well, then... I think we should go pay Dr. Insano a little visit.