The Bully Pulpit Crossover Event You Probably Don’t Know About
While some people might know about Legend of the Black Maria, the Tales from the Bully Pulpit sequel that has not yet materialized, most probably don’t know about this other failure-to-launch follow-up.
Following the launch of The Amazing Joy Buzzards in 2005 by Mark Smith and Dan mrhipp Hipp (now probably best known as the art director on Teen Titans Go!), I realized they and I had similar storytelling sensibilities and it would probably be fun to cross over the AJB and TftBP.
After some back and forth between Mark and me, the story we came up with was The Magic Toupee: the gist of it was that due to a blood compact between Frankenstein’s Monster and Sweeney Todd (to give you an idea of how long ago this was, the Sweeney Todd movie hadn’t come out yet and basically no one knew who the Demon Barber was), a wig made from the hair of Samson, which would impart great strength and power on its wearer, was obtained by Frankenstein’s Monster. Due to some fluctuations in spacetime, the Joy Buzzards, who were investigating strange events at Frankenstein’s castle after the Monster is thawed out in the frozen north due to global warming, get zapped to the space/time continuum where they meet up with Teddy and Edison to take down Sweeney Todd and Frankenstein in multiple time periods to keep them from getting their hands on the toupee of power.
Anyway, we wrote a good number of pages, and a lot of them were illustrated by an even-younger-than-he-is-now Kris kristaferanka Anka, whose popularity was obviously so bolstered by these pages that now he draws all the X-Mens and Wolverines.
The story was originally going to run as an extra-long issue of the regular AJB series, then was going to be its own one-shot, then it was going to be serialized in the POPGUN anthology series (you can even see elements of the art from this story on Mike Allred’s cover), but basically it never quite came together.
Otherwise the only thing that made actual publication was a promotional pinup drawn by Nate fetorpse Bellegarde that ran in an issue of Amazing Joy Buzzards. (If anyone has a scan of this page and could pass it along to me, btw, I would appreciate it.)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these pages from an alternate timeline.
Other Bully Pulpit posts from this week, the tenth anniversary of the book:
haha oh man a blast from the past. I don’t think was even 20 when i did these. (you can obviously tell i wore some of my influences very heavily on my sleeve back then).
while never receiving publication on this (i believe in ended up doing around 40 pages fully coloured), this was a blast to do and i think these were my very first sequential work ever, professional or otherwise.