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The April, 2005 issue of NICKELODEON magazine features an article/game on Oddball Comics, titled "Odd Comic Out" (on pages 42 and 43), co-written by myself and former NICKELODEON "Comics Section" editor and DARIA story editor Anne D. Bernstein.
It features classic Oddball issues of CRIMINALS ON THE RUN (fish-in-the-face), THE OWL (the Terror Twins kidnap Abe Lincoln's head), STRANGE ADVENTURES ("The Hand From Beyond!"), SPACE WESTERN (with the sex-changed space cowgirl/boy), RICKY AND DEBBIE IN SARDINELAND and a nonexistent comic, UPSIDE-DOWN ROMANCE (conceived by Anne and drawn by the magazine's staff of artists). That's where the "game" comes in; young readers are encouraged to determine which of the six funnybooks is a fake. (Duh!) The NICKELODEON editor selected the comics; Jolly Jim MacQuarrie scanned 'em and Anne and I co-wrote the captions.
Unfortunately, there's no mention of my ODDBALL COMICS column or Comic Book Resources; after taking a look at CBR, the NICKELODEON editors deemed that the site just wasn't "parent friendly".
This issue of NICKELODEON -- the "2005 Kids' Choice Award" special -- is on newsstands right now, so please check it out and let me know what you think!
P.S.: This issue also features original material by Roger Langridge, William Van Horn, Gary Fields, Mike Mignola, Henry Scarpelli, Klaus Janson, Johnny Ryan and many other big-name funnybook types! -- SS!