Comics – 049: I’ve Got 99 Pumpkins But A Witch Ain’t One

COMIC NOTES
  • ‘I’ve Got 99 Pumpkins But A Witch Ain’t One’ was completed 2/11/06.

    Finished a couple of days late due to one thing and another, this comic is SW’s first Halloween special.

  • The
    title comes from the lyrics of the Jay-Z song ’99
    Problems’
    : "I’ve got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one."
  • Shadow’s
    house is again featured, last seen on the New Years
    Day 2006 comic ‘Fairytale of New Dork’ (#W05). Looks
    like he’s had a new door fitted though.
  • The
    number is still 1313 in homage to The Munsters.
  • Echo
    Hawk appears for the first time in a comic for over
    a year, the last appearance being a cameo in hedgehog
    form in #S05 – ‘Sudden Death Amok Time’. She also appeared
    in the comic before that #022 in proper SW comic ‘hawk’
    mode.
  • People
    were… insistant there should be a SW Halloween comic
    this year.
  • The
    Master Hand & Shadow coexisting? A rare sight indeed.
  • As
    with Hawk, this is the first time the Master Hand has
    been seen in some considerable time (#S06 Xmas 2005
    special).
  • This
    comic was going to be a wreckslet, but in the end AAUK
    threw several of his ideas for what could be a SW halloween
    comic together to make a large special.
  • "I
    am the clown with a tearaway face." is sung by
    the character of the same name in the song ‘This
    is Halloween’
    from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
  • ‘You
    are a child’s plaything!’
    is
    a line from Toy Story which also of course features
    Mr. Potato Head.
  • The
    parody of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video has a few
    little homages. For a start Shadow is dressed as Jackson
    is in the vid. He also is wearing the jeweled white
    glove on his left hand compared to his right which is
    bare.
  • Does
    this mean though that no mere mortal can resist the
    evil of Vanilla? I always thought she looked too innocent…
  • The
    Maria we meet is a different Maria sprite to the one
    we meet in previous SW comic #003 – ‘I Can’t Get No
    Satisfaction’. She’s an edit of Megaman/Rockman’s sister
    Roll with lengthened hair and the traditional cobalt
    blue dress.
  • Oh
    well Maria, better luck next time
  • You
    are now entering Disclaimerville
    Population = YOU.
  • The
    description of the tramp is a reference to Don Mclean’s ‘American Pie’.
  • ‘Red
    and black or slimy green.’
    Is
    another line from ‘This is Halloween’. The following
    remark about pumpkin patches is also about TNBC.
  • The
    line about the son of a fishmonger is a reference to
    Victor from Tim Burton’s ‘The Corpse Bride’.
  • ‘With
    their tanks and their bombs, and their bombs and their
    guns’
    is a line from ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries.
  • The
    cabbage remarks are about Cabbage Patch Dolls.
  • ‘A
    tragic tale of romance, passion and a murder most foul.’
    Is Bonejangles’ second line from ‘The Corpse Bride’ and the lead in to the song ‘Remains of the Day’.
  • The
    picture is a mock of the Pan European Gaming Institute’s
    rating system, known as PEGI.