‘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’
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… insistent 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 tear1away 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 bejewelled 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 Mega Man/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.
Writer of words and comics, streamer of games, presenter of radio shows and eternal 'just a guy'. LMC's boss-man has worked on projects for SEGA, Square Enix, Konami, Capcom and more. Once co-created and hosted an international fan-convention because he can do that sort of thing. Used to be known as AAUK/ArchangelUK.