FUN BOYS SPRING SPECIAL
Jeff Bonivert’s wonderfully nostalgic FUN BOYS one-shot had perhaps an unexpected effect on me. The tale tells of a trio of kids who make the weekly pilgrimage to Pop’s Comic Book Shop for their weekly fix, and who run afoul of the local bully on the way home. Said bully destroys Brian’s new issue of FANTASTIC FOUR, leading to the following sorrowful soliloquy:
“For the remainder of my life I’ll be known as the boy with an incomplete set of Fantastic Fours. I’ll be an outcast!
People I’ve never met will stop, and stare, and say–
‘Look, see that boy? He has an incomplete set of Fantastic Fours because he allowed Arnold Brickman to bully him.
Yes, children, learn from his mistake and don’t grow up like Brian, the boy with an incomplete set of Fantastic Fours’ ”
After experiencing this apocalyptic vision of what might happen, what else could I do? That year, I completed my run of FANTASTIC FOUR.
(Everything turns out all right for Brian as well, in case you were wondering…)