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This issue contains 3 stories. One based around The Lord of the Rings, a second on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado and the third and final story is From Hell and Back or: The Truer Story of Jack the Ripper
Story art and letters by Gary Spencer Millidge
See www.millidge.com for details
Interior art for page 6 can be found here
Although only 14 pages long this is a great send up of the film and to a lesser extent the comic book of From Hell. Several panels could quite easily pass as original artwork by Eddie Campbell if you remove some of the jokes.
Page 1 Panel 1
Page 2 Panel 6
Page 6 Panel 4
Page 7 Panel 3
Page 8 Panel 9
Page 11 Panel 7 and even
Page 14 Panel 4 (if you remove Marge’s Blue hair)
Originally it was to be in Black and white but Nathan Kane ended up coloring it
The story also derives from the famous Stonecutters Episode called Homer the Great.
The entire script for Homer the Great can be found online here
Synopsis and quotes including real audio and wav files here
And finally believe it or not a German site with the lyrics of the Stonecutters song (in English) here
Page 1 Panel 1: Apart from the Goodyear Blimp (was 1888 a good year in Olde London Town?) this could pass as an Eddie Campbell panel.
Panel 2: "Diamond Joe" is Quimby's nickname on the Simpsons.
Panel 3: In this case Joe Diamond turns out to be Mayor Quimby. Lurleen is a minor character from the Simpsons who once was a country and western singer. Here she is Polly Nicholls as can be seen in
Panel 5: Note the note in Reverend Lovejoy’s bible ‘Joe Diamond’ + Polly Lurleen Lumpkin.
Panel 7: The wives of some of the main characters from the Simpsons are to play the victims of Jack the Ripper as follows:
"Polly" Nicholls/Lurleen Lumpkin
Annie Chapman/Edna Krabappel
Elizabeth Stride/Maude Flanders
Catherine Eddowes/Luanne Van Houten
Mary Kelly/"Margie" Simpson ...
although in the movie (and Graphic Novel?), Mary survives and is "switched" for
Page 2 Panel 1: The Stonecutters’ Sacred Sanctum seen previously in various TV episodes most notably Homer the Great with Patrick Stewart being the voice of Number One.
Number One is obviously a popular character as he even has his own doll.
Note that "Sacred Sanctum" and "Grand Sculptor Celestial" are not original Stonecutter references, but specifically created for this strip.
Panel 3: Ned Flanders is a Stonecutter and speaks in his usual roundabout way “not another dang-diddly illegitimate child!”
Panel 5: Our first view of Mr. Burns who will portray Jack the Ripper. Appropriately he is seen in silhouette and wielding his killing instrument. The Double Hammer figure on the wall reminds me of Pink Floyd : The Wall and also Roger Waters: Live in Berlin version of the same album
Panel 6: Another panel which could easily pass as the work of Eddie Campbell
Panel 7: "Barks Row" is a reference to Donald Duck artist Carl Barks.
All the murder scenes are named after comics artists:
Barks Row (Bucks Row)
Herriman Street (Hanbury Street) - after George Herriman
Burns Street (Berner Street) - Charles Burns (?)
Eisner Square (Mitre Square) - Will Eisner
Miller Court (Millers Court) - Frank Miller (?)
The character of Anne Crook (who marries Prince Albert in From Hell and is carted off to the asylum for a lobotomy) is apparently merged with Polly Nicholls (the Ripper's first victim)
Panels 8-9: Chief Wiggum is playing the part of Sergeant Peter Godley (Robbie Coltrane) from the movie version of From Hell.
Page 3 Panel 1: "Five Belles" is a reference to the five murdered women. The famed Ripper pub was of course the Ten Bells.
Panels 1-2: Anette Formyhare. As usual Moe falls for the joke name “A net for my hair”. Barney gets a good laugh out of it.
The fact that it's a telegram is a variation on the usual Simpsons joke which is delivered via telephone.
Panel 3: A new case of Duff for me? Duff is Homers’ favorite brand of beer.
Panel 5: Olde Lard Lad is the name of the standard Simpson donut chain.
Jack the Ripper in From Hell uses grapes here replaced by Homers’ favorite junk food.
Panel 6: Nice to know Simpson is on the case. As Lou remarked on the previous page But…Simpson’s an idiot, chief.
Panel 7: Laudunum is a
“Tincture of opium, used for various medical purposes.
Note: A fluid ounce of American laudanum should contain the soluble matter of one tenth of an ounce avoirdupois of powdered opium with equal parts of alcohol and water. English laudanum should have ten grains less of opium in the fluid ounce. --U. S. Disp.”
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
Panels 8-9: similar events have happened on numerous occasions on the TV show.
Page 4 Panel 1: Fat Tony is a gangster boss seen in various episodes
Panel 4: This flyer is reminiscent of ones use for some of Alan’s live stage shows as performed by the Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels
Panel 6: Homer is as usual his quiet considerate self eating Popcorn and peanuts and drinking at an Autopsy whilst Professor Frink feels sickened in front of him.
All the doctors from the Simpsons fraternity are shown in this story here, including Dr. Nick Riviera, Dr. Hibbert and others.
Dr. Marvin Monroe plays the part of lobotomist Dr. Farrell.
In panel 6 and 7 you can also see Fat Tony in the audience among other Simpsons cast members.
Page 5 Panel 1: The Elephant Man seems to be saying
“Very pleased to meet you Inspector Simpson. I hope you enjoyed the show”
Homer thinks he’s speaking French.
Panel 7: Snowballs name can be partially seen on the stone cross in the foreground. Snowball was the Simpson’s cat.
Page 6 can be viewed on the net in rough version,
Page 6 Panels 1-3: As usual Homers’ brain is a bit slow on the uptake.
Panel 5: I don’t think the horse is ever named in from Hell but obviously Eddie used here is a nod to Eddie Campbell.
Page 7 Panels 1-4: great coloring here. Panel 1 is the only time we see Maggie, Bart and Lisa in this whole story.
Panel 1 is also a spoof of the "Sound of Music" poster. You can see the cottage from page 14 in the background. Homer's vision sees the whole Simpson family unit and therefore suggests a happy ending.
Panel 3 is the most horrifying image in the whole comic and could pass as an Eddie Campbell image quite easily
Panel 5: can be seen at Gary Spencer Millidge’s website along with the cover of this issue
This is a spoof from a scene from Hitchcock's Vertigo. Homer's visions appear to be movie-inspired. James Stewart (leading role in Vertigo) is one of the floating heads (bottom left) in that panel.
Panel 6: Note how one of Homer’s pupils is larger than the other one and also red.
Panel 8: Homer has not only been mixing Duff and cough syrup but also Absynthe and Laudanum.
Page 8 Panel 1: Nice dig at Inspector Abberline. His psychic powers were of little use to him in the movie version.
Panel 3: Edna is the schoolteacher in the Simpsons.
Panels 4-5: "Jellied Eels" are an East London "delicacy." Notoriously rubbery if not cooked correctly.
Panel 9: another Eddie Campbellesque image.
Page 9 Panel 1: Maude Stride would be Ned Flanders wife who was famously actually killed off on a TV episode and is one of the few characters from the TV series to have died.
Panel 2: Luanne Eddowes. Luanne is Millhouse’s mother on the Simpsons.
Panel 3: This graffiti was really found at the actual murder scene in 1888 and it was rubbed off supposedly for fear it would incite racial tension against Jews.
Panel 5: Oscar Wilde is Gay.
I wonder when the word gay first came to be used to describe homosexual as opposed to just happy and lively?
This and the Watchmen reference in the next panel are both deliberate anachronisms.
Inspector Simpson is the man who does not know Nothing
above Homer’s head.
Panel 6: Homer ignores the vital clue Mr. Burns is Jack the Ripper
Panel 9: the mention of a kidney makes Homer think of food. Not sure if All Ladies Bared Magazine is from the Simpsons or wether “Suspencer” Millidge made it up
Page 10 : Map tracing scene is an obvious reference to the join-the-dots pentagram sequences in both the From Hell book and movie. Except Homer just makes a mess.
Panel 6: "and hey, let's be careful out there"
Is a reference to Hill St. Blues, one of Alan's favourite TV shows.
Panels 6-9: this happens quite a few times in Simpsons Episodes
Page 11 Panels 4-5: Marge has no illusions about Homer’s powers of deduction.
Page 12 Panel 5: Note the cup and ball on the window which will distract Homer in another few panels.
Panel 6: Mr. Burns gives away the entire plot here
Page 13 Panel 4: Lunchlady Doris is a minor character in the Simpsons.
Panel 6: The same scream as the first murder victim.
Panel 8: Behind Moe we can see Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. No 6 is actually Patrick McGoohan from The Prisoner. All the other Stonecutters are taken from the Simpsons.
Wiggum, Quimby, Frink, Smithers (who plays the role of Netley to Mr. Burns' Jack The Ripper) and Monroe are also revealed as conspirators here.
A reliable source informs me that Alan’s hair these days is somewhere between brown and grey.
Page 14 Panels 1 and 2: The Golden Haired Serpent of the North is a nice image of Alan’s favorite god Glycon visible here
The story of Glycon
For a modern day version of a snake god see this
Number Forty-two is most likely a nod to Douglas Adams’ answer to the ultimate question of Life the Universe and Everything.
Panel 8: As usual Homer thinks of everything except the most important thing
Panel 9: slightly obscured you can just make out “Don’t tell Jack the Ripper”