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A funny, bittersweet and touching story of shifting father-son / father-daughter dynamics.

From "They Fixed Homer's Brain!", Simpsons Comics #27 (Dec. 1996). Story by Doug Tuber and Tim Maile. Art by Stephanie Gladden, Tim Harkins and Tim Bavington (no, I have no idea what's up with all the Tims either). 6.67 of 22 pages.

Homer accidentally breaks Lisa's saxophone while horsing around with Bart, and now must buy her a replacement. He learns to his dismay that a good sax plus necessary accessories costs around $500. Fortunately, Professor Frink is offering precisely that amount for participation in a Springfield U. study which is looking specifically for stupid people. Frink gives Homer an experimental enzyme pill which will make him a genius for seven days, after which a brain operation will make it permanent.

The next day, the enzyme begins to take effect (in the usual, fictional "increased intelligence automatically bestows increased knowledge" way). While Marge is unsure how this will affect their relationship, Lisa is thrilled. Even Bart, who now has someone to do his homework for him, is happy. At first.

Over the next few days, Homer and Lisa bond over his new passion for science and the fine arts.

The next day, the family drops by the university so Homer can have his brain surgery. Marge, in addition to missing the old, Hagar the Horrible-reading Homie, is worried what Bart will get up to now his father's no longer paying attention to him. Her fear is confirmed when Bart bungie-jumps off a campus building.

I love this story because it shows how deeply Homer and Lisa care for each other, each willing to sacrifice in order to make each other, and the whole family, happy.

Note to fellow Simpsons geeks: although this story has a similar plot to the Season 12 episode HOMR, it was published well before that season was produced. I prefer this take on it myself.

Date: 2017-12-22 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Those early Simpsons comics (meaning from the beginning up until the 00s) had some pretty good writing, all things considered.
Maybe not on the level of the show itself at its height, but still very good all the same.

Any occasion that shows Homer and Lisa bonding is always sweet and sad.
(And Maggie's little wave at the end is also pretty cute.)

Though the early years of the show suggested it's not so much that Homer is stupid, just lazy and apathetic.
And also, he's kind of stupid.

Date: 2017-12-23 05:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cypherfdp
I know it's supposed to be もんだいないよ, but I can't help but read it as もんたソたマいよ

Date: 2017-12-23 12:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
The TV series did pretty much this "Flowers fo Algernon" story in "HOMЯ", in 2001, where they find a crayon lodged in Homer's brain from a childhood accident and his IQ skyrockets, with much the exact same character beats as shown here.

Date: 2017-12-23 10:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
So, like the last part says (unless that was edited in after)? ;)

But yeah, this isn't the only time the cartoon has taken from the comic. Makes me wonder if they use it as a testing ground for ideas or something -- sort of like how Marvel Comics is basically used as an idea farm for the movies now.

Date: 2017-12-24 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Given how long the Simpsons has been running, the fact that they've used some ideas which were also used in the comics, but in a different way, isn't a surprise.

(After all, if they were stealing ideas, we'd probably have seen Sideshow Blob show up at some point.)


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