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BELCH DIMENSION HOME VIDEOS presents those merry misfits THE TRIO OF TROUBLE in:
"HAIR-UM SCARUM"
"VEXED VETS"
"GROSS-ERY SHOPPING"
Watch these three loveable knuckleheads running their erroneous errands--as well as running downtown to the ground--in these three interlocking madcap misadventures!

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Issue #: 310

Issue #: 34

Release Date: Jan 30, 2008
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Cover:

The Trio of Trouble image is a reproduction of the official Three Stooges logo (with Jon as Moe Howard, Ben as Curly, and Josh as Larry Fine), right down to the facial expressions and the font used. In fact, the cover is animated in the style of a VHS cassette case, in particular the cheap mass-produced videos featuring public domain shorts like "Disorder in the Court", Brideless Groom", "Malice in the Palace" and "Sing a Song of Six Pants".

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Cold Open (2 pp.)

The boys' slovenly, slothful ways annoy Marcie to her limit. She decides to make them clean themselves up and accompany her into town while she has her hair done, takes the dogs to the vet, and buys groceries.

Notes:

page 1. The dialogue in the Batman (1966) episode the boys are watching is rather more suggestive than that found in an actual episode, though other than that the setup--with the camp, gimmicky guest villain, Adam West's stilted, pausing delivery and Burt Ward's overly hammy "Gosh!" routine--really isn't too far off. It seems to play on the unintententionally sexual dialogue or images often seen in comics of the era (such as those on display at Superdickery.com).
      Incidentally, it's worthy to note Batman was the only core JL'er not included in "The Superhero Roundtable" a couple issues back, so here he finally gets his due.

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(Please Note: As the title panels are done in the style of the title cards used by Columbia for the Three Stooges films, no writers or artists are credited for this issue, only the actors.)

Title: "Hair-um Scarum"

Story (out of 24 pages): 9 p.

Writer: J. M. Sweet and Jack Staten Monahew

Penciller: Ethan W. "Meat" Jackson

Letterer: J. Antwon Shea

Colorist: Newton E. Haas

Summary:

Notes:

The first stop is the beauty salon, where Marcie and the Trio are pampered by the capable hands of head stylist Mr. Rotch, first name Mike. However, it isn't long before the three's antics turn this day of beauty into something ugly.

page 3. Mr. Rotch is drawn to look like and patterned after Mr. Humphries on the camp seventies-era British comedy Are You Being Served? (played by the late British actor John Inman). The name "Mike Rotch" puns on one of the names given in Bart's prank-call routine from The Simpsons (See
"The I.P. Freely Inhumane Society" for more information.).

To date Michael Jackson is the only celebrity who has appeared in the series with his name unaltered. In his entrance on page 4 he is wearing the outfit from the Bad music video, though his pose (and especially where he's got his hand at) is more at Black or White. A bit further down the page he mentions Bubbles, the famous chimp who was The King of Pop's pet and frequent traveling companion. (It is rumored that there were several Bubbleses.) On page eight he rattles off a number of his successful albums: Bad, Black or White, In the Closet, Remember the Time, and a few others. Finally, the famous incident where Jackson's hair was set on fire by a malfunctioning prop while shooting a Coca-Cola commercial in 1984 is parodied/referenced on page 9. (A line originally scripted, but cut, had Josh saying his catch phrase "Great fagots afire!"--punning on both faggot, a derogatory slang term for gays--a reference to rumors about being homosexual that have dogged the singer for some twenty years--and fagot, a bundle of sticks for burning.)

page 4. While being shampoed Josh reads "Vanity Press" Magazine, a spoof of Vanity Fair, and also referring to the practice of often disreputable houses of charging its authors a small fee--often hundreds of dollars--to publish their work.

Josh's comment in the middle of page 8 refers to the hoary (and thankfully untrue) old myth that excessive masturbation causes hair growth on the palms of one's hands.

page 8. Marcie reads "Vague", a spoof of Vogue, a popular ladies' magazine.

page 10. The musical number Jon and Ben perform is one made famous by Hee Haw in its "Pfft! You Were Gone" sketch. The setup was deliberately simple: two fellows in overalls (Gordie Tapp and Glenn Campbell, usually, although sometimes a guest star or another show regular) would stand, one facing the audience and holding a pitchfork, the other facing away, before a fence. The one looking at the crowd would sing a verse, then nudge his partner, who turned about and joined him on the refrain:
          "Where, oh, where, are you tonight?
          Why did you leave me here all alone?
          I searched the world over and thought I found true love;
          You met another and...."
     The bit ended with one doing a loud raspberry into the other's face--phfft!--on the final verse, and then concluding "...you were gone". Ben, however, performs his own unique (and disgusting) variation on the last part.
     The song is credited in the official show liner notes to one Susan Heather. It was likely originally intended to be a love ballad, or perhaps even a gospel song, though the tune and style were freely adapted by Misters Campbell and Tapp.

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Title: "Vexed Vets"

(Please Note: As the title panels are done in the style of the title cards used by Columbia for the Three Stooges films, no writers or artists are credited for this issue, only the actors.)

Story (out of 24 pages): 5 p.

Writer: Jake C. Thomas

Penciller: Jason W. Keane

Letterer: Noah Jewett

Colorist: Jack Staten Monahew

Summary:

After her hair appointment, Marcie and the Trio take the dogs to the vet's office for a checkup. However, between Buddy's intense loathing of the vet and Ben's comical misunderstanding of medical terminology, this may turn into a less-than-routine house call.

Buddy and Brandy's veterinarian, Dr. Glass Houser, is a caricature/parody of the titular character in House, right down to the ever-present walking stick, dry sardonic wit, and perpetual beard stubble.

page 12. "Why can't I have a normal dog like everyone else?" refers to the familiar refrain of Charlie Brown, another round-headed young beagle owner, from Peanuts.

Look carefully: One of the pictures on the wall is the kitten print seen in both "Misadventures in Baby-Sitting" and "Inferior Decorators" (page 12).

The "Thyme" Magazine (a parody of Time Ben reads on page 13 has former President Richard Nixon on the cover--a dig at the old convention that the magazines in doctors' and dentists' waiting rooms are frequently old and out-of-date--and next to it the caption "Dick Head".

Among the patients in Houser's waiting room are a capuchin monkey (page 12) and a chicken (page 16).

It's revealed that Brandy has been fixed and, therefore, cannot have puppies (page 15).

page 16. Will and Dewitt is a cartoon that airs at 7 AM Saturdays on the CW. It's about the adventures of a wildly imaginative six-year-old boy named Will and his make-believe friends: a morphing green frog named Dewitt, a talking turtle, a nervous yellow racoon, a trio of singing coy fish, and a band of Rat Pack-style frogs. The program carries an E/I rating bug, indicating it is geared towards teaching very young children. With its fast-paced kinetic movement, psychedelic color pallet, and catchy tunes, the show is a favorite of both preschoolers and stoners.

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Title: "Gross-ery Shopping"

(Please Note: As the title panels are done in the style of the title cards used by Columbia for the Three Stooges films, no writers or artists are credited for this issue, only the actors.)

Story (out of 24 pages): 8 p.

Writer: J. M. Sweet and Jack Staten Monahew

Penciller: Scott J. Hanna

Letterer: J. Antwon Shea

Colorist: Theo A. "Jet" Swann

Summary:

The Trio's final stop is the supermarket, where they have to pick up some groceries. But between Ben's relentless sampling of products and a precariously-stacked display of tin cans, it isn't hard to see where this story is going....

Notes:

The hapless stockboy (credited as Nate Stockman in the title card) has previously been seen as a movie house usher in "Little Romeoh-no" and a pizza boy in "Whacky Dracky".

page 17. The store's name is "Apal-Mart", a portmanteau of "Apex Corp." and "Wal-Mart". The first half is pronounced similarly to the word "appall".

Among the products carried at this store are "Bee-O's" (a parody of Cheerios, with a cartoon bee on the box), "Ice Wipe" beer, "Cleveland Steamers", and "Alabama Hot Pockets".

page 20. Cinammon Toast Crunch (here called "Crunchie Toast") is a breakfast cereal made by General Mills, with pieces shaped and made to taste like sweetened toast. Originally there were three bakers--their names were Wendell, Quello, and Bob--as mascots, though the latter two eventually were dropped, with no explanation. The cutaway makes reference to, and slightly paraphrases, the famous line "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" in Dirty Dancing.

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