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Punkin the cat gets about seven or eight of his lives scared out of him when he finds himself inside one of "Buddy's Nightmares"! Plus, it's fun in the corner pocket when Josh and Monty match wits at a game of pool...and Billy and Ben prove to be a couple of cut-ups when they open their own barber shop in "A Close Shave".


Episode #: 602

Issue #: 62

Release Date: Jun 25, 2010

Title: "A Close Shave"

Story (out of 24 pages): 9 p.

Writer: Nathan E. Stowe

Penciller: Matt W. Jeschonek

Letterer: Jose A. Wheat

Colorist: Theo A. "Jet" Swann


Billy and Ben start their own "boo-teak" and offer haircuts to all their friends and neighbors on the block for a nominal fee.

According to the writer, this idea came in a dream about Beavis and Butt-Head shaving each other's heads with an electric razor. Hence, Ben and Billy periodically chuckle, speak, and behave like the witless MTV cartoon duo throughout the story.

The "henna" line is lifted from the Three Stooges short "Cookoo Cavaliers" (1940), although Ben's misreading a label (it isn't clear if it's ignorance or because of his poor eyesight) are more at Shemp in "Baby-Sitter's Jitters".


Title: "Buddy's Nightmares)"

Story (out of 24 pages): 6 p.

Writer: J.M. Sweet and Jack Staten Monahew

Penciller: A. Stone Hackman

Letterer: J. Antwon Shea

Colorist: Annette "Jo" Shaw


After being tormented by Buddy for the umpteenth time, Punkin falls asleep and dreams that he is in a horror movie opposite "Buddy Krueger", a cruel prankster with a razor-clawed glove and a penchant for gross-out puns.

The title is a reference to Freddy's Nightmares, a short-lived early '90's TV series that sought to capitalize on the success of the then-hot Nightmare on Elm Street film series.

"Buddy Krueger" wears his clawed glove on his left "hand" for one panel in the middle of page 12, when in all other panel it's his right paw that's gloved. This is a deliberate goof, a reference to an actuual mistake from the first film.

page 12. Buddy Krueger's "Welcome to prime time, Punky!" is a paraphrase of a more vulgar line from the third film, "Dream Warriors". Supposedly Robert Englund, who played Freddy, ad-libbbed that particular bon mot.

Parodied during the channel-surfing sequence:

  • I Love Lucy ("Lucy I'm home!")
  • Massengill, a line of feminine products whose commercials famously featured a little girl asking her mother if she ever has that "not-so-fresh feeling"
  • Gilligan's Island, with Buddy dressed as Jonas "Skipper" Grumby and Punkin in a Gilligan hat
  • LifeCall medical alert systems (now called LifeAlert), a '90's spot whose catchphrase "I've fallen...and I can't get up!" has seen wide parody
  • Pantene, a shampoo whose eighties spots featured model Kelly LeBrock purring "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful".
  • Energizer batteries ("They just keep going..and going...")

  • An early preview of this story appeared at
    AJM Studios the same day the new NoES movie was released to theaters (Apr 30).

    The "(ew)" seen next to Shane Eaton's credit is an error in transcribing the name from a data spreadsheet and has no real significance.


    Title: "Pool Tabled"

    Story (out of 24 pages): 9 p.

    Writer: Nathan E. Stowe

    Penciller: J. M. Sweet

    Letterer: J. Antwon Shea

    Colorist: Jack Staten Monahew


    Josh demonstrates talent as a crack pool shot. Tony Moneran bets him ten dollars he can take him in a game, pulling out all the stops--including using an array of trick pool balls--to win.

    page 16. Ricochet Rabbit was a fairly minor Hanna-Barbera character noted for introducing himself by running at high speeds and bouuncing off objects while calling "Ping-Ping-PIIIINNNNG!"

    Note the decidedly rare use of a non-APEX delivery service for a mail-order item ("Lightning Shipping, Inc.").

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