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When Marcie gets a job babysitting for a neighbor, the dogs lend a paw. Meanwhile, Fingers goes to Jimmo for help when he decides to do a magic act for the school's talent show...but when he diddles around with a few forbidden spells, his act may literally bring down the house.


Issue #: 801

Issue #: 85

Release Date: Jul 20, 2012

Cover Image

  • The cover is an homage to the 1956 Tom and Jerry short "Busy Buddies".

  • The alternate cover parodies the controversial Time magazine breastfeeding cover released a few weeks before this issue went into production (see it here).


    Title: "Baby Buggy Buddy"

    Story (out of 24 pages): 17 p.

    Writers: J.M. Sweet and Jack Staten Monahew

    Pencils: Jason W. Keane

    Letterer: J. Antwon Shea

    Colorist: Theo A. "Jet" Swann


    While Marcie gabs to her friend Tiffy on the phone about her upcoming job sitting for the Clapners, Buddy attempts to steal her jelly doughnut. Buddy and Brandy--who have never seen a baby before--are immediately curious when the baby's mother drops off the child. The two attempt repeatedly to get a closer look at the new arrival, to Marcie's annoyance. Meanwhile, the television broadcasts an episode of the short-lived 1977 detective series Savage and the Ape. A strange woman who exhibits childlike mannerisms is found wandering the streets, and it's up to smart, pretty, streetwise private detective Delilah Savage--along with her intrepid orangutan partner Jedediah--to figure out where she's from...and how experimental food preservation techniques factor into it.


    Originally intended for release as a single story; the B-story was added shortly before production.

    Fourth story to use all or part of Buddy's name in a title ("Buddy's Nightmares", "An Ice-Cold Bud", "Buddy Meets Bernie the Wonder Beagle" ).

    The title refers to the classic short "Baby Buggy Bunny" (Jones, 1954), written by Michael Maltese, though Junior Clapner is looks more like the child in the Tom and Jerry shorts "Busy Buddies" and "Tot Watchers". The child's surname was inspired by a gaffe then-Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders made, mispronouncing musician Eric Clapton's name, back during the Clinton administration.

    Speaking of musical mondegreens, the original show title, "Big Ol' Jed and Delilah", was based on a misheard lyric in Steve Miller's "Big Ol' Jet Airliner" (used as the intro music for the series). The title was later changed in the story to "Savage and the Ape". Savage herself is modeled after Honey West (Anne Francis, even having her trademark mole), who played the detective in the 1965 serial. The plot of the story combines elements of the episodes "A Stitch in Crime" and "It's Earlier Than You Think".

    Marcie wears a sweatshirt bearing the Green insignia of Pi Gamma Mu, the real-life honor society to which editor Jonathan Sweet belongs.

    page 5. "Mr. Blackwell" refers to Richard Blackwell, a fashion designer noted for his famous lists of the year's worst-dressed celebrities.

    Buddy confuses noted child psychologist Dr. Benjamin Spock with Mr. Spock from Star Trek (page 16).

    Goofs and Nitpicks

        In the second panel Delilah is shown to have a blade concealed in the left heel of her shoe; however, in the middle of the page, she's cutting the rung of the chair using her right foot. Also, the ropes binding her ankles disappear for a frame. (page 15)


    Title: "Magic Fingers"

    Story (out of 24 pages): 6 p.

    Writers: Jack Staten Monahew

    Pencils: Jason W. Keane

    Letterer: Noah Jewett

    Colorist: Newton E. Haas


    Gene "Fingers" Sampley is practicing his magic tricks for his friends, but they are failing miserably. Jon suggests he ask Jimmo, an expert on magic, for help with his act. The mage kindly offers to loan Fingers several books teaching how to perform simple tricks. However, an old spellbook gets accidentally tossed into the mix, and it's a race to stop the aspiring magician before he performs any of that evil magic.


    Title refers to the famous vibrating bed mechanism that helps one sleep, invented in the fifties by John Houghtaling. Its popularity owes mainly to low-budget late-night infomercials and its presence in less-than reputable motels.


    There is one page of filler in this issue:

    "As the Whirled Churns." Ben uses his unique talents to work an old-fashioned butter churn.
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