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October 29, 2009

Princess Powerful Attacks: Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #15

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Treehouse of Horror has been The Simpsons’ Halloween tradition for almost 20 years.  The first episode for the 30 minute Halloween special premiered in 1990.  Since then, The Simpsons has had Halloween specials produced each year.  Inspired by EC Comics’ horror tales, episodes of Treehouse of Horror usually have multiple segments telling a Halloween tale from various genres. In 1995, The Simpsons started to publish Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror that was constructed similar to the Halloween special episodes.

th15coverTitle: The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #15 (previous issues known as Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror)
Writers: Ben Jones, Jeffrey Brown, Jon Vermilyea, Tim Hensley, Jon Kerschbaum, Jordan Crane, Matthew Thurber, Ted May, Will Sweeney
Art: Ben Jones, Jeffrey Brown, Jon Vermilyea, Kevin Huizenga, Sammy Harkham, Tim Hensley, John Kerschbaum, Jordan Crane, Will Sweeney, C.F.
Color: Ted May
Cover: Dan Zettwoch
Publisher: Bongo Comics
Release Date: September. 23, 2009
Pages: 48
Price: $4.99

Side Notes: In 2008, Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror was changed to The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror. Each September-October of the year,  The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror has been published. There are 15 issues released so far and it currently continues in publication. Each comic has multiple story segments which feature well known comic book writers and artists.

Reading issue #15 was strange.  It felt as if my pet cat walked into my room requesting that we needed to talk about apples.

The cover for The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #15 looked very busy.  I spent long minutes looking at each element represented in the piece.  The artwork in the comic book looked really good to amazingly bizarre.

slipsons My favorite story was “The Slipsons.”  Although it was a short story, it was the most effective in expressing my feelings towards the comic. Willy crashed through the Simpsons’ window; He revealed what was buried underneath their rug, and the true identities of Marge and Homer.

I liked “The Call of Vegulu” because I was able to view the children as older characters.  I didn’t understand the purpose of the story, nor was I fully entertained by it.

I loved the story “Bad Milhouse.”   It felt like a prequel to The Simpsons where Milhouse was depicted as being extremely creepy.  The story that he was writing, entitled Larry Snotter, struck a chord with me.  It felt like he was making the typical Marty-Stu fiction, or in his case, graphic novel.

I grew up watching The Simpsons. Ever since it premiered, I couldn’t go without watching an episode on Sunday night.  The Treehouse of Horror specials had always been my favorite episodes, as each episode had original stories or parodied other tales.

The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #15 was very entertaining and has convinced me to collect future issues.  My brain melted severely reading that comic and I loved every moment of it.


“What is that unearthly glow? The sensible thing to do is to go towards it.”

Princess Powerful



  1. billy

    This is one of the best holiday specials going today and has been for quite some time.

  2. InfiniteSpeech

    this is definitely a yearly event I look forward to!

    Does your cat talk about apples often? lol

  3. InfiniteSpeech- …only when I’m trying to get some rest. rofl

  4. While I love the show, it’s been difficult for me to get into the Simpsons comics. I’m more of a Futurama guy, but I’ll give this series a shot based on your recommendation PP!!

  5. Kristin

    I think, you know, that these kinds of things maybe don’t work as well in comic form. The jokes play out differently, the pacing is different, and you don’t have the voices.

    Or are you totally fine with the Futurama comics, Andy?

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