Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #34

Issue Date: 
December 1989
Story Title: 
Having a Wild Weekend, part 4: Like a Housewife (first story)

First story: Michael Higgins (writer), Erik Larsen (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Tim Harkins (letterer), Tom Vincent (colorist), Paul Smith (cover artist), Kelly Corvese (assistant editor), Terry Kavanagh (editor), Tom DeFalco (editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

First Story:
Meggan wakes to find herself dressed oddly and in a strange house. After exploring, she encounters some unusual people who claim to be her uncle, aunt and cousin. When the phone rings, it is for Meggan, which causes her to lash out - how could someone ring for her when she doesn’t even live here? However, Meggan’s supposed mother makes her presence known - a large dragon whom Meggan soon defeats, causing everyone to disappear. Not willing to sit idle, Meggan starts to explore the house again. Meanwhile, Captain Britain encounters the Tin Man further along the yellow brick road, and Shadowcat does some more meddling, while the Loonies learn that their boss did not change the plan, and that someone is indeed interfering with their mission, swearing to find out who and stop them.

Full Summary: 

First Story:

‘Unnnh…’ moans Meggan as she slowly regains consciousness. Confused, the founding member of the British super group Excalibur wonders where she is, before deciding that everything seems to be normal - except for her, as she has a awful polka-dot dress on and a apron. She wonders what is going on, when suddenly arms sprout from the chair she is sitting on and clamp tight around her mouth!

‘Okay, lady…start explaining!’ declares the chair, which causes Meggan to leap to her feet, slightly restrained, and exclaim ‘Unhand me you…you…chair!’ The chair obliges, but warns Meggan that they have other ways of making her talk, and suddenly knives and forks fly out of the kitchen drawer and all make a beeline towards her. ‘What kind of insane nightmare is this?’ Meggan wonders, ducking beneath a table for protection, relieved that she is safe after all the cutlery finds itself stuck in the table.

Suddenly, the table transforms…into a toaster! ‘Hey! Now what’s happening?’ Meggan wonders, muttering ‘I had to ask’ when the toaster pops up a large piece of bread - with Meggan stuck inside it. The toast bounces along the kitchen floor, until Meggan breaks free, ‘All right! I’ve had it!’ she exclaims, and now back in her yellow one-piece outfit, Meggan starts exploring the strange house she is in, declaring that someone is going to pay for this!

Entering another room, a shocked Meggan stands in the doorway - ‘That does it! Now I’ve seen everything!’ she remarks as she stands before two very strange looking people - a large Frankenstein-like man and a sultry woman dressed in black. ‘What’s the matter, dear?’ asks the woman, before the man smiles and tells her that she acts like she has never seen her Aunt Lilac and Uncle Norman before. ‘Is something wrong?’

‘Aw, don’t worry about her!’ remarks a small boy as he enters the room. ‘Freddy’s home already!’ exclaims Lilac, ‘Yeah, what a day! It’s been bloody murder!’ Lilac tells her son that he does them proud and that only if his cousin Meggan’s behavior was as easy to understand. Freddy declares that Meggan has probably just seen herself in a mirror for the first time, as it would be enough to scare anyone!

Elsewhere, Meggan’s teammate Kitty “Shadowcat” Pryde continues to phase through various rooms and mechanical equipment, pulling apart various wires and programs, knowing that she doesn’t know what ramifications she is causing, but hopes it is having some effect on the rest of her missing team. And until she can locate Excalibur, this is all she can do to help.

Elsewhere still, Excalibur’s handsome leader Captain Britain is walking along the yellow brick road when a Tin Man hurls his axe at Brian, ‘Flag Man…Flag Man…’ he groans. Brian turns to the Tin Man, ‘The name’s Captain Britain - and you’ve got some explaining to do!’ declares Brian, before remarking ‘Never mind - the answer is obvious - I’m losing my mind!’

Back at Meggan’s location, the phone rings. Everyone turns to it and Freddy exclaims he will get it, when a hand reaches out from a box and grabs the phone. ‘Darn! Da Fing beat me to it again!’ Freddy exclaims. Running down the stairs comes a large man dressed in a suit followed by what can only be described as a found-furry thing with arms, legs…and glasses. ‘You rang?’ asks the large man as the furry thing mutters something in its own language. ‘No way, Twit! It’s gotta be for me!’ exclaims the tall man, but as Da Fing hands the phone to Meggan, Norman tells Belch that it looks like the phone is for Cousin Meggan.

Meggan looks at the phone somewhat afraid. ‘Err…I can’t come to the phone right now!’ she exclaims. ‘Same old story, eh, Twit?’ mutters Belch. Twit utters something in his language, which Belch obviously understands, as he agrees with Twit, wondering why if Meggan is so unpopular the phone calls are always for her. Suddenly Meggan screams ‘They can’t always be for me! I’ve never been here before! I don’t know any of you TV rejects!’ Lilac looks at Norman and remarks that although Meggan has always been a little different, she has never gone through this sort of denial stage before. Norman suggests it might be time to call Dr. Bones.

Norman points out that they wouldn’t want to upset Meggan’s mother, as she has got such a fiery disposition. But as a large burst of flame surges past Meggan and Norman, Lilac remarks that that they are too late! A large green dragon approaches everyone and claims that she has heard everything that’s been going on, and that she will take care of her own daughter. ‘Your WHAT?’ screams Meggan, before telling the dragon that she has no idea who or what she is, and that she is clearly not her daughter, that she has nothing whatsoever in common with her. ‘Oh, no?’ sneers the dragon, when Meggan suddenly turns into a dragon also.

Norman smiles and remarks that some good may come of this, as Meggan has never looked so good. Meggan exclaims that she doesn’t know how they turned her into this…thing…but that they are not going to get away with it. Suddenly, and elderly man asks Meggan what she means, claiming that no one is trying to get away with anything, before he leaps at Meggan. ‘Way to go, Grampire!’ exclaims Freddy, before Meggan tells Grampire that one thing he is sure not to get is her blood, and opens her dragon-mouth wide, letting out a mighty burst of flame, sending Grampire flying away.

Meggan turns to “Mommy dearest”, informing her that it is her turn. ‘Really, dear, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt your mother now, would you?’ the dragon asks. ‘No, I wouldn’t’ replies Meggan, before unleashing a mighty blast of flame, which hit’s the dragon as Meggan remarks ‘You’re a completely different matter!’ Meggan returns to normal, then there is a large explosion and she finds herself alone in the room.

Meggan realizes that she didn’t manage to get any answers, and decides to begin somewhere else. Looking around the room she discovers a loose panel in a wall, she punches it open, deciding that this is as good a spot as any to start.

But elsewhere, Gums Gunny, the leader of the Loonies, informs his teammates that the boss didn’t change the original plans, which means that somebody else has been messing things up around here. With Captain Britain strapped to some machine behind them, the Ham tells Gummy that it sounds pretty screwy and asks who would do such a thing. ‘That, my friend, is exactly what we are going to find out!’ declares Gums Gunny.

Characters Involved: 

First story:

Captain Britain, Meggan, Shadowcat (all Excalibur)

Billy Bird, Guns Gummy, the Ham, Rooster Cockburn, Southpaw, Tailgunner (all the Loonies)

Freddy, Grampire, Lilac, Norman

Belch, Cousin Twit


Story Notes: 

The other features in the issue are:

2nd story: Black Panther “Panther‘s Quest“ – part 22 of 25

3rd story: Coldblood “Rise and Shine“ – part 9 of 10

4th story: A self-contained Captain America story

First story:

This story takes place between Excalibur (1st series) #8 and #9.

The Loonies are a parody of the well-known Warner Brothers cartoon franchise “The Looney Tunes”. The characters parodied this issue are Bugs Bunny (Guns Gummy), Foghorn Leghorn (Rooster Cockburn), Billy Bird (Daffy Duck), Yosemite Sam (Southpaw), Porky Pig (The Ham) and Roadrunner (Tailgunner).

The Yellow Brick Road and the Tin Man are taken from the classic book and film by L. Frank Baum, “The Wizard of Oz”. In the film, Jack Haley played the Tin Man.

The family that Meggan encounters are (mostly) from the 1964-66 television series “The Munsters”. The slightly-changed characters are as follows: Norman (actually Herman, played by the late Fred Gwynne), Lilac (actually Lily, played by Yvonne De Carlo), Freddy (really Eddie, played by Butch Patrick), and Grampire (Grandpa played by Al Lewis). Meggan takes the place of the Munster’s cousin, Marilyn (played by Beverly Owen and Pat Priest), the only regular-looking Munster who was often seen as a freak because she looked different to the other Munsters.

Belch, Twit and Da Fing are all taken from “The Munsters” rival show, “The Addams Family”, which also ran from 1964-66, but unlike “the Munsters” was much more popular after its cancellation, spawning various cartoons and three recent films. Belch is take-off of the Addams’ butler, Lurch (played by the late Ted Cassidy) Da Fing is derived from a body-less hand, Thing, which scuttled around the house (also “played” by the late Cassidy). Twit is derived from the gibberish cousin It, (played by Felix Silla and voiced by the late Anthony Magro).

Meggan’s “mother”, the dragon, is based on the Munster’s pet dragon Spot, who lived under the stairs.

Different actors portrayed the characters of “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family” in the various spin-offs and movies.

Meggan’s comment about not knowing “any of you TV rejects” probably refers to knowing them personally, as Meggan was surely to have come across either “the Munsters” or “Addams Family” after watching as many hours of television as she does.

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