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In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where did THAT Come From?
So unless you’ve been locked away in Lucite, by now you’re probably similarly stuck in the latest new in our beloved game. Lots of new stuff and that means I have one heck of a job to do letting you know where all the new “super” things come from. Origin stories are sort of the bread and butter of any comic book story worth its proverbial weight in Booster Gold, so I’m back at my usual antics again. For this issue of WDTCF, we’ll be looking at Dr. Crab, the 7th and final Issue 3 Prize for 103,600 Crab Juice.
So way back during the first superhero event, we briefly met Dr. Crab in dialogue boxes who taunted us with the potential arrival of another event based on all things “super” in Springfield. Heck, we saw teaser for a lot of things that made their way into our towns.
We know now that this was not just an empty threat. Dr. Vladimir Krabokov indeed had a nefarious scheme and it has been brought to life in TSTO. But what the heck? What does a mad scientist crab have to do with the Best. Show. Ever.? Has he ever graced our television screens? Well, that’s where I get to prove my geek bonafides and I’m more than happy to. Let’s head off an find this crustacean in the show.
It may come as a surprise but Dr. Crab actually appeared very early on. In “Three Men and a Comic Book” (S2:E21), Lisa and Bart are being driven to the 12th Annual “Close Encounter of the Comic Book Kind” Convention and debating comics in the back seat. Is Casper really the ghost of Richie Rich? When Bart shows off his Radioactive Man comic, it is none other than Dr. Crab that the Irradiated Crusader is punching into the Sun.
The bad guy on the cover of Radioactive Man #9 looks a lot like a crustacean bad guy too. If it’s not the same one Bart was reading earlier than maybe it’s one of Dr. Crab’s henchman.
In “Old Money” (S2:E17), Grampa Simpson falls in love but his lady passes away on her birthday while he was forced to go to the Discount Lion Safari with his family. Sad stuff but there is hilarity when Bea leaves Abe a small fortune in her will… 106 grand. When the money doesn’t bring him happiness, he decides to give it away. Lots of people pitch ideas but it’s Bart who asks for a copy of Radioactive Man #27, the first time Bolt Brain ever faced Dr. Crab.
Much more recently, at the beginning of “Married to the Blob” (S25:E10), the Death of Radioactive Man comic has a character on the front who resembles Dr. Crab very much. Sure he’s blue but that also could be an effect to highlight the mood at the funeral. If I was a super villain, I might lament the loss of my dueling partner.
Then there’s the end of the episode where the whole plotline of CBG finding love and actually getting married fades out to comic panels in Issue #1 of Comic-Book Guy Comics. CBG’s manga is placed in a bargain bin right next to a copy of The Adventures of Dr. Crab. I wonder if Dr. Crab comics cost a dollar a pound.
Much more recently, we see Milhouse reading a Radioactive Man comic with Dr. Crab on the cover in “Blazed and Confused” (S26:E7). Did the two team up to fight something else?
Wow… four appearances is a lot more than some items in our games get. He’s sort of like bookends in the show if you think about it. There’s classic appearances and then newer ones for all you classic vs completist fans. Without starting a debate over which episodes are good, there is more Dr. Crab to share. I like to be thorough for all my favorite tappers here and while I can’t claim to have read all of The Simpsons comics, I decided to buy a collection of Bongo Comics’ Radioactive Man series, to see if I could provide even more info. 272 colorful pages later in a beautiful book called the Radioactive Repository Volume One, boy howdy is there more.
So, the book has 13 comics, 16 if you count a four-parter separately (and other bonus goodness) and there is lots of fun with Dr. Crab. He shows up in seven of them actually but what else would you expect from Radioactive Man’s archnemesis? Below is each issue and a brief, as non-spoiler as possible, review.
The Origin of Radioactive Man – similar origin stuff to what most already know but Dr. Crab may have had a hand in it. Wowza… to help create the superhero who always defeats you must suck. No visual of the Doc but he’s mentioned.
Dr. Crab’s Commie Comics – it’s all a nefarious scheme to subvert America’s youth and we see Dr. Crab in human form.
To Betroth a Foe! – mentioned in “Three Men and a Comic Book” (S2:E21), it’s now brought to life. Both Larva Girl and RM invite friends and I bet you can guess who is invited. He’s now in crab form and none to happy to be around his enemy.
Gloria Grand, Radioactive Girl! – Dr. Crab shows up at another wedding but he wasn’t invited this time. Still a crab.
The Heroic Life and Mortifying Death of Radioactive Man Chapter I – Dr. Crab is seen in a flashback of Radioactive Man’s fights against numerous vilains. He’s shown in human form again before his “horrible, crablike mutation.”
Dark Radioactive Man – Dr. Crab is once again the big bad of the issue. He’s up against Radioactive Man and the entire Superior Squad. Gotta love a crab in a lab coat until you wonder how he ever takes off the coat. Will he succeed with his diabolical scheme? What do you think?
In His Own Image – this last one shows Dr. Crab has mutated once more and is now calling himself The Prawn… gross. He also appears in his two other forms and was once a Nazi scientist. Sort of the big bad of this one.
I know those are short blurps but I didn’t want to completely spoil everything. If you’ve ever read a comic… you can guess the outcomes. I love all these comics because they are spoofs of comics in general and also poke fun at some government stuff in U.S. history. Dr. Crab talks in the same Russian/Germanic vay vith ze veird accent. I definitely appreciate him being the bad guy in TSTO more now. For anyone who actually wants to see pages from these issues, I took photos and they’re in a gallery below. Not the whole story but in the order I saw them. Just skip it if you want to avoid any spoilers.
Honestly, I think I became a fan of this supervillain when he appeared in TSTO. The comics made me laugh at him but this simple bit of TSTO dialogue made me smile.
Yes Dr. Crab, cheesie chippos are amazing and Cheetos are the king of them all. Did we just become best friends? Do you wanna do karate in the garage? So there you go friends. Some fun info from the actual comics and appearances by Dr. Crab in the actual cartoon. What are your thoughts? Did you realize he was actually in the show a decent amount? Ever read the comics? Did you earn him yet? Sound off and good luck with earning all that crab juice. I actually prefer Mountain Dew lol.
TTFN… Wookiee out!