1. First published in April 1990, Simpsons Illustrated was a quarterly magazine geared toward kids who were serious “Simpsons” fans.
2. Much like other kids’ magazines at the time (like Disney Adventures and Highlights), each issue included comics…
5. It also included an original comic: “Arnold.” Yes, that Arnold!
Craig Bartlett (creator of Hey Arnold!) is Matt Groening’s brother-in-law. The Arnold comic strip preceded the TV show.
6. But for true “Simpsons” geeks, the best stuff was the behind-the-scenes interviews with animators.
9. The first issue even included a copy of the “Springfield Shopper.”
10. Simpsons Illustrated published from 1991–1993. The final issue was a one-shot comic called “Simpsons Comics and Stories.” The overwhelming success of this issue led to the creation of both the “Simpsons Comics” and…
11. …Bongo Comics Group, which publishes comics related to the “The Simpsons,” “Futurama,” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” as well as original material.
12. Check out all 10 issue covers below:
- President Obama addressed the 54-member African Union, a first for a sitting U.S. president. The speech marks the end of his historic five-day trip to East Africa.
- The Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders, two years after lifting a ban on gay youth members.
- Boston is no longer pursuing a bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics.
- The Arizona Cardinals have hired the NFL's first female coach.