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SECRET ORIGINS
THE BIRTH OF BARTMAN!

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Bart Simpson, star of FOX network's animated series The Simpsons, is also secretly BARTMAN aka THE BART KNIGHT, scourge of evil in Springfield, USA! And Bartman doesn't have just ONE origin story -- he's got THREE. That's right, reader! Let's start with origin number one...
BARTMAN'S TV ORIGIN!
From "The Simpsons" TV series
Bart and Lisa attend a comic convention in Springfield...
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Admission is cheaper if you come in a costume, so off Bart goes...
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...to emerge from a convenient phone booth as BARTMAN!
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A dramatic gust of wind heralds the birth of Bartman!
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And now, here's
BARTMAN'S COMIC BOOK ORIGIN!
From "Simpsons Comic Spectacular" #1
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Here's origin number three...
BARTMAN BEGINS!
From "The Simpsons" TV series

Another origin for BARTMAN was given in "Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times" (Simpsons season 18, episode 11, January 28, 2007). In the “Bartman Begins” section of the episode, Bartman's "origin story" is a parody of Batman's origin as seen in “Batman Begins.”

THE STORY: After Homer and Marge are killed by a mugger, Bart swears revenge on Snake, and becomes the superheroic Bartman. He eventually kills his parent’s murderer by impaling him on the fangs of a snake statue. When Lisa reminds Bartman that the Serpent's death will not revive his parents, he agrees, but reminds Lisa that he’s now a billionaire with no parents to tell him what to do!

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BARTDOG'S ORIGIN!
From "Bart Simpson Comics"
Batman has ACE the Bat-Hound, and Bartman has Bartdog! Here's how it happened...

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RADIOACTIVE MAN!
From "Bart Simpson Comics"
Here's Bartman's pal Radioactive Man, in an ad based on the story of giant Batman
(pictured left), originally seen in Detective Comics #243.

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MILHOUSE as HOUSE BOY!
From "Simpson Super Spectacular" #1
Bart's best friend Milhouse (who is named after Richard Milhous Nixon), became Bartman's sidekick, HOUSE BOY, in "Crime Spree on Springfield 2," a parody of Batman, Robin, and DC's long-running "multiple earths in crisis" stories.
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Recognize that pose, reader? That's right -- the story's splash page image of Houseboy and Bartman recalls the famous cover of Batman #9, which was reused for Batman #16 and Real Fact Comics (all pictured below).
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LISA the CONJUROR!
From "Bart Simpson Comics"
Bart's sister, Lisa, got in on the superhero game when she became LISA THE CONJUROR (shown right), a heroine patterned after Dr. Strange's sexy mystical apprentice, CLEA (shown below, as drawn by Steve Ditko, from the fabulous Custom Dr. Strange Covers Project). Not to be left out, little Maggie becomes THE GREAT MAGGEENA, a heroine with no super-powers, patterned after no one in particular!
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THE MIGHT SMITER!
From "Bart Simpson Comics"
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As all Simpsons fans know, Homer's evil boss Mr. Burns has a sycophantic assistant named Smithers. And as all Thor fans know, Thor is an Asgardian superhero/ god known to the Marvel universe as "The Mighty" Thor.

In the Simpsons superhero universe, Smithers simply drops a few letters from his name and becomes... The Might Smiter! He's shown below, flying through the air with the aid of his Executive Washroom key, ala the Jack Kirby cover of Tales of Asgard #1, (pictured left).
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The MIRROR MAIDENS!
From "Bart Simpson Comics"
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A set of obnoxious twins in Bart's class named Sherri and Terri become the Mirror Maidens, a parody of Wonder Woman and her penchant for battling herself in various forms, as exemplified by the cover of Wonder Woman #98 (May 1968), pictured right. (No relation to the Flash's foe, Mirror Master.)

BELOW: Bart is compelled by the power of the Mirror Maidens' magic lasso to do anything they want, so they command him to wear his underwear on the outside of his pants. Big deal! That's almost standard for a superhero, who can usually trace their outlandish costumes to circus performers!
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SPECIAL BONUS!
"I LEFT MY BART IN SAN FRANCISCO"
Painted by TONY BENNETT
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ABOVE: a unique piece of BARTMAN history -- a scan of a Simpson trading card with an oil painting featuring the Bart Knight swinging over San Francisco painted by TONY BENNETT, famed singer of "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." That's why the painting is titled "I Left My Bart In San Francisco." Get it?

It's not as weird as it sounds once you remember that Bennett once appeared on an episode of The Simpsons. In fact, he was the FIRST celebrity to appear as himself, in a 1990 episode entitled "Dancin' Homer."

Bennett has been a painter for a number of years, as the text shown RIGHT (from the back of the card) describes, and the singer showed his enduring sense of humor by mixing the Bart Knight with the city he famously "left his heart" in.

LONG LIVE BARTMAN!
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