Comics : Ren & Stimpy #6
This story is part of a Lookback Series: Lost Classics
This review was first published on: 2008.
In the early 1990's John Kricfalusi unleashed his animated creation of an aggressive, quick-tempered asthma-hound chihuahua and slow-witted cat upon America. And the crowd cheered – when episodes actually came out.
One of the secondary characters created on The Ren & Stimpy Show was Powdered Toast Man, a superhero spoof of Superman© who was closely associated with a kids' cereal bearing his name.
Like any new series, this issue featured Spider-Man in order to boost sales and/or generate interest in the series.
Bringing these elements togoether is a young writer named Dan Slott. Let's see what happens.
Ren & Stimpy #6
May 1993 : SM Guest
Summary: Amazing Spider-Man vs. Powdered Toast Man
The beginning of a typical day in Ren & Stimpy's life. Each day starts with their favorite breakfast cereal: Powdered Toast. Unfortunately they're out of it. Thinking quickly Stimpy contacts Powdered Toast Man, the sponsor – and source – of Powered toast. In his place however is Spider-Man.
Spidey explains that he's subbing for PTM who is being mind-controlled by an evil genius. He then whips up a quick breakfast for the two out of his webbing. He gets a call through a spare pair of elasti-shorts (which serves as a one-way communicator for PTM and his deputies) and leaves. Ren & Stimpy "deeg een" to their web cakes and comment on its stringy, gooey goodness.
Spider-Man meets with the police commissioner who informs him that Powdered Toast Man is being controlled by his nemesis, Dr. Dough-naught, who has sent him on a mindless rampage throughout the city. A city complete with a Yancy street to tear up.
Spider-Man attempts to stop PTM's mindless rampage and exchanges punches and puns with the starch avenger until he (Spider-Man) is encased in a quick-drying membrane gelatin courtesy of PTM. Summoning all his strength – and a few never- before revealed elements of his past – Spidey frees himself from his nasal- spawned prison. He then drenches PTM with the contents of a nearby milk truck. At this point, Dr. Dough-naught becomes personally involved in the fight and begins to beat Spider-Man with a lead pipe.
The milk breaks the mind control over PTM. Taking a lesson from Popeye, he re-energizes himself with some powered toast and helps Spider-Man defeat Dr. Dough-naught.
At this point, Ren & Stimpy reappear. Stimpy suggests that Spider-Man and Powdered Toast Man form a team, to which Spider-Man scoffs; PTM isn't in his class. Powdered Toast Man is offended and punches him through a brick wall.
Epilogue: At the end of the "show", Ren & Stimpy thank Spider-Man for dropping by and try to audition to be his sidekicks. Stimpy's mastery of hairballs and Ren's ocular feats prove to be too much for the web- spinner who leaves before he loses his lunch.
Ask Dr. Stupid: Stimpy – in his role as Dr. Stupid – attempts to scientifically prove who is stronger, Spider-Man or Powdered Toast Man. A quick smell of their armpits indicates that Spider-Man is the stronger of the two heroes.
This is a silly comic the way that they should be made. Little exposition, lots of fighting and bad puns, a quick wrap up, and the sudden urge to read it again. At no point will the reader feel cheated due to the shortened length of the story.
This is a fun combination of Spider-Man and Ren & Stimpy written by Dan Slott. This issue sets a standard of quality that others should follow.