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The Groening of America

The new ''Simpsons'' magazine -- Matt Groening's animated people of Springfield are now fetured in a new quarterly publication, ''Simpsons Illustrated''

Now that Bart and family have made it into the TV mainstream and gotten their mugs on just about every T-shirt in the country, the Simpsons juggernaut thunders on with a new magazine, Simpsons Illustrated. The quarterly (cover price: $2.50) will ''explore the underbelly of the Simpsons, looking at the wonderful world of Springfield, and taking fans places they couldn't go in a TV show,'' says Katy Dobbs, SI's editorial director. That means an up-close- and-personal look at the family fridge, Marge's shopping list (including eight variations on pork), the news that Bart's original hairdo contained 13 spikes (there are nine now), and a three-page pin-up of the more than 50 characters who have appeared on the show. Capping the first issue is ''Bart's Bottom 40,'' a list of such pet peeves as: ''the hardened crust on the top of mom's casseroles,'' ''cartoons with redeeming social messages,'' and ''Lisa's saxophone.'' What's next, a swimsuit issue?

Originally posted Mar 29, 1991 Published in issue #59 Mar 29, 1991 Order article reprints
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