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Star Comics #10 and its reprint by Harvey Comics as Muppet Babies Adventures #1.

In the wake of the success of the Muppet Babies TV show, Marvel Comics' "kid" imprint Star Comics began releasing the Muppet Babies comic book title on a bi-monthly basis. These were new stories, not adaptations of existing stories from the TV show.

At first, each story was approximately the full length of the comic (approx. 22 pages). Later in the series' run, two 11-page stories were included per issue.

While adults were rarely if ever seen on the TV show (even Nanny was only seen from the striped socks down), adult characters were often featured in the comic, usually as villains.

In one issue, Gonzo was revealed to be an alien, predating the revelation in Muppets from Space.

The first issue of the comic was dated May 1985, and the last issue was dated July 1989. There were 26 issues in total. The majority of the stories were illustrated by Marie Severin, with the back-up stories in the last two issues being drawn by Nate Butler. Writers for the series included Stan Kay, Laura Hitchcock, Angelo DeCesare and Bill Prady.

Harvey Comics later issued a Muppet Babies title, consisting of reprints of the Marvel run with new cover art (Harvey's editor in chief Sid Jacobson had presided over the Star line). In addition to two specials in 1992, the Harvey reprints ran from June 1993 until November 1994, totaling six issues in the regular run.

Bastei-Verlag distributed the comics' German language translation Die Muppet Babies in the late 1980s. Grupo Editorial Vid in Mexico published an original Muppet Babies comic entitled Los Pequeños Muppets in the early 1990s.

Issues

Picture Title Description
Mbabiesissue1
Issue #1
May 1985
The Haunted Nursery
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabiesissue2
Issue #2
July 1985
The Big Space Adventure
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin

In somewhat of a spoof of both Star Trek and Star Wars, Princess Piggy, along with her loyal crew, tries to escape the advances of King Nonzo of Onzo. The latter turns out to be a grown-up version of Gonzo, with a grown-up Miss Piggy making a cameo as his intergalactic fortune teller.

Mbabiesissue3
Issue #3
September 1985
Kermit and the Beanstalk
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Initially, Skeeter attempts to climb the beanstalk, but is called down because she doesn't meet Jack's profile of being clever and quick. Miss Piggy volunteers Kermit, who climbs up to the clouds. The giant is Gonzo, and he is married to Mrs. Giant (Miss Piggy). To quote Kermit "I kinda feel sorry for the giant." The giant thinks Jack has returned, and pulls up the beanstalk so he can't get back down. Mrs. Giant hides Kermit in the dungeon, where he is later discovered, leading to a confrontation. Kermit proves he's not Jack, he's a frog, and says he'd never steal anything. The Giant is flattered to learn he's in a book, but gets angry discovering he's the villain, and ends up breaking a hole in the floor beneath him. He discovers a stockpile of golden eggs in the cellar, and lets Kermit go.

Scooter is a tax collector, and Animal is their servant, Weirdo.

Mbabiesissue4
Issue #4
November 1985
The Dream Machine
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic-issue5
Issue #5
January 1986
The Idol of Doom
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabiesissue6
Issue #6
March 1986
If I Ran the World
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabiesissue7
Issue #7
May 1986
Lost in Time
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Using Baby Bunsen's new invention, a beanie intended as a funny hat, Baby Fozzie travels back in time, and meets many of his ancestors, also comedians. The other babies follow, to rescue him.

Fozzie's ancestors, in order of appearance, are Phozzie the Phony (music hall comic in 1850), Fwozzie (comedian to Napoleon Bonaparte), Fozzicus the Witty (jester to Hannibal), Sir Fozzilot (member of King Arthur's court), and a Prehistoric Fuzzy Fozzie.

Mbabiesissue8
Issue #8
July 1986
Story Land Caper
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabiesissue9
Issue #9
September 1986
CleoPiggy, Queen of the Nile
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic-issue10
Issue #10
November 1986
The Weather Demon
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Bunsen and Beaker invent a weather machine so that the babies can turn off the rain and have a picnic. Baby Animal steals the machine, and starts pressing buttons, apparently causing a snowstorm, typhoon. and hurricane. It turns out that the weather machine doesn't work, and that the Weather Demon, a huge demonic cloud, is actually creating the bad weather.

The day is saved when the Weather Demon makes friends with Animal, who he resembles. He creates a rainbow that carries the Babies home to the nursery.

The cover of the issue includes a frame of Marvel's famous superheroes, as part of the company's celebration of its 25th anniversary. The heroes pictured on the cover include Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Captain America, the X-Men, Daredevil, Thor, and the Fantastic Four.

MuppetBabiesComic-issue11
Issue #11
January 1987
Here Come the Flying Heroes
  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin

The Super-Terrific Sand Castle

  • Written by: Stan Kay
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabies12
Issue #12
March 1987
Color Crazy
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Dr. Bunsenstein's Monster

Mbabiesissue13
Issue #13
May 1987
The Strange Case of the Missing Mermaid Costume
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Out of This World

  • Written by: Bill Prady
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabiesissue14
Issue #14
July 1987
Upside Down Land
  • Written by: Bill Prady
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Treble in the Nursery

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic-issue15
Issue #15
September 1987
The Magic Book
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Go to Camp

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabies-issue16
Issue #16
November 1987
The Spy in Striped Socks
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

The Big Mess-take

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabiesissue17
Issue #17
January 1988
The Great Dinosaur Party
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Company Halt!

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabiesissue18
Issue #18
March 1988
Kermit and the Kermettes
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

The A-maze-ing Drain Story

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
Mbabies19
Issue #19
May 1988
The Museum of Natural Mystery or The Weirdest Thing in the World
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Nannies On the Loose

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic-issue20
Issue #20
July 1988
The Adventures of Kermit Hood and His Merry Band
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Through the Picture Frame

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic21
Issue #21
September 1988
The Weirdest Show On Earth
  • Written by: Angelo DeCesare
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Do You Sea What I Sea?

  • Written by: Angelo DeCesare
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic22
Issue #22
November 1988
The Biggest Fishy Story Yet
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

The Great Jungle Caper

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic23
Issue #23
January 1989
The Secret of the Mummy's Curse
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

The Magic Sneakers

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic24
Issue #24
March 1989
The Mild, Wild West!
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

Rowlf Plays the Blues!

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin
MuppetBabiesComic25
Issue #25
May 1989
...Get the Last Word!
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

The Castle of Gold

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Nate Butler
MuppetBabiesComic26
Issue #26
July 1989
Astro-Babies Save the Universe!
  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Marie Severin

What a Job!

  • Written by: Laura Hitchcock
  • Art by: Nate Butler

Harvey issues

Muppet Babies Adventures #1 - July 1992 (reprint of Marvel #10)
Muppet Babies Big Book #1 - Aug 1992 (48 page special)
Issue 1 - June 1993 (reprint of Marvel #4)
Issue 2 - Sept 1993 (reprint of Marvel #7)
Issue 3 - Dec 1993 (reprint of Marvel #13)
Issue 4 - March 1994 (reprint of Marvel #14)
Issue 5 - May 1994 (reprint of Marvel #15)
Issue 6 - August 1994 (reprint of Marvel #11)

International publications

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