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Much of the humor in TTAA comes from satirizing or parodying other works of literature, art, or music. Okay, okay...it began with comic books. However, busting on Superheroes night and day just wasn't enough.

A TTAA issue is much like a movie: closings are essentially credits using mostly fake, perverted names and titles, often with spoofed theme music “playing”. Opening credits appear in a few issues, too. Two of the openings busted on the most are Doctor Who and Transformers: The Movie. However, the greatest variety occurs in the middle of the story. Here, almost everything that comes to mind is made fun of. That includes famous people such as Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jesse Jackson, Fidel Castro, and George Bush (Sr).

Here below lies lists of Comics, TV and Film, Consumer Items and Books, Musical Lyrics, and Superheroes and Villains spoofed in authorized and obsolete TTAA stories.

Comic Books

Here is a comprehensive list of all the important comics busted on, in chronological order (please visit The Series List for a guide to understanding issue numbers):

“Problem Child”
This is the comic book that started it all and was the most important background for the entire series!. Features Dave and Jesse and the Teen Titans with Protector.
Problem Child
“The Computer Masters of Metropolis”
This comic is a good example of the addition of external storylines to the TTAA series. The origin of the two characters Alec and Shanna is found in this comic. And, if you have this ‘free’ comic, you'd know that they partner up with the Superheroes (namely, Superman and Wonder Woman).
Computer Masters of Metropolis
“Plague!”
The characters Debbie O'Hara, Teddy, Henry Catlin, Roger Levine, Joey Cummings, Anna Juarez, and Betty Simpson come from this issue. Also features the Teen Titans and Protector.
Plague!
”Battle!”
This comic completes the “Drug Awareness” trilogy published by D.C. Comics. Ted Hart, Brian, Adam O'Conner, and Coral are featured this issue, also involving Protector and, in particular, Kid Flash.
Battle
“Breaking Free”
The story revolves around Bruce Milhiser, and his cigarette-hating girlfriend Diane. This introduces Bruce, Sheri, and Paul Milhiser, and Bruce's friend, later called “Nick O'Teene.”
Breaking Free

Television and Film

This is another excellent source which was used from the fifth issue up until the end of the TTAA Series. Satirized TV shows were never an important part of any of the issues, but they came pretty close in Tril-2 (a parody of Mission: Impossible) and 3-7 (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Asses”). Movies came about later on in the TTAA series. The movie busted on the most is Star Trek II, even though it is one of Kent and Kirby's favorite movies! The list below is a nearly comprehensive list of movies and television shows busted on:

JFK

A discussion of a ‘JFK Magic Bullet Theory’ in “Home, Sweet Home”.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 2010
  • The $25,000 Pyramid
  • ABC Weekend Special
  • Aliens (movie)
  • Back to the Future
  • Batman
  • Batman Returns
  • Beavis and Butthead
  • Body Parts (movie)
  • James Bond

    1. Diamonds Are Forever
    2. The Living Daylights
    3. Moonraker
    4. Octopussy
    5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    6. Thunderball
    7. Tomorrow Never Dies
    8. A View to a Kill
  • Care Bears
  • Carrie
  • Cocktail (movie)
  • D.C. Follies
  • Dick Tracy (movie)
  • Doctor Who
  • Double Dare (game show)
  • Dungeons and Dragons (cartoon)
  • Family Feud
  • Finders Keepers (game show)
  • The Fugitive (movie)
  • Ghostbusters (movie)
  • The Incredible Hulk (TV)

  • Indiana Jones

    1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • JFK (movie)
  • Knight Rider
  • The Langoliers (TV mini)
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Looney Tunes
  • MacGyver
  • Miami Vice
  • Misery (movie)
  • Mission: Impossible (TV)
  • Now You See It (game show)
  • The People's Court
  • Predator
  • Press Your Luck (game show)
  • The Prisoner (TV)
  • Psycho
  • The PTL Club
  • Rocky IV
  • Sally (talk show)
  • The Smurfs

  • Star Trek

    1. Star Trek: The Original Series
    2. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    4. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
    5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    6. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Wars

    1. Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope
    2. Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back
    3. Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi
  • The Superfriends
  • Super Password (game show)
  • Superman III
  • Teen Wolf (TV)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (cartoon)
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Titanic
  • Transformers
  • Transformers: The Movie
  • Tron
  • Weird Science (movie)

Consumer Items and Books

Well-known consumer products are used sporadically throughout TTAA for a “one-time bust” and are rarely used again. Basically, they are used to spice up a scene. This list is not exhaustive:

Folgers

The Folger's coffee jingle is spoofed in “S.E. in Hell”.

  • And Then There Were None (Christie)
  • Arthur Treacher's (restaurant)
  • Axis and Allies (board game)
  • Blood (computer game)
  • California Raisins
  • Charmin
  • Chessmaster 3000 (computer game)
  • Coca-Cola
  • “The Creation” (Michelangelo)
  • The Divine Comedy (Dante)
  • Dixie (paperware)
  • Doom (computer game)
  • Faber-Castell
  • Folgers
  • Hickory Farms
  • Impossible Mission (computer game)
  • Jif (peanut butter)
  • Lucky Charms
  • Master of Orion (computer game)
  • Mattel
  • Psi-5 Trading Co. (computer game)
  • Ryder
  • Serf City (computer game)
  • System Shock 2 (computer game)
  • Teddy Ruxpin
  • Time (magazine)
  • Toys 'R' Us
  • TRS-80 (Radio Shack)
  • Underoos
  • United Parcel Service

Musical Lyrics

Music (mainly but not always with lyrics) are often incorporated in the series, particularly in the second TTAA work (1-3). Because they could not be adequately transcribed to paper, and because they weakened the story substantially, they were relegated only towards the opening and closing credits for later issues and rarely brought into the main story. An example of a music bust is SHC Bites. Take a look!

Below is a list of songs with lyrics that were spoofed. Those without vocals were mixed into the Television and Film section:

Let's Go Little Brother

Ritchie Valens plays in the background while Dave and Jesse dodge superheroes in “Their Revenge”.

  1. At An All Time High (Coolidge, theme from Octopussy)
  2. But the Cat Came Back (traditional)
  3. Cannonball Run (theme)
  4. Christmas at Ground Zero (Weird Al Yankovic)
  5. Come On, Let's Go (Valens)
  6. Dancing Into the Fire (Duran Duran, from A View to a Kill)
  7. Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown? (Nina, O.H.M.S.S.)
  8. An Earache, My Eye (Cheech and Chong)
  9. Heard it Through the Grapevine
  10. Hurry Up! [Or I'll Get Another Date] (Sheely)
  11. Let the Good Times Roll (from Dick Tracy)
  12. Moonraker (Bassey)
  13. The Living Daylights (a-ha)
  14. Stay Beside Me (Olofson and Ellenhorn)
  15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80's cartoon theme)
  16. This Song (Barry and the Bookbinders)
  17. Together Again (from Here Comes Garfield)
  18. Transformers: The Movie (main theme)

Superheroes and Villains

This set is distinguished from Comics, because these characters are not found in any of the ones listed above. The superheroes have different (read: stupid) personalities than what you see in the comic books. Here are all the Superheroes and Supervillains drawn into TTAA. Please look at the Characters Page for details on some of the Superheroes:

Robin

Robin is pissed about Protector's cruddy leadership skills in “S.E. in Hell”.

  • Apache Chief (cameo)
  • Aqualad
  • Aquaman (cameo)
  • Batman
  • Bizarro
  • Captain America
  • Changeling
  • Cyborg
  • Doctor Strange
  • Fantastic Four (cameo)
  • Gleek (pet of the Wonder Twins)
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Alec and Shanna (friends)
  • Kid Flash
  • Lois Lane
  • Lex Luthor
  • Protector
  • Raven
  • Robin
  • Speedy
  • Spiderman
  • Starfire
  • Superman
  • Wonder Girl
  • The Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna)
  • Wonder Woman

 

 


©1996 Reed, Kent, and Kirby Meyer. Last modified: June 24, 2007.