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The Comic Book Fools of April – Aunt May, Herald of Galactus!

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Aunt May, Herald of Galactus!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at a suggestion from reader Lee S., who wished to see the Mike Carlin, Greg LaRocque and Mike Esposito tale of Aunt May and Franklin Richards teaming up to stop Galactus in the pages of Marvel Team-Up (issue #137, to be precise)…

The issue, which was part of Marvel’s “Assistant Editor’s Month” (where all their books were put out under the premise that the Assistant Editors were in charge that month, so each book tried to do something a bit different that month – some went for outright wackiness while others just tried to do slightly different types of stories), had a cover which noted that this team-up was “Not a Hoax! Not a What If! Not an Imaginary Story!”

It opened with Nova, Galactus’ then herald, dying after a planet decided to destroy itself rather than give itself over to Galactus for him to feed on them (with the theory being that their sacrifice might serve to kill Galactus through starvation). Nova is killed in the explosion.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker is at the circus with Aunt May and the Fantastic Four are all there with Franklin Richards. Reed discovers a situation in San Diego, so the FF has to leave. Peter figures that he should help out, as well, and while they’re all gone, he figures that Aunt May can watch Franklin (who naturally doesn’t want to leave the circus).



A weakened Galactus searches out a new herald and figures Franklin would do well, since he already has so much power in his little body, but Aunt May takes her protector duties seriously…



Franklin has a brainstorm as to what could help Galactus find nourishment…


Then the comic becomes basically an extended riff on the idea of the famous superhero Hostess ads, as Golden Oldie discovers a peculiar planet…



I’ll let you seek out this issue (it shouldn’t be too expensive to find) to see how they resolve everything (while keeping true to their promise on the cover)!!