The Treehouse Warriors face their foulest threat ever--the FartKnocker, a criminal mastermind who plans to bring the city to its knees with his unique brand of flatulent perfidy. Will they be able to defeat this gaseous madman's stinkin' thinkin' before he renders the entire city an uninhabitable waste-product wasteland, over which he will rule as king? Plus, Jon ends up literally beside himself when he's forced to battle his own dark half, in "Demi-Jon".
Episode #: 207
Issue #: 19
Release Date: Oct 30, 2006
Title: "The Foul Stench of Doom!"
Story (out of 33 pages): 5 p.
Writer: Jonathan M. Sweet
Penciller: M.S. "Nat" Cohen
Letterer: J. Antwon Shea
Colorist: Newton E. Haas
The series debut of the FartKnocker, the worst villain the Warriors have ever faced. And when we say "worst villain", we don't mean he's the most dangerous foe, we mean he's bad. And when we we say he's "bad", we don't mean he's evil, we just mean he stinks. In more ways than one.
"Fartknocker" is a derisive epithet popularized by Beavis and Butt-Head, variously defined as a homosexual, an excessively flatulent person, or the sound a fart makes when released into a wooden chair seat, similar to rapping or knocking on a door. The FartKnocker is a parody of both radio shock jock Howard Stern's "Fartman" persona and Frank Gorshin as The Riddler in Batman (1966).
This story uses a photorealistic segmented or "flapping" head on an animated body for The FartKnocker, an effect borrowed from the way South Park animates former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
page 2. An abandoned bean plant is an appropriate hideout for a fart-themed villain. "Shrub's" refers to Bush's, a noted vegetable cannery.
page 3. The New Madrid Fault runs under large parts of Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and. This reference seems to confirm that Jigaboo Junction is a Southern state, and landlocked, judging by Chance's comment further down the page.     Yet a beach is seen in "High-Sea Hijinks", and in two previousstories an expanse of water, such as an ocean or large lake, is observed just outside town (which has an awfully large skyline for a rural area, more befitting a major metropolis like New York or Chicago). And to confuse matters more, a desert and mountains is seen outside town in "Ear-Phonies", which would indicate the southwestern part of the U.S. But then, this may all be done to suit the needs of a given story and not be intended to place Jigaboo Junction definitively in one geographical locale (cf. Springfield and The Simpsons.)
page 4. Jon's weakness is revealed to be toxic lead.
page 5. Much of FartKnocker's personal history, as well as appearance, is based on Dale Cornett, the artist's former partner. Even the character's real name is a parody: Dale's first name is Marvin, and a cornet is a type of musical instrument resembling a small trumpet, or brass horn).     This is a more vicious satire than usually seen in the series, owing largely to the more personal relationship between the artist and the target, and the vicious acrimony that resulted in the dissolution of their business.
page 5. Chance's parting shot to FartKnocker is taken word-for-word from a comment made to the author on a message board at thedarktower.net.
Story (out of 33 pages): 28 p.
Writer: Jonathan M. Sweet and Jonah K. Eastman
Penciller: J. M. Sweet
Letterer: Jose A. Wheat
With his new device--a DNA ionizer--in hand, Professor Fruitcake pays a visit to Jon's neighborhood, where he lies in wait. Soon enough, Jon soon passes by on his way into town, and the Clan goons fire the ionizer at him. The machine copies Jon's powers and stores them in its special battery, leaving him temporarily weak.
By morning Jon seems none the worse for the wear. However, an exact replica of Jon, "Demi-Jon", is loose downtown, making trouble. The evil clone meets up with Josh and Angela, and his abusive language towards them lead them to think he's gone crazy. Demi-Jon leaves, and Jon appears. Naturally he is confused by his friends' sudden aggression towards him.
Later, summoned to an out-of-the-way location by a note supposedly from their friend and leader, Josh and Angela show up looking for some explanation. Josh has brought with him a special laser designed to temporarily strip Jon of his powers, but as it is untested it may kill him. He wants to use it only as a last resort.
Demi-Jon, disguised as Jon, greets them. Jon shows up a moment later, and Josh and Angela find themselves looking at two exact copies of their leader, each insisting the other is a Cobra Clan operative. There's no way to know which is which--and if they don't annihalate one another first with their vicious fighting, Josh might end up having to pulp both.
This is the second issue to be done entirely in black and white. The first was
Demi-Jon is grown from a culture of stem cells. At the time this issue went into production, a heated debate over a stem-cell research and cloning initiative was on the ballot in Missouri. Demi-Jon's dress, voice, and behavior are based heavily on Negaduck, Darkwing Duck's evil twin. It's also a nod to the evil or alternative-universe image of the hero as a fairly common plot device in cartoons and comics.
"No child of nature, no friend of man" is a slight twist on a line from the upbeat classic Sugarloaf song "Green-Eyed Lady".
page 16. Demi-Jon's line about "bonding strips...candle wax...and...The Exorcist" refer to a couple of editor Jonathan Sweet's past relationships. According to him, he had once been with a woman who suggested a sexual game to him involving adhesive strips and hot wax. Another girl, as he describes it in his book Almasheol, was so scared watching Linda Blair's performance in the original 1975 film that she became incredibly sexually aroused. This line has become a frequent joke/pickup line by Sweet on a number of Internet message boards.
The flashbacks on pages 19 and 21, adapted from early unpublished stories, show the origin of Snakeman (first touched upon in #9), how he and Jon first met and became bitter enemies, and the final battle in which Hiss Hole was sent to a parallel world. The series' first issue picks up a few months after the "last" encounter.
Josh's pointed question to Angela about the nature of her and Jon's relationship may refer to the very passionate hug she gives him near the end of "Plant Feud". She quickly defines it as presently undefined.
Jon and Demi-Jon's extended fight sequence parodies those on Dragonball Z, which often span several episodes. At one point, also, one of them hits the other with a falling cow--a reference to the ending of every episode of Earthworm Jim episode.