Page One
The story behind
Monkey vs. IT!
One of my earliest "first issues" of The Adventures of Monkey, I drew this almost immediately after I saw Star Wars for the first time...which explains the very familiar appearance of "It."   I was eleven years old at the time, so I didn't really understand things like copyrights, trademarks, false advertising, character development, plotting,  or drawing.....and this story sure proves it!  Sheesh!
Monkey vs. IT!
~ Now with ANNOTATIONS! ~
When I was a kid, I always priced my hand-made comic books at $1.50, even as mainstream comics were 30 cents.  I'd explain that "by the time I do 'real' comics, that's how much they'll cost."  When I finally published a "real" TAOM comic in 1995, the cover price was $1.50.
Star Wars premiered on May 25, 1977.
OK, it's a bit hard to explain the "and The Rest of The Little People" aspect.  You have to remember that Monkey was first a toy measuring about 5 inches tall, and that he was one of several action figures that I played with (mostly Mego superheroes).  Originally, I imagined that they were mythic beings similar to the wee-folk depicted in the old Walt Disney film, Darby O'Gill and The Little People.



Again, since I didn't understand the concept of copyrights all of Monkey's friends co-starred in his comics.....
...like Spider-Man...
...Superman...
I blame Stan Lee.  He set the hyperbolic hype bar so high that I had to tease potential readers by exclaiming "The World is being Destroyed, and no one can stop it!"  I had planned to follow through with a tale of a nearly destroyed world, but, even afterthe eventual story never even came close to fulfilling this cover's assertions, I saw no problem with leading people astray with false advertising!
...and, believe it or not, even George Washington!  During the Bicentennial year of 1976, I added many Founding Fathers to my collection.  Not content to let them just sit around composing Bills of Rights or whatever, I reimagined (and re-dressed) them as superheroic clones of historic figures!
And where is the star of the comic?  Yup, that's him, barely visible near the bottom of the front cover.

Awesome.
Cool, there's Green Arrow!  Who knew that his dynamite-arrow would create such a huge (if ineffective) blast.....or that my "JM" signature had firepower to rival that?