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How the Vest Was Won!

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How the Vest Was Won!
Comic Story information
Released: April 2001
Comic series: Simpsons Comics
Pages: 20
Written by: Gail Simone

How the Vest Was Won! is a Simpsons Comics story first printed in Simpsons Comics #57.


Bart appears on the reality TV series Kids Commit the Darndest Crimes!, where he tells the audience about how he witnessed and squealed on Nelson, Kearney, Jimbo and Dolph for stealing Wax Lips from the Kwik-E-Mart. Bart is awarded a bulletproof vest but also learns that the bullies were only given community service and want revenge.

Bart wears his bulletproof vest to school, impressing his classmates, while the bullies escape their community service. In their first attempt at revenge, the bullies place a beehive in Bart's locker, but his vest protects him, with the bees instead going after Jimbo and Kearney. Jimbo is hospitalized due to an allergic reaction to the stings. In the second revenge attempt, Nelson and Dolph set an aggressive dog after Bart, but he is once again protected by his vest. The dog attacks Dolph instead, hospitalizing him next to Jimbo.

In their final revenge attempt, Nelson and Kearney attempt to beat up Bart, which is made impossible by the vest. Kearney gives up, leaving Bart at the mercy of Nelson. Nelson is about to be crushed by a falling piece of the old monorail track, but is rescued by Bart. For his heroism, Bart is awarded an axe, and he also gives up wearing the vest. Nelson tells him they're now even. Meanwhile, the rest of the town starts to wear bulletproof vests.


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