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The Purple Prose of Springfield

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The Purple Prose of Springfield
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Comic Story information
Released: March 1995
Comic series: Simpsons Comics
Written by: Andrew Gottlieb

The Purple Prose of Springfield is a Simpsons Comics story first printed in Simpsons Comics #9.


Bart sneaks into Lisa's room to steal her propaganda and he finds her diary. Just before Lisa comes into the room Bart escapes with the diary. Bart decides to make some changes to the diary and send it to "Springfield Publishing Contest", whose editor-in-chief is Principal Skinner. After Skinner reads the diary he comes to Simpsons' house and they find out that Bart sent it in to the contest. Skinner wants to offer her a publishing contract.

The book becomes a success, but Lisa is worried that she did not have time to read the book before it went to the printers. Marge decides to read the book and is not happy about what Lisa wrote. Lisa explained that someone had modified the text and Bart acknowledges that he did it. Marge wants to stop the printing but when she gets the first check of $45,000 she quickly changes her mind. Lisa gets a new style and becomes popular, but after a while, Lisa is not on the best seller list and she returns to her normal self. The family sits down and watches TV where they discover that Bart was paid to get the viewers to believe that he knew the truth about one of Mayor Quimby's illicit relationships and revealed that he is only a ten year old boy pulling a prank. Quimby calls Bart and thanks him for what he did, then Bart apologizes to his family about his scandal, Lisa also admits guilt. The next day Lisa inaugurates a bookstore where Troy McClure comes and says he wrote the book and Lisa plagiarized it.

Later begins a trial over who owns the rights to the book, in which Bart helps Lisa out of McClure's lawsuit. He admits to the court that he was responsible for the diary's publishing and reveals that several other citizens of Springfield did similar writing frauds, his testimony proves successful.

Three months later, there's a queue outside the book store and it turns out that Bart has written a book about how he won the case which makes Homer mad, prompting him to chase Bart.


Comic issue Release date Country
Simpsons Comics Spectacular June 24, 1995 Flag of the United States.png
Simpsons Comics #9 September 25, 1997 800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png
The Best of The Simpsons #4 August 21, 2003 800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png
Simpsons Classics #5 Summer 2005 Flag of the United States.png

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