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Issue 51, "Magic Bus"

Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Richard Case
Inker: Stan Woch

Summary:
written by William Sherman (sherman@netcom.com), edited by Robert Kelly (bobek@rt66.com)

Mr. Nobody and the New Brotherhood of Dada are making a big splash with their tour, and the effects of the bus are spreading.

Back on Danny the Street (who has suffered no ill effects from his hijacking), Josh tries to get Dorothy to tell him what's bothering her, but she can't. She's still being haunted by that candelabrum-headed creature.

Under the Pentagon, a Major Main and a Ms. Roddick are discussing how to deal with the Brotherhood. Roddick plans to use a super-agent called John Dandy (more later), who is in Main's custody. Government agents have been assigned to try to convert Bobby, but they need to use Dandy against Mr. Nobody.

The Brotherhood commandeer a television station and broadcast their message of cheerful anarchy. Cliff and Jane watch the show, and Jane says that she finds Nobody's honesty refreshing.

The Brotherhood go to a toy store and give toys to children, proceeding with their campaign.

Cliff wants to go to an upcoming Brotherhood of Dada rally and disrupt it, but Jane refuses to help, as does Rebis, who says s/he must leave to allow the Aenigma Regis to "unfold". Josh agrees to go with Cliff.

In a forest somewhere, a young woman in 60's garb surprises Bobby, who has wandered away from the Brotherhood's campfire.

Under the Pentagon, Main tells Roddick John Dandy's story. Dandy was a special operative who could chemically alter his face and disguise himself. Dandy once volunteered to follow a missing government official into the strange region under the Pentagon, and didn't come out for a year. He is now kept in a cell, his face a virtual blank, with six other faces floating in the air around him.

Annotations:
written by William Sherman

The title Magic Bus refers to a song by The Who. I have it on the compilation album _Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy_, but I don't know where it originally appeared.

p. 2: the psychedelic bus is an icon of the 60's and LSD; in particular it refers to the Merry Pranksters. See Tom Wolfe's _The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test_, a book about Ken Kesey and the rest of the Pranksters (thanks to John Voorhees [VOORHEES@NSULA.EDU]).

p. 24: John Dandy has a Scrabble tile for a nose.

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