"Sunday nights will never be the same." How many times has an ad made an outrageous claim like that, or like "One special will change the face of television forever!"......and been right?

Unlike most Simpsons ads, this is made from a stock image -- and boy, people would have to get used to seeing this image on T-shirts everywhere for the next year or so. In Portland (Groening's home until he got too cool to hang with us), this drawing was turned into a building-size downtown mural ad, courtesy of our Fox affiliate. Shortly before it was taken down, a graffiti artist with the apparent abilities of Peter Parker climbed up and bloodied Marge's eyes with red spray paint. No one will ever know why.

Homer's Odyssey -- January 21, 1990