History ComicBook / Iznogoud

17th Apr '18 12:18:43 AM mlsmithca
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* TimeTravelEpisode: A number of stories have Iznogoud traveling into the past or future, and trying to return to his own time. A memorable one was one of the subplots in ''Iznogoud finally Caliph''. Iznogoud is trying to retrieve one of the Caliph's brothers, who he had exiled into a different time period. The problem is that the period was the early 20th century, and the brother serves as a soldier in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. When Iznogoud travels forward in time, he finds himself wearing a military uniform and serving in a battlefield. He has to deal with nasty officers on his own side, and incoming bullets and snipers from the other side. Unsurprisingly, Iznogoud wants to get the hell out of this era.

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* TimeTravelEpisode: A number of stories have Iznogoud traveling into the past or future, and trying to return to his own time. time.
** The title artifact in "The Magic Calendar" allows the user to travel forward through time by tearing off pages, and back again by gluing the pages back on. Iznogoud's plan is to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight by setting traps for the Caliph in the future, then going back to the past to guide him toward them. However, before he can put this plan into action, he gets sidetracked tearing pages off the calendar to move past a sudden rainstorm, or to move ahead to a day when the taverns are open (by which time the narrator has given up trying to keep track of which way Iznogoud is moving through time), and eventually starts tearing off giant handfuls of pages in a rage, ending up in the 20th century in [[CreatorCameo Jean Tabary]]'s studio. As Iznogoud has lost the glue to put the pages back on the calendar, Tabary offers to glue them back on for him - travelling back several days in time himself and stranding Iznogoud in the timestream. Tabary shrugs off the experience and turns his attention to re-drawing the suddenly blank pages of his latest comic, "The Magic Calendar".
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A memorable one was one of the subplots in ''Iznogoud finally Caliph''. Iznogoud is trying to retrieve one of the Caliph's brothers, who he had exiled into a different time period. The problem is that the period was the early 20th century, and the brother serves as a soldier in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. When Iznogoud travels forward in time, he finds himself wearing a military uniform and serving in a battlefield. He has to deal with nasty officers on his own side, and incoming bullets and snipers from the other side. Unsurprisingly, Iznogoud wants to get the hell out of this era.
17th Apr '18 12:07:02 AM mlsmithca
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* FortuneTeller: "The Magic Calendar" sees Iznogoud and Wa'at Alahf crossing paths with Kmeer the seer, who is drawn to look like a stereotypical UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} traveller (complete with caravan) with an anachronistic pair of horn-rimmed glasses to emphasise her ability to see into the future. She anticipates everything Iznogoud says before he says it (to his ever-growing frustration), and once she agrees to sell him a calendar that allows him to travel forward and backward through time by tearing off pages and gluing them back on, she hands him three dirhems in change, telling him that their haggling session will result in their agreeing on a price of 500,397 dirhems, and he will hand over 500,400. Iznogoud decides not to argue and simply hands over 500,400 dirhems.
16th Apr '18 11:41:39 PM mlsmithca
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* FreakyFridayFlip: In "Chop and Change", a wizard invents a magic bowl: whenever two people drink consecutively from it, they exchange souls. HilarityEnsues when this new invention gets tested by several patrons in an inn, just for fun. One of the catches is that it doesn't have to be actually ''people'' who drink: animals count too. (The wizard himself ends up in the body of a parrot.) Or even ''inanimate objects'', for that matter.

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* FreakyFridayFlip: In "Chop and Change", a wizard invents a magic bowl: whenever two people drink consecutively from it, they exchange souls. HilarityEnsues when this new invention gets tested by several patrons in an inn, just for fun. One of the catches is that it doesn't have to be actually ''people'' who drink: animals count too. (The wizard himself ends up in the body of a parrot.) Or even As do ''inanimate objects'', for that matter.
16th Apr '18 11:34:56 PM mlsmithca
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* SpotTheImposter: In "Fairy Tale", Iznogoud recruits clumsy apprentice fairy Blunderbell to transform him into the Caliph. However, she starts by transforming the Caliph into Iznogoud - in personality as well as appearance. The two clones promptly get into a fistfight over which of them is the real Iznogoud. Blunderbell tries to resolve things with another spell - only to turn both Iznogouds into copies of the Caliph. Then she turns one of the copies of the Caliph into ''two'' copies of Iznogoud.



* StatusQuoIsGod: Whatever happens to Iznogoud -- even being blasted into orbit -- he's back safe and sound in the next story. The album "The Returns of Iznogoud" adds via Retcon epilogues to many of the "bad endings" of past stories, explaining how Iznogoud each time manages to return to the normal status quo, with some exceptions; some of these epilogues have him trying to escape the bad situation and ending in a worse situation. For example, Iznogoud escapes the complex maze only to end up in the inescapable dungeons. Iznogoud has been there before (in a much older story) but doesn't remember the way out. While there he meets an older incarnation of himself, still searching for the way out after all these years.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Whatever happens to Iznogoud -- even being blasted into orbit -- he's back safe and sound in the next story. The album "The Returns of Iznogoud" adds epilogues via Retcon epilogues to many of the "bad endings" of past stories, explaining how Iznogoud each time manages to return to the normal status quo, with some exceptions; some of these epilogues have him trying to escape the bad situation and ending in a worse situation. For example, Iznogoud escapes the complex maze only to end up in the inescapable dungeons. Iznogoud has been there before (in a much older story) but doesn't remember the way out. While there he meets an older incarnation of himself, still searching for the way out after all these years.
16th Apr '18 1:26:17 PM mlsmithca
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** Dilat Laraht was initially a rather humble servant with no agendas of his own. Later stories reveal that he has his own wicked schemes, including taking his own cut from everything that goes in or out of the palace, and making corrupt deals. One episode has Iznogood finding out that Dilat is actually equally wealthy (or even wealthier) than Iznogoud himself.

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** Dilat Laraht Wa'at Alahf was initially a rather humble servant with no agendas of his own. Later stories reveal that he has his own wicked schemes, including taking his own cut from everything that goes in or out of the palace, and making corrupt deals. One episode has Iznogood finding out that Dilat Wa'at Alahf is actually equally wealthy (or even wealthier) than Iznogoud himself.



** A running gag in an otherwise minor story involves nepotism. The Caliph, Iznogoud, and Dilat Laraht each get one palace guard who greets them in far friendlier ways than the other guards. Each of the characters explains that the friendly guard is his cousin. The implication is that all three of them managed to appoint their own relatives in government positions.

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** A running gag in an otherwise minor story involves nepotism. The Caliph, Iznogoud, and Dilat Laraht Wa'at Alahf each get one palace guard who greets them in far friendlier ways than the other guards. Each of the characters explains that the friendly guard is his cousin. The implication is that all three of them managed to appoint their own relatives in government positions.
14th Apr '18 8:56:35 PM mlsmithca
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* ContinuitySnarl: Among other things, the attempt at CanonWelding with ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' (in ''Asterix and the Magic Carpet'', the villainous guru Hoodunnit refers to Iznogoud as his "cousin") cannot help creating issues since ''Iznogoud'' looks like it ought to take place several centuries later than 50 B.C.



** In "Dark Designs", when Iznogoud's art skills are not good enough to trigger a magic pencil and paper that makes anyone drawn with it disappear when the paper is torn in half, he takes art lessons from Tahbari al-Tardi (Tabary being noted for his inability to keep to a schedule).

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** In "Dark Designs", when Iznogoud's art skills are not good enough to trigger a magic pencil and paper that makes anyone drawn with it disappear when the paper is torn in half, he takes art lessons from Tahbari al-Tardi (Tabary being noted for his inability to keep to a schedule).al-Tardi.



* ContinuitySnarl: Among other things, the attempt at CanonWelding with ''ComicBook/{{Astérix}}'' (wherein an Astérix character referred to Iznogoud as his "cousin") cannot help but create issues since ''Iznogoud'' looks like it ought to take place several centuries later than 50 B.C.



** In a [[BeachEpisode beach story]], Iznogoud falls into a hole covered by a towel and sprains an ankle. The hole turns out to be a prank pulled by a boy whose father berates Iznogoud for not liking "childish pranks". Inspired by the prank, Iznogoud tries to get rid of the Caliph with a similar hole but instead gets the boy's father, who angrily shouts [="I'LL TEACH YOU TO PLAY STUPID PRACTICAL JOKES!"=].

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** In a [[BeachEpisode beach story]], Iznogoud falls into a hole covered by a towel and sprains an ankle. The hole turns out to be a prank pulled by a boy whose father berates Iznogoud for not liking "childish pranks". Inspired by the prank, Iznogoud tries to get rid of the Caliph with a similar hole but instead gets the boy's father, who angrily shouts [="I'LL shouts, "I'LL TEACH YOU TO PLAY STUPID PRACTICAL JOKES!"=].JOKES!".


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* SelfDeprecation: Jean Tabary was a notorious procrastinator, and several of his {{Creator Cameo}}s poke fun at his utter hopelessness at meeting deadlines.
** In "The Magic Calendar", when Iznogoud accidentally tears off too many pages of the title artifact and ends up in Tabary's studio in the 20th century, Tabary assumes he is a courier from the publisher and apologises for the delay in finishing his latest story - [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall which happens to be about a magic calendar...]]
** "Dark Designs" sees Iznogoud taking drawing lessons from Tahbari al-Tardi, the caliphate's best (and only) artist. He is implied to be just as [[PunnyName tardy]] when it comes to keeping to a schedule as his real life counterpart.
14th Apr '18 8:44:12 PM mlsmithca
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* AdaptationDistillation: Some of the longer stories from the Goscinny era had subplots cut in the interest of time for the AnimatedAdaptation. For example, the printed version of "The Jigsaw Turk" includes a strike by Baghdad's binmen (who, when they see Iznogoud carrying one of the palace dustbins in his search for the missing piece of his magic jigsaw, beat him up for being a scab) and Iznogoud accidentally giving an entrepreneur the idea to start a seaside resort in the middle of the desert for people who like the beach but hate the water, resulting in him being surrounded by hundreds of holidaymakers while trying to work on his jigsaw. Neither subplot features in the animated version, "The Magic Puzzle"; instead, Iznogoud's attempt to finish the jigsaw in the desert is briefly disrupted when he accidentally sets up camp in the middle of a caravan route.
13th Apr '18 10:54:19 PM mlsmithca
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* BrownNote: In "Iznogoud on Thin Ice", drinks seller Gehtorehd is so hideous that one look at her face causes people to freeze solid. [[MundaneUtility She simply stacks the frozen victims in a room in her shop that serves as a freezer.]]



* CardboardPrison: The master thief in "The Caliph's Sceptre" treats Baghdad's top prison as one of these. He is so good at escaping that he comes and goes as he pleases, mostly returning to prison to take advantage of the free room and board.



* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: The artist himself was killed or petrified several times while drawing the magical effect of that week's ArtifactOfDoom.

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* FlockOfWolves: Sultan Pullmankar has an extensive network of spies in Baghdad, including two spies who pose as Iznogoud and Wa'at Alahf. Unfortunately, even the spies cannot distinguish between the genuine articles and the impostors, and they end up trying to con information out of each other.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: The artist himself was killed or petrified several times while drawing the magical effect of that week's ArtifactOfDoom. For example, he is implied to have been frozen by the hideous face of Gehtorehd the drinks vendor at the end of "Iznogoud on Thin Ice" before he could draw the story's final panel (which would have revealed her face for the first time).


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** In "Iznogoud on Thin Ice", Iznogoud meets drinks seller Gehtorehd, who is so ugly that unless she wears a veil, everyone who looks at her face is permanently frozen with shock. He takes her to the palace to look at the Caliph, but she explains that her powers do not work on someone with an elevated temperature, and her visit coincides with the Caliph suffering from a severe fever. Inevitably, Iznogoud's patience runs out, leading to him being the one to get a glimpse of Gehtorehd's face. As her face has been obscured throughout the story, in the penultimate panel, she offers to show her face to the reader; the last panel is blank, with an editor's note explaining the publishers were given a "cold reception" from the artist upon collecting the story, which was left unfinished.
13th Apr '18 9:46:37 PM mlsmithca
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* ExoticExtendedMarriage: The practice of polygyny is carried over from some real life Islamic cultures into the world of ''Iznogoud''; Caliph Haroun el-Plassid has multiple wives and dozens of children (so many that he can't reliably remember all of their names), as does Sultan Pullmankar. In "A Calculated Risk", the Caliph and Sultan Pullmankar sign a marriage contract engaging the Caliph's 37th son to the Sultan's 42nd daughter.

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* ExoticExtendedMarriage: The practice of polygyny is carried over from some real life Islamic cultures into the world of ''Iznogoud''; Caliph Haroun el-Plassid has multiple wives and [[MassivelyNumberedSiblings dozens of children children]] (so many that he can't reliably remember all of their names), as does Sultan Pullmankar. In "A Calculated Risk", the Caliph and Sultan Pullmankar sign a marriage contract engaging the Caliph's 37th son to the Sultan's 42nd daughter.



** "The Freezing Song" sees Iznogoud encountering the siren Waharning, whose song freezes all who hear it (Crawdad, the captain of the ship that brought her back to Basra, is deaf as a post and so was unaffected). She is taken back to Baghdad in a bathtub (a strange new contraption in the caliphate), but every time Iznogoud tries to get her to sing for the Caliph, she finds new reasons why he cannot hear her song. Finally, insistent that she be returned to the sea that day, she is taken to a clifftop... but as the Caliph is tone deaf, she refuses to perform once more, and an enraged Iznogoud kicks her bathtub over the cliff as she bursts into a song intended to freeze him. He covers his ears, and waits until she hits the water to uncover them, assuming he is safe from her song. Unfortunately, as Wa'at Alahf explains to the reader as he carries the catatonic Iznogoud back home, he happened to be standing at the top of Echo Cliff...

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** "The Freezing Song" sees Iznogoud encountering the siren Waharning, whose song freezes all who hear it (Crawdad, the captain of the ship that brought her back to Basra, is deaf as a post and so was unaffected). She is taken back to Baghdad in a bathtub (a strange new contraption in the caliphate), but every time Iznogoud tries to get her to sing for the Caliph, she finds new reasons why he cannot hear her song. Finally, insistent that she be returned to the sea that day, she is taken to a clifftop... but as clifftop and the Caliph is brought before her... but when he reveals himself to be tone deaf, she refuses to perform once more, and an enraged Iznogoud kicks her bathtub over the cliff as she bursts into a song intended to freeze him. He covers his ears, and waits until she hits the water to uncover them, assuming he is safe from her song. Unfortunately, as Wa'at Alahf explains to the reader as he carries the catatonic Iznogoud back home, he happened to be standing at the top of Echo Cliff...
26th Mar '18 2:08:12 PM mlsmithca
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* OhCrap: Iznogoud gets this look in several stories when he realises the scheme he has concocted to get rid of the Caliph is about to backfire on him, and he has no way to stop it. For example, in "The Jigsaw Turk", joke shop owner Dokodah Bey sells Iznogoud a magic jigsaw puzzle which, when the last piece is put in, causes the object of the puzzler's thoughts to disintegrate into 10,000 pieces. However, there is a piece missing, and Iznogoud has to retrieve a new one from the factory; several further misunderstandings lead the replacement to be thrown away as rubbish. While the vizier is rooting through the palace dustbins, Dokodah Bey delivers the missing piece, which he found in his shop, to the Caliph. Iznogoud finds the replacement missing piece and returns triumphant to his bedroom - where he finds the Caliph, about to put in the original missing piece and benevolently remarking that he's always thinking of Iznogoud. The vizier can only stare in panicked horror as the Caliph completes the puzzle and causes Iznogoud to disintegrate into a pile of jigsaw puzzle pieces.

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* OhCrap: Iznogoud gets this look in several stories when he realises the scheme he has concocted to get rid of the Caliph is about to backfire on him, and he has no way to stop it. For example, in "The Jigsaw Turk", joke shop owner Dokodah Bey sells Iznogoud a magic jigsaw puzzle which, when the last piece is put in, causes the object of the puzzler's thoughts to disintegrate into 10,000 pieces. However, there is a piece missing, and Iznogoud has to retrieve a new one from the factory; several further misunderstandings lead the replacement to be thrown away as rubbish. While the vizier is rooting through the palace dustbins, Dokodah Bey delivers the missing piece, which he found in his shop, home, to the Caliph. Iznogoud finds the replacement missing piece and returns triumphant to his bedroom - where he finds the Caliph, about to put in the original missing piece and benevolently remarking that he's always thinking of Iznogoud. The vizier can only stare in panicked horror as the Caliph completes the puzzle and causes Iznogoud to disintegrate into a pile of jigsaw puzzle pieces.
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