->''"As soon as [=VCRs=] make a comeback, I'll be right back on top!"''
-->-- '''Mayberry Melonpool''', attempting (and failing) to impress a date.

''[[http://www.melonpool.com Melonpool]]'' (originally/alternatively titled ''The Adventures of Mayberry Melonpool'') is a [[NewspaperComic newspaper]]-style ScienceFiction {{webcomic}} created by Steve Troop. Originally running as one of the first webcomics between 1996 and 2005 with regular updates, it was rebooted in late 2005 ([[AbortedArc twice]]) and then updated infrequently in story-arc spurts through 2012 before going on hiatus. In 2014, another, comprehensive reboot took place, creating the comic's current continuity.

While it is no longer online (except for Patreon supporters) the original 1996-2012 series is still available in collected, printed form as ''Webcomic/OldSchoolMelonpool''.

The strip focuses on the adventures of the crew of the ''Steel Duck'', a vaguely mallardoid spaceship that has a crew of rather...colorful (and not always exactly competent) characters.

Crew members of the ''Steel Duck'' include:
* Mayberry Melonpool, the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]] and StarWars obsessed and incompetent [[HumanAliens alien]] captain from the planet Melotia.
* Ralph Zinobop, a bad tempered MadScientist (he built the ''ZSC=1'') that looks down upon the rest of the crew. He's also an exiled prince from the planet [[PlanetOfSteves Zinobop]].
* Sam T. [[SpeciesSurname Dogg]], an [[IntellectualAnimal telepathic dog]] and ship pilot. One of the only crew members with any common sense. From the planet [[StealthPun K-9]].
* Sammy the Hammy, a [[RodentsOfUnusualSize giant hamster]] (one of Ralph's experiments) that serves as the engine (runs in a hamster wheel) and is [[BigEater always hungry]]. Not very intelligent.
* Fred the Monkey, Ralph's last attempt to create his own crew in the lab. An uplifted monkey who serves as Sammy's minder, and does his best to look much smarter than he actually is.
* Flatworm Jim, another uplifted animal on Ralph's crew, in this case a flatworm. His name is of course a pun on EarthwormJim.
* Eileen, a [[TheGreys G.R.A.I.S.E.]] whose introduction to Mayberry came through a disasterous blind date. Rumored to be a human hybrid, on account of the scarcity of G.R.A.I.S.E. women.
!!Contains examples of the following tropes:
* AliensStealCable: Melotians pick up Earth television signals through [[BizarreAlienSenses their antennae]]. [[HilarityEnsues Couch potatoness ensues]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Extra Terrestrial Research* (* And Sign Engraving)"
* BigEater: Just saying the word "food" is enough to make Sammy abandon his post and rush for the fridge.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: How Roberta saves Mayberry [[spoiler:from the research lab]].
* CloudCuckoolander: Mayberry, in spades.
* ContinuityReboot: Of the [[Webcomic/OldSchoolMelonpool original strip]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Most of Ralph's inventions are named in this fashion.
* [[TheGreys The G.R.A.I.S.E.]]
* InTheHood: [[spoiler:Roberta]] in the 2017 24 Hour Comic story.
* MadScientist: Ralph
* PlanetOfHats: Melotians are (Earth) pop culture-obsessed couch potatoes.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Sammy the Hammy.