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Beanish Breaks Out!
Series Number: 4
Publication: 1986
Publisher: The Beanworld Press
Format: Comic
Previous Issue: Big Fish Story
Following Issue: The Float Factor


A Chow Raid doesn't go well! A chow sol'jer is caught by a Hoi-Polloi and suffers a case of Krink'l Leg. While Mr. Spook exacts retribution, the injured bean is escorted back to Professor Garbanzo's Fix-It Shop. There he's put in the blanktank to heal, with the help of a Boom'r Bean.

Mr. Spook and Proffy go to the Four Realities in search of raw materials. Proffy expresses her frustration at not having found a use for Twinks.

The injured bean is soon healed. He reports for duty to Mr. Spook, who asks him where the Mystery Pods came from. The bean says he likes to look at them and thinks they're pretty.

Something's odd with this bean. He's not interested in games or going on chow raids. When Proffy questions him, they both wonder if he's on the verge of a Break Out. The only thing he feels like doing is playing with Proffy's failed Twink experiments.

Suddenly he has an inspiration and rearranges some Chips to make a kind of headgear. He announces himself as a new bean and invites everyone to see his creation.

The excited beans, thinking a Hoi-Polloi is attacking the new bean, fling their spears. The new bean tells them to stop; what they're attacking is just a picture. They understand and appreciate the Look·See·Show. The bean announces his name: Beanish. He is accepted by the beans, and agrees to produce Look·See·Shows in exchange for food.

One day, while sketching, Beanish discovers that putting Twinks near a Mystery Pod leads to something new: the Float Factor.


  • Several readers ask questions about Gran'Ma'Pa, baby Beans, and Mr. Spook's origin. These questions are for the most part answered in later issues.


  • Two characters think that the Boom'r Band's slang is getting harder to understand.
  • The introductory page has three quotes about creating and interpreting art:
    • "A work of art may be understood as a conductor from the artist's mind to the viewers. But it may never reach the viewer, or leave the artist's mind." - Sol Lewitt
    • "Primal peoples made sense of the universe through visual metaphors that linked their experiences." - Lucy R. Lippard
    • "The viewers are those that make the painting." - Marcel Duchamp
  • The back cover has a portrait of Beanish.
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