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Upside Down and Backwards
Series Number: 19
Publication: 1991
Publisher: Eclipse Comics
Format: Comic
Previous Issue: Boom the Poing Poing
Following Issue: Beanworld Zero


A Bean's been acting very strangely! She's sleeping upside down in the day, refusing food, and not going on chow raids. Some of the Beans wonder if she's going to break out. That night she petitions Gran'Ma'Pa for help and guidance.

The next morning, something strange comes from Gran'Ma'Pa and transforms the backward Bean into something new. She starts floating upward, still talking backward, and announces herself as Heyoka. She falls upward into the sky, leaving the Beanworld.

In her amazement, Professor Garbanzo accidentally reveals to Mr. Spook that Beanish also goes up and comes back down. Mr. Spook demands to know exactly what Beanish does.

Back-up story: Tales of the Goofy Jerks[]

Continued from the previous issue

The Goofy Surveillance Jerks trek to the Hatbox and drop the criminals into it. There they reside in the darkness, reliving their crimes. The Goofy Surveillance Jerks are glad to leave.

Back-up story: Tales of Heyoka[]

Still falling upward, Heyoka passes through the Inspiration Constellation. Before she leaves, she is given a question and answer:

"How do you know what'cha don't know?" "Ya ask yer Aunt Petunia!"

In the meantime, Mr. Teach'm is giving an Influence and World Tour. They enter a Service Station, where Mr. Teach'm explains how influences, Reproductive Propellant, and the Goofy Jerk delivery service work.

While Mr. Teach'm is talking with the local Goofy Jerks, Heyoka arives. She enters a bean-shaped influence and changes its shape, alarming the Goofy Jerks. Mr. Teach'm explains the Heyoka's habits and indicates that the Beanworld's stories are far from over.


  • One reader speculates that Mr. Spook is a Hoi-Polloi. Mr. Marder says she's "so close to the answer you're almost standing on it (Emphasis on almost!)".
  • Could Tales of the Beanworld be done for the blind, using Braille for text and raised impressions of the drawings?


  • The thing that comes from Gran'Ma'Pa and changes the backward bean looks a lot like the Flip-Flop Tool in Issue 1.
  • There's another advertising pun. It's the worst one yet.
  • The parts of the Inspiration Constellation have meaning.
  • The beings with Mr. Teach'm on his tour look suspiciously like the comic characters Megaton Man, Charlie Brown, and Krazy Kat.
  • Mr. Marder has concealed at least three of his own inspirations in the drawings of this issue (not including the Inspiration Constellation). Can you find them?
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Collections: Larry Marder's Beanworld: Book One  • Larry Marder's Beanworld: Book Two  • Larry Marder's Beanworld: Book Three  • Larry Marder's Beanworld: Book Four

Graphic Novels: Wahoolazuma!  • A Gift Comes!  • Remember Here When You Are There!  • Tales of the Beanworld  • Hoka Hoka Burb'l Burb'l!

Ashcans: Beanworld Zero  • Hungry?  • While We Were Eating!  • The Worst of Heyoka  • Professor Garbanzo's Joy Ride  • Glimpse Book

Other appearances: Total Eclipse  • While We Were Eating!