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The original cover of the book that started it all

The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest is the original children's book that started the entire Homestar Runner body of work. The archive in the museum includes the story plus some alternate cover ideas.

The Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, Strong Bad, and three others enter the Strongest Man in the World Contest. "Whoever holds the most grapes, wins." Strong Bad tries to cheat with the help of a furry yellow animal, from that point aptly named "The Cheat".

Strong Bad later made a revised edition of the story in the email kids' book. The book was also spoofed in the 100th email flashback, which in turn inspired Main Page 20. There were also plans for a sequel, sketches for which appeared in the Museum Sketchbook, but the idea was eventually scrapped. In addition, a modernized and animated version was made ten years later, in the form of Strongest Man in the World.

Cast (in order of appearance): The Homestar Runner (storybook), Pom Pom, Tiny-Handed Strong Bad, The Cheat, Mr. Bland, The Robot (storybook), Señor, The Announcer, The Grape Fairie, The Fat Bee

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 2; Everything Else, Volume 3 (Easter Egg)

Contents

[edit] Background

Just a story we made one afternoon, went to Kinko's, made about ten or fifteen copies of it, and kind of gave it to our friends, and that was it, really, for several years. We just did that in the summer. We were in college, and did it in a bored afternoon.
Well, we were just looking around in a bookstore in the Children's book section, and we were kinda bored, we didn't see anything that we really liked, so we decided to make our own, you know, just as a joke to make fun of Kids' books. So we wrote The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest, and I think that that's still in the Museum right now.

[edit] The Story

Image description Text Image Alternate Text Link
Homestar Runner is standing in an empty field. The original children's book that started it all. Here's the first cover. Notice at this point he's THE Homestar Runner. (July 96) Page 1
Homestar is standing on an orange star background. The alternate, construction paper cover. A little less embarassing. (Sept 96) supa punchtime! Page 2
Homestar is standing on a diamond-patterned background. The 'I'm just learning Photoshop' remix of the cover. (July 97) And now, onto the story... Oh, Pollette! Page 3
Homestar is standing in front of a star. Everybody loves the Homestar Runner. He is a terrific athlete. big head, tiny legs Page 4
Homestar and Pom Pom are standing in a field. One day, his friend, Pom-Pom, asked him to enter the Strongest Man in the World Contest. pom-pom's beady eyes Page 5
Homestar and Pom Pom are lifting weights. The Homestar Runner agreed, and the two trained for days and days to become the strongest men in the world. pom-pom's beady eyes Page 6
Strong Bad and The Cheat stand next to Homestar and Pom Pom in the field. On the way to the contest, another competitor, Strong Bad, made fun of them. "I'm the very strongest! You guys are not very strong!" pom-pom's beady eyes Page 7
Mr. Bland, The Robot, and Señor stand in ovals on the background. The contestants: Mr. Bland, The Robot (last year's winner), Señor... pom-pom's beady eyes Page 8
Pom Pom, Strong Bad, and Homestar also stand in ovals. ...Pom-Pom, Strong Bad, The Homestar Runner. pom-pom's beady eyes Page 9
The Grape Fairie is flying over the contestants on a Bumble Bee, while The Announcer holds up a sheet of paper with the rules. Upon their arrival, the rules were explained: The Grape Fairie starts everyone off with twenty grapes, then adds one at a time. Whoever holds the most grapes, wins. pom-pom's beady eyes Page 10
The grape fairie is granting each contestant twenty grapes. The Grape Fairie granted each of them twenty grapes. pom-pom's beady eyes Page 11
Mr. Bland's legs are seen under his pile of grapes with the caption "SQUISH". Mr. Bland did not hold up. pom-pom's beady eyes Page 12
The grape fairie is putting another grape on each pile of grapes. The Grape Fairie added another grape. pom-pom's beady eyes Page 13
Señor is seen being squished under his grapes, with the caption "SPLURT". Senor was NOT the strongest man in the world. havin a little trouble Page 14
Five grapes are seen on the ground by The Robot's foot, and The Cheat is seen running away from an electrical socket with The Robot's plug on the ground. Suddenly, the Robot shut down and dropped his grapes. Homestar knew something was up. where's the plug? Page 15
Another grape is being added to the piles of the final three contestants. There were only three contestants left. Another grape was added. where's the plug? Page 16
Homestar is in the foreground, noticing The Cheat helping Strong Bad hold his grapes in the background. Homestar noticed that Strong Bad was getting some extra help. "I will drop my grapes and uncover that CHEAT!" where's the plug? Page 17
Homestar's pile of grapes is on the ground, and Homestar is kicking The Cheat from under Strong Bad's pile, causing Strong Bad to wobble. The Homestar Runner yanked the cheat out from under the pile of grapes. "OH NO!" screamed Strong Bad. where's the plug? Page 18
Strong Bad is seen under his pile of grapes and Homestar is standing next to Pom Pom, who is still holding his grapes. Strong Bad was squished and Pom-Pom won. squisha squisha squisha Page 19
Homestar and Pom Pom are each wearing medals and are holding a trophy between them, while The Grape Fairie is flying in the background. Knowing that he could not have done it without The Homestar Runner's help, Pom-Pom shared the trophy. WORLD BEST Page 20

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] DVD Version

  • The DVD version features creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching. This only applies to Everything Else Vol. 2.
  • The book is now read out loud. The narrator reading the book also comments on the sound effects in the book while reading.
  • Instead of the images being fullscreen, the book is now presented in a similar fashion to kids' book, with the same music playing.

[edit] DVD Transcript

NARRATOR: The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest. A children's book by Mike and Craig. Everybody loves the Homestar Runner! He is a terrific athlete. One day, his friend, Pom-Pom, asked him to enter the Strongest Man in the World Contest. The Homestar Runner agreed, and the two trained for days and days to become the strongest men in the world! On the way to the contest, another competitor, Strong Bad, made fun of them.

STRONG BAD: I am the very strongest. You guys are not very strong.

NARRATOR: The contestants. Mr. Bland, The Robot, last year's winner, Señor, Pom-Pom, Strong Bad, The Homestar Runner. Upon their arrival, the rules were explained: The Grape Fairie starts everyone off with twenty grapes, then adds one at a time. Whoever holds the most grapes, wins. The Grape Fairie granted each of them twenty grapes. Mr. Bland did not hold up. Squish. That says "Squish" there. The Grape Fairie added another grape. Senor was NOT the strongest man in the world. Splurt. It says "Splurt". Suddenly, the Robot shut down and dropped his grapes. Zip. The yellow man says "Zip". Homestar knew something was up. There were only three contestants left. Another grape was added. Homestar noticed that Strong Bad was getting some extra help.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I will drop my grapes and UNCOVER that CHEAT!

NARRATOR: The Homestar Runner yanked the cheat out from under the pile of grapes.

STRONG BAD: Oh no.

NARRATOR: ...screamed Strong Bad. Strong Bad was squished and Pom-Pom won. Knowing that he could not have done it without The Homestar Runner's help, Pom-Pom shared the trophy...

[edit] Commentary Transcript

STRONG BAD: Oh great, we gotta watch this one now?

MIKE: Oh great, I have to talk to you.

STRONG BAD: You don't have to ta— why don't you just sit there in silence, I'll take over.

MIKE: Let's see it.

STRONG BAD: Takin' the reins! {monotone} Hi, my name is Strong Bad, welcome to the commentary. I'll be taking the reins today. {Makes microphone clicking noise} If you'll look to the back of your cabin, this is The Homestar Runner Enters The Crappiest Universe In The Man Contest. {click} If you took at this page, they have a bunch of barbells. {click} This is the page that's the best all over, because I'm in part of it.

MIKE: Are you gonna get a new... new little gimmick, or are you just gonna do that. We're on a ride at the theme park, the whole time.

STRONG BAD: Oh, okay. {deep voice} Hi, I'm the spaceship Strong Bad, and you're on board a spaceship. {click} Uh... This is a... {normal voice} Look, I look great. In that picture.

MIKE: You had a belly button there.

STRONG BAD: Yeah. Is it just that page?

MIKE: Very possibly.

STRONG BAD: It could be like, this page has been gr— that page was graffitoed.

MIKE: Just your belly button?

STRONG BAD: Just my belly B.

MIKE: {laughs} You've got a name for your belly button.

STRONG BAD: Belly B, man. Speaking of bees, the bee fairy. {short pause} Who is the guy that's narrating this thing, I wanna punch him. I wanna turn his lights out.

MIKE: {laughs} Turn them out or punch them out?

STRONG BAD: Turn them out.

MIKE: Sounds like it would be very— very— very— very painful.

STRONG BAD: Yeah. Senor.

MIKE: Look at The Tea— The Teach got a tongue!

STRONG BAD: The Teach? I never seen the tongue before on The Teach. Uh... So what's with that robot? That's the worst technological robot I've ever seen.

MIKE: He's gotta be plugged— H-he's got a pretty short cord, too.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, what's the point, you can wa— It's like them boots that I had. Where I could only walk, like, twelve... y-y-y-yards, short, whatever shortest...

MIKE: {laughs} You've got a mouth within your mouth there!

STRONG BAD: Yeah, that's creepy. That was clearly graffitoed onto me. All right, you missed the part, I— like, I clearly told them, "I'm taking a nap! Shut the contest down for a moment!" and they didn't listen.

[edit] Fun Facts

  • Strong Bad refers to the 'Lectric Boots he owned in extra plug.
  • Strong Bad's monotone voice and mimicked microphone clicks are similar to how he sounds in theme park.
  • Strong Bad commenting his taking a nap under the grapes instead of being squished (as is the case in the story) may be a reference to the Strumstar Hammer version of the story from an Easter egg in kids book.
  • The Teach was first referenced in geddup noise.

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