Tales of the Beanworld
Beanworld Zero is a preview of the first 24 pages of what was to become Tales of the Beanworld issue 20.
Publication date: 1993
The story reveals the origin of Beans in the Beanworld. Special attention is given to one bean which discovers the Fix-It Shop. The bean's curiosity leads it to don a strange piece of headgear. This bean will eventually become Professor Garbanzo.
While the beans are growing, another story is going on above. Mr. Teach'm is showing an as-yet-unnamed Mr. Spook the ropes of the hero business. The young hero takes to his studies quickly; he's a natural.
The story is continued in Tales of the Beanworld issue 20.
A note on the inside cover says that only 100 copies were printed.
The ashcan is dedicated to "Dave Sim and the Spirit of PetuniaCon 1984", a pivotal event in Mr. Marder's involvement in comics. The story is told in depth in Heidi's McDonald interview in The Comics Journal #201.