Larry Marder’s
Tales of the Beanworld

Issue 21
The First Time Professor Garbanzo Discovered the Four Realities

Issue 21 cover Publication date: 1993


The baby Beans play at being Hoi-Polloi and Mr. Spook. Beanish shows up with new Beanworld Action Effigies of two very thin Beans. The baby Beans want to know who they are. Professor Garbanzo starts telling the tale. It continues the situation at the end of the previous issue.

One day Mr. Spook notices that one of the Beans looks different. It appears to have some sort of hat on. It won't come off.

Soon after, the bean starts spending time gazing at the Fix-It Shop (even though she didn't know what it was). Then she begins to dream.

In the dream, she meets what looks like a large version of herself. It reveals that it is the Fix-It Shop and that she is Professor Garbanzo. They are a team, but something has gone radically wrong this year. The situation might be okay if Professor Garbanzo can find the Four Realities.

The dream changes, and she is surrounded by all sorts of shapes. She chooses four of them but forgets them when she wakes up. This happens every night until Mr. Spook suggests trying to remember just one of them when she wakes up. It works! Proffy knows the four shapes, but can't find them in her dreams. Finally one evening they are there, and she chooses them. The shapes fly onto her hat and she wakes up inside the Fix-it Shop. It is familiar. She remembers who she is and what she is. She proclaims her findings to the other beans:

"They are the Four Realities and they are our destiny."

The baby Beans ask her about the next time she discovered the Four Realities. She replies that that's part of another story - "When Mr. Spook Got His Name". That's a story for another day.



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