In this story kissing a frog results in the appearance of a less than handsome prince, whilst the kisser changes into a frog. Iznogoud attempts to get the Caliph to kiss the frog and succeeds! However, the new Caliph is not what Iznogoud expects and a series of confusing kisses results in virtually everyone doing some time as a frog.
A stage hypnotist is hired to make the Caliph think he is a donkey; a spell which can only be undone by clapping. Much to Iznogouds disgust it turns out that washerwomen, mosquito-killers, children's games and a host of other activities produce clapping sounds. Iznogoud's building frustration makes me laugh in this tale.
3. The Occidental Philtre
A famous foreigner sells Iznogoud a magical Philtre which renders the drinker weightless and prone to floating away - but only if the brew is taken when piping hot. Getting the Caliph to drink it at the correct temperature proves tricky until exactly the wrong moment.
4. The Time Machine
An artist from future times mysteriously arrives in Baghdad thanks to a wooden time machine. Iznogoud commissions his own time machine which results in a series of comic interludes resulting in, of course, catastrophe for the Grand Vizier. I think this is one of the most amusing stories in this volume.
5. The Picnic
Iznogoud plans to take the Caliph on a picnic in the desert and then leave him to die of thirst. Unfortunately, a series of unlikely events means water is everywhere - swimming pools, water vendors, wine that has turned to water and the first rain in ten years. Funny!
6. Chop & Change
A magical cup allows drinkers to exchange bodies. This fact makes for a cartoon story of pure farce where virtually everybody ends up in a different body and as sure as sure can be, Iznogoud ends up suffering.
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Great article. Although Iznogoud is one of the less famous Goscinny's characters, it's still super funny. Nice to see somebody promoting comics than are not about superheroes!