This whole thing is ENTIRELY REAL, incidentally. I found my old notebook of Super Gumdrop stories from when I was a kid, and these are accurate reprints of my original trademarked characters. The origin stories for The Mad Meatball, Zig-zag, The Zipper, and Anything Man are absolutely as I describe them here.
This should establish once and for all how little artistic growth I have experienced in my lifetime.
(incidentally, feel free to use the hashtag #WBTDBF, since it's way awesomer than #TBT)
For those who doubt the veracity of my claims about the origin of the work above, I present a page from the (denim-bound) notebooks of my eight-year-old self: