The promotional art Matt Groening drew for Apple

Before "The Simpsons," a younger Matt Groening took some work drawing posters and brochures for Apple's Macs. Here, a couple we haven't seen before.


Back in 1989, "The Simpsons" had yet to appear on our screens, and 35-year-old Matt Groening -- who had been working as a professional cartoonist on his original strip "Life in Hell" -- picked up some work from a declining computer company by the name of Apple.

The job? Making computers appear "hip" in a brochure called "Who Needs a Computer Anyway?" starring his characters from "Life in Hell." The images featured an appropriately wide-eyed Bongo -- the main character's son -- who was overburdened with work.

This isn't exactly news; scans of the brochure have been floating around the Web for a couple of years now, thanks to The Comics Alliance via Reddit.

Web site VintageZen, however, has uncovered a pair of posters we hadn't seen before. See them at CNET Australia.

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