Thursday, March 30, 2006

Nick Fury, Agent Of F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.

Daredevil 260

I hope Ammo's almost done beating the everloving crap out of Daredevil, because he only has two minutes to get back on stage for the finale of "The Lion King."

A few notes:

1. It's hard to tell in this scan, but Ammo is wearing those Mister T feather earrings.
2. Also, he has a rat tail. (Of hair! Of hair!)
3. Forget Daredevil, somebody call P.E.T.A. on this guy! Because I'm fairly sure his Danskins are made of endangered white tiger fur.
4. Yeah, he looks goofy to you now. But if Grant Morrison had designed this guy for his Doom Patrol comic (and he's not too far off from Grant's old sketches -- just add a tri-corner hat and a hula skirt) he'd be a fondly remembered character. There might even be a legion of fanboys calling for his return, and they'd operate under the title B.L.A.H. (Bring Loveable Ammo Hereabouts.)


Phillip said...

WWF wrestler Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake had gloves like that... only worse.

Jim said...

Where did he get fingerless gloves to match the "white tiger" material of his boots? Surely that required some villainy!

Anonymous said...

If his name is Ammo, you'd think he'd at least have Sgt. Rock-style bandoliers on him. This was the era of dozens of meaningless little pouches in costume design wasn't it? Judging from the double-splash page anyway... You'd think that the one person they'd be appropriate on would be a guy called Ammo. They didn't even give him one of those photographer's vests with the thousand little pockets. And what is that around his neck? The skull of the squirrel he caught and ate for dinner last night? Is the olive drab on his leg the trim of his pants or his warm, wooly socks pulled up over the outside? He is literally doing nothing right here. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give him a half-point for wearing lace-up combat boots instead of swashbucklers.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Mother of God.

Maybe I should officially rescind my request for you to cover '80s superhero fashion.

Nah. Too much goodness. But he does need to get back to that Brotherhood of Dada recruitment drive.

Anonymous said...

Somehow, all of those wrong pieces--the white tiger stripes, the teensy skull medalion, the MC Hammer flat-top, the daringly-strapless eyepatch--when put together don't really work at all. It's reaching so very hard for the sublimely ridiculous but doesn't quite get there.

But I do like the idea of a guy named Ammo who uses a peewee-league baseball bat instead of a firearm of any sort.

Jeremy Rizza said...

Phillip: Clicked on the link, and I can only say,"MY EYES--!!!"

Jim: I wonder if anybody filed a missing persons report on Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, 'cause he'd be one source.

Anonymous: I'm thinking Ammo just barely preceded the "unused pockets all over everything" movement. Maybe Jim Lee was putting them in the X-Men comic at the time but I believe they really exploded into comics around the time Image was formed. And wasn't that more around '89 or '90?

Chawunky: John Romita Jr.'s designs all by themselves are good for half a year of posting, so I don't plan on abandoning the 80's stuff any time soon.

Bill: I think what Ammo needs to pull that mess together is a cowl with cat ears on it, like Wildcat wears, only in white with some black stripes. Of course, it would take him thematically even further away from his supervillain codename, but at least the gloves and the leggings would make sense.

And I never even thought about it until you brought it up, but yeah, it's awfully nonsensical that he calls himself "Ammo" and yet he carries a baseball bat... and fights with his fists. The mind boggles.

cozmic said...

At least he seems to be ripping Daredevil's costume off.

Anonymous said...

"Chawunky: John Romita Jr.'s designs all by themselves are good for half a year of posting, so I don't plan on abandoning the 80's stuff any time soon."

To which I say huzzah! Wouldn't have it any other way.

Scipio said...

Well, now I know who stole my pajamas!

Nick, you bitch!