Monday, July 23, 2007

Pinch Me; I Must Be Dreaming

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You know how I'd take care of this joker? Drawn butter, and puh-lenty of it!

Wow! Just what in th' Sam Scratch is going on here?! Was Grant Morrison interning at Marvel in 1971? Did Stan Lee's gofer slip a little something extra into his coffee? (And I don't mean "Sweet 'n' Low.") Am I imagining the whole thing, and everybody else looking at this freak is seeing the Melter or some shit?

The cover is a bit misleading, as the fellow with the crab-claw cranium is not named the Slasher and his groovy orange costume is actually a demure olive green. Which I think is George Tuska's and Jim Mooney's woefully misinformed notion of camouflage.

Welcome to the crazy mixed-up world of "Iron Man" #41 (September 1971), without a doubt one of the worst comic books I've ever encountered in my entire life. And I say this as someone who's read "Oblivion." It's written by Gerry Conway at his most hysterically overwrought. And like a lot of Conway's books, most of the characters can be divided into two categories:
1. Snide, hateful jerk-offs who talk way too much
2. Whiny, self-pitying douchebags who talk way too much

Believe it or not, there are a few nice silent panels. Sadly, they merely serve as literary "palette cleansers" -- preventing your brain from becoming numb to young Conway's hackery before assaulting it afresh. Probably 95% of the panels are so stuffed with purple prose that the characters are reduced to the size of ants. In fact this comic is so bad I'm tempted to go all "Gravity Girl" on its ass and blog it in excruciating detail. I mean, get a load of this caption box from the very first page:

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"Slightly moist?!"

6 comments:

Chance said...

"In fact this comic is so bad I'm tempted to go all "Gravity Girl" on its ass and blog it in excruciating detail."

In fact, that's what you're going to do. We insist.

Chawunky said...

Oh, for the days when caption boxes were the heart and soul of the story!

This appears to be of the "Channel 9 WeatherCenter" school of narrative:

"5:30 on a calm, slightly moist afternoon, with scattered clouds that should clear up by late Friday...good news for all you folks who have destinies to intertwine this Labor Day weekend..."

Dave said...

Thing is, a green, slimy tentacled super-villian named "The Slasher" actually has potential. Perhaps his tentacles could secrete a powerful aphrodisiac. Then, come with some guy called "The Shipper", and they could team up, becoming the dreaded One True Pair...

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Tentacles on his head and an evil goatee? The slasher had no choice but to turn to a life of crime.

Scipio said...

I understand it perfectly. Sometimes Destiny intertwine my life with those of two men and creates one of those moist afternoons here in Washington.

Blockade Boy said...

Chance: Well... okay.

Chawunky: Heh. I guess Conway missed his real calling! ("And now with the weekend barbecue forecast, this pretentious asshole...")

Dave: They've already taken over the "Office" forum at Television Without Pity, I can tell you that!

Jon: Can you imagine being the doctor who administered that birth? "Congratulations, it's... I'm not quite sure!" *l'il goateed baby lashes out with a pincer and snips the doctor's nose off*

Scipio: Haw! That would be a great name for your signature fragrance (should you ever choose to invent one): Moist Afternoons (by Scipio).