Friday, July 20, 2007

Tom Morrow: What's the Deal with His Head?


In "Mighty Samson" #16 (Gold Key, November 1968), Tom Morrow and Cindia save an entire city from annihilation but they're the only two characters who appear on panel. Which leaves me really confused about his head.

I don't get it. He's got this taut, muscular body but his head is huge and infantile, with a bulbous forehead and a pug nose and pert little lips. (And yet his hair is receding at a rapid pace.) Is he a mutant? Or Irish? Is it just because he's from the future? Because that Cindia person looks just like him! Are they related? Am I reading too much into this? Does the artist merely draw everybody like that, with regular-shaped bodies and gigantic noggins? Igor Kordley did. So did Dan Spiegel and Mike Hoffman and Ernie Colon! *awaits rash of hate mail for besmirching the good name of these fine gentlemen* Fine! Bring it! See if I care!

...I'm sorry. I'm getting testy again. Where is Weight Wizard with my coffee? And of course I think all of those artists I mentioned are very talented; it's just that sometimes they drew people with really big heads.

Hmm. Maybe if I Google "Tom Morrow", that will explain everything. *taps furiously on keyboard*


Holy crap, he's supposed to be a teenager! With that body? He's ripped! How does that work? Teenage boy with an adult body and a baby's head... feh! Who does he think he is? Someone from the Disney Channel? Or Ivan from season two of "So You Think You Can Dance?" Or that baby-headed marionette from Michael Powell's "Tales of Hoffman" movie? The one who was played by a woman and who was last seen getting spanked by the puppeteer's big dopey assistant? Sorry, I couldn't find an image of that but it's "good old-fashioned nightmare fuel" as they say on MST3K. Er, but I digress.

And don't even get me started on Cindia.


Dave said...

Wow! The visual story-telling on this strip reminds me of Stardust the Super-Wizard. (Hint: and that's NOT a good thing) The big similarities are the very stiff figures and prefunctory attempts at backing up the exposition with visuals.

This looks... fairly dreadful.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Maybe he's like Blaster from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome or something.

Whatever he is, it's freaky!

Jeremy Rizza said...

Dave: Yup, every single panel looks like it came from the third issue of a New Universe comic (excepting DP7, of course).

Jon: He's definitely like "or something."

Bill S. said...

Cindia's "hair" cost $4.95, but it was worth much more. It was made of the finest Sarnel fibers, after all. Underneath it, she has the exact same hairstyle that Tom does.

When I saw that second panel of Tom Morrow, all I thought of was Kid Psycho. Only slightly more creepy.

Nepharia said...

So if Tom is 'Blaster', does that make Cindia, 'Master'?

Jeremy Rizza said...

Bill S.: Okay, now you're creeping me out. (Sarnel! I should have guessed!)

Darth Nepharia: Only when he rides her (piggyback).

Scipio said...

Cindia? Well, remember, only Annette Funicello's genes were strong enough to survive the Great Pan-Nuclear War. All women of that era look like Annette. And talk with "the Annette Sound".

Jeremy Rizza said...

Does that mean Tom Morrow sounds like Frankie Avalon? Or Tommy Kirk? (Vocally, Weight Wizard and I have more of a "Connie Francis/Harve Presnell" thing goin' on.)

Osz. said...

Tom Morrow had mental powers such as telepathy, telekinesis, super-intelligence and so was represented with a head as big as it was assumed would be the men in the future with a brain larger than our current.