September 22, 2007
FfF Results Post #92—IndyHeroes
Five For Friday #92 Results
On Friday afternoon, participating CR readers were asked to name "Five Superheroes You Like, a) Created After 1950, b) Not Published By DC or Marvel or Image." Here are the results.
4. The Badger
5. Death Ray
1) Megaton Man
Don Simpson's megalout is loaded with fun satirical commentary on both comics history and the Reagan 80s in which it first appeared. It's a shame this book is largely out of print.
2) Death Ray
Sorry to do a repeat, but as an avid smoker, how can I not love a character whose powers come from nicotine?
3) The One
This early revisionist superhero was a wonderful apotheosis of burnt out hippy idealism, ascending 80s commercialism, and the budding wholesale sportfucking that the superhero genre was about to engage in after losing its innocence in the 70s.
4) Wonder Warthog
I have no idea if this holds up, but I sure loved it when I was in college. Shelton's drawings are always a pleasure and the sheer absurdity of this character,in its visual design and in its cultural and comic art historical contexts are so retarded that they're endearing.
5) The Roach
Maybe the most "Inside Baseball" character in comics history. Sim's permutations on the Roach -- Moon Roach, Wolverroach, Spider-Roach, normalroach, Swoon, et al. are simultaneously a fun commentary on the excesses of the Direct Market's content from 1977 - 1997 (which I consider to be the entirety of that business cycle) and, unfortunately, the biggest stumbling block towards a casual reader of the modern era engaging fully with Cerebus in its prime. Still, if you get it, the in-jokes are still entertaining.
1. Flaming Carrot
5. Fatman the Human Flying Saucer
Does this even count? It's really more of a space opera in superhero trappings. Doesn't matter. I had to put a Steve Rude comic in here.
See above. In this case, its more of a monster-fighting adventure dressed up as superhero comics, but you gotta give Mike Mignola his props.
3) The Question
Steve Ditko's greatest non-Marvel work. Currently owed by DC, of course, but so is E-Man from your list, so we'll let it slide.
4) Marvel-man / Miracle-man
Yes, this started out as an outright clone of Captain Marvel in the early 50's, but as (re-)interpreted by Moore, Gaiman, & Co. in the '80s, it outgrew it's origins and became a modern-day classic.
The best anti-hero of the last quarter-century
1. Captain Spazz
Bobby Weiss & Sam Henderson (went to school with the artist)
2. Captain Canuck
the George Freeman issues (I actually read this as a kid!)
3. Mighty Samson
Gold Key (he's a super strong mutant, so he counts!) (I also actually read this as a kid!)
4. Captain Atom
(Joe Gill & Steve Ditko) (kid... read... also)
5. Magnus Fucking Robot Fighter!
(Steve Bissette got me hooked on this)
2. The Death Ray
3. Convenient Boy and the Power of 6
4. Ace Face, the Mod with the Metal Arms
5. Billy Dogma
1. Mr. A.
2. The American
3. Zot!, too
4. Ropeman from The Mighty Heroes
5. The Cougar
2. Don Rosa's Captain Kentucky
3. Megaton Man
4. Flaming Carrot
2. Usagi Yojimbo
5. The David Yurkovich-verse
3. Magnus, Robot Fighter
1) Prime (now owned by Marvel by originally published by Malibu Comics)
2) Quantum & Woody
4) Captain Canuck
5) The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt
1. The Rocketeer (Pacific, Eclipse, god knows who else)
2. The Scorpion (Atlas) (I guess he qualifies as a superhero...)
3. Magnus, Robot Fighter (Gold Key)
4. Dr. Solar, Man of the Atom (Gold Key)
5. Why, Hellboy! (Dark Horse)
5) Vanth Dreadstar (hey, he had a superhero costume for a short bit)
1. Concrete! (he's a hero to me!)
2. Frank the Unicorn! (ditto!)
4. Orange Lightning!
5.Badger/Butler, Reinhold & Baron
Sean T. Collins
1. The Death Ray
3. David Dunn (from Unbreakable
4. Luna Moth
1. Acid Archie
C'mon, an acid house robot?
2. Megaton Man
the first indy I ever read, it had a Doonesbury joke that I didn't understand
3. Miracle Man
the second indy I ever read; it was much better than the first one
I've always been a sucker for mix-n-match cultural refs; sue me
5. Rogan Gosh
I couldn't think of anything else, except for Tank Girl
Five For Friday is a reader response feature. To play, send a response to that week's question a) while it's still Friday, b) that doesn't try to twist or avoid the spirit of the exercise. Responses up by Monday morning.
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