02
Aug
10

Nostalgia file: “MAN-MAN” (part 2 of 2), also: ‘LUTEFISK SUSHI D’ is Friday!!!

   When we last left our hero…aww, who cares…

   So that happened.  In fact, I just kept happening.  Since I did this comic in study hall I was spurred on by Mac Lennox, who was sitting in front of me, wanted to read what I did, and loved it.   So I did a part 2 where MAN-MAN met the inevitable sidekick BOY-BOY (luckily for you those pages haven’t survived the last 20 years in perfect shape and are nearly un-reprintable).  My next step was to then go home and re-draw THE WHOLE ISSUE–which I did in a 4-panel grid style on typing paper.  I even convinced my dad to make a couple of copies and handed them off to friends–including DAN MURPHY who still has his issue with its personally hand-colored cover:

   And after that there was just no stopping me.  I did…lord…maybe about 10 issues of MAN-MAN.  Its greatest weakness however was that I decided it was a PARODY comic, and so whatever I was reading (Batman, New Mutants/X-Force, Spawn) just became part of the mythos of the series.  Not really parody in any true sense of the word.  More like direct rip-offs.  After about a year and a half or so the whole thing ran its course.  I would try now and again in the years that followed (before high school ended, that is) to ‘re-boot’ MAN-MAN (as we saw in the post last week for GNATBOY), but it never stuck.   I even tried re-tooling it a couple of times post-high school as a serious superhero comic (though Man-Man was now called MATCH, and was a typical, thin hero and not a lovable tubby).  The last time I tried it was in 1999 just before I launched STAPLEGENIUS and left those kinds of comics behind forever. 

   So is this the end of MAN-MAN?  Well…yes and no.  YES because I’ve since discovered the name MAN-MAN is by no means original (SHOCKING!), and so even if I had a fire in my belly to do another MAN-MAN comic the legalities alone would stop me dead in my tracks.  And NO because I will post one more short MAN-MAN comic tomorrow that Dan Murphy and I did together–probably our very first collaboration, in fact!

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1 Response to “Nostalgia file: “MAN-MAN” (part 2 of 2), also: ‘LUTEFISK SUSHI D’ is Friday!!!”


  1. 08/02/2010 at 11:12

    I always liked the name of MAN-MAN’s home town: “Rutghettodump City”, it’s strangely poetic.


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