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Nostalgia file: “MAN-MAN–THE KILLING JEST” by Dan Murphy and myself, also: ‘LUTEFISK SUSHI D’ is friday!!!

As I said in the last post, my junior high comic opus MAN-MAN was basically a parody/rip-off comic.  And here is some awesome proof for your pudding by myself and DAN MURPHY:

  And now, some thoughts on this tale by its much older and hopefully wiser creators:   

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Ahhh, yes…a confusing ass back-up story from issue 3 of MAN-MAN.  Evidently ‘OVERLORD’ got captured in that issue.  Who knew? 

DAN MURPHY:  We must of done “Killing Jest” not long after first meeting–1990 sometime.  You’d given me the first two issues of Man-Man, which blew me away that you done two 30+ page comics. This story was done for the 3rd issue (**scroll to the bottom for issue 3’s cover**), which even had an intro blurb for me on the cover–I’m even in the copyright indicia! 

DANK:  Your name is the credits is all an artist needs to be fulfilled.  It’s true–that’s how Stan rolled with Jack!

MURPHY:   My drawings are pretty horrible, done with cheap pen on really thin paper.

DANK:  PLEASE!  Look at that cover.  It’s 20 years later and I still can’t draw that well.

MURPHY:  Yeeesh, that guy whistling and driving, and people’s limbs shortened by half to fit them in the panel.

DANK:  Any people crammed into panels is totally my bad.  Just look at all those words.  ENTIRE PANELS MADE OF WORDS!

MURPHY:   But I remember enjoying collaborating on it, probably my first collaboration, as you were the only other person I knew that drew comics.

DANK:  Yeah, that probably was the first one–and surely not the last.  It’s actually pretty amazing how prolific we were, even at such a young age.  Make you a deal–you continue to draw my cockamamie tales, and I’ll continue to write them!

   Now before we go, let me remind you all LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ is THIS FRIDAY!!!  So come on down to ALTERED ESTHETICS in Minneapolis and pick up the coolest box of mini-comics you’re going to find anywhere!  Buy some art while you’re there too!  It’s going to be an amazing show!   Speaking of amazing…


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!


Nostalgia File: “MAN-MAN”(part 1 of 2), also: ‘LSD’ is in 7 days!!!

For separate–but equal!–reasons, longest-time collaborator DAN MURPHY and I have recently both gone thru our ‘Nostalgia Files’ and come across some really great (and some really NOT so great…let’s be honest here) stuff.  So as I kill time leading up to LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ (which is in 7 days!), lets take some trips down memory lane.  Today I present the first half of the original, pencils-only, done on notebook paper in study hall, first issue of MAN-MAN.  If there was anything a 13-year-old me was doing that’s close to equivalent to what a 34-year-old me is doing with MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE, MAN-MAN was it:

   JINKIES!!!! Will MAN-MAN escape the evil clutches of the TWIZLER and SKITTLES?!  Will both DC Comics and the lawyers for ‘Big Candy’ file a lawsuit?!  Tune in Monday and find out!!!



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