Sunday, November 22, 2009

"The most frightful villain ever—!"


So claimed the cover to POWERMAN #29 (1975).

It's always a treat hanging out with Xavier at his place. Any random topic of comics, and Xavier disappears for 60 seconds and hauls out a stack of comics relevant to the conversation. One such conversation was in regard to Luke Cage, the powerful Powerman of Marvel Comics...and his battle with the frightful Mr. Fish.

On the cover, Mr. Fish looked like the Creature from the Black Lagoon or something. On the interior, Mr. Fish was racist depiction of a fish-man. The story was hilarious—it read like one of my old Arche-Lady comics. The easiest solution to avoid plausible details? That's right, have the hero not care about learning them. Like Arche-Lady, when Powerman is posed with questions, "don't you want to hear my origin? Don't you want to know how my blaster knocked you out?" Luke's reply is "no, I don't!"

Mr. Fish had a band of racist sidekicks, including the little guy pictured here from the comic who seems right off the plantation. This issue makes one think "and I can't get work in comics?!?" Golly, even I was writing better stories in 1975 (I was 5)! This villain has only ever appeared once, and not even in the OFFICIAL HANBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE.

It took me some time to add my classic explosion (which I painstakingly created in 1997 using Microsoft Word—you read that right...I had time to kill at my day job one day—and employed often in Arche-Lady comics), and color. Thanks to Miriam's hangover and breakfast plans cancellation, you finally get to see my take on Powerman and Mr. Fish.

I still think it would be fun/funny to do an intentionally camp story with these two.

10 comments:

Xavier said...

Prepare for another search session next year! (I bet you're dying to see the New kids on the block comics I purchased lately!)
A warm tought for Georges Tuska (he passed away last month) who had the hard task to bring Mr Fish to life!
He would be proud of your Mr Fish! (if there is a George Tuska tribute book in the work, this illustration has to be printed inside!)

Timothy said...

Lets write it together, you draw it, I color it!

Tim Fish said...

X: I didn't know he passed away. :( He drew my favorite TEEN TITANS issues with Gnaark as super-smart cave-boy.

Tim: that would be fun/funny. Let's see how our relationship develops with Marvel. :)

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