Friday, August 18, 2006

The Great Comic Book Covers

Now this is a God-damned comic book cover. The Amalgam books were pretty much the definition of a mixed bag, but at their best they were really fun doses of hardcore fanboy pandering. Used to be that kind of thing was fairly rare, so whenever the companies tipped their hat to the proverbial "lifers" it was pretty neat. Now that the big mainstream companies are pretty much doing this type of thing all the time, it's not so special. In fact, it's kind of repulsive.

But Lobo the Duck was not. Whereas most of the Amalgam matchups at least tried to make some sort of sense -- Dr. Strange + Dr. Fate = Dr. Strangefate -- the pairing of Lobo and Howard the Duck seemed merely to be an exercise in smushing two of each company's most unusual properties together in as obnoxious a way as possible. Considering that neither character was ever a stranger to the bizarre, it worked surprisingly well. (perhaps not as well as a potential matchup of Mr. Talky Tawny and H.E.R.B.I.E., M.R. T.A.L.K.I.N.G. R.O.B.O.T. T.I.G.E.R.)

I haven't read this probably since it came out, and I don't remember much about it, except that it was pretty fun. Like peanut butter and a kick to the teeth, two great tastes that taste weird together.

(PS - Why the fuck is Momma's Family still on TV? I thought there were international treaties against these kind of things.)

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