10 forgotten superhero satires to remember
The superhero genre is ripe for parody and satire. Some satirical comics are better known. Deadpool, She-Hulk, Captain Carrot and The Boys are some of them. It is a well that the creators continue to exploit. He comments on the genre, the industry and sometimes society as a whole.
There are so many parodies that the rise of some overshadows the others. For example, no one knows that Super-Rabbit was a Golden Age character before Bugs Bunny used him to parody Superman. Every publisher published a satire of superhero comics, even in their continuity. There are many worth revisiting, if only in older issues.
ten Watchmensch by Rich Johnston and artist Simon Rohrmüller was a satire of DC’s treatment of Alan Moore.
2009 saw the release of Alan Moore’s film adaptation watchmen. The same year, Brain Scan Studios released a parody of the original comic book series as a 24-page comic book. It was dripping with obvious satire. The author explained his thoughts on DC Comics and its treatment of Alan Moore.
There are disturbing elements throughout, but the story functions as satire. He criticizes anyone who trusts a publisher who began by underpaying the creators of Superman. He defends Alan Moore in a full-page prose explanation of Moore’s mistreatment by America’s Best Comics. DC purchased Wildstorm when the line launched. He quickly pulped comic strips for a problematic Victorian advertisement which he reproduced.
9 The Pro by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is a crude satire of Superman and the Justice League
When a prostitute gains superpowers, she joins the Honor League. Her fluent language, ruthless violence, and overt sexuality get her fired. She eventually faces death to save her small child, by launching a nuclear bomb into space.
The pro works as a parody, giving superpowers to an unconventional subject. Although rude, she exhibits a heroic demeanor. The code-inspired innocence of League of Honor, a parody of the JLA, blinds them to the harshness faced by “real” people. She even rewards the Saint, a Superman analogue, after saving her infant son from a mugger. But, like any Garth Ennis story, it leads to events embarrassing the Saint.
8 Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot is among the mystery men
Flaming Carrot Comics was born out of the indie comics boom of the 1980s. The titular hero is a man who lost his mind after reading 5,000 comics in one sitting. His adventures were a surreal satire of superhero comics. Burden was particularly fond of parodying Golden Age superhero comics.
While the flaming carrot was never adapted, his team of blue-collar heroes were. Mysterious men was a 1999 film, albeit a box office bomb. Nonetheless, he did a great job of capturing the irreverent tone of Flaming carrot cartoons.
seven Marshal Law by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill was a hyper-violent satire
Marvel Comics released Marshal’s law in 1987 under its Epic imprint. It takes place in a violent dystopia where superheroes are out of control. So Marshal Law hunts them down. The stories portray each superhero as flawed, corrupt, or evil. Marshal Law even says as he hunts the heroes that he hasn’t found any yet.
Parodies are irreverent. Most of the time they are painted with irreverent humor. The first storyline dealt with a Superman analogue, the Public Spirit. The second story, Marshal Law takes Manhattan showed absurd versions of Marvel characters. It was in this story that Marshal Law became satirical until his final appearance in 2002.
6 Don Simpson’s Megaton Man is a goofy superhero satire
by Don Simpson Megaton Man has the most amazing physique, which adds to her charm. At first, there was no shortage of parodies of known superheroes. The best satire came from the main character. His family tree referenced heroes dating back to 1930’s pulp hero Doc Savage.
Simpson brought back the world of Megaton in 1994 with bizarre heroes. It is in this series that Don Simpson shines. Its heroes are not mere parodies, and the stories satirize the genre and the industry. Among them are Phantom Jungle Girl, the Meddler, Yarn Man, and Earth Mother. The final issue provided insight into the world of Megaton Man and everyone in it. On re-reading the different series, we want to revisit the Fiascovere.
5 Jim Valentino’s Normalman Parodied Many Heroes
Before Image Comics, Jim Valentino did an excellent satire of superhero comics titled normal man. Published by Aardvark-Vanaheim in 1984, it featured a man without an engine on a planet where everyone had superpowers. The origin parodied Superman. When he was a baby, his father launched him from his planet before it exploded. Of course, when that didn’t work, his mother shot his father.
regular man parodied Marvel, DC, and indie comics like Richie Rich and ElfQuest. Among the best parodies was Sgt. Fluffy, The Fanatical Four and Captain Everything. Even the Legion of Superfluous Heroes got in the way with a roll call that took up seven numbers. Reading the series was joyful in its lack of restraint.
4 The Inferior Five by E. Nelson Bridwell and Mike Sekowsky loved making fun of Marvel heroes
At the end of the Silver Age, DC launched a new superteam that usurped superheroes. The Inferior Five chronicled the children of respected heroes. Unfortunately, they were practically incompetent. Fortunately, the hi-jinks were so entertaining and funny.
lower five was at his best when impersonating Marvel characters. Man-Mountain and the Egg’s Men were parodies of Hulk and X-Men in the team Showcase problems. The series regular spoofed Thor, Goliath, the Wasp, and The Fantastic Four to hilarious effect. Marvel wasn’t the only target of their satire, just the best.
3 Keith Giffen’s Heckler was Bugs Bunny as a superhero
In 1992, Keith Giffen created the superhero equal to Bugs Bunny. He did this because he assumed DC Comics would disapprove of his handling of the real Bugs Bunny. Heckler did not parody specific superheroes. Instead, it was a satire of the genre.
The Bugs Bunny analogy is accurate. The Heckler lives up to its name by mocking its opponents. It’s done in a way Spider-Man wishes he could. The bad guys were also smart. The rogues’ gallery included the Cosmic Clown, Boss Glitter, and the Four Mopeds of the Apocalypse.
2 Martin Pasko and Joe Staton’s E-Man Could Make Straight Parody or General Satire
E-Man was first published by Charlton Comics in 1973 and created by Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton. But, unfortunately, its whimsical tone wasn’t enough to save it from being canceled. But then Joe Staton later became art director of First Comics.
Due to obligations, Cuti was unable to write a new series for First. So Martin Pasko started writing the new series. He presented a parody of the X-Men and his Dark Phoenix Saga in the second issue. The series would air parodies of common hostess announcements in the 70s and 80s, as well as light-hearted superhero satire.
1 Wally Wood’s Superduperman might be the best Superman satire
Until recent years, Superduperman was the best known Superman parody. But, sadly, that’s forgotten because the comics look forward rather than back to their roots. He appeared in Bishop #4 before it was a successful magazine.
Wally Wood used outrageous satire, poking fun at the Golden Age rivalry between DC and Fawcett Comics. It pits Superduperman against Captain Marbles, a parody of the Shazam-powered hero. Alan Moore quoted Superduperman as an influence. Wally Wood’s work of humor has probably influenced many other creators.
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