Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Humorously Ridiculous but Endearingly Cool Images in Superhero Comics Face Off #1!

Today, it's the Thing's incognito clothing vs. the Atom's tiny chair.

In the Thing's incognito clothing corner, we have Ben Grimm, tragic man-monster, putting on a hat and a trench coat in a sad attempt to go out in public and not be recognized as the Thing. One of the things I liked about the FF movie (and it was barely things) was that they had Ben show up outside his apartment to talk to his wife in a trenchcoat and hat. I am a nerd. It's a wonderful image. I really want it immortalized in plastic, but I've only been able to find it for what I consider to be exorbinant sums for an action figure. Like $30. Mind you, if I had an exorbinant sum and was in a really impulsive mood... Which is what I call pay day. That's one of the few reasons it's good I'm unemployed.

So, the Thing's trenchcoat ensemble is a wonderful image. But it is as wonderful an image as the Atom in a tiny chair at Justice League meetings? I'm not sure. I mean, look at these random panels of the Atom hanging out in his tiny chair with the rest of the JLA. Isn't that awesome in some many ways you can't name 'em all it's so awesome? I submit that it is. I just love that Ray Palmer, a brilliant scientist, is hanging out with a bunch of demi gods, the greatest champions of his generation, on the moon (or in the Hall of Justice or wherever the JLA happens to be hanging out) in a tiny chair. That's beautiful.

That said, when it comes down to a contest between these two titanic images... neither wins. This one I found when googling for images of the Thing in his trenchcoat beats them both. It wasn't even involved in the discussion, and yet it still wins. I'm sorry. Facts is facts.


Blogger Graeme said...

It's not just the hat and trenchcoat though that makes the ensemble work for me, it's that--at least in some of Lee and Kirby's work-- the Thing was wearing a hat, trenchcoat and *sunglasses*. Now that always struck me as really ridiculous.

3/29/2006 11:03 AM  
Blogger Steven said...

One great thing about the two images is that they perfectly encapuslate what people love about Silver Age Marvel and DC.

The Marvel character is a monster pathetically but endearingly trying to be normal, and failing miserably.

The DC character, who is capable of being normal sized and sitting in a normal sized chair, prefers to stay small and just build a tiny floating chair to sit in.

3/29/2006 4:35 PM  
Blogger Bill D. said...

They made a Thing-in-disguise figure for the old FF cartoon toy line from the 90s. It's a very cartoony-looking Benjy, but it still fits the bill quite nicely (and can probably be found on eBay for a lot less than the Marvel Legends figure).

3/29/2006 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know GL seems a bit condescending to the Atom in that excerpt!

3/31/2006 1:36 AM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

Very nice post, Steven.

3/31/2006 12:26 PM  
Blogger Walaka said...

Didn't a recent action figure of the Atom come with the tiny chair?

BTW, that "best" photo you have is of Bud Clark, the tavern keeper who went on to become mayor of Portland, Oregon, posing for an "Expose Yourself to Art" cultural campaign.

4/06/2006 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, if you run down to your local Wal-Mart right now, you can probably find the Movie Thing with Trenchcoat warming their pegs. At least, I can find no fewer than three of them at the one near where I work. Granted, it's not the Marvel Legends one, but it's near-as-dammit.

Although he does have the pants and boots for that figure, so it's not really the classic depiction.

4/08/2006 11:29 PM  

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