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In Tomorrow Stories, Alan Moore and Hilary Barta introduced another pliable superhero, in the awesome tradition of Plastic Man: the pigment of the imagination, the smudge that won't budge, the brilliant Splash Brannigan!

Splash is a superhero made of ink who spent decades locked in an ink bottle, hybernating.

Then Mrs. Screensaver, an inker at Kaput Comics, releases him when she's looking for some old black ink (because the modern one is no good):

His origins are awesome and includes a poor inker chained to his drawing table who develops 4D ink.

In the end, he gets a job at Kaput Comics inking Sarcastic Thug, a modern superhero comic book with none of the charm of Splash.

I love the palm stain on her butt.

Splash Brannigan's adventures are very satirical of modern superheroes and is full of jokes about art (in the next issue he pursues a pair of criminals inside famous paintings) and the comics industry, as we can see in Mr. Kaput's whole behaviour. Every story is very much worth reading.

Date: 2011-11-01 11:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] causticlad
Wunna these days I'm going to dig out Phil Foglio and Hilary Barta's take on Plastic Man. Their theory was that he was insane (as was Woozy Winks), so whenever we see things from his perspective it was in Barta's jokey style, and when things were from someone else's perspective it was rendered much more realistically by Kevin Nowlan.

Date: 2011-11-01 11:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Big Bang comics also had a deliberately retro Plastic Man analog, named Protoplasman. It's a fun powerset for the right artist! :)

Date: 2011-11-02 12:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
Great stuff! I love Splash coming out of the Ayn Rand brand of Fountainhead ink. ;)

Comics used to do this stuff all the time: self-mockery before they became Serious (Self-Important) Business!

Date: 2011-11-02 01:03 am (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Owes a good deal to Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder too, I see.

Date: 2011-11-02 01:08 am (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
On reflection, Mort Gort is probably a reference to Mort Drucker, although the Floyd Lloyd ref is beyond me.

Date: 2011-11-02 03:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] khaosworks
Maybe Floyd Gottfredson, the Mickey Mouse comic strip artist.

Date: 2011-11-02 10:06 am (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Yeah, go look at Kurtzman and Elder's Little Annie Fanny stuff, and these pages will take on a very familiar feel. A lot of their Mad work was like this too, they were a good team. The "details everywhere", twenty jokes per panel thing was their specialty.

Date: 2011-11-02 08:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eyz
I loved the whole ABC line!
Alan Moore at his best (I even preferred it over Watchmen...yeah, for real!)

Was sad to see it go with Moore argument with DC and Wildstorm which served as in-print for "America's Best Comics" shutting doors..

Date: 2011-11-02 01:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crabby_lioness
Must find. Thanks!

Date: 2011-11-02 07:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mastiff
Hehe, love the little touches of humour.

"Sarcastic Thug by Alan Less".


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