October 10, 2007

Comicbook Quirk of the Week

I was perusing through the few remaining long boxes in my basement, looking for some comics to reread for the umpteenth time before turning in for the night. Lo and behold, I yanked one issue out that I had never before stayed with all the way through, and no wonder -- it's 1991's inaugural issue of SuperPro!!

Oh. My. God. Does it get any more pathetic than this, not only for comics stories, but shameless product promotion (the product, in this case, being the National Football League)?? Did the NFL really need such an avenue of advertisement? I mean, come on: I'm sure once those young budding footballers read that "He went from sacking quarterbacks to tackling crime" cover blurb, they were instantly clamoring for Sunday afternoon in front of the tube! And better yet -- it's a first-issue "collector's item!" I'm sure it's a fast mover at comics conventions and on eBay. Not.

Phil Grayfield was a pigskin star until injuries forced his retirement. He went to work for a sports magazine when he encountered a sports memorabilia collector who showed him an "experimental" football suit. "Experimental"?? Nevertheless, a few "hoods" busted in on Phil and "left him for dead." The hoods must've left him near a DuPont dump or something (it doesn't say) for a "once-in-a-lifetime chemical combination" gave Phil "enhanced athletic abilities, strength and endurance." How convenient! And, naturally, Phil decided to use his amazing abilities -- not to mention that "experimental" NFL suit -- to fight crime!! (Click on the image below for a larger version):

Let's look at a couple real life issues here: One, the NFL would sue the pants off Grayfield for using their league logo without permission! He might have to give up superheroing altogether to pay his legal bills. Second, why is Phil's sidekick a black guy (named Ken Reid)? If this comic reflected REAL football, Phil would be Ken Reid's sidekick! The NFL is an overwhelmingly African-American sport, so the chances are that Ken should be SuperPro. Hey, I'm certainly not calling Marvel racist or anything, and 1991 is around the dawn of the PC Age, but since Phil used to "sack quarterbacks," he obviously played defense, most likely a lineman. These positions are overwhelmingly held by black players, and were back in 1991 too.

I wonder if Jackson and Sharpton picketed Marvel back then ... ? ;-)

Posted by Hube at October 10, 2007 05:01 PM | TrackBack

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"Oh. My. God. Does it get any more pathetic than this,[?]"

Yes. Owning and storing it. ;-)

Posted by: Duffy at October 11, 2007 11:11 AM

LOL... touché. Although I never personally bought it. I acquired a good portion of a good buddy's collection many yrs. ago, and this was obviously part of that. He most likely bought it out of a sense of weird fascination, I'd wager, knowing him as a do.

Posted by: Hube at October 11, 2007 06:11 PM