Best. Comic. Ever. It features the amazing story arc where the Watchmen Babies meet the Muppet Babies and they set aside their differences to tackle the evil menace known as the Rugrats.
All right, maybe that's not an actual comic story arc.But if it was, I would read the hell out of it! It would be....awesome!
Today is one of my favorite days of all time. It's April 1st. April Fools Day. Let me tell you, I have a lot of fun on April Fools day. I am a natural born jerk, so a day of pranking people is right up my alley. I do try to keep my pranks painless and non-destructive. And I try to make them funny. That way, I get beat up a lot less.
I was wondering what I could do to make April Fools day into a fun post. Well, I've already written about the history of it, so that's out. (I have a strict no intentional repeating of myself policy, unless I feel like it). Then I thought I would just come up with a post that was really good, and at the end, reveal that I made it all up and be like, 'Ha ha..April Fools! I got you!'. But then I realized, that would just be Monday.
So I decided to tell you about a comic book super hero most of you have never heard of.
His name is Forsythe Pendelton Jones II. Oh wait....I was wrong. Most of you actually do know that is. That's the real name of Archie Andrews best friend, Jughead.
Actually, the hero I want to tell you about is by day, mild mannered Rex Graine. By day Rex is a reporter for the Daily Crusader. He is known as a no nonsense reporter who is uncompromising in his principals and is also incorruptible. (sounds like another super hero, doesn't it?)
By night, Rex dons his costume and goes out on the town to deliver his own vigilante justice as....Mr. A! Mr. A is always seen in his customary garb of a three piece suit, fedora, steel gloves and a steel mask molded into an expressionless visage. That's it. He has no super powers. He's like Batman, except without the vast wealth.
Oh, and by day Rex is an ultra conservative who sees the world in black and white. Everything is either good, or it's evil. There is no in between. So when out as Mr. A, he spends his time dealing out justice to those who don't agree with his sense of morality.
Now, I know what you're thinking. This is some fringe comic by some unknown artist that's used as a propaganda tool to get kids used to thinking the 'right way' by teaching them morals and conservative values through a comic.
Mr. A is actually the product of a well known person in the comics world; Steve Ditko. You know him as the artist and co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr.Strange. Ditko worked along side Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon, amongst others. (if you're a comics nerd, you know those names).
And Mr. A wasn't created to be used as propaganda by some nefarious organization. In the late 6-'s when Mr. A first appeared, not too many politicians would have wanted to be associated with a character like Mr. A. You see, Ditko created Mr. A as a representation of his own personal political views. And Dikto was an Objectivist. Objectivism is the philosophy espoused by Ayn Rand.
Ditko knew Mr. A was too controversial to ever be in the main stream comics, so he created a toned down version for Charlton Comics who he called Question.
Alan Moore, the creator of The Watchmen, doesn't like Ditko. In fact, he created Rorschach to be an over the top parody of Ditkos political views. Ditko calls Rorschach "like Mr. A, except insane".
I'm not sure about you, but I really don't think I'd like to read a comic where the hero was based on the political philosophy of Ayn Rand. 'Atlas Shrugged' is one of the few books I couldn't finish.
Be grateful I didn't tell you about Tijuana Bibles. I might have been tempted to include a sample....