When taken out of context some comic book panels can really raise the question, “what the fuck?” I believe this one does just that.
This panel also illustrates what I think is missing from a lot of comic books today which is, pure zaniness. Not to be confused with silliness. Silliness is useless. Zaniness on the other hand, at least how I define it, is a desire to do something new and creative in the most outrageous way possible. I mean with comic books there are no limitations so why not occasionally build a genuinely good storyline with a zany crescendo? Often times these days, as with almost every other medium, comic books are rehashing or returning to older concepts. So on occasion we’ll see some zany in the funny pages, but it’s a return to another creators zany. Not original, fresh zany. That’s harder to come by. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of great comic books out there now, really quality stuff from all the publishers. As far as I’m concerned however, comics are taking themselves far too serious. Sure they’ve matured with the audience, and comics aren’t for kids anymore, etc. etc. Zaniness doesn’t necessarily have to be for kids either. Perhaps it’s just me though, perhaps I’m just part of a rapidly shrinking audience who enjoys a zany approach and outlandish characters in my comic books.
If you feel the same way then check out the rest of the book from which this panel comes from Man-Thing #14 written by Steve Gerber, with art by Val Mayerik. If you want unpredictable adventure and something different around ever swamp soaked corner you’ll want to take a peek at Steve Gerber’s entire run of Man-Thing especially the blockbuster Giant Size Man-Thing #3 where the Man-Thing meets a new special pal. Go check it out, all of it, right now.
That is all!