Spoof Comics: 90s dreck at its best (worst)

Recently, while looking for comic covers to post as part of the Weekend Versus feature on my other blog, I ran across several more books from a publisher called Spoof Comics. You may remember them from this previous edition of Weekend Versus, featuring their oh-so-clever Wolverbroad vs. Hobo book, or this one, featuring Spider-femme vs. Denim.

Well, I’m here to tell you that judging by the covers of their other books, it’s a testament to the strength (and insanity) of the 90s era speculative market that they lasted as long as they did. Again, I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t read a single one of these comics, but honestly, I can’t imagine any of them actually being funny. For example, we’ve got O-X: Cow O’ War:


Because nothing’s funnier than recasting Valiant’s successful X-O: Man O’ War as a cow. Cow’s have udders, which are funny, right? Ugh. Or how about The Punish-her Score Journal:

First of all, the character’s name doesn’t even make sense, other than it’s the best they could come up with that would somewhat rhyme with Punisher. I don’t even want to know how they wove in the theme of dating and sex and “punishment,” because I have a feeling it’s a bunch of frat house juvenile humor. But hey, check out the early Dave Johnson cover. At least he went on to bigger and better things.

And speaking of great cover artists, the folks at Spoof Comics were at least smart enough to know they’d have a better chance of selling their books if they put some recognizable talent on the covers. My guess is the interiors of these comics were drawn by hungry, naive young artists with way more enthusiasm to “break in” than actual alent. You know, the Bluewater model. So if you can get some nice looking covers, you may at least trick some unsuspecting souls into buying your crap comics. Case in point, Swamp Thang:

Oh, Kelley Jones, you must have had a car payment to cover that month. But at least it’s a really good cover. And then there’s Spider-femme:

That’s right, despite the normal looking (and sized) breasts, that’s pinup artist extraordinaire, Adam Hughes. Incidentally, the above cover is from their anthology series Spoof Comics Presents, which, get this, lasted 19 issues! And in that year and a half of publication, they gave us such gems as Daredame:

…Vertigo parodies like Dame Patrol:

…and the super-innuendo of Green Lanterns:

(by the way, I’m pretty sure that’s a Cully Hamner cover on GL)

…and so many other comedy classics, from Justice Broads to Wet Shirts. I’m telling you, Spoof Comics was a veritable (un)funny factory, churning out not just comic book spoofs, but also those of celebrity rock bands. Behold, Kisses:

But even in the early stages of their careers, guys like Adam Hughes and Kelley Jones probably charged too much for a cover (and by too much, I mean “not free,” which seems to have been Spoof Comics’ payment standard), so their other books looked more like this:

That’s right, Youngspud. What’s funnier than a parody of Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood book, than a bunch of potato superheroes? God, I can just imagine all the funny lines in that book: the heroes drink a lot to get “mashed,” or maybe they fight a French supervillain knows as The Fry?

Well, I’m afraid that’s about as much as I can stand to write on this topic. But before I go, I’ll leave you with the best of the bunch. Behold teh funny of Soul Trek:

I don’t even want to know.

NYCC anecdote

So here’s a little story about something I witnessed at the New York Comic Con yesterday. If you’ve never been to the show, it’s practically an East Coast version of Comic-Con in San Diego, in terms of scale and crowds. I think the estimate for this year’s attendance is 100,000 people.

Anyway, we were walking around the massively crowded main show floor yesterday when I saw this little altercation. There was a guy carrying one of those medium size swag bags full of something, I’m assuming books. We’ll call him Guy #1. Suddenly, another guy (let’s call him Guy #2) runs up behind him at full charge, violently yanks the bag out of his hand, and starts walking away, glaring the whole time at Guy #1. And I mean a super pissed-off, murderous kind of glare.

The first thought that ran through my head was “holy crap, Guy #1 just got robbed!” But then I noticed instead of reacting the the way you’d assume he would, he not only didn’t say a word, but just kept walking the way he was going. If anything, he picked up his pace a bit, and within a few seconds he had disappeared into the crowd.

Looking back towards Guy #2, I saw him walk behind one of the smaller publisher booths and put the bag down, still pissed off. So it seems like he was just recovering his merchandise that was stolen in the first place by Guy #1. Oddly enough, no words were exchanged during the whole incident, and there was no call for security. But also luckily, there was no violence.

Made me wonder how often this kind of “shoplifting” occurs at big, crowded cons like this.

Dara’s CBLDF Signing, 10/12, noon-2 pm

Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I’ll be at The Laughing Ogre in Columbus, Ohio this Wednesday, October 12, from noon-2 pm signing copies of the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011.

The Ogre is located at 4258 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. You can give them a call at (614) A-MR-OGRE.

I have a short story in the book, dealing with religious freedom, and as always, sales of the book will benefit the CBLDF’s fight against censorship.