The Tick and His Wacky Peers

The Tick, a reboot of the live-action TV series that was a reboot of the animated series that was adapted from the comic book that started out as a comic store mascot, has finally arrived on Amazon’s original programming channel, so I thought I’d take a moment to look at some of the other superhero comedy-parody-satire offerings that may have influenced, or been influenced by, what is obviously the most successful entry into the genre.

Fandom, Entitlement and the Alt-Right

As a kid, my favorite superheroes were the Flash and Green Lantern. The Flash, because his real power wasn’t super-speed; his speed was a tool he used, but his real power was that he was smart – he outsmarted his opponents. Green Lantern worked on two levels. First, he had a ring that was functionally magic; if he could think of it, the ring could do it. Second, and more importantly, the ring ran on willpower. He had to bring resolve to the fight, to dig in and hold on and never give up, because if he didn’t, the ring would fail. He kept that willpower up through something completely unique to comics: his daily oath.

Wonder Woman and the Rumble

What’s puzzling about Wonder Woman is the reaction from a small-but-noisy contingent of men; what is it about this film that provokes such anger and hostility in certain quarters? What are the things in ‘Wonder Woman’ that seem like such a threat to these guys? I think there’s one thing in particular that’s a sticking point; I think what bothers them more than anything is that Diana’s fight matters.

‘Basil of Baker Street’ and the Streisand Effect

In case you haven’t heard about it, here’s a tale of the time Disney ran into “the Streisand Effect.” The event took place in 1984, when the World Wide Web didn’t yet exist and very few people outside of the military or academia had email; even Disney still routed typed memos by hand via office workers. The story revolves around the making of ‘The Great Mouse Detective’.

Atomic Roundtable: Farewell, Old Chum

We’ve received the sad news that actor Adam West passed away on June 9th after a battle with leukemia. He was 88 years old, and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Like all of you reading this, we here at the Atomic Junk Shop were fans of Mr. West, so we thought he deserved an Atomic Roundtable where we talked about Mr. West, his career, and our personal memories of him.