Monday, November 29, 2010

Miracleman vs. Stardust

Read Miracleman 15 and 16 this morning. I was familiar with this story but hadn't sat down and read it before.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It seems to work very well right now. I bet it messed up some 12 year olds' heads when it was being published. I can't imagine reading an issue of the Hulk or Batman, when I was a kid, and then turning to this. Pretty intense.

It reminded me a bit of Fletcher Hanks' Stardust comics. Both characters are depicted like gods, residing above the human race. Their costumes are similar:

Here are a couple panels of Stardust ripping off some dude's head and swinging it around, followed by Miracleman hugging the headless body of Kid Miracleman (SPOILER: Miracleman ripped his head off on the previous page):

Here are a few images of bodies floating:

Anyway. Good comics. John Totleban is underrated. Makes me curious about Neil Gaiman's follow-up story, perhaps I'll give that a try one of these days.

I'll be at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this Saturday. Should be a cool show. Hopefully I'll see lots of you there!


  1. Great observations. Stardust made a cameo in the last League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, hinting towards him having a larger role in the next volume. I've been thinking about MiracleMan a lot lately since I started reading "Superfolks" which is an unacknowledged influence on this series.
    Moore's core innovation was to do with a straight face things that were previously done as a spoof.

  2. i love me good head ripping. good luck at the show. i wish i could be there.