30 January 2011

Is That Crazy or What?

I was planning to return to the saga of the third Robin when Colleen Coover posted this sketch on her blog. It shows the original Boy Wonder and Mary Marvel, World’s Mightiest Maid.

My favorite detail is the font for the caption, evoking New Yorker cartoons. It fits with the two characters, both created in the 1940s, and their retrospective styling. (Dick has grown up in DC’s current continuity, but Mary grew evil.)

The caption also shows how a one-panel cartoon works differently from the comics form that rests on multiple images. The first line evokes moments in time slightly before this instant, while the rest invite us to imagine what will follow.

Bill Walko’s Hero Business webcomic also addressed the Robin mythos this week. (Hat tip to Titans Tower.)

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