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365 Reasons to Love Comics #40

We’ve been pretty Marvel-centric lately with Black History Month, huh? Don’t worry, other publishing companies don’t advocate white supremacy, I’ve just been lopsided in the entries. Let’s look at today’s character…

He’s not heavy. He’s my brother. Well, he’s a brother.
2/9/07

40. Chunk

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The Chunk from Flash, yes, not the Chunk from the Goonies:

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Gotta love that Truffle Shuffle, though.

But yeah, this column’s about a favorite and not-so-popular Flash supporting character, Chester P. Runk (that is indeed his name). Introduced by Mike Baron and Jackson Guice, Chunk was a threat who became a friend of Wally West.

Chunk was a brilliant scientist, like many cool Flash-related characters. He invented some kind of matter-transporter, but, as these things tend to do in comics, something went wrong! And so he absorbed it somehow, becoming the “human black hole.” He could teleport, he was ridiculously durable and strong, and he could swallow anything and send it into The Void that was within him.

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People, things, and the Flash– they all ended up inside the strange dimension in Chunk’s stomach. Consuming dense things was all that was keeping him from being sucked inside himself (like Stimpy in that one episode where he goes inside his own belly button, maybe).

Wally saved the day, though, and they became buds. Chunk started a business as a “removal specialist.” If you need to get rid of something, give it to Chester and he’ll swallow it. He also ended up engaged to one of the many hotties Wally used to date. In fact, she dumped him for Chester. Because Chunk is a chick magnet. And it ain’t just because he’s a living vortex.

He doesn’t make too many appearances anymore, but he did show up in the Geoff Johns run, where, of course, things went terribly wrong. Again.

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Click the picture to make it Chunk-sized!

Chunk is a weird idea for a character, sure– a scientist version of Fat Albert with a black hole in his gut– but he’s awesome, and deserving of our appreciation. At least, I think so.

Keep on’ chunkin’.

Dude, even Chunk is on Wikipedia! And, of course, on Those Who Ride the Lightning!

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Actually, Chunk was pretty prominent throughout William Messner-Loebs’s (ridiculously underrated) run on the book. True, by the end, he was reduced to whining about Wally never having time for him, but for a couple of years he was genuinely Wally’s best friend.

And he got that great romance subplot with Connie, which was nice.

Why does this sound like a character Grant Morrison would have invented?

Is Chunk a commentary on obesity in America? I don’t know, but his power is pretty damn bizarre and just as cool.

Given how piss-poor The Flash has been and how kill-happy DC has been lately, I’m kind of glad Chester’s stuck in limbo, even though he’s brimming with potential (and who knows what else). You could do an entire arc in and around his digestive system.

Flush it all away

February 10, 2007 at 10:37 am

on the cover at the top, that’s gotta be the weirdest pose i’ve ever seen in a comic on anyone not splattered at the bottom of a tall building.

Guice had a lot of weird anatomy going on during his Flash run…. that’s actually the thing i remember it best for.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

February 10, 2007 at 2:16 pm

“Given how piss-poor The Flash has been and how kill-happy DC has been lately, I’m kind of glad Chester’s stuck in limbo, even though he’s brimming with potential (and who knows what else). You could do an entire arc in and around his digestive system. ”

Maybe limbo is stuck in Chunk.

Chunk is a member of my imaginary JLA.

That line-up can’t seem any more forced and self indulgent than Meltzer’s. Take that, New York Time’s Bestselling author!

Sorry but no one can draw a morbidly obese person like Sienkiewicz

Top character! Great choice!

That’s all I have to say. (except for the fact that that was all I had to say)

The Kirbydotter

March 10, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Wasn’t a big fan of Guice’s run on Flash…

Levantine: “Why does this sound like a character Grant Morrison would have invented?”

True. I think Jack Kirby could also have come out with someone like Chunk.

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