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365 Reasons to Love Comics #118

The archive is now updated through yesterday’s entry. If you need to look up something from Ape-ril, it’s covered! As for Eh-pril, am I to take it by the lack of response that my readers hate Canada? I mean, yeah, they spell everything wrong and they like moose a little too much, but Baby Jesus weeps when you don’t reply.

Anyway, Eh-pril continues today with the biggest little Canadian of them all!


118. Puck

Puck 1.jpg

Even his logo is hairy.

Puck was a member of the Canadian superhero group Alpha Flight. Yes, they just killed him off or something. I’m not worried about it; Puck is so awesome, he’ll be back one day.

The man is a three-and-a-half feet tall, 90-year old acrobatic superhero with so much body hair, he never needs to wear a coat. Also, he’s named after a hockey puck, because all Canadians love hockey. (This just makes me want to see superheroes based on curling and maple syrup).

Once a soldier of fortune (and one of Hemingway’s favorite bullfighters) who stood seven feet tall, Eugene Milton Judd (great name) stole a mystic artifact he shouldn’t have and was transformed into his immortal little-person-y self. (This origin went against creator John Byrne’s original plans. Byrney wanted Puck to be a regular–pardon if this is offensive–midget, constantly in pain because of the condition of his stature. Somebody changed this along the way and we got his mystical origin). He eventually joined up with Alpha Flight, lasting through most of its incarnations. At some point, he sired a daughter who became the second Puck.

Puck 3.jpg

Don’t worry, they got around to giving him pants.

Puck is super-agile, super-fast (he can apparently run 115 miles per hour, which would be the coolest thing to see in person), super-strong and tough, and all that super-stuff. What really counts is that he’s a damn nice guy who is smart and fun and cool to have around. He’s definitely my favorite member of Alpha Flight. I normally don’t care about that team, but Puck deserves to be honored as one of comics’ greatest Canadians.

A detailed Puck history can be found at Alphanex. And hey, there’s even a website devoted entirely to Puck. Who would’ve thought?

Question for the readers! Who wins in a fight: Puck or Oberon?


I don’t want to, but I NEED to see a picture of Puck’s daughter in costume.

That’s shame. She’s nowhere near short, wide-framed, or hairy enough. I would even settle for just a moustache.

“As for Eh-pril, am I to take it by the lack of response that my readers hate Canada?”

It’s not that we hate Canada, just that we really love apes.

“That’s shame. She’s nowhere near short, wide-framed, or hairy enough. I would even settle for just a moustache.”

Is this any better?


Nastiest. Logo. Ever.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 28, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Puck has a daughter?!?

Who’s the mother?

I’m Canadian.
Guess nobody loves me!!! ;-)

Question for the readers! Who wins in a fight: Puck or Oberon?

Oberon’s the coolest little person in the DCU, no doubt, but he cannot compare to Puck. (Few can, to be fair.) Obe’s good with guns; Eugene can run at super-speed and is nigh-invulnerable. Somehow, I doubt ammo’s going to slow the kindly Mister Judd down.

As for Puck’s daughter, is it wrong to want her to team up with X-23 and Scorpion II? They could be Marvel’s Charlie’s Angels–only totally screwed up. And, Scarlet Witch could lead ‘em. Not because she’s bat-bangin’ insane, but because she’s the original “Secret Daughter of…”. Plus, she could use the redeeming.

I am satisfied.

Andrew Collins

April 28, 2007 at 6:07 pm

Sleestak said:
“Nastiest. Logo. Ever.”

Agreed. When you’re so hairy that your own logo has body hair…well, that’s just awesome. (This coming from from hairy guy like myself.) :)

It took me forever to realize they were comparing him to a hockey puck and not referencing A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Maybe aforementioned four-colour little person Oberon had something to do with it)… yeah, I’m one of the seven Canadians who can’t skate and have never played hockey.

Puck and Oberon wouldn’t fight, but he’d kick Peasblossom’s ass.

Canada rules!

Well layne, the hockey puck is named after the goblin Puck so don’t feel so bad

Hey I commented on Captain Canuck.

hey–I had a roommate who read the old Alpha Flights–so I read his copies–most opf it wasn’t too good–but Puck was why I kept reading.

(Maybe Heather was the mothher?)

the death of Puck, along with the rest of Alpha Flight, is something I can’t wait to be ret-conned. He’s a totem for all of us short, stocky, hairy guys. A noble hero.

Also, I’d totally hit his daughter.

Short, hairy, Canadian… It worked for Wolverine.

For more Puck action – including his first appearance – see the recently published Alpha Flight Classic V1. Quality stuff.

The Kirbydotter

April 29, 2007 at 7:54 am

I hate retcon.
But in the case of Alpha Flight, I wish Marvel would retcon everything back to John Byrne’s original. I loved Puck. This is one of my favorite cover of all time.

I hated the Bill Mantlo written Puck origin where he wasn’t really a midget but a tall person mystically reduced in size. One of the stupidest thing ever!

It spoiled Alpha Flight for me and I dropped the title even though it was was drawn by an unknown Mike Mignola (which I was already a fan of at the time).

Jim Shooter’s Marvel at the time tended to mess up great things that were doing so good. Byrne “traded” places with Hulk’s creative team (Bill Mantlo, Mike Mignola and Gerry Talaoc who was an atrocious inker for Mignola). It took less than two issues before the new team’s Alpha Flight looked nothing like Byrne’s. I would bet a can of maple syrup that Jim Shooter was behind that since he asked all the creative team to change every Marvel Heroes at the time. Spider-Man’s costume became black, Captain America became the ugly USAgent, Hulk became grey, Thor was replaced by Beta Ray Bill then came back with a norse armor…

Bill Mantlo did to Alpha Flight the most effective destruction of a comic book cast ever done! Seriously, he ruined EVERY SINGLE ONE of them, one by one, like a crazy serial killer. No one escaped!

That’s why Marvel never tried to bring the original team back, setting instead for revivals with 1-2 old characters and a bunch of second-rate new characters (they could at least try to create INTERESTING new characters…). That’s why readers don’t care for the book. That’s why Marvel could get away with killing the whole team. It was already dead, killed by Mantlo’s stupid stories!

(If they were ordered by Jim Shooter or not, it doesn’t matter. Nuremberg’s trial ruled the “just following orders” excuse unacceptable! He might have stepped down – he didn’t need the book, Mantlo was writing half the Marvel series by then! – or do a less destructive job.)

This is THE Marvel book that needs a MAJOR retcon. Even more than Spider-Man nowadays. And that’s saying a lot!

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Rev. Adam (Church of the SubGenius)

March 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm

No surprise Alpha Flight was one of my favs. And, out of some (misguided?) loyalty I keep buying all the Alpha Flight “attempts” of resurrection, just to be disappointed every time. Why Marvel insists on fucking with a winning formula is beyond me.

I’ve drawn the line at Omega Flight.

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