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365 Reasons to Love Comics #173

It’s been a long, hard day. And I’m absolutely exhausted. This is one of those times when I don’t feel like writing a column. But it’s what I do, my friends. It’s what I do. (And happy birthday to Bruce Campbell, because he’s the man. I’m sure he would love to peruse the archive. Oh yes.).

Every so often, one of these “Reasons” is mostly for laughs. Today is one of those days.

6/22/07

173. Eye-Scream

Eye Scream 1.gif

I thought about doing a “My Favorite Mutants” Week at some point, but, y’know, I’m playing my wild card now.

Eye-Scream was a character created by Alan Kupperberg for his Obnoxio the Clown vs. X-Men one-shot which came out back in 1983– has it really been that long? Wow. Anyway, Eye Scream has the greatest mutant power of them all– he can turn into any flavor of ice cream. Baskin Robbins must fear him.

Naturally, he plotted the X-Men’s doom only to be foiled and frozen solid. I’m pretty sure it was his first and only appearance, but he’s earned his place in the Obscure Character Hall of Fame, populated by wonderful characters like Arm-Fall-Off Boy, Fight Man, the Heckler, Lady Cop, and Obnoxio himself.

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So, what do you think? Is Eye-Scream part of the remaining group of mutants post-House of M? Hrmm, you’re right, fat chance. Oh well. But isn’t that the problem with the mutant books? Shouldn’t the X-Books be continually expanding into weirder and weirder territory? Shouldn’t the mutant race be growing instead of shrinking? Shouldn’t these columns be more entertaining? I say yes to all of them! Yarr.

That sure turned into a bizarre column. Never let it be said that I take myself seriously.

For more on Eye Scream (if there could be such a thing as “more”) visit his entry in the Marvel Appendix, from which I have shamefully borrowed the preceding images.

Coming soon: a reader survey.

16 Comments

I guess this just strikes me as another odd choice. I mean, while Eye-Scream is interesting, he is so obscure and so lame that he really isn’t much for a reason to love comics. This article can be pretty awesome, but its days like this that it seems it slips into “365 Obscure Things Appearing in Comics that No One Cares About.”

I’ll buy it. Eye-Scream is the perfect example of why the Marvel Universe is such a great environment if you don’t take it too seriously. To wit:
“How in the blankety-blue-blazes does someone get the ability to melt into ice cream?”
“Well, he’s a mutant.”
“Oh. ‘Nuff said. Hey, is it getting dark early?”
“Well, the forecast did call for a sixty percent chance of Ego the Living Planet today.”

I agree that weird characters like this are a great reason to love comics. This is something that could only appear in comics!

And Eye-Scream is so lame, he’s awesome!

Exactly what is the evolutionary benefit to turning into ice cream?

And yes, Happy Birthday to my hero. I can’t believe it’s been two years to the day that I met him…

Awesome.

This is what’s so great about comics. They can be as serious as Watchmen or as blatantly surreal as Eye-Scream or Obnoxio The Clown an still be great.

They can be boring as hell too as many comics today. But they don’t need to be. Comics only need to be good.

Tornado Ninja Fan #1

June 23, 2007 at 5:11 am

“Exactly what is the evolutionary benefit to turning into ice cream?”

Popularity. Everybody loves ice cream. Even villainous ice cream.

The Kirbydotter

June 23, 2007 at 5:59 am

I agree with Ye Olde Iowa.
You need to focus man!
Not every obscure character deserve attention.
Most of the times, there is a reason they are obscure!

I guess this just strikes me as another odd choice. I mean, while Eye-Scream is interesting, he is so obscure and so lame that he really isn’t much for a reason to love comics. This article can be pretty awesome, but its days like this that it seems it slips into “365 Obscure Things Appearing in Comics that No One Cares About.”

I care about I-Scream. Read this book over and over as a kid. It was cute.

If you care about Civil War or what-the-fuck ever, there’s the rest of the blogsphere for that. Droning. Endlessly. On.

Seems to me one of the major points of this feature is to demonstrate the breadth of what mainstream comics can do. In general, I’m all for a return of more surrealistic elements, especially in superhero books. (Jack Cole’s Plastic Man is probably my favorite superhero book ever.) So it’s nice to see a feature that shows that weirdness-for-weirdness sake is not only POSSIBLE but used to be prominent.

You just know this putz made it through the Decimation somehow.

“You just know this putz made it through the Decimation somehow.”

Actually, my guess is the reason we never saw him again is that he made the disastrous choice of trying to fight the Blob.

What if someone ate some of the Ice Cream, when he reformed, would he be missing a leg for example? Or can he become as much Ice Cream as he wants?
I’ve never heard of this dude but I think he is a reason to love comics.

I think this is an EXAMPLE of how comics can be fun, but not really a reason to LOVE comics. There’s just not enough material in Eye-Scream for it to carry on to a love of the medium.

It’s not that I have a problem with silly characters at all, either. But I have a big problem with shallow one-note characters, and a bigger problem with puns. So, yeah this entry doesn’t really spin my hula hoop, so to speak.

I think there’s a distinction to be made between an appreciation of what the comics medium can be – a forum in which the imagination can run absolutely wild – and the ideas produced within that forum.

The former is definitely a reason to love comics…but it doesn’t follow that the latter automatically get a free pass every time. Eye-Scream is far-out…but let’s face it, he’s also kind of stupid. Were I new to the X-universe, he wouldn’t exactly inspire me with a burning desire to explore further, let’s put it that way.

Rohan Williams

June 24, 2007 at 12:34 am

Wow, maybe some of you guys should try writing this column everyday.

One of the things I love about comics is the sheer weirdness that they’re capable of, and yeah, Eye-Scream fits that bill. He’s gotta have a shot at cracking an X-roster one day.

What about the InJustice League and Justice League Antarctica? Some one off comics I came across with a nice collection of humor characters.

Damnit, I have to remember to check the date when i find things via image search….

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