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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 146

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the Bob Rozakis and Stephen DeStefano’s cult classic, ‘Mazing Man!

Enjoy!

The concept of ‘Mazing Man was that a lovable but bizarre dwarf who dressed as a superhero would basically BE the “superhero” of his neighborhood in Queens, but, naturally, everyone treated his heroics as a joke, including his best friend Denton Fixx (a comic book writer who looks like a dog)…

in issue #1, “Maze” (as everyone called him), in the midst of all of the mockery, did his one truly significant piece of heroics during the series…

Otherwise, each issue would be filled with nice, slice-of-life wacky adventures in their neighborhood in Queens as Maze “helped” people as a superhero, with heavy co-spotlighting on their friends and family, including Denton’s sister, KP, her odd boyfriend Guido and the “perfect couple,” Brenda and Eddie (yes, basically THAT Brenda and Eddie, only with a happier ending).

An interesting aspect of the book is how Rozakis and DeStefano could shift gears from outright comedy to character-based stories within a single issue.

#6 is a good example – it has a wacky adventure at a Mets game…

but then a serious story about Brenda flirting with the idea of an extramarital affair…

The title was not a big seller, but luckily, Frank Miller was a fan, so he did the cover for the final issue of the series….

and that might very well have been the impetus for the book getting a series of one-shots after the book ended.

Sadly, Maze has not been featured in a comic for decades now. It’s a shame, as it was a fun, well-written and well-drawn series.

16 Comments

Great stuff!

Loved this comic. Finally re-collected all the issues again a while back. Want to get them all bound together. Wish they still did comics like this and Angel & the Ape.

amazing man was a comic that the genre was not ready to fully embrace. and love the look on the one ladies face when she learns amazing man is the resident loony tunes. of the town. too bad Dc does not collect the series in a trade.

Looks cool. I wonder if DC would ever do a Showcase of this.

funkygreenjerusalem

May 27, 2010 at 7:06 am

I’ve never even heard of this before, but that looks great!

I’m with stealth, bring on a showcase!

(Or something in colour!)

Matthew Johnson

May 27, 2010 at 8:03 am

Yay, ‘Mazing Man! I have all the issues but I’d still love to have this in a collection…

I somehow doubt a collection is going to happen given DC’s intransigence around reprint fees, which Rozakis already balked at with other stories:

http://bobrozakis.blogspot.com/2009/06/rights-things.html

I’ve seen issues of this floating around for years, but never given it a real look.
Now, as a full fledged adult, it might be the perfect time.
And after, I could always pass the issues on to my nieces & nephews.

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I try and re-read the entire run every few years. I had this on my list of top 10 runs here on CBR. Great, great stuff. I can’t imagine such a book being published today, but looking back, I’m kinda surprised it got published back then, too.

Also one of my all-time favorites. I’d snap up a HC version of the whole series plus the specials in a heartbeat. Send copies to friends, too.

Coincidentally, I was just thinking earlier this week that you needed to feature ‘Mazing Man sometime this year… and here it is. Great timing!

I love this book!

Ron from up North

May 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Want to bring ‘Mazing Man back?
He’s secretly…
…The Sentry!
Sorry, I’ll stop.

Gonna have to dig this one out of the cheapie bins next time.

I looked at this one again after the “secret message” was revealed.

This is a great great series, and I think I have all but one of the first 12 issues, and I’m also missing the last special. DeStefano’s art really changed by the end of this. But it’s all good clean fun.

It IS surprising it ever got published, but since Rozakis was a production guy at DC (um, just going by memory, dunno what his actual title was or his duties), it probably HELPED getting it published. And judging from other DC books I have from that time, DC certainly tried pushing it.

I had Bob sign a copy of issue 2, which is probably my favorite overall issue, at an Ithacon a few years back. I mentioned how they should put this series and the series Hero Hotline that he did with DeStefano later in a Showcase volume, saying that I saw they were doing Eclipso, fergodssake. I hoped later on that he wasn’t someone who’d written Eclipso… While he didn’t get into the rights issue that Graeme linked to above, he didn’t sound overly hopeful.

Don’t forget Fred Hembeck did artwork for some issues, and #5 has the zombie story that was featured on a CBLR a while back, with artists like Joe Orlando and others.

And I didn’t remember the “Brenda and Eddie” reference, so I looked it up, and my eyes now burn from seeing anything associated with Billy Joel. Dang, Cronin!

I love ‘Mazing Man! Great series. One of my favorites. I wish it had a longer run.

I didn’t get every issue of “‘Mazing Man”, but I picked up every issue I found during its run . The story I remember best featured Eddie and Brenda going to Brenda’s office Christmas party . All the men at the party worked in Brenda’s office, so Brenda and the men could “talk shop” .

Eddie didn’t have anything to talk to the men about, and all the women did was exchange recipes, so he didn’t have anything to talk to them about either . He spent the entire evening being bored and counting the minutes until he and Brenda could go home . I wondered “Why did he even bother going ?” . If he had to chaperone Brenda, he should have taken along a book .

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