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The Comic Book Fools of April – Sergio Aragones Destroys DC!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at a comic that is sadly out of print (as far as I know), the delightful 1996 one-shot Sergio Aragones Destroys DC by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier (plus a bunch of top-notch inkers from that time in DC history, like Denis Rodier, Scott Hanna, John Byrne, Ron Boyd, Jerry Ordway and Joe Rubinstein).

Enjoy!

The story opens with Hawkman warning Martian Manhunter about some great menace that is going to doom the DC Universe.

We learn that the comic is being produced by Aragones because he feels like he needs to do a superhero comic, so this is his attempt to get work as a superhero artist at DC Comics.

Throughout the issue, Aragones and Evanier introduce the various major heroes of the DC Universe (with the installments of each hero being inked by an artist associated with that character – Rodier does Superman’s pages, Hanna does Batman’s pages, Byrne does Wonder Woman’s pages, Boyd does the Legion of Super-Heroes’ pages and Ordway and Rubinstein split the big finale).

There are a lot of good, lighthearted gags about each of the heroes (I like the bit about how Martian Manhunter will answer any call for help – unless that call is “Fire!” Very cute).

It all leads to all the major heroes getting together (I believe this just slightly pre-dated Morrison’s JLA) to figure out who it could be that is behind their impending doom…

I won’t spoil how Batman figures out how to stop the big bad guy. It’s very clever and quite humorous.

It’s pretty funny how the plot of this one-shot sort of evokes the plot of Infinite Crisis, doesn’t it?

Anyhow, very good stuff by Aragones, Evanier and friends! Go scour the back issue bins for this baby! Or maybe DC will be nice enough to reprint it in the future! Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

17 Comments

funkygreenjerusalem

April 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm

It’s pretty funny how the plot of this one-shot sort of evokes the plot of Infinite Crisis, doesn’t it?

I’m more in love with the fact that DC once published a book that features the current icon of their children’s line smoking a cigar, and disrobing in front of a woman he’s picked up somewhere that day!

Think I’ll be adding this to my next back issue purchase, along with the Legion Of Substitute Heroes books.

While reading this a thought popped to mind: “Aragones should do a Wonder Woman series”. That would be great.

Or maybe DC will be nice enough to reprint it in the future! Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

It’s weird to reread this now. I read this when it first came out, and it was great, but it was really exaggerating for comedic effect when making its point, showing how ridiculous things could get if unchecked. And eventually under Dan Didio DC became such a grim and gritty crossover-filled parody of itself that it eventually released a crossover with almost exactly the same plot as this one, Infinite Crisis, except played totally straight.

Now rereading this, it just seems prescient. That’s really something.

This made me think – we going to get any Hembeck before the month is out?

Hembeck and Aragones should team up to destroy both Marvel and DC together in the most cartoonish-ly drawn fashion.

I remember buying this back in the day. I thought it was funny. But it’s surreal to read it now. Mainstream superhero comics haven’t really evolved much since this comic came out.

Ugh, how about that terrible Comicraft lettering style that was so popular for awhile? Bleurgh. They should just clone Todd Klein and be done with it.

I read this before. Yeah, it was hilarious, mostly because it was so spot-on! :)

Things these days, however, are indeed even worse. :( The true foe isn’t Johnny but rather all the writers who can’t seem to think of ways to sell their characters except by horribly screwing up their lives.

Thank goodness we still have people like Mark and Sergio. :)

I remember buying this back in the day. I thought it was funny. But it’s surreal to read it now. Mainstream superhero comics haven’t really evolved much since this comic came out.

Well that’s the funny thing in my opinion, they actually HAVE evolved but for the worse. If you flash back to the time this came out and try to remember how DC actually was at this time, it was nowhere near as bad as this comic depicts. The criticisms the comic leveled at DC were true but were exaggerated for comic parody effect. Since then actual DC comics have moved so far in the direction of this comic that now the comic seems like a much more literal mocking of DC, like its simply imitating a modern DC book rather than doing an exaggerated parody. In fact, I think if you read this alongside Infinite Crisis, this would be the more toned down and more nuanced and subtle book.

That’s one reason I think it could be printed back in the day but I wouldn’t expect to see it reprinted now. It’s way more spot on now than it was back then.

Sergio also did one of these where he destroys Star Wars that was published by Dark Horse. Not sure if he did a Marvel one or not, or if he left that universe for Hembeck to destroy.

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

April 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

Of course, Mark and Sergio didn’t let Marvel go unharmed. :)

http://www.comics.org/series/5558/

So has anyone done an ‘update’ on Sugar and Spike yet?

I really love the bit about the Comics Code.

Oh god, this was one of the first comics I ever got and I absolutely love it. I think it warrants a re-read…..

“So has anyone done an ‘update’ on Sugar and Spike yet?”

Not as far as I know (thought I think they showed up as adults in a panel sight gag in Kingdom Come) but they DID “update” Stanley And His Monster, which is just baffling…

“just as baffling” I meant to say.

Just leave Hoppy the Marvel Bunny alone, that’s all I ask.

I should probably go ahead and buy that.

“Despite a total lack of clues, I have figured out who is behind all this!” XD

The fact that this satire is still relevant in many ways is somewhat depressing, though…

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