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Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted (I’d say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So all August I spotlighted different cool comic books that are only available as back issues. Here is an archive of the comic books featured so far.
Reader David Q. wrote in to suggest that I spotlight Bob Rozakis and Stephen DeStefano’s cult classic, ‘Mazing Man! Sure thing!
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. DC really should collect these stories!!! They can use the Frank Miller cover as the cover for the trade!!
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