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Almost Hidden – ‘Mazing Man!

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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‘Maze isn’t wholly forgotten – he actually appears in the second-to-last episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which I don’t think has aired in the US yet.

Although ‘Maze and Denton were young adults, I never thought of them as “dwarfs.” Their characters were too cartoonish to apply that real-world label.

The stories were a little soft for my tastes. I was on the edge of quitting the book several times. But I stuck with it.

That seven-page opening sequence was less than a third of a 75-cent comic. Call it a quarter’s worth of storytelling. These days, it would be an entire comic book priced at $2.99 or more. Which is why I’m not buying many comics anymore.

I am REALLY hoping that DC reprints this GREAT series…..and I always loved the fact that Brenda and Eddie from “Scenes from and Italian Resturant” turned out okay.

was hoping amazing man would wind up on this list. for that is one comic that deserves to finaly be in trade even given how old the character is. though one can always hope maybe dc reboot could always dust of amazing man again though doubtful.

‘Mazing Man is in a short in the, I believe final, episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (and Ambush Bug is in another episode!)

Wow, that was great. I always saw this on the stands, but during those years I never bought DC comics unless it was done by a Marvel guy like John Byrne or Frank Miller. I missed out on a great series.

i remember seeing ads for this in lots of DC books during that period. I remember 1 in particular. He zips in front of a port-a-john and says” its occupied!!”

The Crazed Spruce

September 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

None of the stores where I live carried ‘Mazing Man, which is a shame, ’cause I can tell I would’ve loved it. I did find an issue (the last issue, with the Miller cover) in one of those big bundle packs they sold on the newsstand about a decade ago, and I read the two-page Secret Origins story, but that’s it.

Hey, maybe there’s enough of a cult following to persuade DC to put together a Showcase reprint collection or something….

You probably can pick up the back issues cheaply. Perhaps $2.50 an issue, which is a good deal compared to today’s comics.

Here’s an eBay auction offering 12 issues plus the special for $22.99 plus shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mazing-Man-1-12-Specials-Lot-13-/220486276346?_trksid=m263&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%26otn%3D28%26pmod%3D120655807361%26ps%3D50

Aw Yeah!!! I got Bob Rozakis to sign my copy of issue 2, which is my overall favorite. I’m still missing an issue or 2 of the main series, and don’t have the third (of 3) special, but everyone should dig in their back issue bins and find this. Such a good series.

DC could collect this as a Showcase, along with the Rozakis/DeStefano Hero Hotline series, another quirky, light(er) hearted comic.

And c’mon DC, it’s RARE Frank Miller Batman art! You gotta collect this!

A really unique, different book. I still haven’t read it all, but it was quite a solid, and different, book.

here is a ‘Mazing Man short from Brave and the Bold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A0Kk9DdbWI

I have the entire run of “‘Mazing Man.” I liked the original series a lot. However, after the series proper ended, there were a couple of one-shots, and Stephen DeStefano’s art style changed — and not for the better. The characters didn’t look like themselves, and I enjoyed those issues somewhat less.

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