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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 25: The Tick #5

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from The Tick #5, which was published by New England Comics and is cover dated August 1989. Enjoy!

Bwah. ha. ha.

Ben Edlund (who wrote this; Max Banks drew it and Polio lettered it) gives us an old-school splash page, although I suppose it wasn’t all that old-school in 1989. This splash page, of course, is part of the story, not just a symbolic representation of the story, but it’s still a nice splash. The District Manager there is upset because his establishment has been destroyed, and Edlund lets us know that this is a humorous book (in case the fact that the hero is called “The Tick” didn’t clue you in) by both the title of the story (and its “Oriental” lettering font) and the fact that the manager’s ninja minions are encouraging him to have a good cry. It’s a nice drawing, certainly, but because it’s a splash, Banks doesn’t have to worry about much with the art – he simply has to create a good drawing. The ninja lapel pin is a nice touch – all comics work better when the details work, but humor comics seem to work even better – as are the cigarette holder, the monogrammed robe, and the flowery pants. Edlund and Banks don’t need to do much else – we get a good sense of the silliness of The Tick from this image, even though our hero doesn’t appear in it. Even the name of the place, “Ninja World” (it’s a theme park), speaks to the inherent goofiness of the story.

This page introduces the reader to the weird world of the Tick without overloading us with information. It asks, “How can you resist a story called ‘Early Morning of a Million Zillion Ninjas”? The answer, of course, is that you can’t!

Next: Gaiman and Wagner? Unpossible! But at least there are the archives to peruse!

9 Comments

Bah, if it really was a ninja theme park, you’d never see any of the employees…..

One of my biggest regrets is that I’ve never read an issue of the Tick. When I was a kid I loved the cartoon. I didn’t realize until much later that the cartoon was filled with parodies of characters like the Punisher and Galactus. The live action show was pretty good too; you can never have too much Nestor Carbonell.

We are a hedge. Please move along.

Pretty sure Max Banks drew this issue. I remember reading it as a kid and being very disappointed in the artwork, then checking the credits to find out that Edlund didn’t draw it.

sgt pepper: Yeah, you’re right. The credits in the trade are a bit confusing. I’ll go back and change it!

This page looks really good, for some reason it reminds me of early Joe Mad

Can’t believe that I never noticed the lapel pin. Nice work Greg.

btw…thanks for this.It made my day.I miss this book.

“And then he threw a chimney at us!”

hee.

[…] Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 25: The Tick #5Comic Book Resourcesby Greg Burgas Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today's page is from The Tick #5, which was published by New England Comics and is cover dated August 1989. Enjoy! Ben Edlund (who wrote this; Max Banks drew it … cardiograph, Frantic, lines, scratching […]

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