Comic 818 - True Blue Filler: Inspiration and Influence

5th Jan 2019, 12:00 AM in True Blue Filler
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Adam C. 5th Jan 2019, 12:00 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Okay, finally get two days off. After eight days in a row immediately following the heavy Holiday hours, yeah, pretty exhausted now. Lemme get into this page....

Yeah, the main point of his filler is to go into thoughts/reflections/ideas on the Marvelous Man arc, here thinking about the influences and where it started from. I dunno, with the arc over have a few things to say and since we gotta kill time anyway, figured this would be a good way to do it.

Yeah, the starting point of this entire arc really WAS Kingdom Come, which I read and remember feeling conflicted about. I walked away feeling really annoyed about it. The story is about how heroes created during the Silver Age are paragons of virtue and amazement, but modern heroes all suck. Granted, it came out in the middle of the 90s where ultraviolent antiheroes were dominating comics, but it still felt comically one-sided.

I can still really remember sitting outside, lying on the porchswing in the dark, looking at the porchlight, and thinking "Does the story work backwards." In Kingdom Come, Superman still FEELS like Superman (mostly because of Mark Waid's writing) but he's doing some really OOC things, including locking men up without trial. The warm and understanding father figure is gone, and is replaced with a cold, authoritarian figure demanding, "My way's always right. It's the WORLD that doesn't get me." You can... see how that might've impacted Marvelous Man.

Could go into further details on Kingdom Come but don't wanna just do a mini-comic review. It was written by Mark Waid, great comic writer whose work I always tend to enjoy. He went on to write "Irredeemable," the comic starring The Plutonian. I genuinely thought the character was so well-written and such a perfect villain I consciously tried NOT to make Marvelous Man take inspiration from him just because I knew he'd never measure up... Then when flipping through my copies of his book for a reference toward the end of the arc realized I'd done it anyway.

As the C.A.N.D.L.E. girls say, The Plutonian is another hero that was a paragon of virtue but became a villain due to his own bottomless selfishness. Also, like Marvelous Man his turn to evil came from the belief they deserved the unconditional love and adoration of the people they saved. The key difference is that the Plutonian is both smarter and more self-aware than Marvelous Man; Marshalls wanted to cling to the idea of being a hero no matter what, and his turn to villainy came from finding under-the-table ways to stay on top. Tony on the other hand, turned to evil after he decided that the adoration of a (to him) ungrateful populace wasn't worth his endless sacrifices and hardships, and chose to be as evil and selfish as possible rather than try to live up to anyone's expectations. .... Sorry for the mini-gushing there, just... Irredeemable's really good. ^^

As for Manchester Black... I just wanted an excuse to draw him. Don't get me wrong, he's a great villain too (To the point I wanna make an expy of him in Blues sometime) but didn't really have any influence on MM.

In general this entire filler was "These characters would be fun to draw." And they were. ^^ My favorites are definitely Plutonian and Manchester; I liked really emphasizing the British-Punk-Rocker look of the latter, was a ton of fun.
Martin F. 5th Jan 2019, 1:02 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Funny, Adam said plenty both within the filler itself and in his comments while comparatively I kind of have no clue what to talk about. Doesn't really help that while I chip in a ton of ideas on Blues I don't actually recall having much input on the formation of Marvelous Man's character.

I do rather like how this one came out on an art level, though... even if I am kind of wondering why I went so vibrant with the Plutonian's colors. Usually a red of that sort of shade I tend to take it more orange-ish, as you can see right in this same page on the CANDLE uniforms.

Speaking of I do rather like how the two of them came out. Ella in particular I like doing the gag of her trying so hard to be serious that she just comes off as ridiculous.


Wolfintina 5th Jan 2019, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
Very interesting, wonder what's going to happen next.