Hey, Bloggers: check out this post today from our old pal Marc.
Now I know some of you have scanners. Don’t lie. DON’T TRY TO CONCEAL YOUR THOUGHTS FROM ME
It’s interesting: Bully’s doing his “365 Days Of Ben Grimm”, and CSBG’s doing “Ten Iconic THING Covers”…but seriously, who cares about THAT?! I only care about the stuff that made my Dad allow me to buy my first FF comic in the first place, even though the hero was a monster: the “you might have the power to kill me…but you’ll never have the guts to beat me” stuff. And of course such is the nature of the superhero comic that if you don’t as a villain have the latter, well then you’ll never have the former either…because Ben Grimm’s cry of “It’s Clobberin’ Time!” doesn’t mean “I’m stronger than you”, but rather it means “you don’t know from suffering“…and they don’t, these villains. In fact it’s the one thing they can never know: they don’t know what it’s like to sacrifice. They take shortcuts. And THAT’S from whence the knockout punch derives its force: from their shortcuts catching up with them. Morally, Ben Grimm beats the living daylights out of the villain in one climactic blow…because since this is superhero comics, morality is the ultimate power, and this is the character who’s gone up the ultimate learning curve of morality, and he’s not been allowed to skip any steps…as villains, or more crucially anybody, would wish to do.
And I can think of ten iconic Ben Grimm panels easy — including at least two covers that are NOT “This Man, This Monster”! CSBG relies pretty awfully on Ron Wilson at the beginning of his career…and it breaks my heart. It’s like they don’t care. Or like they’re too young to know.
So scanners, be scanners! Gimme some pictures of Ben Grimm being too ugly to quit.
Sean Kleefeld, this includes you.
Oh, folks: I drank a ton of beer while composing this email, SO!
If this were a Yahtzee game, consider this my “Chance” score.