History ComicBook / FlexMentallo

26th Jul '16 11:04:22 AM SpectralTime
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* PowerPerversionPotential: At one point, Flex enters a club for "adult" superheroes that is absolutely ''rife'' with this, complete with overwrought narration explaining all of it. And occasionally railing against the Dark Age of comics for good measure.
25th Dec '15 4:45:16 PM nombretomado
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... We can try [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer but you won't believe it]]. Flex Mentallo, ''Man of Muscle Mystery'', is supposed to be a SilverAge super-hero with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower that allows him to do, well, anything by flexing his muscles while simultaneously being a parody of a Charles Atlas advertisement ... the strange thing is that he's a fictional comic book character created by a young psychic named Wally Sage. Flex is then brought to life through Wally's abilities and [[TheyFightCrime fights crime]]. He meets up with the ComicBook/DoomPatrol, saves everyone from a telephone monster from underneath the Pentagon, and then helps, uh, destroy [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Dark Age]].

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... We can try [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer but you won't believe it]]. Flex Mentallo, ''Man of Muscle Mystery'', is supposed to be a SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] super-hero with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower that allows him to do, well, anything by flexing his muscles while simultaneously being a parody of a Charles Atlas advertisement ... the strange thing is that he's a fictional comic book character created by a young psychic named Wally Sage. Flex is then brought to life through Wally's abilities and [[TheyFightCrime fights crime]]. He meets up with the ComicBook/DoomPatrol, saves everyone from a telephone monster from underneath the Pentagon, and then helps, uh, destroy [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Dark Age]].



* SilverAge: The mini-series also examines and shows just how [[{{Reconstruction}} awesome, and how silly,]] this age was.
6th Nov '15 3:56:52 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Too many to count. Among them, cameos by "yellow boots with ridged fireproof treads" (Comicbook/{{the Flash}}'s), the incomplete magic word of transformation "SHA_A_" ({{Shazam}}), and a farmer who's planning on putting his infant son in a spaceship to save him from the end of the world ([[{{Superman}} guess]]). Possibly justified, in that [[spoiler: the entire thing may be happening in the head of a lifelong comic book fan,]] ... or perhaps not. Grant Morrison's works are funny like that. Also, keep your eyes peeled for DC's ComicBook/UnknownSoldier getting a prostitute on a street next to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Walter Kovacs]] holding a sign. Or the Mutant Gang from "ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns," or the wizard Shazam during a young man's super-powered drug trip, or a renamed version of {{the Question}}, or.... better stop now, this list could fill the internet. Background character Rex Ritz is also a nod to Creator/FScottFitzgerald.

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* ShoutOut: Too many to count. Among them, cameos by "yellow boots with ridged fireproof treads" (Comicbook/{{the Flash}}'s), the incomplete magic word of transformation "SHA_A_" ({{Shazam}}), (ComicBook/{{Shazam}}), and a farmer who's planning on putting his infant son in a spaceship to save him from the end of the world ([[{{Superman}} guess]]). Possibly justified, in that [[spoiler: the entire thing may be happening in the head of a lifelong comic book fan,]] ... or perhaps not. Grant Morrison's works are funny like that. Also, keep your eyes peeled for DC's ComicBook/UnknownSoldier getting a prostitute on a street next to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Walter Kovacs]] holding a sign. Or the Mutant Gang from "ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns," or the wizard Shazam during a young man's super-powered drug trip, or a renamed version of {{the ComicBook/{{the Question}}, or.... better stop now, this list could fill the internet. Background character Rex Ritz is also a nod to Creator/FScottFitzgerald.
4th Oct '15 11:10:59 AM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Too many to count. Among them, cameos by "yellow boots with ridged fireproof treads" (Comicbook/{{the Flash}}'s), the incomplete magic word of transformation "SHA_A_" ({{Shazam}}), and a farmer who's planning on putting his infant son in a spaceship to save him from the end of the world ([[{{Superman}} guess]]). Possibly justified, in that [[spoiler: the entire thing may be happening in the head of a lifelong comic book fan,]] ... or perhaps not. Grant Morrison's works are funny like that. Also, keep your eyes peeled for DC's ComicBook/UnknownSoldier getting a prostitute on a street next to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Walter Kovacs]] holding a sign. Or the Mutant Gang from "TheDarkKnightReturns," or the wizard Shazam during a young man's super-powered drug trip, or a renamed version of {{the Question}}, or.... better stop now, this list could fill the internet. Background character Rex Ritz is also a nod to Creator/FScottFitzgerald.

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* ShoutOut: Too many to count. Among them, cameos by "yellow boots with ridged fireproof treads" (Comicbook/{{the Flash}}'s), the incomplete magic word of transformation "SHA_A_" ({{Shazam}}), and a farmer who's planning on putting his infant son in a spaceship to save him from the end of the world ([[{{Superman}} guess]]). Possibly justified, in that [[spoiler: the entire thing may be happening in the head of a lifelong comic book fan,]] ... or perhaps not. Grant Morrison's works are funny like that. Also, keep your eyes peeled for DC's ComicBook/UnknownSoldier getting a prostitute on a street next to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Walter Kovacs]] holding a sign. Or the Mutant Gang from "TheDarkKnightReturns," "ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns," or the wizard Shazam during a young man's super-powered drug trip, or a renamed version of {{the Question}}, or.... better stop now, this list could fill the internet. Background character Rex Ritz is also a nod to Creator/FScottFitzgerald.
14th May '15 3:45:19 PM nombretomado
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Anyway, Mentallo was created by GrantMorrison, which [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs explains a lot]]. He first appeared in ''"ComicBook/DoomPatrol''" vol. 2 #35 (August, 1990). He was regularly featured in the series to 1991, before getting his own 4-issue mini-series (1996) which deconstructed and reconstructed comic books in their entirety and was about growing up, holding onto your imagination, love, hope, responsibility and realizing that, yeah, there will always be heroes... and you might just be one of them.

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Anyway, Mentallo was created by GrantMorrison, Creator/GrantMorrison, which [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs explains a lot]]. He first appeared in ''"ComicBook/DoomPatrol''" vol. 2 #35 (August, 1990). He was regularly featured in the series to 1991, before getting his own 4-issue mini-series (1996) which deconstructed and reconstructed comic books in their entirety and was about growing up, holding onto your imagination, love, hope, responsibility and realizing that, yeah, there will always be heroes... and you might just be one of them.
12th May '15 2:30:06 PM nombretomado
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* AllThereInTheManual: As ever, interviews with Morrison shed a lot of light on the series. Among other things, the four issues represent the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age,]] [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age,]] [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] and [[TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age of comics]], respectively.

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* AllThereInTheManual: As ever, interviews with Morrison shed a lot of light on the series. Among other things, the four issues represent the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age,]] [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age,]] [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] and [[TheModernAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age of comics]], respectively.
14th Apr '15 5:43:50 PM nombretomado
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... We can try [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer but you won't believe it]]. Flex Mentallo, ''Man of Muscle Mystery'', is supposed to be a SilverAge super-hero with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower that allows him to do, well, anything by flexing his muscles while simultaneously being a parody of a Charles Atlas advertisement ... the strange thing is that he's a fictional comic book character created by a young psychic named Wally Sage. Flex is then brought to life through Wally's abilities and [[TheyFightCrime fights crime]]. He meets up with the ComicBook/DoomPatrol, saves everyone from a telephone monster from underneath the Pentagon, and then helps, uh, destroy [[DarkAge the Dark Age]].

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... We can try [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer but you won't believe it]]. Flex Mentallo, ''Man of Muscle Mystery'', is supposed to be a SilverAge super-hero with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower that allows him to do, well, anything by flexing his muscles while simultaneously being a parody of a Charles Atlas advertisement ... the strange thing is that he's a fictional comic book character created by a young psychic named Wally Sage. Flex is then brought to life through Wally's abilities and [[TheyFightCrime fights crime]]. He meets up with the ComicBook/DoomPatrol, saves everyone from a telephone monster from underneath the Pentagon, and then helps, uh, destroy [[DarkAge [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Dark Age]].



* AuthorFilibuster: The whole comic can be read as a long rant against [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the grim and gritty]] superhero comics of its era, and a defense of the more colourful superhero stories that preceded it. Thankfully, as Morrison is an experienced writer of {{metafiction}}, the filibuster element doesn't diminish the quality of the comic.

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* AuthorFilibuster: The whole comic can be read as a long rant against [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the grim and gritty]] superhero comics of its era, and a defense of the more colourful superhero stories that preceded it. Thankfully, as Morrison is an experienced writer of {{metafiction}}, the filibuster element doesn't diminish the quality of the comic.



* DarkAge: The mini-series [[{{Deconstruction}} takes this age of comics apart]].

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* DarkAge: UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: The mini-series [[{{Deconstruction}} takes this age of comics apart]].



* [[spoiler: TeensAreMonsters: The real villain of the series is the teenaged Wally.]] He exemplifies the DarkAge and questions the very virtue of Flex... but as the Hoaxer puts it [[spoiler: "Only a bitter little adolescent boy could confuse realism with pessimism."]] But with Flex's help he redeems himself.

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* [[spoiler: TeensAreMonsters: The real villain of the series is the teenaged Wally.]] He exemplifies the DarkAge UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}} and questions the very virtue of Flex... but as the Hoaxer puts it [[spoiler: "Only a bitter little adolescent boy could confuse realism with pessimism."]] But with Flex's help he redeems himself.
2nd Dec '14 4:17:32 PM nombretomado
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* AllThereInTheManual: As ever, interviews with Morrison shed a lot of light on the series. Among other things, the four issues represent the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age,]] [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age,]] [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] and [[TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age of comics]], respectively.

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* AllThereInTheManual: As ever, interviews with Morrison shed a lot of light on the series. Among other things, the four issues represent the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age,]] [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age,]] [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] and [[TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age of comics]], respectively.
18th May '14 6:17:30 AM DracMonster
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12th Mar '14 2:27:29 PM moloch
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* AllThereInTheManual: As ever, interviews with Morrison shed a lot of light on the series.

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* AllThereInTheManual: As ever, interviews with Morrison shed a lot of light on the series. Among other things, the four issues represent the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age,]] [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age,]] [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] and [[TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age of comics]], respectively.
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