History Comicbook / AnimalMan

17th Jan '17 8:43:00 AM narm00
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Morrison left after issue #26, and the series continued for another sixty-odd issues, eventually coming under the [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo]] imprint - but Morrison remains the defining run on the title. Animal Man continues to make appearances across Franchise/TheDCU, including a starring role in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' (co-written by Morrison).

In September of 2011, Animal Man was one of the characters receiving a series as part of the line wide Comicbook/{{New 52}} relaunch. The new series, written by Jeff Lemire, deals with Buddy and his family dynamics, chiefly his daughter Maxine developing her own powers, as well as his attempts to protect [[EldritchLocation "The Red"]]. The series is a ''very'' [[DarkerAndEdgier dark]] one, and has met with much critical acclaim, before ending after 29 issues. Buddy himself will continue to be written by Lemire though, this time under his newly-launched team book, ''Justice League United''.

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Morrison left after issue #26, and the series continued for another sixty-odd issues, eventually coming under the [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo]] imprint - but Morrison remains the defining run on the title. Animal Man continues continued to make appearances across Franchise/TheDCU, including a starring role in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' (co-written by Morrison).

In September of 2011, Animal Man was one of the characters receiving a series as part of the line wide Comicbook/{{New 52}} relaunch. The new series, written by Jeff Lemire, deals with Buddy and his family dynamics, chiefly his daughter Maxine developing her own powers, as well as his attempts to protect [[EldritchLocation "The Red"]]. The series is a ''very'' [[DarkerAndEdgier dark]] one, and has met with much critical acclaim, acclaim before ending after 29 issues. Buddy himself will continue continued to be written by Lemire though, this time under featuring in his newly-launched team book, ''Justice League United''.United'', until that ended after 17 issues.
9th Dec '16 2:18:47 PM Doug86
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* NotHimself: In ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', Buddy realizes Anansi is affecting him when he ''eats chicken''.

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* NotHimself: In ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', Buddy realizes Anansi is affecting him when he ''eats chicken''.



* PowerLossMakesYouStrong: The miniseries ''The Last Days of Animal Man'' depicts a [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near future]] where middle-aged Buddy, now a full-time member of the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], sees his powers slowly fade out to nothing. Nearly powerless, he finds a way to defeat two extremely AxCrazy supervillains with sheer guts, resourcefulness, and the very last, tiny drop of superpowers he has left.

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* PowerLossMakesYouStrong: The miniseries ''The Last Days of Animal Man'' depicts a [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near future]] where middle-aged Buddy, now a full-time member of the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], sees his powers slowly fade out to nothing. Nearly powerless, he finds a way to defeat two extremely AxCrazy supervillains with sheer guts, resourcefulness, and the very last, tiny drop of superpowers he has left.



* RedHerring: In Dwayne [=McDuffie's=] run on JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, Anansi (the spirit who gave similarly powered hero Vixen her powers) tried to state that Buddy got his powers from ''it'', saying that it was always the yellow aliens. However, not only is Anansi an UnreliableNarrator, he retroactively rewrites himself out of the event, restoring Buddy's connection with the '''real''' yellow aliens.

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* RedHerring: In Dwayne [=McDuffie's=] run on JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', Anansi (the spirit who gave similarly powered hero Vixen her powers) tried to state that Buddy got his powers from ''it'', saying that it was always the yellow aliens. However, not only is Anansi an UnreliableNarrator, he retroactively rewrites himself out of the event, restoring Buddy's connection with the '''real''' yellow aliens.
25th Nov '16 1:49:29 PM rafi
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* AuthorAvatar: The yellow aliens. [[spoiler:And Grant Morrison himself, of course.]]

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* AuthorAvatar: AudienceWhatAudience: Played straight in Grant Morrison's run. His arc featured Buddy gradually becoming aware that he is a comic character. He once wandered through Comic Limbo where different discarded characters made references to him being a character, only for him to be confused or outright dismiss them.
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The yellow aliens. [[spoiler:And Grant Morrison himself, of course.]]



* BadPowersBadPeople: Lampshaded and made into a TearJerker with Red Mask.

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* BadPowersBadPeople: Lampshaded and made into a TearJerker with Red Mask. Red Mask had originally wanted to become a hero and learn to fly. But when he gained a deathtouch power from a radioactive meteorite, he reluctantly became a super-villain, and even acknowledged that he wasn't very good at it.
* BadassUnintentional: Ellen Baker. A supervillain breaks into her house to get at her superhero husband... and she beats the crap out of him.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Animal Man has a balance between the Red (animal life), the Green (plant life), and the Rot (death and decay). While the first story arc has the Rot and its avatar as the BigBad, it's implied that any one of the three sides has the ability to grow beyond its means and become a threat.
25th Nov '16 10:26:13 AM rafi
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* AllJustADream: One of the ''only'' times it was done right.

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* AllJustADream: One of the ''only'' times it was done right. [[spoiler: Grant Morrison ends his run by retconning it into a dream as a favor to the title character.]]


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* AnimalWrongsGroup: Subverted in Morrison's run. Although Buddy Baker devotes his career to collaborating with like-minded individuals in disrupting fox hunts and freeing laboratory animals, he himself avoids the use of violence (except against a whaler and dolphin-hunter who dared him to do so). When one of his collaborators on a lab rescue mission blows it up with an incendiary bomb, killing a firefighter in the process, Buddy hangs up his costume and resigns from the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}. Conversely, Animal Man's [[CorruptCorporateExecutive big-business enemies]], far from being the put-upon victims normally found in this trope, are ''far'' more brutal and lawless.


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* ADickInName: In ''Animal Man Vol. 1'' #1, Buddy Baker attempts to rejuvenate his superhero career by appearing on a talk show hosted by one Dick Griffith. However, during his segment Griffith humiliates him with a string of lewd and otherwise belittling "animal" jokes. The day after it airs, the Bakers' next-door neighbour Tricia says, "Whoever christened that guy knew how he was gonna turn out."
24th Nov '16 12:17:37 PM rafi
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* DirtyKid: Cliff was really ''happy'' when his family take care, for a brief period, of ComicBook/{{Starfire}}. He also get a photo of her sleeping in the bed to make his friends jealous because he has a "totally hot alien princess" in his home.
24th Nov '16 10:25:58 AM rafi
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* AuthorTract: Lampshaded by Buddy's friends: "You don't talk anymore, you just make speeches," and later by Morrison himself.
** [[spoiler:Grant Morrison admits to this himself in his final issue.]]

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* AuthorTract: Lampshaded by Buddy's friends: "You don't talk anymore, you just make speeches," and later by Morrison himself.
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himself. [[spoiler:Grant Morrison admits to this himself in his final issue.]]



* BreakingTheFourthWall: At one point, during a peyote trip, [[spoiler:[[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/b/b6/Buddy_Baker_001.jpg Buddy actually sees the reader.]]]]

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
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At one point, during a peyote trip, [[spoiler:[[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/b/b6/Buddy_Baker_001.jpg Buddy actually sees the reader.]]]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: During his peyote trip, Buddy sees an image from the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]], then another one that tells of a second Crisis. Whether it is foreshadowing the events in the comic (with the Psycho Pirate), ComicBook/ZeroHour, ''or'' ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis is your own guess.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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During his peyote trip, Buddy sees an image from the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]], then another one that tells of a second Crisis. Whether it is foreshadowing the events in the comic (with the Psycho Pirate), ComicBook/ZeroHour, ''or'' ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis is your own guess.



* HappilyMarried: With two children!

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* HappilyMarried: With two children! children!. He adds a denim jacket over his regular skintight costume so he can carry around his keys and notes from his wife. He's the only superhero with "bring home milk" on his crimefighting agenda.
** He love so much his wife that, when is trapped on a planet far away from home with Adam Strange and ComicBook/{{Starfire}}, he think only to his family even with Starfire bathing naked!.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Mirror Master after Buddy's family is killed, because he believes that was wrong]].
** Though he claims to be doing it to get his money, he ''does'' say [[EvenEvilHasStandards he would never take such a job himself.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Mirror Master after Buddy's family is killed, because he believes that was wrong]].
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wrong]]. Though he claims to be doing it to get his money, he ''does'' say [[EvenEvilHasStandards he would never take such a job himself.]]



* NotDistractedByTheSexy: During 52, he, Starfire and Adam Strange all got trapped on the far side of the universe where Starfire spent most of her time bathing naked in pools. Buddy totally ignore this talking with her like nothing.



* [[spoiler:RageAgainstTheAuthor]]

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* [[spoiler:RageAgainstTheAuthor]]RageAgainstTheAuthor: [[spoiler: The story arc "Deus Ex Machina" is notable in that it plays this scenario for drama.]]



* ShoutOut: A cartoon coyote named Crafty (an obvious {{expy}} of Wile E. Coyote) appears in Morrison's ''Animal Man'' #5.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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A cartoon coyote named Crafty (an obvious {{expy}} of Wile E. Coyote) appears in Morrison's ''Animal Man'' #5.



* WhoWritesThisCrap: [[spoiler:Done '''literally''' in Morrison's final issue, when Buddy actually meets Grant.]]

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* WhoWritesThisCrap: WhoWritesThisCrap:
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[[spoiler:Done '''literally''' in Morrison's final issue, when Buddy actually meets Grant.]]
26th Oct '16 4:39:32 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}: Buddy after [[spoiler:his wife and children die]], the only time when he ever wears leather.
14th Aug '16 10:00:49 PM dsneybuf
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->''"When I was young... when I was young I had an imaginary friend called Foxy. He lived in a vast underground kingdom. A utopia ruled over by peaceful and intelligent foxes. I used to signal him. My parents bought me a torch so I could signal him.
Not a flashlight. We call them torches over here. I used to stand at the top of Angus Oval and shine my torch out towards the hills. Foxy always signaled back. That was more than twenty years ago. I've come to send a signal out into the dark. It seemed like the only thing worth doing. Are you there? Can you see me? Foxy, I came back. I didn't forget. I came back. ... The line of the hills stays dark."''\\

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->''"When I was young... when I was young I had an imaginary friend called Foxy. He lived in a vast underground kingdom. A utopia ruled over by peaceful and intelligent foxes. I used to signal him. My parents bought me a torch so I could signal him. \n Not a flashlight. We call them torches over here. I used to stand at the top of Angus Oval and shine my torch out towards the hills. Foxy always signaled back. That was more than twenty years ago. I've come to send a signal out into the dark. It seemed like the only thing worth doing. Are you there? Can you see me? Foxy, I came back. I didn't forget. I came back. ... The line of the hills stays dark."''\\
14th Aug '16 10:00:37 PM dsneybuf
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->''"When I was young... when I was young I had an imaginary friend called Foxy. He lived in a vast underground kingdom. A utopia ruled over by peaceful and intelligent foxes. I used to signal him. My parents bought me a torch so I could signal him. [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage Not a flashlight. We call them torches over here.]] I used to stand at the top of Angus Oval and shine my torch out towards the hills. Foxy always signaled back. That was more than twenty years ago. I've come to send a signal out into the dark. It seemed like the only thing worth doing. Are you there? Can you see me? Foxy, I came back. I didn't forget. I came back. ... The line of the hills stays dark."''\\

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->''"When I was young... when I was young I had an imaginary friend called Foxy. He lived in a vast underground kingdom. A utopia ruled over by peaceful and intelligent foxes. I used to signal him. My parents bought me a torch so I could signal him. [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage
Not a flashlight. We call them torches over here.]] I used to stand at the top of Angus Oval and shine my torch out towards the hills. Foxy always signaled back. That was more than twenty years ago. I've come to send a signal out into the dark. It seemed like the only thing worth doing. Are you there? Can you see me? Foxy, I came back. I didn't forget. I came back. ... The line of the hills stays dark."''\\
18th Jun '16 11:56:39 PM Doug86
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* SpaceWhale: Earth's Comicbook/GreenLantern in the timeline of ''The Last Days of Animal Man'' is a very literal one.

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* SpaceWhale: Earth's Comicbook/GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern in the timeline of ''The Last Days of Animal Man'' is a very literal one.
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