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Comic Book: Mr. A

"There is black and there is white, and there is wrong and there is right, and there is nothing, NOTHING in between."
Alan Moore referring to Mr.A.

Born in 1967 of Steve Ditko's fascination with Objectivism, Mr. A is a "superhero" without observable powers aside from his steel gloves and mask, similar to the first incarnations of The Question. Alan Moore disliked this character strongly and portrayed this type of character in a rather twisted way as Watchmen's Rorschach. In Street Fighter 3, a character named Q also appears to be based on him.

Philosophical elements aside, Mr. A marked Ditko's shift from working on contract for mainstream publishers like Marvel and DC to more creator-owned projects; Mr. A was first published in the Underground Comics series witzend and was later collected in self-published comics Ditko distributed himself.


Mr. A provides examples of the following tropes:


Life in HellUnderground ComicsOmaha the Cat Dancer
'Funny Aneurysm" MomentImageSource/Comic BooksThey Call Me Mister Tibbs
MeanwhileU.S./Canadian ComicsThe Pertwillaby Papers

alternative title(s): Mr A
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