Do not confuse with Muggles
or Badass Normal
, nor with the Italian comic book (later adapted to a radio show and eventually to a Live-Action TV
show) superhero spoof of the same name.normalman
is a limited series of American comic books created by Jim Valentino. It began in November, 1983 as a four page story in Cerebus #56 and #57 before being launched as a full color 12 issue series (January, 1984- December, 1985) which was published by Aardvark-Vanaheim before moving to Denis Loubet's Renegade Press. The story of normalman would conclude in normalman 3D Annual #1.
Fearing the Planet Arnold would explode, normalman's father sends his infant son on a rocketship to escape the planet's destruction . . . which NEVER comes to pass. Twenty years later and fully grown, normalman crash-lands on the planet Levram
, where everybody has super powers ... except for normalman himself. Being the only person on the whole planet with no powers makes him a celebrity. Hilarity Ensues
The series spoofed many comic book companies per issue, including DC
, as well as doing parodies of The Spirit
, Star Wars
and The Wizard of Oz
. The series was first collected in trade paperback by Slave Labor Graphics. Recently, a new trade paperback which included several followups was published by Image Comics. Both trades are in black and white.
Tropes associated with this work:
- The Adjectival Superhero
- Captain Ersatz: A distinct majority of the characters. Captain Everything, for instance, combines elements of Superman and Captain Marvel.
- Crossover: with Cerebus, Journey by William Messner-Loebs, Tales Of The Beanworld, and Megaton Man (the latter also featuring appearances by everyone from Madman to Bone to Groo The Wanderer to Flaming Carrot)
- The Ditz: Captain Everything
- Everyone Is A Super: Levram
- Eyepatch of Power: Sgt. Fluffy. (It even changes its position on his face.)
- Fun with Acronyms: S.C.H.M.U.C.K.- which stands for "Nothing-In-Particular", according to the footnotes.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Captain Everything can actually give the Crimson Chin a run for his money!
- Names To Not Trust: if someone named "Rotten Kid" tells you they can help you, maybe it wouldn't be wise to trust them
- No Fourth Wall: Pretty much everyone seems aware they're in a comic book
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Captain Everything states that he has this ability in the very first sentence he speaks.
- Only Sane Man: normalman of course.
- Overly Long Gag: Every time S.C.H.M.U.C.K comes up, the editors feel it necessary to mention that it doesn't stand for anything in particular.
- Would the Legion of Superfluous Heroes' Roll Call count as well?
- Real Men Wear Pink: Sgt. Fluffy is a fur-faced, heart-poundin', front-facin', meat-and-potatoes patriot who wears The Wizard of Oz style red sequined pumps.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: normalman, so average his name doesn't get to be capitalized. Until the series' end, where we learn that his real name is Norm-L.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Unfortunately, there's a whole heaping bunch of obvious spelling and grammatical errors.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Levram.
- Something Person
- Strawman Political: The Ultra-Conservative, played for laughs. After getting injected with a super-serum, he alternates between his original persona and "The Liberalator", much to his annoyance
- Stripperiffic: The Countess of Monte Crisco.
- There Was A Door: Not many of the inhabitants of Levram use doors. Especially not Captain Everything.
- Un-Sorcerer: Well, duh.
- World of Badass: The planet Levram, where everyone has super powers.