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** Taken even further in one story, where Ron is musing on what the future of humanity and the planet will be like, especially if his life expectancy is long enough for him to see it. At one point in his thought process, he thinks of how it seems to be more and more clear that humans will not be able to leave Earth, and have to make the best of it here - when Ron's very existence, as well as what he saw himself with his own eyes, proves definitively that interplanetary spaceship travel is possible.

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Take the mind of a sensitive political speechwriter, put him in the body of a slightly scaled-down Ben Grimm from the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and you have Paul Chadwick's Concrete. This series has run on and off since the mid 80's, and while it has never been a massive seller, it never quite goes away, with a small but solid core of dedicated readers. The series is known for Chadwick's realistic while still slightly stylized (and occasionally bizarre) art, and his elegant, musing, introspective writing.

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Take the mind of a sensitive political speechwriter, put him in the body of a slightly scaled-down Ben Grimm from the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and you have Paul Chadwick's Concrete.''Concrete''. This series has run on and off since the mid 80's, and while it has never been a massive seller, it never quite goes away, with a small but solid core of dedicated readers. The series is known for Chadwick's realistic while still slightly stylized (and occasionally bizarre) art, and his elegant, musing, introspective writing.

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* ArtEvolution: Concrete's head is a bit shorter and wider than when the series first began.

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* InnateNightVision: Concrete can see in almost total darkness.

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* RetCon: ''Strange Armor'' changes many of the details of Concrete's origin story.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The government tries to invoke this by making Concrete a two-bit celebrity so that everyone's so sick of him they don't even want to speculate about his origins. It mostly worked, he still gets the occasional odd look but most people are so used to the idea of him that he's left alone.

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* EmbarrassinglyPainfulSunburn: Larry and Astra get one in ''Sympathy From a Devil'' after forgetting to apply extra sunscreen while on a nude beach.


* VomitIndiscretionShot: happens several times. If Concrete throws up, the readers usually have to see it. Once, he even threw up on public television, leading to an in-universe example.

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* TheTopicOfCancer: In the story "A Remarkable Life", Concrete sprouts antlers that grow uncontrollably and apparently without bound. Chadwick mentions in [[http://concrete.blogs.com/paul_chadwicks_weblog/2012/03/jean-giraud-has-left-us.html his blog]] that the antlers are "a metaphor for cancer". Deprived of food during this time to see if it has any effect on the growth, his normally bulky body dwindles and leaves him looking like a skeletal human in the depths of chemotherapy.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: happens Happens several times. If Concrete throws up, the readers usually have to see it. Once, he even threw up on public television, leading to an in-universe example.



* TheWorldIsNotReady: Why the government covers up Concrete's true origins.
* TheTopicOfCancer: In the story "A Remarkable Life", Concrete sprouts antlers that grow uncontrollably and apparently without bound. Chadwick mentions in [[http://concrete.blogs.com/paul_chadwicks_weblog/2012/03/jean-giraud-has-left-us.html his blog]] that the antlers are "a metaphor for cancer". Deprived of food during this time to see if it has any effect on the growth, his normally bulky body dwindles and leaves him looking like a skeletal human in the depths of chemotherapy.

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* TheWorldIsNotReady: Why the government covers up Concrete's true origins.
* TheTopicOfCancer: In the story "A Remarkable Life", Concrete sprouts antlers that grow uncontrollably and apparently without bound. Chadwick mentions in [[http://concrete.blogs.com/paul_chadwicks_weblog/2012/03/jean-giraud-has-left-us.html his blog]] that the antlers are "a metaphor for cancer". Deprived of food during this time to see if it has any effect on the growth, his normally bulky body dwindles and leaves him looking like a skeletal human in the depths of chemotherapy.
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* VomitIndiscretionShot: happens several times. If Concrete throws up, the readers usually have to see it. Once, he even threw up on public television, leading to an in-universe example.


* {{Asexuality}}: Maureen starts out seeming to be this, apparently totally uninterested in romance or sex. She briefly responds to [[spoiler:Larry when they are adrift in a life raft in the Atlantic,]] but seems to have forgotten afterward. Completely thrown out during the "Fragile Creature" storyline, where she has a relationship with another scientist. "The Human Dilemma" takes her right back into asexuality where she admits (while drunk) that she loves Ron and his lack of a sexual nature is a part of that.

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* {{Asexuality}}: Maureen starts out seeming to be this, apparently totally uninterested in romance or sex. She briefly responds to [[spoiler:Larry when they are adrift in a life raft in the Atlantic,]] but seems to have forgotten afterward. [[spoiler: She also responds rather enthusiastically when her ex-husband shows up.]] Completely thrown out during the "Fragile Creature" storyline, where she has a relationship with another scientist. "The Human Dilemma" takes her right back into asexuality where she admits (while drunk) that she loves Ron and his lack of a sexual nature is a part of that.


Ron Lithgow is a political speechwriter who, while on a camping trip with a friend, is abducted by aliens and their brains are removed from their bodies and placed in the alien's bodies. He is able to escape (though his friend dies), and returns to civilization. Contacting the senator who he works for, he is sent to be studied by government scientists, led by Maureen Vonnegut. Eventually, he tires of the testing and wishes to rejoin the world to whatever degree he can. Unwilling to admit to the existence of extraterrestrials, the government presents him as the lone survivor of a cyborg program, his identity classified. With Maureen still employed to continue researching what else there is to find out about him, Ron hires Larry Munro as an assistant to help him navigate a world that has suddenly grown much smaller and more fragile, but at the same time much larger and more accessible to his strong, tough, indefatigable body.


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Ron Lithgow is a political speechwriter who, while on a camping trip with a friend, is abducted by aliens and their brains are removed from their bodies and placed in the alien's bodies. He is able to escape (though his friend dies), doesn't make it out), and returns to civilization. Contacting the senator who he works for, he is sent to be studied by government scientists, led by Maureen Vonnegut. Eventually, he tires of the testing and wishes to rejoin the world to whatever degree he can. Unwilling to admit to the existence of extraterrestrials, the government presents him as the lone survivor of a cyborg program, his identity classified. With Maureen still employed to continue researching what else there is to find out about him, Ron hires Larry Munro as an assistant to help him navigate a world that has suddenly grown much smaller and more fragile, but at the same time much larger and more accessible to his strong, tough, indefatigable body.


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* MorningSickness: Monique and [[spoiler: Concrete]] both suffer from it in ''The Human Dilemma''.

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* GentleGiant: Concrete necessarily avoids hurting people and breaking things and generally tries to come off as non-threatening and as personable as possible, though he sometimes slips up when feeling particularly moody.

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