Superlopez is a Spanish comic book character created by Jan in 1973, a parody of Superman.
Born Jo-Con-Él (roughly translated as Damn-the-brat) on the planet Chitón (Old spanish slang meaning 'Shut up!') much like Superman's home planet of Krypton, he leaves his planet when he enters a spaceship and presses a button, an accident that sends him to Earth. He was raised by adoptive parents in Barcelona and concealed himself under the identity of office-worker Juan Lopez (which is actually author Jan's real name). He works with his girlfriend, the bad-tempered Luisa Lanas (parody of Lois Lane); Jaime González Lidenbrock (Superlopez's not so pally Jimmy Olsen); and his demanding, unnamed boss (a reference to Perry White).
Other recurring characters include Inspector Holmez (a reference to Sherlock Holmes), an excessively bureaucratic police officer who suspects everyone; Martha Holmez, the Inspector's teenage daughter and friend to Superlópez, and computer geek Chico Humitsec.
Recurring villains include the evil professor Escariano Avieso (probably the main Big Bad); Lady Araña (“Lady Spider”); the gangster Al Trapone (a reference to Al Capone); and the mob boss Refuller D'Abastos.
The franchise started off as a weekly comic strip, with a completely different setup from its modern day incarnation. For starters, López was married, in a borderline Awful Wedded Life to boot, and he received his powers from his suit. Also, the focus was in the slapstick humor, rather than in creating a narrative. However, like other Spanish comic books of its genre like Mortadelo y Filemón and Zipi y Zape, it eventually evolved into short stories, and then into long stories. Along the way, the franchise was completely rebooted to resemble more to the traditional status-quo of Superman (López wasn't married anymore, he always has his powers, and Luisa and Jaime were introduced).
After this reboot, but still in the early days of the character, Superlopez was member and leader of the team known as El Supergrupo (The Supergroup or Superteam). Team members included El Mago (The Wizard, a parody of Doctor Strange); Capitan Hispania (Captain Spain, a parody of Captain America); Latas (Tin-guy, a parody of Iron Man); Bruto (The Brute, a parody of The Thing); and la Chica Increíble (Unbelievable Girl, a parody of the token generic superheroine). These spent more time fighting one another over the leadership of the Supergrupo than fighting evil.
This comic provides examples of:
- Absurd Brand Name: The 25th anniversary special introduces a restaurant known as the "Salmo-Nella Ristorante". It is not clarified whether this was deliberate on the owners' part, but it is not entirely out of the question, as the restaurant was set up as a front by several members of Super's Rogues Gallery; yet, judging by a remark by Lady Araña, the business seems to be going surprisingly well.
- Affectionate Parody: In Spain, the Supergroup stories are considered one of the finest parodies of the superhero genre.
- Artistic License – Economics: The comic features the country of Tontecarlo (portmanteau of "tonto", meaning dumb, and Montecarlo). Citizens of Tontecarlo do not have jobs: They instead gamble and play state-owned lotteries anywhere — eg., the customs officers play shell games for money with any incoming tourists. The main characters, visiting tourists, notice that money flow cannot continue; however, tourism brings more money to Tontecarlo.
- Artistic License – Space: in the final chapter of Lord of the Pacifiers, Superlopez takes an escape pod out of a Moon base, then gets stranded in space when the pod runs out of fuel. The narrator even warns him that he's "stopped in front of a meteor storm".
- Author Avatar: Author Juan López sometimes draws himself, usually as a background character. Not to mention that the titular character is called, well, Juan López. That doubles as a Fridge Brilliance because Juan López is a pretty common name. If he was called José Pérez, it'd have been in theory the same.
- The Bad Guy Wins: thanks to an ironic twist ending. The unnamed Mad Scientist in Chiclón Attacks wants to get rid of all the noise of the big city... by attacking the city with a giant robot and forcing everyone out. For his troubles, he gets put in a prison cell... where he can finally enjoy some peace and quiet.
- Bald of Evil: The look sported by recurring villains Escariano Avieso, Refuller D'Abastos, Al Trapone (who hides his under a hat most of the time) and Giorgio Papino, aside from one-time villain Luminous Light, who actually exploited it.
- Berserk Button: Nobody touches Superlópez's nose without penalty!
- Beware the Skull Base: In All Against One, One Against All, the Big Bad's secret lair is revealed to be a skull-shaped island complete with Cave Mouth. Right off the shore of a local beach.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: It isn't rare to see Escariano Avieso collaborating with other villains such as Al Trapone or Giorgio Papino.
- Big Ball of Violence: Every time the Supergroup start arguing among themselves.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The aliens from the story Los ladrones de ozono (Ozone thieves) steal the ozone from our atmosphere because it's a drug for them.
- Bland-Name Product: Companies tend to be renamed, for example Penchesa (Endesa) or Teleafónica (this one doubles as a Punny Name, a mix of telecommunications company Telefónica and the Spanish word for "aphonic"), and the city is paralyzed every time the big soccer derby between Parchelona (FC Barcelona) and Fespañol (RCD Espanyol) takes place.
- Blinded by the Light: An early Villain of the Week blinded Superlópez with the light of a lantern reflected off his shiny bald head.
- Bluffing the Advance Scout: Los alienígenas.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Regularly and recurrently, sometimes bordering on No Fourth Wall.
- Canine Companion: Lady Araña is always accompanied by a tiny white dog named Tiburón.
- Captain Patriotic: Parodied with Capitán Hispania, who carries a shield with the colours of the Spanish flag, but never says anything that can be considered patriotic.
- Carpet-Rolled Corpse: In Nosotros los Papino, once Giorgio Papino escapes from prison, he enrolls his daughter's boyfriend, Jaime, into the gang. As an initiation test he must kill his friend Hamed. Jaime tells the chauffeur Katiusko to wait for him outside the room, then shooting noises are heard and Jaime brings out a carpet with a pair of shoes sticking out and blood flowing out. It's actually a subversion: Jaime used Hamed's carpets, a large pillow and the content a bottle of ketchup to trick the Papinos into believing he had actually killed Hamed, who is still very much alive and hidden in the cellar of Villa Papino.
- Superlopez's "Cachis la Mar!" (a family friendly "Holy shit/crap!")
- "Un café con leche y un croissant"("One latte and one croissant"), "Un billete para El Masnou, ida y vuelta" ("A return ticket to El Masnou"). See Running Gag below.
- Inspector Holmez has three: "Hmmm... sospechoso, sospechoso..." ("Hmmm... suspicious, suspicious..."), "¡Todo el cuartelillo a los coches!" ("Everyone in the barracks, get into the cars!"), and his habit of asking anyone in sight for peanuts (even though he has never actually been seen eating any).
- Luisa's "¡Que te doy un bolsazo!" ("I'll hit you with my bag!") and "¡Medianía!" ("You Mr. Ordinary Guy!").
- Cement Shoes: Mentioned by Giorgio Papino and his wife Brujha enough times to imply that they are their favorite way of dealing with people who cross them, but not actually shown in effect.
- Cerebus Syndrome: All of the post-Turn of the Millennium comics. They are more Anvilicious social commentary than Comedical Action-Adventure.
- Characterization Marches On: Jaime was originally created as López's work rival, who would report everything he did wrong to their boss in an attempt to get him fired and take his girlfriend. They bonded notably in book no. 10 and became friends from then on, with Jaime appearing now as a nice, caring man. His old personality can only be seen briefly in books 35 and 36.
- Chew Toy: Superlopez.
- Clark Kenting: Being a Superman parody, it's a given. However, as the series went on, he stopped wearing glasses when he's in civilian clothes, elevating the tropeup to eleven, since there's literally no physical difference whatsoever between the two personas and people still don't recognize him.
- Clothes Make the Superman:
- This is how Superlópez's powers worked at the very beginning, when it was a weekly comic strip. Eventually this was rebooted, but still appeared in the storyline Los Alienígenas, where he was powerless without his supersuit.
- And also in El caserón fantasma (The Ghostly Mansion), when a sleepy Juan López in pajamas jumps through a window and almost falls to his death. He even lampshades he had forgotten to change into his superclothes.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: In the 2017 album "El Supergrupo contra el Papa Cósmico", there's a fight between the police force and Jeh'Alá's exterminating angels, in which the angels burn the cops' pants with their fire swords, leaving their underpants in full sight. They decide to get the hell out of the island before their bodies — or their dignity — can suffer further damage.
- Comically Missing the Point: In a short story, the witch Morgana decides she dislikes buildings and uses her magic to replace them with forests. When this happens, López has just got home, and the doorkeeper of his building is sweeping the floor with her broom. He is quick to try to point out the disappearance of the building:López: Did you notice that? It's incredible!Doorkeeper: You mean...? (checks her broom) Oh my God! You're right! This cannot be! This broom didn't even last two days! It's a scandal!
- Cool and Unusual Punishment / Suckiness Is Painful: again in Los Alienígenas, captured alien spy Xonxa boasts that her shape-shifting species is virtually unkillable:Xonxa: Our bodies are like rubber! My people only die of old age or boredom.Superlópez: Funny you should mention that: we happen to have this big collection of Manolo Escobar films...Xonxa: [Big "NO!"]
- Creator Provincialism: Since Barcelona is where López lives, that's where aliens will land, giant mechas will attack and dastardly supervillains will have their secret lair.
- Cutlery Escape Aid: Chin Chao, an Asian associate of Giorgio Papino's band, is known for digging his way out of prisons... with spoons. More on him on the Tunnel King entry.
- Deadly Euphemism: Averted. When Incredible Girl thinks they have abused Latas to the point of him killing himself, Superlópez tells her that Latas "is not dead, but gone on a holiday". Seems quite a callous euphemism, but Latas has actually gone to rest for a while by powering himself off.
- Destructive Saviour: Superlópez himself, sometimes bordering on Walking Disaster Area.
- Digging to China: In El señor de los chupetes.
- Doing It for the Art: In-universe example in "La gran superproducción". After he learns his script will be put into production, Superlópez will go to any lengths to make sure the movie is made. This includes flying to Miami to personally convince Valerie Astro to star, taking over as director unpaid when it turns out the movie budget is on its last legs, and recording every single sound effect by himself.
- The Door Slams You:
- Superlópez once hit Captain Hispania by accident when he was trying to watch through the spyhole.
- Done on purpose by Monina Papino to knock out Katiusko on El caserón fantasma.
- Driven to Suicide: Played with. In one episode of the "El Supergrupo" album, Latas the robot, who is used as butler/ cleaning lady/ errand boy by the rest of the group, has finally enough of it when the team decides to go on summer holidays and all their members simultaneously order him to pack their luggages. He screams that he has right to a holiday too, and immeditaly proceeds to tear his own head off. A panicked Incredible Girl yells "He's dead!", but Superlópez calmly assures her that it's Latas' way of disconnecting to take a rest.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: In the first short stories, Superlopez was married to an unnamed, completely run-of-the-mill woman, who knew his secret identity. Also he had no powers without his supersuit, which usually led to slapstick - for example, Superlopez's wife used to use a detergent that temporarily annulled the suit's powers.
- Evil Knockoff: The main enemy of the Supergroup created an entire group of robotic clones meant to Kill and Replace the heroes (more on that on Gone Horribly Right below).
- Fanservice: Some, in the latter stories. The earlier ones were strictly family-friendly.
- Fatal Method Acting: In-universe example in "La gran superproducción". Brut Kanlaster suffers a heart attack right after saying his character's last line. Coincidentally, that's the exact point of the movie where his character was supposed to die, so his real death appears in the finished movie, and viewers praise it as his best performance ever.
- Follow the Leader: In-universe. In "La gran superproducción", López chooses to write a Sword and Sorcery script to pitch to the boss purely because of the genre's popularity at the time.
- Funny Animal: The Poet Ant, a humanoid radioactive ant from El castillo de arena (The Sand Castle).
- Funny Background Event: every page of the comic is chock-full with little details, so these are pretty common.
- Gamebooks: The adventure Los Petisos Carambanales is a parody in comic book form. The comic has the reader take "decisions" all the time regarding Superlopez's choices. While there's only one canonical storyline (it's always the last option), the wrong, non-canonical choices all lead to interesting outcomes that are fun to read.
- Genius Bruiser: Bruto is physically the second strongest member of the Supergroup, after "Supes", but he's also the second smartest after el Mago. Superlopez is also supposed to be pretty smart himself.
- Gone Horribly Right: El Supergrupo's Big Bad creates perfect robot copies of the entire group, the only differences being that they are completely loyal to him and that they never get tired. In the middle of a fight between the real team and the copies, Superlopez realizes this makes them perfect suckers for getting them to fight each other: claim that the copies will surely surrender if their leader - the Superlopez copy - is defeated, and watch the fireworks.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: ¡Mecachis en la mar! (a family friendly "Holy crap!")
- Hell Hotel: The aptly named "Hotel Pánico". López, Luisa and Jaime have to spend a night there when surprised by a storm on the road, and plenty of scary things happen to them. Eventually, Superlópez discovers that the whole thing was an idea of the owner, who wanted to spread the rumor of the weird incidents in the hotel to attract thrill-seeking customers, so this results in the closure of the hotel, which leaves all its staff jobless.
- Holding Out for a Hero: Inverted for great comedy, especially in the early installments: people actually hope Superlópez will not turn up, since he's such a Walking Disaster Area and his interventions tend to make things worse. He becomes more of a heroic figure as the series goes on.Bystander #1: (seeing the Monster of the Week coming his way) Our only salvation is Superlópez!Bystander #2: Then... we have NO salvation!
- Hurl It into the Sun: In one short story Superlópez gets rid of the energy-eating Monster of the Week this way. It backfires epically when said monster eats the Sun.
- Human Aliens: Superlopez.
- Humongous Mecha: One made of chewing gum is the villain of the short story Chiclón ataca (Chiclón is a pun derived from the spanish words for chewing gum (chicle) and cyclone (ciclón)).
- I Just Want to Be Normal: The main theme of The Movie, fitting with its main plot of Super being warned against standing out on Earth, is written in first person about someone wanting to be just an ordinary man before eventually growing out of it:Yo quería ser normal, pero no lo conseguía
Siempre fuera de lugar, nunca nadie me entendía
Yo quería ser igual al resto de la gente
Pero me empezó a gustar ser un poco diferenteTranslation
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: Seen on El supergrupo, when the Big Bad sends a robot to a laboratory to steal the formula for the Super-Alloy. The robot questions one of the scientists in the room:Robot: Where's the formula for the Super-Alloy?
Scientist: I'll die before saying it!
Robot: [grabbing the scientist with one hand, raising the other like it was preparing an attack] Well, if that's what you want... I'll please you!
Scientist: I'll die before saying it's in the third drawer of that cabinet!
- Inspector Javert: Oh Holmez. He's less efficient and ruthless than the typical Javert, but every little bit as bureaucratic and single-minded.
- It Was Here, I Swear!: Happens in "El caserón fantasma", when Superlópez uses a road landmark to report the finding of the titular house to the police; but when the cops arrive the next morning, the house has seemingly vanished. It's revealed later in the story that the bad guys built a mechanism that allows them to lower the house into the ground to hide it from the police.
- Japanese Ranguage: As usual in Spanish comics, Chin Chao speaks with the "L in place of R" variety.
- Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Luisa loves Juan López but downright hates Superlópez, whom she dismisses constantly as a "Mr. Ordinary Guy".
- Literal Metaphor: In the aforementioned cops vs exterminating angels battle, right before the Comedic Underwear Exposure part:Policeman #1: (seeing the angels coming at them with what appear to be normal swords) Ha, ha, ha! They want to intimidate us with that?Policeman #2: Swords against firearms? They're going to be disappointed!(Flames start burning around the swords' blades)Policeman #1: What were you saying...? Those are firearms!Policeman #2: Gulp...
- Loud of War: The final showdown in "Cachabolik Blues Rock". After Superlópez manages to swipe a copy of the "hell partiture" that the titular band has been using to record Mind-Control Music, he recruits Jaime and Luisa to form a "Superrock" band in order to Beat Them at Their Own Game. The showdown consists of Cachabolik crashing a Superrock concert and both bands locking into an escalating volume battle. Superrock win after Martha sabotages Cachabolik's equipment.
- Luck-Based Search Technique: twice in Pandora's Box. Played straight the first time, then invoked and subverted the second time, when Superlópez tries to play it smart and make it work for him. (Spoiler: it doesn't)
- Mad Scientist: Escariano Avieso. White lab robe? Check. Sinister Shades? Check. A heaping helping of Evil Plans? Check. Wacky and Escarolitropic-Gmnesic circuit-ridden inventions? Double check.
- The Mafia: Al Trapone's gang, and others.
- Meaningful Name: Lady Araña's Canine Companion is called Tiburón ("Shark"), which is a quite fitting name when you consider its sharp teeth and penchant for biting Araña's enemies.
- Medium Awareness:
López: Weird things are starting to happen! It's evident that another Jan comic begins!
- Some characters drop quotes of this kind every now and then:
- In the 25th anniversary special, it is implied that ALL characters know they're in a comic book, as nobody bats an eye when Chico comments "Well, Jan's already been drawing us for 25 years..."
- Mind-Control Music: A rock band allied with the mob uses this.
- Mind Screw: Los Petisos Carambanales is about an attempt of Escariano Avieso to mess with Superlopez's head and making him retire.
- Monster of the Week: a common format in the early stories. Chiclón, Luz Luminosa, the Galactic Gladiator, Morgana the Witch or the Atomic Nightmare are all one-off villains, never appearing again.
- Monster-Shaped Mountain: in All Against One, One Against All, the Big Bad's secret lair is revealed to be a skull-shaped island. Complete with Cave Mouth. Right off the shore of a local beach. So of course the Supergroup fail to get the clue and waste their time horsing around on the beach while the Big Bad prepares to engage them.
- Most Common Super Power: Some of the female characters are quite well endowed.
- Ms. Fanservice / Shameless Fanservice Girl: Actress Valerie Astro from La gran superproducción. Apparently she gets typecast in roles that require her to show her body and she's grown used to it, to the point that she actually finds having to act dressed insulting.
- Mundane Utility: Superlópez is not above using his flight powers to save money while travelling, as shown twice in La gran superproducción; first, when heading back home from the port after returning from a cruise, he decides to fly home instead of taking a taxi (and then comments on how the taxi would have taken him much longer due to the traffic), and later he heads to the rooftop of the company building to fly to Miami and convince Valerie Astro to star in the movie.
- Negative Continuity: a couple of examples in the early stories. Most spectacularly, the one which ends with the Monster of the Week devouring the sun.
- No Budget: In-universe example in "La gran superproducción", where Superlópez has to finish the film with only 300 pesetas (approximately 2 dollars) left after a massive budget cut (more on that below in the Troubled Production entry).
- No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Escariano Avieso admits to Al Trapone that he never writes down the formula for any of the chemicals he creates.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Supergroup had it really easy to fall into this. They arrived six hours late to their first mission because of the time they wasted brawling over who should lead the team.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: In Los Alienígenas (The Aliens), one of the alien invaders (who have the ability to shapeshift at will) takes early in the story the form of a heater for a while to disguise himself. Later, when Superlopez is tracking down another of the aliens, he finds another heater, identical to the one used previously by the alien. Superlopez mistakenly thinks the alien has become again a heater (actually, the alien had taken the shape of a woman), and for the rest of the story, everyone seems to believe the aliens like taking the shape of heaters.
- One Nation Under Copyright: In this case, one planet under copyright. In "Hipotecarión", Superlópez dreams about a Bad Future in which the Hipotecarión Bank, the last one standing after all the banks on Earth started merging into one another through takeover bids, has successfully taken over the government of the whole planet.
- Only Sane Man: All members of the Supergroup see themselves as this. No wonder they almost wrecked their secret lair fighting over who would be leader.
- Part-Time Hero: In the early short stories especially, a lot of the comedy revolved around Superlopez struggling not to blow his cover as a nondescript office worker, or simply trying to keep his job despite being constantly off crime fighting.
- Phantom Zone: The "dark dimension" in which Superlópez squares off with the witch Morgana and her horde of demons.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: While facing off against the Galactic Gladiator, Superlópez attacks him with a flurry of punches. The Gladiator no-sells the attack, while Super's hands are badly hurt.
- Punny Name:
- Tontecarlo golf champion Bast Honazo (playing with "bastonazo", Spanish word that describes hitting something with a cane or a stick).
- And a quite effortless one, a Rich Bitch called Brujha, from "bruja" (Spanish for "witch").
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Supergroup, most of the time.
- Reading Ahead in the Script: Superlópez in one of the short stories of La aventura está en la esquina:Superlópez: I have a feeling that Al Trapone is behind this! It's in the script!
- Rogues Gallery: The comic has a cast of recurring bad guys including Al Trapone, Escariano Avieso, Refuller D'Abastos and Lady Araña, to name a few.
- Rule of Funny: Superlópez himself lampshades the rule being in use when he decides to use a snake as a liana to jump between places in a temple in El señor de los chupetes:[looking directly at the reader]Yes, I know I can fly and I don't need to do this, but this way the comic's more entertaining, right, guys? [crashes into a stone rafter]
- Running Gag: Any time Juan López enters a subway station, he'll absent-mindedly start ordering breakfast instead of asking for a ticket; then he'll go into a bar and order a ticket instead of breakfast. Sometimes it's because he's lost in thought, sometimes it's just plain stress, exhaustion or sleepiness.
- Scenery Porn / Shown Their Work:
- The comic's cartoony style is combined with an astoundingly realistic attention to detail: if you want to know what a typical Spanish city looked like during The '80s, you need only look at a Superlopez story of the period.
- The whole point of Periplo Búlgaro seems to be an excuse for Jan to draw all the places he visited during a trip to Bulgaria. The story is probably the most repetitive among all of Superlopez comics, and could have been told in a dozen of pages, had Jan not decided to artificially lengthen it to draw more Bulgarian places. That said, what's said above about Barcelona and the astoundingly realistic attention to detail, applies here as well.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In "El castillo de arena" Superlópez is offered a big amount of money by the Bey of Djebana to take care of their mysterious nuclear crisis. Superlópez does investigate it, but making it clear that it's only for the sake of the people.Superlópez: Of course I'll take care of the problem! As for your offer...Bey: Yes...?Superlópez: You can have it sugar coated! (flies out of the palace)
- Sdrawkcab Name: The spell destroying the Lord of the Pacifiers is Etev la oonreuk, a slight modification of a backwards Vete al cuerno, which is Spanish slang for Get lost.
- Shout-Out: To the whole Super Hero genre, starting with the main character and working down. In early stories, when Francisco Pérez Navarro -a much bigger fan of Superhero comics than Jan- did the writing, these were much more frequent.
- Single-Minded Twins: Zig-zagged with Jaime's cousins Adolf and Rodolf from Al centro de la tierra. They really are able to think as one, but if one of them somehow makes the other angry, a fight between them is sure to break out.
- The Smurfette Principle: Chica Increíble is the only woman among the six members of the Supergroup.
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: While the enemies in La caja de Pandora are all based on gods from different ancient mythologies (Greek, Egyptian, Hindu and Aztec), it's stated they are actually aliens coming from a planet that was once located where the asteroid belt is now, and was destroyed due to wars between the different factions. The whole story revolves around a box that supposedly contains an evil able to kill all humankind; when it's revealed that the box has always been empty, and it was all a lie started by Zeus because he was bored, Zeus proclaims "as if I were a god!".
- Super Hero: Parodied to hell and back at first, played progressively straighter over time.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Discussed in The Movie by Super's surrogate father, who warns him that Spain, as a country, tends to not be particularly kind to those standing out.A protruding nail is asking for a hammer. If you stand out, they'll crush you.
- Thanks for the Mammary: In "El Supergrupo contra el Papa Cósmico", Superlópez holds the Incredible Girl to protect her from the Cosmic Pope's flame attack, and notices too late that his hands are right on her breasts:Incredible Girl: Hey... are you still dating Luisa?Superlópez: Yes, why?Incredible Girl: Then you should be more careful where you put your hands.
- Troubled Production: Tronak el Karbaro from "La gran superproducción" becomes an in-universe example as the story progresses. The company's initial plan was to produce a film about King James I of Aragon, but thanks to a fumble with the scripts and the folders, ends up producing López's script. The mishap has consequences as midway through the production they are accused by associates Carner Bros. Tinctures and the General Board of Cinema of having presented a false script to obtain the production money, therefore losing a massive chunk of the budget. Once director Cecilio Bemille resigns upon learning the news, it's up to Superlópez to finish the movie on a measly 300-peseta budget (for American tropers, that's roughly $2).
- Tunnel King: Chin Chao, an Asian associate of Giorgio Papino's band, is known for digging his way out of prisons... with spoons. He himself states as much when leaving the burning house in "El caserón fantasma" through the 'emergency escape tunnel':Chin Chao: I dug it myself in 1990! Started with a spoon...Bast Honazo: How...?Chin Chao: How else? With patience... Chinese patience, of course.Dr. Tijera: Right... And where does it end?Chin Chao: In the house, that's how I found it and set up the up-and-down mechanism.Giorgio Papino: Okay, then where does it start?Chin Chao: In the Cuatro Caminos prison, it was my first escape... (every other character's eyes suddenly turn red, some of them can clearly be seen making angry faces)
Giorgio Papino: How's the tunnel progressing?Chin Chao: At a rate of 5 centimetres a day. The spoon isn't of much more use...
- Referenced again in the sequel "Nosotros los Papino", as Chin Chao is in charge of tunneling the band out:
- Two-Timer Date: Towards the end of "La gran superproducción", López struggles at the movie premiere as he had promised to take Luisa, but still has to serve as Valerie Astro's bodyguard as Superlópez.
- Ultimate Job Security: López has been threatened with being fired several times, not to mention that he keeps disappearing from work without warning whenever some villain attacks his city and taking holidays left and right so he can fight evil abroad. And he usually spends the little time when he actually is staying at work just practicing origami.
- Okay, he actually was fired once in Los alienígenas, only to be re-hired by the end the book. That's pretty much it.
- He's also fired in Gritad, gritad malditos after he refuses to work on an ad campaign for a punk band Jaime joined and that effectively is a Walking Disaster Area. By the end of the book, after he's hired as the new lead for the band, Superlópez pays the boss a visit and personally requests that "López, the greatest advertising genius in the world" is rehired to work on their new campaign. With twice his previous salary.