- Posted by Johanna on October 5, 2009 at 10:48 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
I don’t often participate in Tom Spurgeon’s “Five for Friday” features, where he asks you to name five things related to comics — five anthologies you miss, maybe, or this week, “Describe a Favorite Comic in Five Words So That It’s Clear What You’re Writing About, but Don’t Name the Comic.” Given the entries, he’s turned it into a contest. You have about six hours from now to identify the comics named. That’s a neat idea, plus, this time I did participate. If you can guess which entry is mine before I edit this post later today to identify it, I’ll give you a prize. (US only, please.)
Update: As James identified, my entry was Bonus Entry 05, which describes the “Hukka vs. the Bob” backup story from Atari Force #20. It is my favorite comic because it shows great skill and never fails to make me laugh. It’s not actually wordless — but the only dialogue, except at the end, is “Hukka” and “Bob” in various tones and styles, so I count them as sound effects.
As described here, it’s seven pages in which “A young Chris Champion buys Hukka a robot Personal Pal named Bob. He leaves them to play while he is in his study cube. Hukka rides Bob but gets upset when Bob puts him through the ceiling. Not being able to read the “do not immerse in water” label on Bob’s back, Hukka attempts to flush him down the toilet. Bob becomes vicious and chases Hukka. Hukka finally gets Chris to help.” Here are the credits: Keith Giffen (plots & pencils); Robert Loren Fleming (plot & dialogue); Karl Kesel (plot & inks); Tom Ziuko (plot & colors); Bob Lappan (plot & letters); Andy Helfer (plot & edits); Communist China (plot & take-out).
It was considered good enough to reprint in the Best of DC #71 digest, containing the Year’s Best Comics Stories, in April 1986.