Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Retro Review: Radioactive Man #88


Last Retro Review we looked at Bartman #1. But around the same time that comic launched Bongo Comics also launched a Radioactive Man limited series. In case your unfamiliar Radioactive Man is a comic book that exists in the Simpson's world. He's Bart's favorite super hero and Bart's friend Milhouse even played Radioactive Man's sidekick Fallout Boy in a Radioactive Man movie, although the movie was never finished. Also of note, there is even a band named after the character Fallout Boy.

So this six issue series started with number one, which had a date of 1952 and was suppose to be a parody of a comic from that time, the second issue was #88 and was dated 1962. This was an interesting parody of silver age comics. The issue featured Radioactive Man interacting with other heroes of his team 'The Superior Squad' and a retelling of Fallout Boy's origin that borrowed heavily from Lee/Ditko Spider-man.

The jokes in this issue were pretty good, although not great. Some of the more amusing gags were a super hero named 'The Purple Heart' who happened to have been injured last issue. Also Fallout Boy got his powers from a lab accident, but before that happened a little bug landed on his hand.

Just in case you missed that this is a silver age Spider-man parody. Also Fallout Boy has an aunt named Aunt June. Other then that the most amusing thing is a fake ad on the back for 60's era Itchy and Scratchy cartoon.


So is this issue worth getting? Well, yes and no. It's certainly worth a read, but it can be kinda expensive depending on where you find it, sometimes as high as $6. I would say if you see it for around $3 or $4 get it, any higher pass on it. And it wasn't nearly as good of a parody as Bartman #1 was.

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