Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Number One of "DC Comics' Influential Five!"
What else could it be but...
While the four previously mentioned comics were kickin my head in, "Who's Who" was was the donkey kick that flattened me out and set me straight. DC clued us into a character's importance using something as simple as page count. Minor character's got half-a-page, "B" characters (Adam Strange) a full page, major characters like Superman, a full two pages. Even sweeter was DC brilliantly matching each character's entry with art from either its' creator, current illustrator or an artist best known for their work on the character. For example, who could forget George Perez's beautiful two-page Wonder Woman spread. No character seemd too insignificant for entry into "Who's Who." Heck, even "Capt. Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew's" Little Cheese got a half-page entry drawn by his creator Scott Shaw! How very cool was that? Who could forget the sheer randomness of the art entries of one of Marvel's then up-and-coming illustrators, Art Adams? Why the hell was he doing the entries for "Catman" and "Punch and Jewelee" of all things?!? I wanted to know more about these characters. "Who's Who" simply made me give a damn.
You have to love a universe where Amethyst matters just as much to one person as Superman does to hundreds.
"Who's Who" was the book that showed me how to adore this improbable universe. A universe where heroes like Plastic Man & Captain Marvel still mattered despite not having been "born of this world."