You thought Sinistro, Boy Fiend was the cat's pajamas? Well, of course you did. But let's not overlook Mr. Muscles!
So, how does one go about creating a comic character as bitchin' as Mr. Muscles? Believe it or don't, the character came from Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel in 1956, which just goes to show no one bats a thousand.
Jim Norman is not only a he-man, but he narrates his own dialogue. "You can get away with that if you are manly enough," says Adam Barnett on his insanely awesome blog.
Although you might have noticed from yesterday's post that there was a Mr. Muscles #22 and #23, this is because of more Charlton Comics wacky numbering system. In this case, they just took over the numbering from the canceled (sob!) Blue Beetle series and tried to give the title some instant cred. It didn't work, of course, and the title was canceled after the next issue.
The origin of the character was that he contracted polio, and through sheer dedication and force of will, became a perfect physical specimen. Because people can do that. That's why only weak-willed and morally flawed people ever get sick and die.
And if you didn't like him....
.... that's right, you were just jealous of his splendid physique.
This guy isn't the same character that appeared in the hilarious Hero Hotline decades later, by the way. But he did have perhaps the most disturbing sidekick ever:
That's right... make way for Kid Muscles!
I suppose he was meant to be a role model for you flabby kids, but we all know that comic book geeks prefer to bypass years of sweaty workouts in favor of magic lightning and powerful rings given to us by dying space aliens.
Anyway, people also had some sort of weird awe of Kid Muscles' physique (excuse me... splendid physique) as well:
I'm not going to lie to you. Reading this was disturbing on many levels. Captain America is low-key compared to this thing.
Seriously, is this a character description, or a personals ad on Craigslist?:
The scary thing is, I just know I have to read the next issue to see how all this turns out. See you tomorrow!