Today, we finish our two-day tribute to one of the forerunners of snarky humor, the Inferior Five. Today's panels come from their last Showcase appearance (not including the 100th anniversary issue which included dang near everyone who ever appeared in the title), number 65.
Yesterday, we took a look at some not-so-subtle jabs and fun at the expense of Marvel's new (at the time) character, the Hulk. The following issue, they targeted the original X-Men:
Instead of being early examples of the evolution of mankind, this team cleverly consisted of genetic "throwbacks." They weren't the future. They were leftovers. And while having the primate-resembling Beast of the X-Men as the intellectual of the group was a clever lesson in not judging a book by its cover, this was a great jab at how it could have gone.
And here we have the spoof of the Angel:
I love how he's the favorite of the administration "because his father is very wealthy and very rich." You know Professor Xavier thought that of Warren Worthington III at one time or another.
The other X-Men got off rather lightly, but that can easily be forgiven when we get moments like these, where the Blimp finally asks the question we've been asking about the Angel for years:
Brilliant! I couldn't have done it better myself.
I'm a total fanboy for titles like the Inferior Five and Not Brand Ecch! because, just like we do here at CMNS, they acknowledge the logical inconsistencies of what takes place in comics and gives us all a chance to laugh and say "So I wasn't the only one who wondered about that!" Of course, this was back in the day when DC and Marvel were more interested in taking shots at one another's plot holes rather than their own, but funny is funny.
So here's to the Inferior Five! Off to the Character Hall of Fame with the lot of you!
Heh. These books tickle me. They really do.
See you tomorrow!