In order to understand The Maniaks, one has to be mindful that this came about when The Monkees were popular. No, not the mid-80's. I'm talking about the late 60's. Showcase #68, 69 and 70, to be precise.
One thing you have to love about the 60's is that even when things weren't very funny, they were sure frantic:
So, are you wondering who these hepcats are? Not really? Well, too bad. I had to learn, and so do you:
Now, I'm not sure this is artistic license or meant to be taken literally, but by their second appearance, Jangle had gone from being just a noisemaker like the guy from the Police Academy movies to a bona fide shapeshifter:
This was never explained. I think we were just supposed to appreciate the zaniness of it all. I'm also pretty sure we were supposed to have consumed copious amounts of marijuana before reading these things.
Anyway, here are the other two guys:
Yes, I know. They're dull as dishwater, but what can you do? At least they were better than this chick!:
Normally, I would caution you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being married to a female miser. I've made it work for nearly two decades. No, my young friends, the problems don't come from being married to a thrifty gal. The problems come from gals who want to be thrifty with their money whilst being fast and loose with yours:
To their credit, the makers of The Maniaks did nothing to try and paint her in a positive light:
.... although it isn't very funny. Ha ha ha! She didn't want to marry the billionaire just in case he became poor later! Isn't that a riot?
And cue the obligatory pleas from readers to keep this train wreck going.
There is another issue, but I haven't read it yet. Just in case it only ends in my tears, I'll hit you with Maniak trivia: The gold-digger apparently doesn't play her cards right, because she appears 30 years later in the Power Company limited series as a personal assistant to the leader of that team. And in the very recent Blackest Night annual big-event crossover, a character said that his dream as a child was to grow up and "play bass for the world's greatest band, the Maniaks." Don't believe me? Check out Power of Shazam #48.
See? We learned something today, didn't we?
See you Monday!