Yesterday, DC Comics announced that the publisher will be collecting the long out of print “Flex Mentallo” miniseries in a Deluxe Edition Hardcover. Written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quitely, the “Doom Patrol” spinoff was initially released in 1996 as a four-issue Vertigo series but was never collected due to a long-running lawsuit against DC by the Charles Atlas company who claimed the character infringed upon their famous “The Insult That Made a Man Out of Mac” ads. While the courts eventually sided with DC, the company remained committed to not collecting the series despite the increasing popularity of its creative team, leaving those seeking it out to pay increasingly exorbitant prices for the original issues in stores and online.
Now, learn more about what the series meant to Morrison and Quitely in this clip from “Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods,” the Morrison documentary released last summer by Respect Films. Featuring an intro by Tim Callahan, the clip explains the origins of Flex Mentallo and how the character is rooted in the writer’s real life childhood experiences.