Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at a series from the Greatest Keith Giffen Stories Ever Told list that some folks seemed to not know a lot about - the Heckler!
Plotted and penciled by Keith Giffen, with scripting duties done by Tom and Mary Bierbaum and inks by Malcolm Jones, the Heckler was a short-lived series, lasting only six issues before being canceled. However, as we are coming up on twenty years since it came out, the rights might very well be reverting back to Giffen relatively soon, so maybe he the Heckler can make a comeback!
The gist of the series is that the Heckler is a superhero parody consisting of a superhero (the Heckler, natch) who has powers similar to that of Bugs Bunny in a typical Looney Tunes cartoon (you know, malleable, able to pull items out of seemingly nowhere, great speed when necessary).
Here's the Heckler in battle with a bad guy to give you an idea of what I'm talking about...
A later issue introduced probably my favorite villain, John Doe, whose touch...genericizes stuff!!
He comes up with a plan...he will infect the water of the city!!!
This leads to a confrontation with Doe and the gun-toting woman you see above, plus the Heckler plus a pair of thugs sent by the mob to silence John Doe (as they don't want to be genericized, either)...
Man, looking at Giffen's art, it's a real shame that he didn't DEBUT with this style, as I think he'd get a lot more acclaim for his artwork instead of folks remembering how he USED to draw. He is such a skilled sequential artist - such great storytelling skills.
In any event, this series did not last long, but boy was it a fun ride while it lasted!!