Ordinarily, when I have a question about comics I can't answer, I turn to Devon Who Erreth Not over at Seven Hells. But I know for a fact Devon can't help me answer this question, so I'll ask you.
What is the appeal of Space Cabbie?
I find it a mystery deeper and more unanswerable than even "Why would someone swordfight on the bottom of the ocean floor?" The Mystery of Space Cabbie thrusts itself into my face by way of this week's poll, in which Space Cabbie (incomprehensibly!) is beating out all other contenders for "most desired Showcase Presents", even the famously inventive Sugar & Spike and my obvious favorite, the fabulous Red Bee.
Why would some make a Space Cabbie out of Legos?
How can a character with no name, no origin, and no personal details at all be so popular?
Particularly when his last "real" story, not just an "appearance" (outside his JLU gig) was in, what, 1972?
Can anyone, without hitting the internet, name a single Space Cabbie story (JLU excepted) or remember its plot?
Why does Michigan State library have a Space Cabbie collection?
I'm not the only guy stymied by this Space Cabbie mystery.
My operating theory is that Space Cabbie is an empty icon, a sort of comic book Golden Calf, worshipped precisely because it has no meaning, and turned to as a rejection of the more difficult demands of modern comic book gods as we wander through the Desert of Decompression.
As such, Space Cabbie's vacuuity works to his advantage, a blank screen upon which we project our own concepts of "how innocent" comics used to be. Devotion to SC thus becomes a shibboleth for the Silver Age Apologists, the Whimsy Huggers, the ardent Argentophiles, who think that because they like literary candy bars for dessert that it would be great to consume them night and day.
What do YOU think of Space Cabbie?