Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wild Dog: My Thesis

So if told you I was going to talk about a comic book character who was:

  • a millionaire

The fruits of evil are FUNGIBLE.

  • man of mystery

That's a brave camera-person who took that.

  • who's a dramatic gun-toting vigilante


  • inspired by the death of a loved one

That bear saved his life.

  • who wears a garish outfit
Imagine laying that out on your bed and saying,
"Yes! THIS is the look I'm going for today!"

  • drives a signature thematic vehicle

"Red Rover, Red Rover, let Wild Dog run over."

  • has cozy relationships with authority figures

That's just the police guy; there's also a reporter guy and a spy guy.

  • and fights colorful and semi-deranged foes


  • in a city of his own

Or cities.

  • who kills without compunction

Eleazar P. Wilddog's portrait approves:
"No decent man would wear that shirt."

  • and quips for the reader's amusement while doing so,

Wild Dog turns vigilanteism into performance art.

you would, I should think, assume that I was going to discuss a Golden Age hero. If so, then, congratulations; you've come to the same conclusion I have:

Wild Dog is a Golden Age hero who just happens to have been created in 1987.


Anonymous said...

That feels like it makes sense: just as the Golden Age was a period when they were trying to figure out what flies in the superhero genre and what doesn't, that's what the Post-Crisis DC world was like. So I could see some Golden Age refugees emerging right around then.

I can't say I was a fan of much of the immediate aftermath of CoIE, and I wish they simply would have taken Jim Shooter's advice and written good stories (which sounds so simple as to be unhelpful, but I'll focus on "quality" over "different for different's sake" any day).

Scipio said...

Max Allan Collins is a HUGE fan of pulp stories and hard-boiled detectives of that era. I think he just naturally created a character in the mode he was most comfortable with. But given the times (and the antiterrorist aspect), what was actually an atavistic old approach came across as an attempt at a bold new one.

Jason Langlois said...

I can't argue with your logic.

Redforce said...

Regarding the 'inspired by the death of a loved one' panel, a stupid riddle I made up:
Q: Why are submachine guns Buddhist?
A: 'Cause they all go "Buddha Buddha Buddha..."

Scipio said...

You'd make a good Golden Age sidekick.

Redforce said...

Haha! I will take that as a compliment. I'm great at puns, but I look terrible in short shorts.