Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Great Moments in Bad Comics: The Great Diaper Alien Switcheroo!


Here is Tiger Boy's true Jupiterian form, as seen in Unearthly Spectaculars #1:

And here we see Tiger Boy's true Jupiterian form, as seen in Unearthly Spectaculars #2:

While Gil Kane can draw the hell out of some aliens, I kind of prefer the googly-eyed, diapered potbellies for sheer camp value. Either way, somebody dropped the ball, alien design wise. In fact, in that same (second) issue, the script couldn't even decide whether the Canfields were from Venus or Jupiter! Thank you, Unearthly Spectaculars editor of long ago, for failing to maintain visual continuity, or apparently, even consciousness, for an episodic run of a mere two issues, thus giving me something to complain about over forty years later!



Lazarus Lupin said...

ok.. let's see if I can retcon it.. um their race lives on BOTH worlds and each world has a "cultural" shape based both on tradition and practicality. On jupiter they are bediapered and on venus they are buggy. Actually as an aside, what shape would a whole race of shape changers naturally take? Maybe's its a consensus thing.. the right shape is what everyone else is at the moment.

Lazarus Lupin
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Brian Hughes said...

Fantastic! That's the official explanation as far as I'M concerned.

Esteban138 said...

Could they be yellow creatures from Jupiter who just chose to hang out in the form of bugs from Venus?

Scratch said...

Brian, I wish I could help you out. If the alien appearances had been reversed, one could chalk it up to the Sea Monkey crazy that was sweeping the nation from the late 60's to the mid-70's. To go from Pampered™ Sea Monkeys to wart-ridden-mono-labia insectoids is, well, just plain crazy. You might want to just slip this one back in the cold case file.