Dynamo Duck

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

Once upon a time, I was working on a project with John Carbonaro to bring the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents back to the comical book reading public.  (This was not the first time and would not be the last.) 

The characters were super heroes who were authorized by the United Nations and equipped by scientific geniuses.  One of their heavy hitters was Dynamo, a strong fellow whose molecular density was increased by a unique belt.  I liked him because he was less complicated than Superman.  He didn’t fly, didn’t have X-ray vision, etc.  He just hit things and survived things hitting him.

Anyway, one day John visited and said in a conspiratorial tone, “Dynamo Duck.”

I wrote a script and James W. Fry III drew it but, due to the vagaries of comics publishing, the story was never printed.  But if I had drawn Dynamo Duck, this is what he would have looked like:


NOTE: Not to be confused with most of the stuff that comes up when you google “Dynamo Duck.”



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Now It Can Be Told

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The "Comics & Coins" shop in the Mall where Mermsy bargains with the owner is based on a real place.  "Treasure Island," in the shopping center across the street from my High School, sold coins, stamps, and other collectibles.  My friend and I would go there and dig through the shelves of comics for back issues of X-Men.  (The real owner charged very reasonable prices, I hasten to add.)



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Mutant Mail-Box

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Annie from New York City writes:

I was just reading through your blog - gotta' say, I *really* like it! Pithy observations and comments. Short and sweet - very nice! Just like your illustrations. Or maybe that's just cuz the Snoof isn't that tall.

Hey! How's 'bout a journal or notebook on Cafe Press (for the store)? OMG - a "Kisses 5¢" mug would be SOOOOO adorable! Dude, your illustrations are TOTALLY sell-able.


Well, I am blushing!  Annie, you win the first "Notable Note" award -- a pen & paper drawing either of the Snoof, or by the Snoof.  - Charlie



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Mutant Mail-Box

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David from Queens, New York, noticed Part One ending recently and asks, “What’s up, doc, for Part Two?” 

Important question!  First, the Snoof can't escape a trip to the giant, terrifying shopping mall.  Then our heroes ride a bus.  Then I might actually get around to justifying the title of this comic strip.  -Charlie



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The Kid's Still Got It

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As I left the subway platform, I saw a boy ahead of me, standing at the top of the stairs, blocking my quick exit.  As I got closer, I realized that he was reading a book.  “How careless,” I fumed. 

He walked painfully slowly down the stairs, step by step, eyes never leaving the book.  When I edged past him, I saw it was a Harry Potter book.

Leaving the station, I looked back and saw him motionless at the bottom of the stairs, still transfixed. 

"How cool," I smiled.



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Non sequitur

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In 1963, National Periodical Publications first published a comics series called The Doom Patrol  <link> Patrol  about three heroes – a robot man, another man who could release an energized spirit from his body, and a woman who could get big. 

In 2002, Kerry Callen created a comics series called Halo & Sprocket <linkabout three roommates – a robot, an angel, and a woman with a big personality. 

A couple of years ago, I thought time was due for a mash-up.



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Ruff and Reddy and Finn and Jake

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Consider this:  A pale-furred, jowly dog who speaks with a country accent.  He goes adventuring with his pal, meeting talking machines, creatures out of Fable, and other beasties. 

This could describe Reddy of The Ruff and Reddy Show (original airdate 1957) or Jake of Adventure Time (original airdate 53 years later).   Only Jake is shorter and bald, and his eyes look like corrective lenses for extreme nearsightedness. 

I propose they are one and the same.  Between visits with Ruff in the Old Age Home for Toons, an aging Reddy goes adventuring with Finn under the name “Jake.”

ADVENTURE TIME and all related characters and elements are trademarks of 
and © Cartoon Network

RUFF AND REDDY are trademarks of and © Hanna-Barbera.

 



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Bureau of Beasties: Martian Division

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Big News from Wikipedia.  The theme music for the old sci-fi sitcom “My Favorite Martian” was performed on an electro-theremin by Paul Tanner, a former member of Glenn Miller's band. That spooky sound persuaded Brian Wilson to ask Tanner to work with the Beach Boys on "Good Vibrations."

Meanwhile, in the episodes themselves, I always noticed a painting hanging on the wall of the main apartment set.  In my surreal imagination, I assumed the painting showed some sort of mutant kiwi bird with a trunk, pecking across the sands of Mars. 

For better or worse, the internet has set me straight.  It was a normal bull, upside down; in a reproduction of an 1801 woodblock print by Sawa Sekkyo.  Thanks to J.H. Harison on her site http://members.tripod.com/~jhh_2/TVMFM.htm



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Mutant Mail-Box

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Pam of Pamosworld.com had some questions about page 2.5  and before (and about the page numbers themselves).

"There were some scenes I didn’t quite understand like the one where he finds his “kickstart” money. (That joke was funny but I didn’t get the long scene.)

"Also, I didn’t understand the nomenclature (.5?) on your Archive page."

The Snoof was just philosophizing to himself about his solitary situation.  Ultimately he decided that buying a TV and stopping thinking was the best plan.

The page numbering is for my benefit (I draw two cartoons on one piece of art board, so 2.5 is the bottom half of the second board).  If it bothers more people, I will have to rethink.

Thanks for your thoughts!



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Mutant Mail-Box

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I’m planning to use this blog as a letters page. 

Letters pages are fine things.  For years, I’ve written letters to comic books, like Thor, Supreme, and Savage Dragon.

I’ve also answered them.  From 2004 to 2010, I compiled letter pages for comic books in the DC Comics' line, like Scooby-Doo and Teen Titans Go -- I was Johnny DC!

If you have comments, questions, or wise counsel, you can write me using the form on the FEEDBACK link.  I’ll post some of the letters here, with answers. 

But if you're reading the strip silently, that's cool.



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