A new exhibition in Brooklyn looks at a few examples from the more than four hundred pieces of fold-in art created by the MAD Magazine mastermind.
Just some guy who wants to be a “super hero” so he can wear the costume and reap the benefits of seeming important while doing as little work as possible. Pretty much the prototypical modern American male.
Where did he get his powers from?
He doesn’t really have any powers. If it appears like he does it’s probably because he’s dreaming.
Well then, in his dreams, what does he use his powers for?
Getting what he wants (beer, girls, chicken nuggets, whatever).
Does Whatever Man have any enemies?
I think there are a couple guys in the comic who follow the super villain trope, but they’re featured more as vignettes and don’t really interact with WM. If they do happen to cross paths they’re almost always victorious because Whatever Man sorta sucks at combat.
Who knows about Whatever Man?
Like his actual identity? Everyone, he can’t be bothered to wear a mask.
What happens next?
He tries to get a publishing deal and eventually optioned for a cartoon series or full-length feature that flops. Or just a free beer at the very least.
The 75th Anniversary stamp set that will briefly prolong the perpetual slow death of the great US postal service. It’ll be pretty awesome to send bills out with the Bat-Signal though.
Between 1978 and 1985, Paul Kirchner did this far-out monthly comic strip for Heavy Metal magazine. You can find The Bus in book form here
AJW’s got another installment of Comedy Dreamz happening this Saturday (9/13) in Bushwick. Info on that, below.
The Complete Zap Comix is a five-volume hardcover box set containing 920 pages of underground comic history. Featuring the work of R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson.