Secret Bases & Supposedly Secure HQs: A Modest Gallery Of The Out-Of-Sight Places Where Comics Characters Retreat To.

And so, with the new week thoroughly underway, might I present a modest and hopefully beguiling gallery of just a few of the kind of places where comics characters go to live and work?

11. from 2007’s X-Factor: Life & Death Matters HB, by Peter David, Dennis Calero, Cory Petit, Jose Villarrubia et al.

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2. from 1971’s The Incredible Hulk #145, by Len Wein, Herb Trimpe, John Severin, Jean Izzo et al. With a touch of irony, the cheap’n’cheerful 2006 Marvel Essentials The Incredible Hulk Vol 4 black and white reprint of the colour original is far clearer and easier to read, so I’ve added that too. Which tells a truth about how poor the printing was in the American comics in the early 70s. It would, of course, become far worse in the middle of the decade.

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3. from 1974’s Beano Book, with the art by, I think, either Robert Nixon or Tom Lavery. As I wrote on Tumblr a few years ago, the Annual ‘appears to find corporal punishment for children not just acceptable and necessary, but utterly hilarious … Perhaps most poignant from the perspective of 2015 is the page showing the kind of room Roger The Dodger dreams of having. In it, there’s “cast-iron trousers to wear while being spanked”, a “pile of cushions to sit on after spankings”, an “alarm bell to ring when Dad’s coming” along with hiding places and escape routes.’

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4. the HQ of the GWA from 2016’S Glorious Wrestling Allicance by Josh Hicks. My scanner has done no favours to the original indy title’s charm, but I would strongly encourage you to check out Mr Hicks’ GWA titles here at his site. I honestly believe they’re quite wonderful comics, charming and funny and, at moments, truly touching.

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5. from 2012’s Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand TPB by Mike Magnola, John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart & Clem Robins.

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6. The base of the Siberian Six, from Compulsory: Freedom Collective, by Barr, Regan and Rorkov, a quite brilliant superhero satire that you might acquire from Rough Cut Comics here.

You can, if you’d choose, access other galleries here at Them Darned Superpeople, here.

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