A while back, I did a series of battles between mythical characters that rarely get to duke it out. Superman vs. Jesus — Professor X vs. Professor Darwin — Hulk vs. The Buddha — and The Spectre vs. Steven Hawking, just to name just a few. Many were declared winner, and many went down in defeat.
It’s time for the play-offs.
My god, this is getting exciting.
What’s next in the quarter finals?!? Batman vs. Bugs Bunny? Obelix vs. Ma Kent? The possibilities are endless, except that’s about all I have left from the list, so it’s not that endless after all.
SOME OF THE ORIGINAL EPIC STRUGGLES! Click on ’em to read the Bun Toon Battles of Yore!
Ty the Guy OUT!
In the spirit of Zen, I shall give you all a bonus moment. And then another moment that is not a bonus, but instead will be an extra moment.
Everyone who understood that, clap with one hand.
First, from England’s late, lamented WASTED Magazine, a page from Alan Grant’s chemically inspired “TALES OF THE BUDDHA”, starring Kid Buddha and his pal, Jesus.
Jesus, Buddha and maryjane – It’s not just something you shout when you stub your toe at the United Nations.
And now, your extra moment.
The title of this manga roughly translates to “Jesus and Buddha on Vacation”. And it takes place in Tokyo, apparently. And Jesus has way better hair for scoring the ladies in Tokyo, that’s clear from the cover.
And now an extra, extra, bonus moment.
I first encountered Jonathan Winters on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. He came on and just talked to the audience in the studio, riffing off whatever they said to him, and was the funniest damn thing I’d ever seen at the age of ten. As I grew up, I found he got funnier and that there was more going on than the silly voices and the insane characters that would pop up and down like an MPD wack-a-mole game. He was a true subversive, and had a cynical point of view, buried in the lunacy.
And he played it like jazz. A comic who could swing like Dizzy, man.
The world lost a few dozen people when it lost Jonathan Winters. A number of them are portrayed on this magnificent cover by the great Jack Davis. I have this album, and I’m going to put it on.