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Uzumeri x Godel: Animal Man

Posted in UGGU: Grant Morrison's Animal Man on October 4, 2010 by uzumerid

Godel: Hello everyone and welcome to the second installment of Godel x Uzumeri, or the first installment of Uzumeri x Godel, depending. For those just joining us, our ongoing project is to plow through canonical, extended runs on a title, and give them a fresh, thoroughgoing look. This all began with me blackmailing David into wading through the Chris Claremont Uncanny X-Men saga, which we began in our last post. In return, I’m letting him guide me through Grant Morrison’s smash DC debut on Animal Man, beginning this week with issues 1-5.

Uzumeri: “Animal Man” #1-5, by Grant Morrison and Chas Truog, cover-dated September to Winter 1988 (this was the year DC did two “winter” issues between December and January so that their release/cover date differential was two months, the same as Marvel’s). This was Grant Morrison’s first Big Two work, and it’s a doozy. Animal Man was a perennial F-lister who Morrison pitched partly because of a childhood affinity and partly because they’d let him get away with anything – this was right on the heels of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing revamp and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, which was launched as a legacy character in the DC Universe. Like both of those titles, Animal Man was edited by Karen Berger and eventually became a Vertigo title, albeit long after Morrison’s departure.

As for the character HIMSELF, he’d last been seen in Crisis on Infinite Earths flying off into limbo with the Forgotten Heroes, which was actually a team.

Godel: So this was kind of a situation (at least according to the account Morrison gives in the letters pages) where UK creators were seen as having a golden touch. So to give a title to this guy, even though he was a sort of unknown, was seen as a safe bet…especially since the character was so obscure. It’s not like letting this nobody screw around with some major, A-list character like Superman, or Batman!

Uzumeri: Not for another ten years or so, anyway.

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