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The Tick vs. HIM

The Tick vs. HIM
Part One: “HIM’s just like The Tick”

Pretty much since HIM first saw print in the original Lethargic Comics, Weakly mini-comic, HIM has been compared to The TICK. More accurately, I was told over and over, “HIM’s just like The Tick.” Often, that was said with some manner of dismissive sneer. What’s HIM connection with The Tick? Originally, none.

When I created HIM, (in 1989, about a year after The Tick first appeared) about the only think I knew about The Tick as in the form of a very small head shot of The Tick in the New England Comics ads that were placed in Marvel’s comics in the late 80s. I’d never seen the actual comic, let alone read one.

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When it became apparent that so many people said HIM was like The Tick, I started to actively avoid looking at the Tick comics. I just didn’t want to know what was similar since, up to that point, any similarities were 100% coincidental. But, curiosity got the best of me when one of my friends bought some Tick comics to read and he liked them a lot. So, I borrowed them and read them. I also liked them a lot. Yeah, there were similarities, but I didn’t think they were the same character then and I still don’t think they are all that similar, now. Though, if someone does think they share similar qualities, I’m not unhappy since I think The Tick was a great comic.

Back when I was drawing HIM for the mini-comic, a classmate, known as Zee, came to my defense when I was being attacked by some critics (I was not present). He said, “He’s a big guy with a big chin - What do you want?” I’ve been using that argument ever since.

To Be Continued…

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HIM Returns!

After a ten year hiatus, I have decided to reactivate my old comic character, HIM, as a web comic:

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HIM was a comic series I had started in 1989 in a mini-comic called ‘LETHARGIC COMICS, WEAKLY’ , that Greg Hyland was publishing. The mini-comic sold well enough that we decided to take a crack at self-publishing LCW as a full sized black and white independent title.

By the time I had stopped making HIM, he had appeared in 39 issues of the ‘LETHARGIC COMICS, WEAKLY’ mini-comic, 12 issues of ‘LETHARGIC COMICS, WEAKLY’, 3 issues of ‘TALES of LETHARGY’, 15 issues of ‘LETHARGIC COMICS’ and 13 issues as a back-up series in ‘LETHARGIC LAD’. In addition to all that, I self published a ‘HIM Trade Paperback’ that reprinted the HIM stories from ‘LETHARGIC COMICS’ as well as one brand new story only ever printed in the trade.

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himcomic.com is the first time HIM will be ‘published’ in colour. As much as I like black and white comics, I always felt that HIM and my art style lent itself to colour . I am very happy to be able to present HIM as I always would have liked to.

The story presented is the last story I was working on before stopping my comics work to focus on other things. The comics that will be posted for the next while are ‘reprints’ of a sort, but in colour. In the meantime, I will be writing and drawing new pages to continue the story that I always wanted to complete: The Story of ‘HER’.

A new page of the story will be posted every Sunday, but the first post is the first 6 pages that were originally published as the first chapter when in printed comics form.

Confused? Wait ‘till you read the comic!!

So, I guess the next section I need to add to this site is a HIM page!

TO BE CONTINUED...

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