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The comedic genius takes on Marvel in ALL SELECT COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1

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By Sean T. Collins Ever since its birth with Timely Comics 70 years ago, the Marvel Universe has been home to countless unique and unforgettable characters—and more than a few unique and forgotten ones. Take Marvex the Super Robot. Debuting in April 1940's DARING MYSTERY COMICS #3, this extra-dimensional automaton created to conquer Earth rebelled against his masters and became the planet's protector. Sounds like a hero in the Mighty Marvel Manner, right? However, given his bizarre interactions with Earthlings, his goofy ways around women, and his twin penchants for tossing criminals out of windows and taking off his clothes, he's a lot more WHAT THE?! than WAR OF KINGS. So who better to revive this disremembered droid than underground humor comics maestro Michael Kupperman? The creator of the drop-dead hilarious comic series Tales Designed to Thrizzle and mastermind of the recent Adult Swim pilot "Snake'N'Bacon" specializes in giving Golden Age comics a "Monty Python" makeover. And in the upcoming ALL SELECT COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1, a tribute to the Timely legacy, he'll be making his Marvex. Marvel.com caught up with him to find out how.
 

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Marvel.com: Tell us a bit about Marvex, and what you'll be doing with him in your story. Michael Kupperman: Marvex is a character from the early days of Marvel, a robot man created in the sixth dimension. His stories lack the intensity and drive of modern super hero comics; he basically wanders around and gets involved in situations, and refuses the romantic advances of young woman because, after all, he is a robot. I've continued these traditions, and tried to replicate the feverish existentialism that characterized his original adventures. Marvel.com: How did you hook up with Marvel for this project? Michael Kupperman: I am doing Marvex because of editor Alejandro Arbona, who came to Marvel from Wizard Magazine. Alejandro and his Wizard cohorts have always been very supportive of [me] and my publications. Marvel.com: Your home turf is straight-out humor comics, but your style is sort of a pastiche of Golden Age comics and pulp. Is Marvex the kind of thing you've drawn inspiration from in the past? Michael Kupperman: Marvex is definitely the kind of thing I have taken inspiration from, although not specifically as I had never seen it before. It's comics from when there were no comics professionals, only excited amateurs. Marvel.com: Looking at the original Marvex story, it practically reads like one of your comics already. For example, a guy comes across a giant metal man lying in the road, and his first instinct isn't to freak out, but to order the metal guy to help him tow

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his car. That blend of fantastical elements with mundane stuff is pretty hilarious. Is your strategy just to kick that up a notch? Michael Kupperman:
Absolutely! In all of his stories, Marvex undresses to show a woman that he can't date her. In my story, he does it twice. Marvel.com: Are there any other Marvel characters, from the famous to the obscure that you'd like to try your hand at? Michael Kupperman: I'd like to be allowed to use all the Marvel characters, from Nunchuk the Quibbling Man to Fantasy Squad. There have just been so many great characters and situations. Seriously, though? Fantastic Four. Marvel.com: What else are you working on these days? And what do you recommend Marvel fans check out if they'd like to see more of your work? Michael Kupperman: I've just done an animated "Snake'N'Bacon" pilot, which is on the Adult Swim web site , and more animated excitement is in the works. My comic pamphlet Tales Designed to Thrizzle is still coming out, and there's a hardcover collection coming out right now that is quite a sexy object.
 
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John_Holstein
John_Holstein

If it had been me,I would have brought back MARVEX's creator BOLO[Daring Mystery Comics#3(4/1940)] and revealed that that High-Tech Headband he wore gave him the SAME ABILITIES AS an OVOID( ability to download his mind(plus those of his people Marvex killed ) into CLONE BODIES.I would also AMALGAMATE BOLO with BRAINIAC and the LEADER.I would have had BOLO recapture MARVEX and UP GRADE him( getting rid of that WEAKNESS he didn't have in Daring Mystery Comics#3,otherwise the explosion that brought him to Earth would have killed him ) and setting him on Humanity until someone( Clara Crandall or a Golden Age Hero ) stopped him.

John_Holstein
John_Holstein

When I read the MARVEX story in DARING MYSTERY COMICS#3(4/1940) he came off looking like SUPERMAN.In this story he was doing SUPERMAN like things( back when SUPERMAN only had SUPER-STRENGTH,SUPER-SPEED,LEAPING ABILITY and DURABILITY ).MARVEX THE SUPER-ROBOT of SUPER FABRI-STEEL and SUPERMAN THE MAN OF STEEL. Before I forget it's on PAGE 1 of DARING MYSTERY COMICS#3(4/1940) that MARVEX LOOKS LIKE A YOUNG WILLIAM SHATNER.

John_Holstein
John_Holstein

If MARVEL wants MARVEX to have a ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP with CLARA CRANDALL then you NEED TO REVEAL that MARVEX's ROBOT BODY is like KARL STRYKER's Suit( http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/strykercapam.htm ) and then you NEED TO TURN MARVEX into the kind of ROBOT in CAPTAIN AMERICA#248(8/1980)--BARON STRUCKER ROBOT---page 2 panel 1:Sidney E. Levine/Gaffer says,this ROBOT HAD A PSEUDO-PULSE...it MAINTAINED AN INTERNAL BODY TEMPERATURE of 98-POINT-6...IT DUPLICATED ALL THE EXPECTED BODILY FUNCTIONS!And unless I miss my guess,there's some sort of MASKING DEVICE in the torso that WOULD FOOL ANY X-RAY CAMERA!:---page 2 panel 1:Gaffer says, THOSE EYES even SIMULATE the RETINA PATTERNS of the late BARON STRUCKER!:---page 2 panel 1:Nick Fury says,Yeah?Well,I ain't surprised it FOOLED A BUNCH OF PRISON DOCTORS into THINKING IT WAS HUMAN.

John_Holstein
John_Holstein

Does MARVEL only hire the BLIND AND ILLITERATE?CAN'T MARVEL'S WRITERS AND EDITORS READ?Sean T. Collins who apparently never bothered ( or doesn't know how to read ) to read DARING MYSTERY COMIC#3(4/1940)-4(5/1940) MARVEX STORY REPRINTS because MARVEL ONLY TOOK HIS JACKET/SHIRT OFF at the END OF DARING MYSTERY COMICS#3 to SHOW CLARA CRANDALL that he was a ROBOT,but in DARING MYSTERY COMICS#4 it was ESCAPING CONVICTS WHO TOOK HIS CLOTHE OFF before they PUT HIM IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR.

John_Holstein
John_Holstein

DO NOT MAKE THIS MODERN Marvex STORY APART OF MARVEL EARTH HISTORY.You cannot ROB Marvex of BEING ACTIVE DURING the LATE 1940s,the ATLAS AGE and MARVEL:THE LOST GENERATION AGE.