Thursday, April 13, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 103: Even I don't know why this guy is called "Snow King."

Does the Sub-Mariner need help to fight a big monster, namely Torg, The Abominable Snow King?

Panel from Sub-Mariner (1968 series) #55 (November 1972), script and pencils by Bill Everett, inks by Bill Everett and Frank Giacoia, letters by John Costanza

Well, yeah...actually he does, so the sailors watching the battle vow to stand with Namor against the weedy foe! And also: why isn't a creature named The Abominable Snow King white and furry and hanging around the actual snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas, not just some ice caves at sea? Hmmm.

I mean, I guess if the Abominable Snow King was actually a big abominable snow man, he could be easily defeated by tossing him down a ravine. Wait, no, that wouldn't work: bumbles bounce. Luckily these easily killed humans are leaping to aid the super-powered mutant, jumping up onto him. Dudes! This isn't a climbing wall at your local gym!

Still, Snow King climbing is is a little more exciting than rock climbing.

Later, just plain ordinary humans show up to put the kibosh on Mr. So-Called "Snow King" (yeah, I'm lookin' at you, Greeny) by bombing him from helicopters and sending out a buncha boats to save the other guys.

So, it's Snow King 0, Sub-Mariner 1, Humanity 6. Even Subbie has to hand it to them: in a thought balloon to save his own fishy face. Send those guys a nice Hallmark thank you card, Namor, ya bum!

So there you have it: Torg the Snow King! The monster so ice he only appeared in comics twice!

Panels from Avengers (1998 series) #43/458 (August 2001), script by Kurt Busiek, pencils by Alan Davis, inks by Mark Farmer, colors by Tom Smith, letters by Albert Deschesne

To conclude: "THAT'S NO KING!"

1 comment:

Blam said...

Now I know what the love child of The Floronic Man and Power Girl's cat would look life if carried to term by Wendigo.