comic anthology series created by Kurt Busiek,Brent Anderson
and Alex Ross.
"the other trinity"
An ObamaHope-poster style image of Alex Ross' artwork for Astro City
Vol. 10:Victory. The title derives from a similar image featuring DC comics'
iconic trio,Superman,Wonder Woman and Batman.
Probably not too much of a coincidence,since DC actually publishes these
stories,albeit through one of their other labels.
The Simpsons,as several of Astro City's heroes.
...as in The Unholy Alliance,one of Astro City's most dangerous
supervillain groups. From the left: Their leader Demolitia, Slamburger,
Spice,Flamethrower and in the back,Glowworm.
"a summons to Samothrace"
An Andy Warhol-inspired image of Winged Victory.
"pitfalls with sidekicks"
Drawing inspiration from Neal Adams' iconic cover to
Green Lantern #85 (Aug./Sept. 1971),these are masked crimefighters
and sometimes-lovers Crackerjack and Quarrel;the sidekick is my
From the pages of Astro City Vol. 12:Lover's Quarrel...it begins when Stekk,a member of
a race of intelligent talking gorillas hidden within the Antarctic,learns of the existance of rock
music.Teaching himself to play the drums,he rejects the militaristic life of his fellow simians
and escapes to Astro City;re-naming himself Sticks,he seeks out a drummer's position with a
local band,but before his first audition,he rescues people from a burning building,leading many
to believe he's a new superhero.He also attracts the attention of several terrorist organizations,
who attempt to capture him with the intention of selling him to the highest bidder...thus
potentially endangering any band he might perform with.
Wanting neither the life of a superhero or slave,Sticks begins to think he has no future as a
musician,until he hits upon an idea;donning bulletproof formal wear,he begins to fight crime
under the name Tuxedo Gorilla. Having established himself,he then puts out a call for any
other superhumans with musical abilities...and Powerchord is born!
"honor guard locker room"
Getting a little risque' here...four female members of Honor Guard,Astro City's
premiere supergroup...caught with their pants down.
From the left: Winged Victory (real name Lauren Freed),Quarrel (Jessica Taggart),
the second Cleopatra (Sarah Brandeis) and the BarbieDoll-esque android Beautie.
"confetti of justice"
The Steve Ditko-inspired hero Jack-In-The-Box,using his trademark
streamers to trap the hapless villain known as Glue-Gun.
Done chibi-style,the Crossbreed,a sextet of heroes who believe their powers come
from God...in the front with the shepherd's crook is their leader Noah,who can summon
thunderstorms...to his right is the sonic-scream-wielding Joshua,to his left is the
geokinetic Peter and the lionesque Daniel.In the back is the giant David,while next to
him is the angel-winged Mary.
"saturday morning leo"
The featured character,Loony Leo,is a cartoon character that was
accidentally brought to life in 1946,an unexpected side effect of a
battle between the tuxedo-clad superhero the Gentlemen and his arch-
nemesis Prof. Borzoi,using a device that brought fictional characters to
life.His story,a fifty-year account that includes a short-lived career in
feature films,a scandal involving an underaged girl who dies of a drug
overdose,a brief stint as a lackey to an alien supervillain and eventually
becoming the owner of a successful restaurant in Astro City can be read
in Astro City Vol. 3:Family Album.
Although no such tale appears in the story,I'm imagining him here as the
star of a 1970's Saturday morning cartoon.