Contact Us

‘Funky Winkerbean’ Makes The Case For Super Heroism In The Weirdest Possible Way

With all the chatter about DC’s “Brightest Day” and Marvel’s “Heroic Age” coming up this spring, it’s looking like mainstream super hero comics’ comparatively darker days could be trending downward. But aside from Conan O’Brien’s ending his “Tonight Show” run with remarks denouncing cynicism, where should creators and fans look for inspiration as they enter this new phase of optimistic storytelling?

Would you believe “Speedball” #2? Sunday’s “Funky Winkerbean” strip would.

The strip’s argument comes across like this: Speedball’s 10-issue series that started in 1988 – two years after the generalized granddaddy’s of the “grim ‘n gritty” movement “Watchmen” and “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” saw release – is somehow a shining example of comics’ good ‘ol days.

Super heroes used to be real heroes, you see? They may have been a little eccentric, but they weren’t deeply disturbed and borderline psychotic.

Sure, there’s room for commentary if you’re comparing Speedball’s goofy New Warriors days to his present Penance incarnation, but the generalization made by this aging fictional fan is the kind of thing you’d only find in the dustiest and most misguided Internet forum…or, you know, in “Funky Winkerbean.”

In the words of the ever-wise Comics Curmudgeon:

“Yeah, you kids today and your moral ambiguity! In our days, heroes were heroic, like Speedball, who’s named after an awesome combination of heroin and cocaine!”


Recommended For You

Around the Web

More From ComicsAlliance

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for ComicsAlliance quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!