M.O.D.O.K. Month: Comics Pro Essays on ‘What M.O.D.O.K. Means To Me’
As MODOK Month draws to a close, I think it’s only fitting that we all take a moment to reflect on our personal relationships with the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. That’s why I asked a handful of comics creators including Fred Van Lente, Jeff Parker, and Colleen Coover and to write short essays on the theme “What MODOK Means To Me.”
Specifically, I pitched it to them as though it were a fifth-grade essay assignment, in order to better capture the honest emotions our Tarletonian celebrations have inspired. Join me in reflecting, won’t you?
—Colleen Coover, artist of Marvel’s “Girl Comics”
“MODOK is all GET OUT OF MY WAY YOU LITTLE HEAD and you better do it because he can brain blast you so hard and you will be all OWWWWWW and he will say HAH and he floats around and I don’t know how he goes to bathroom.”
“The Mental Organism Designed Only for Kookiness has always represented Marvel’s greatest Silver Age creation. MODOK stepping in front of Peter Parker and sweeping Mary Jane Parker off her feet at the senior prom; MODOK capturing Captain America and giving him not only a Wet Willie but the dreaded Rear Admiral; MODOK persuading the Hulk to tune in, turn on, and drop out, leading to the immortal Hippie Hulk issues; MODOK swapping out the glue in Paste Pot Pete’s glue pot for liquid Playdough; MODOK designing a blouse for Millie the Model…great stories, all, and really what the Silver Age was all about. Don’t you agree?”
“On a metatextual level, MODOK represents the unleashed id of a superhero universe, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee seizing upon an idea and unleashing it without worrying about realism or marketing – he’s a pure dose of old-school Marvel Storytelling, the sort of thing that could only be created at that moment. Modern superhero fans can debate endlessly over the character and never quite know if their appreciation for him is genuine or ironic. As a reader, I’m firmly in the PRODOK camp and feel that those early comics by Jack and Stan warrant canonization, oddities and all, and love that his odd design (along with compatriots like Arnim Zola) has remained steadfast even as other outlandish characters have wandered down the path of cinematically-inspired dullness.
MODOK also has tiny little feet. Hello, little feet! Who’s a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing? You’re a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing! Yes you are! A-boo! A-boo!”
“Well, to promote my ‘Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK’s 11′ mini-series, Marvel.com had me write a blog as MODOK called BLOGDOK in which I actually had to get inside the mind of a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing which, I must say I’m a little disturbed at how easy I found it to do.