March 31, 2011

From the Editor

Bull Moose comic has the right idea


On Friday, you can see Bull Moose Music being demolished to a pile of rubble.

In a comic book, that is.

The Maine-based record store chain's Scarborough location is crushed by the classic sci-fi monster Godzilla on the cover of "Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters" No. 1 by IDW Publishing.

It's one of 75 variant covers of the comic book that will be distributed throughout North America. The Bull Moose version will be available at all Bull Moose stores beginning Friday.

This isn't the first time comic book artists have paid homage to Maine. Last year, for example, DC Comics' Sean Murphy used Portland as the basis for scenes in "Joe the Barbarian."

I think it's a great idea, but I'd like to take it a step further. I'd like to see some comic books based on real-life Mainers. Here are some possibilities:

"The Incredible LeRage": On the surface, Gov. Paul LePage appears to be just a good ol' boy, never meaning no harm, making his way the only way he knows how. But don't make him angry, or he will transform into a red-faced behemoth stomping everything in his path while bellowing "UNIONS SMASH!" It's up to his faithful sidekick, Danny "Danger Control" Demerrit, to try to keep him calm, sending him to Jamaica to escape angry mobs when necessary.

The League of Indecisive Artisans: Portland's Public Art Committee is dedicated to promoting art in the city and seeing to it that public land is adorned with work that benefits all. Except when it doesn't, when it will be immediately decommissioned. Or they will have the artist fix it. Or move it to someplace else. Or have someone buy it. Or OK, have it decommissioned. Sometime. They're not sure when.

The Reality Rogues: Maine's former reality show contestants join together to battle evil, but never get anything done because they're too busy trying to get each other booted off the team and taking time off to try out for other reality shows. In the end, the group only lasts for 15 minutes.

The Uncanny X-Girls: Sen. Olympia Snowe, Sen. Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree are an anomaly among their peers: They fight for a populace that often hates and fears them, even if it means going against the wishes of their own parties. They face many challenges along the way, not the least of which is trying to inject some sanity into the political process. The climax comes in a special four-year epic, "Darkest Maine."

Deputy Managing Editor Rod Harmon may be contacted at 791-6450 or at:


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