created by James Duncan and Matthew Shepherd.
In the proud tradition of The Tick
is a not-too-subtle satire
comics. It takes place in the fictional Funakawa City, which is apparently supposed to be somewhere in the United States
. The title character, Man-Man (AKA
"Wayne Wealthy") was once a janitor
for the aptly-named Evil Corp.
, until one day he was bitten by a radioactive
man, giving him (in addition to the billions of dollars
he sued Evil Corp. for) the proportional strength, speed, and agility of... a man. Yeah. Additionally, he has grown half of a second head on top of his original one (though he is completely unaware of it) and is "invisible
" to women except under "extreme circumstances" (e.g., if he catches fire). He's also a crazed halfwit, but that doesn't seem to be a consequence of his "mutation
Man-Man's reluctant sidekick
, and possibly the only sane
person in all of Funakawa City. He worked for Evil Corp. until they blew up his house and fined him half a million dollars for helping Man-Man escape being burned at the stake
. So far, he's the only person who can hear Man-Man's secondary head talk.
Man-Man's homicidal, alcoholic
Belgian butler. Man-Man calls him "Frenchy" because he's never heard of Belgium
. He is currently hiding from Interpol
for reasons he refuses to discuss.
, a master of genetics
and mad science
in general. He lives in the basement
of Man-Man's mansion. ("What? He pays rent.")
Gutsy (AKA Mud Matlock):
"The Man with Guts". A blind
superhero whose speech is characterized by series of one-word sentence fragment
s and gibberish.
Another superhero. After beating up the bad guys, he proceeds to recite angsty prose poetry
. This apparently makes him popular with women.
Bindle & Spine:
Two government agent
s whose mission is to discover Man-Man's secret identity
. They're convinced he's not Wayne Wealthy, because he told them so himself.
Relatively recently, the comic has undergone an overhaul, and the authors are rewriting old storyline
s with better-drawn comics. You can find the comic at www.man-man.org