Random Pulls from the Bargain Bin
In these economic times, finding inexpensive entertainment is difficult. Thank goodness for my local comic shop and a slew of comics nobody cares about anymore! Each week I randomly grab a comic from the bargain bin (for 50 cents) to see what kind of bang I can get for my two-bits. These are those tales.
April 20, 2011 – paid 50 cents for:
THE GOOD GUYS #1
Published by Defiant Comics
Written by: Jan Childress with Jim Shooter
Art by: Grey
LOOK, THERE ARE LIMITS!
November 1993 is responsible for Look Who’s Talking Now
, RoboCop 3
, and Ms. Doubtfire
. November 1993 is responsible for Fran Drescher and The Nanny
. November 1993 is responsible for Duran Duran on MTV’s Unplugged
. November 1993 is responsible for the Battle of Pooneryn during the Sri Lankan civil war in which over 400 Sri Lankans are killed. November 1993 is responsible for NAFTA. November 1993 is responsible for The Good Guys #1
from Defiant Comics. I hate you November 1993.
I’ve talked at length about Jim Shooter’s Defiant Comics when I danced through Warriors of Plasm #1
, so I will not foist that upon you again today. What I will be foisting upon you today, though, is a journey through The Good Guys #1
– a bad marketing idea swaddled in the soiled diaper of a bad comic.
The Good Guys
was, at its heart, a marketing idea. The premise behind the book was that Shooter and his pals at Defiant put out a “Casting Call,” roping all these doe-eyed kids who dreamed in tights and capes into submitting character ideas for a comic book. Kids all over the place wrote into the Defiant offices and unburdened their dreams of escaping their mundane lives and becoming Super Heroes! The crack Defiant staff (or the Defiant staff ON crack – whatever) then cherry picked the eight kids they thought were most marketable, I guess, and thus were born The Good Guys
From a marketing point of view, the concept sounds initially pretty good. It was a great way to get kids involved in the Defiant Universe and gave them all a sense of hope that their Super Hero dreams could somehow become a “reality” (although the word isn’t really apropos, as this is still a fictional representation). By doing this open Casting Call, Defiant was able to spread the word about their comics, and get kids to buy into the idea that this was a whole new enterprise, attuned to their sensibilities.
What Defiant didn’t do, though, was look at the long tail of this puppy. Once the eight kids were chosen and the comic was printed, the “losers” of the contest exercised their disappointment fueled backlash power and lost interest in the book as fast as internet memes stay in the public discourse. The Good Guys ran for a total of nine issues, from 1993 to 1994, eight more issues than it really should have.
Now about the comic itself. Oh, yes. Let’s look at The Good Guys