Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thinking Man's Heroes
One of the things that I like best about the Doctor is that he stands for reason in the face of chaos. The Doctor is almost always up against some foe that he can't possibly beat on a physical level. Robots. Giant monsters. Aliens. Armies of Daleks. There's no way he can fight his way clear so what does he have to do? He has to think his way out of trouble.
In this he reminds me of one of my other favorite heroes, Adam Strange. Adam was an earth man, transported to the distant planet Rann where he was forced to fight one super powered menace after another. Armed with only a jet pack and a ray gun, Adam was always far outclassed by the various aliens and monsters he came up against. But being a thinking man of action, Adam always managed to find a way to beat his foes. He out thought them.
DC Comics has recently published one of their Showcase volumes of Adam Strange reprints. Over 500 pages for $19.95. If you've never read them, I highly recommend the series. Wonderful SF stories and great art by Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, and Murphy Anderson