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Hidden Gems #3: Delectable delights about comics and comic creators

The Ultimate Multiverse of Multiverses Crossover: What If… The Boys crossed over into the DC and Marvel Universes?




Trigger warning. The images below are not suitable for young children, sensitive souls and Snyderverse fans. Stop now before it’s too late. You have been warned.

Well, if you're still here, dear reader, that means you're either mature or an immature millennial without any self-control. Either way, can’t you just imagine it? The Boys vs The Justice League. Or The Boys vs The X-Men. Who would win? Well, there's no need to guess any more. A brilliant feature in The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics #1 gives us a very clear idea.

First, what if The Female went up against Wonder Woman?

I’m sorry you had to see that. It’s a bit hard to think of Wonder Woman in the same way again, isn’t it? Now then, how about another matchup. Let’s see… Mother’s Milk vs Wolverine? Surely the best there is cannot be bested… ? Aw, shucks. Snikt. Or perhaps Foom! Then again, what is Wee Hughie talking aboot in this panel? He wants 10 bucks ransom to preserve Wolverine’s life? Mate, Wolverine can’t be killed – we all know that. And his healing factor means that his rugged good looks can’t be permanently disfigured either. And don’t forget the Mutant Resurrection Machine on Krakoa. (Yep, your friendly neighbourhood author is up to date on his X-stories!) So save your 10 bucks, wee little Wolverettes. (Wait, what was that 10 bucks ransom for, anyway?)

The crazed pervs behind this horrible nightmare of a comic book story also matched up Frenchie vs someone with green skin and enormous, um, body parts. That didn’t end well either. Sorry, Skaar, no little brothers or sisters for you, mate.

There’s more gore in this story, including something that is guaranteed to madden the lovers of little animals but let’s stop there and go back to the beginning. This issue had two variant covers. Maybe they can shed some light on what’s going on.

First up is the regular cover by the magnificent Mike Mignola. Now then, what the heck is going on here? Is HellHeckboy being censored?

And how about the second cover, by the jocular J. Scott Campbell? (Hey, is he related to wee Hughie?)

OK it’s pretty clear now, this is about censorship. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was set up to protect comic creators and comic book shop owners from petty (and not-so-petty) legal troubles. The marvelous Mark Evanier and the spectacular Sergio Aragones illustrated this further in the issue with a lot more clarity than wee Hughie did. To be fair, he had to communicate with an extra thick Scottish accent.

First, there was the Santa Claus affair, which saw the police raiding the offices of EC Comics:

Then, in the 1960s, came the arrests of comic shop owners for selling "underground comics."

And apparently, this can still happen in this day and age:

So that’s what this is all about. And Mark and Sergio go on to explain how comic creators set up this fund, and how fans can contribute. (No, don’t send 10 bucks to wee Hughie.) Check out the CBLDF website here. Fans can contribute to the fund and get some nice swag too!

Now here’s a list of all the superb stories in this issue and the capricious creators who brought them to life. I’m hoping that a copy will turn up in the bountiful bins at PinkPonk Comics soon!

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