OK..... I'm giving away my age here. Yeah, I'm old. "Back in the day" -- the early 60's, -- one of my favorite things was to take some of the hard
earned money I'd make: delivering newspapers, cutting lawns, shoveling snow, whatever..... and to the corner drug store to buy a pile of comic
books. At ten cents a comic, the two or three dollars -- burning a hole in my pocket -- really went a long way. Still, I was a discriminating
shopper. I'd stand at the comic book rack for what probably seemed like an hour to the pharmacist. I could feel his eyes burning a hole in the back
of my head as I carefully studied the covers of each and every new comic on the rack. I guess he was worried that I might try to tuck one of those
books under my shirt or something. Little did he know that I would never do that. There was no way that I'd risk wrinkling the cover or even folding
one of the corners!
Slowly, I would spin the comic book rack around, picking out the latest Batman, Detective, Action, Adventure comics. I'd eagerly snatch up the new
Green Lantern or the Flash. I'd grab DC comics, Charlton's, Dell's and, later, Marvel's. By the time I was finished, I'd have quite a nice stack of
comics. A quick stop at the "penny candy" counter to pick up a quarter's worth of "jaw-breakers", "pixie-sticks" and other assorted "junk" and I'd
be set for a leasurely afternoon of reading and day-dreaming.
Those were the days when being a kid was truly a care-free existence. The biggest problem that I faced was "which comic do I read first?" It wasn't
an easy decision. But, more often than not, I'd find myself passing over the "important" comics (Batman, Superman .... you know, the 'serious' books)
and I'd start out with a comic that many of todays' comic fans might not know -- Metal Men
The Metal Men, a DC comic, was created by Robert Kanigher
in 1962. The Metal Men first
appeared in Showcase Comics
with art by Ross
on pencils and inked by Mike Esposito
. After a brief run in Showcase, The
Metal Men quickly proved popular enough to warrant their own title which had a relatively decent run.
Original Metal Men
Gold – could stretch his body almost infinitely.
Iron – was super strong.
Lead – could block harmful radiation and the like and usually morphed into thick shields.
Mercury – could melt and reform himself through small spaces, or over vast distances. Mercury is the firebrand of the group, confrontational
and hot headed he regularly gets into scrapes with the rest of the group especially Platinum. He feels his talents are not truly recognized and think
that he should be leader of The Metal Men. He is ironically a fan of the film genre Robot Hunter.
Platinum – Platinum (Nickname Tina, later Platina) as she is commonly known is the only female member of The Metal Men. She has a faulty
'responsometer' which makes her act like a real human woman. Tina is in love with Doc Magnus and the two regularly verbally spar with the Doc
threatening to repair her 'responsometer'. She has a personality clash with Mercury the other firebrand of The Metal Men.
Tin – Tin is the kind caring member of the group he has a terribly low self esteem and believes that he is not worth of being part of the
Metal Men. He is however very brave and is happy to put his life on the line for his comrades. Seemed to prefer acting as a "can" or container. His
other efforts usually failed due to his weak strength. SOURCE
Throughout the run of the comic, there were a variety of substitute "metal" members: i.e., cobalt, gallium, iridium, silver, zinc, osmium,
I would love to see a Metal Men movie. Frankly, after seeing the Transformer films, I frequently have wondered how a Metal Men movie would fare.
Certainly, the cinemagraphic techniques now exist to due the subject matter justice. But I never felt like the Metal Men team ever had the popularity
necessary to warrant a big screen adaptation. Interestingly enough, the possibility of a Metal Men movie actually exists!!!!
During an interview with superherohype.com on April 9, 2006, Lauren Shuler Donner (producer of the X-Men trilogy) expressed interest in developing
Metal Men into a movie like Men in Black, a light film with "a lot of CGI." On November 19, Donner confirmed in an interview with IESB.net that she
was indeed in the early stages of developing the movie with Warner Bros. SOURCE
If the Metal Men ever do make it to the "big screen", I know that I'll make the trek to the theatre, probably barely able to contain my excitement.
Some things just make one feel just like a kid again.
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