Issue Three, Page Six

October 6, 2022 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Six
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MattSchofield 6th Oct 2022, 10:26 AM
MattSchofield
I had SO much fun drawing this page! I was able to complete it relatively quickly, probably because it was a single image and I knew almost exactly what I wanted to do with the composition from the very beginning. That, and also I tend to work faster when I’m having fun!

This is probably one of my clearest homages to the work of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. My absolute favorite Marvel comics villain is M.O.D.O.K. - I’ve always loved everything about him, from his grotesque appearance (you may have noticed I have an affinity for characters with oversized heads), to his arch dialogue (usually screamed at full volume to his opponents), to his goofy name being an acronym - I LOVE punny acronyms!! The letters in his name have varied slightly over the years, but they originally stood for the “Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing”.

Originally, I was going to have Night Knight trying to figure a way out of the trap-door shaft, and Steamroller Man would keep trying to get his attention - “hey, what if we --” “I’m THINKING, please don’t interrupt” - then Steamroller Man would find a button that said “FREIGHT ELEVATOR”, and push it and the floor they were standing on would start rising up. That never felt quite right, firstly because it was not that much fun, but secondly I kept wondering why Sugar Daddy would have dropped them down there in the first place, if they could easily return by just pushing a button. There would have to be something at the bottom of that shaft that Sugar Daddy would use to finish them off… perhaps a failed experiment from the past…

At first his name was going to be M.A.L.O. - a pun on his marshmallow head and the Spanish word for “bad”, which I quite liked. It would have stood for “Modified Artificial Life Organism”. I thought the malo/mallow pun may not have landed with everyone as clearly as I wanted, and it didn’t seem quite a clear enough homage to M.O.D.O.K. It needed something to reference the “Only for Killing” part (surely the goofiest part of his name). So then it became M.A.L.L.O.W. - “Modified Artificial Lifeform Living Only for”... what? Warfare? Wickedness? I initially considered those but ultimately tossed them. They were a little too serious. I needed something a little more goofy and silly; he was a creature with a giant marshmallow for a head, after all. I was running the possibilities past my family, and my wife really laughed hard at “Walloping”, so I knew that had to be the one.

So he was going to be M.A.L.L.O.W. As I was drawing the image, though, doubts started to creep into my brain. Does this drawing even look like a marshmallow? Is everyone going to get this joke? Will people know what “mallow” is if it doesn’t have the “marsh” in front? But what could “M.A.R.S.H.” stand for?? I also started to question my design for the character. Another muscle bound male with a big head - it seemed too similar to Steamroller Man. It occurred to me that an extra set of arms would fit with his penchant for walloping his foes, while also giving him a distinctive silhouette.

Finally, I had one of those moments of creative inspiration that usually happen while falling asleep, washing dishes or taking a shower - “M… A… Multi-Armed!” I’d cracked it!

Hope you enjoyed this page as much as I enjoyed making it! If you like Steamroller Man, tell a friend!

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Comments:

Awesomeness Studios 6th Oct 2022, 10:40 AM
Awesomeness Studios
Oh my goodness a new bad guy lol :D
MattSchofield 6th Oct 2022, 11:00 AM
MattSchofield
YEP!! Hope you like him!!
Mrremoraman 6th Oct 2022, 10:41 AM
Mrremoraman
DAMN that acronym was impressive!
MattSchofield 6th Oct 2022, 10:59 AM
MattSchofield
Thanks Mrremoraman! As I said above, I really do love punny acronyms! I was really happy when I worked this one out!
HeresABanana 6th Oct 2022, 10:50 AM
HeresABanana
The search is over - this is the comic I always needed in my life
MattSchofield 6th Oct 2022, 10:58 AM
MattSchofield
I LOVE to hear that!! Welcome!!
WynautWarrior 6th Oct 2022, 12:14 PM
WynautWarrior
And I thought Steamrolly had a big head. Keep up the awesome work!
MattSchofield 6th Oct 2022, 3:04 PM
MattSchofield
Thanks, WW, I'll do my best!
TheHiddenElephant 6th Oct 2022, 2:32 PM
TheHiddenElephant
Goes great with C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E. and G.R.A.H.A.M.-C.R.A.C.K.E.R.S.
MattSchofield 6th Oct 2022, 3:05 PM
MattSchofield
As tempting as it is to try and come up words to make those into acronym,s I don't think I have the energy right now!
Vicious E 6th Oct 2022, 4:03 PM
Vicious E
Cute but not cuddly.
Peter Wulfdane 6th Oct 2022, 4:56 PM
Peter Wulfdane
I always had a certain suspicion of marshmallows, they look too benign and innocent, waiting to ensnare the unwary...glad to see I was right. :)
MattSchofield 6th Oct 2022, 5:34 PM
MattSchofield
Never let your guard down in the candy aisle!
ebarie 7th Oct 2022, 5:06 AM
ebarie
Just plain fantastic. Love it!
MattSchofield 7th Oct 2022, 10:32 AM
MattSchofield
Thank you ,sir!
ebarie 7th Oct 2022, 1:10 PM
ebarie
You are welcome.
Surenity 7th Oct 2022, 8:12 AM
Surenity
Umm, what about the word “for”, h-how does that fit into the acron-
M.A.R.S.H.M.A.L.L.O.W.: Shut up!
MattSchofield 7th Oct 2022, 10:32 AM
MattSchofield
Someone's looking to get walloped!!