While looking at the recently “leaked” picture of Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond for next Summer’s Green Lantern movie, it occurred to me that I find big-headed superheroes and villains kind of hilarious. Their designs, transparently based off Cold War-era radiation paranoia, somehow manage to look both creepy and goofy yet are neither all at once. And they invariably result in some kind of mind-based powers. I don’t know who came up with the idea first, but there’s something weirdly compelling about them.
In tribute, I now assemble The League of Big-Heads. Here now is a collection of characters that have no motivation or legal ability to ever be on the same team except for the superfluous commonality that they all have enlarged craniums.
Naturally, we have to start off with Hector Hammond, since he kicked this whole idea off.
Comic books and singer-songwriters from the late ’60s/early ’70s.
And here, Greg Hatcher was kind enough to put them together in one blog post recalling a funny conversation of several comic book creators and professionals debating Superman’s inclusion in the chorus of Jim Croce‘s hit from 1972, “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim”.
I disagree with the opening statement that the chorus doesn’t make sense, and thus I basically disagree with the entire premise of the conversation, but it’s still very amusing and sounds like approximately a million conversations I’ve had with friends.
On April 18, 2010, it really happened. I walked the entire 3.2-mile WalkMS in a dress and high heels. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I could walk the whole way with the shoes, and seriously considered taking them off a couple of times. But I knew that at the end of the Walk, I can take the shoes off and the discomfort would eventually go away. My wife, and everyone else with multiple sclerosis, doesn’t have that luxury. So I just kept walking. One step at a time.
Thank you so much for everyone who sponsored me – your donation is helping to make the National MS Society an even better resource for people with multiple sclerosis. Thank you very much for everyone who walked with me on our team – I’m glad you didn’t mind going so slow. Thank you to everyone who has enthusiastically responded to this whole thing – every message I received really inspired and touched me. Thank you to Lan Yin “Eiko” Tsai for inspiring the look of my ensemble. And most of all, thank you to my wife for encouraging me and understanding the very serious ‘why’ behind this silliness.
(And… Psssst! If you would still like to donate, it’s not too late! We’re able to accept donations until June 1.)
Click on the Flickr set on the right to check out all of the pictures.
Photos by Rose Kwasnicki, Nahleen Blake and Michelle Hazan (and a few by me).