Kanga-No

I sympathize with the poor bastard who had to generate a costume design for Kangaroo, but that's not going to stop me from being a jerk about it:

Now that you've seen it for yourself, you have to admit that restraining from jerkitude would be beyond the means of most mortals, even the alliterative ones.

You have to cut the designer some slack, because come on, kangaroo. But I'm pretty sure nothing in the character description said "ginormous codpiece" or "ridiculous ears mandatory", dude has to flat-out own that decision. Plus I can't figure out how the character shoves his presumably human legs into those lower extremities, because folks, calves and feet don't go that way. The perspective's a bit tricky, though, so maybe in real life it all comes off as giant clown feet, I don't know.

Still, I do sympathize with the artist, because it's not easy coming up with a costume for someone who got trounced on by a radioactive kangaroo. Not and keep a straight face, it's not. And I am sure that a lot of this design is intentionally humorous.

But what I can't forgive is what looks to me like a giant diaper tucked in behind that huge codpiece. That's just wrong. To say I don't want to know what's going to come out of that pouch is an understatement of Galactus-like proportions; I just hope they have the patented Sur-Seal leggies, because given the enormous power of his takeoffs and landings, any sort of leakage is going to be real, real grim.

So to this costume and its sadly ridiculous Super-Huggies, I have to say a regretful Kanga-NO.

(Character and image ©Marvel Comics.)

9 Responses to Kanga-No

  1. spidercow2010

    Where are his boxing gloves?

  2. Dan Gonzalez

    Are you serious? That’s his origin? He was stomped on by a radioactive kangaroo? You’ve got to be pulling my leg.

  3. That was a joke, Dan 🙂

  4. Reader Kate

    But that means he has no excuse at all for choosing the kangaroo as his emblem! Sure, kangaroos can kill you if you get too close, but they’re just too cute to be supervillain material. Hell, even the word “kangaroo” is cute. This guy might as well have called himself Doom Bunny.

  5. Me, Myself & I

    I’m just wondering why his get up has the insignia, “APB”?

    APB – All Points Bulletin (using the law enforcement acronym) doesn’t translate well to the name Kangaroo.

  6. If I remember right, the Kangaroo has cyber-legs that let him jump and kick better, and he’s Australian, so that’s how he got stuck as the Kangaroo. But I also remember from the old Handbook that he used to look completely human.

    *checks the wiki* Aha. There’s two of them. The original “lived, ate, and traveled with the kangaroos, developing a leaping ability that rivaled the animals he studied”–sort of like Steve Irwin–before turning first to boxing and then to crime. He got his butt kicked by Spider-Man, then got the mechanical enhancement I remembered him having. He died horribly.

    The second, which would probably be this guy, “although not from Australia, idolized the original Kangaroo, going so far as to spend years studying the exploits of Frank Oliver and begin imitating his speech and style.” Dear lord, that’s pathetic, but not as pathetic (or hilarious) as what comes next:

    “Hibbs then spent a sizable amount of his trust fund to purchase a suit of armor from the ‘Sharper Villain Catalogue.’ The kangaroo-themed armor enhanced his strength and leaping ability, as well as provided him with a semi-prehensile tail and a pouch-level cannon. Once again bounding through the streets of New York, Hibbs was again confronted by Spider-Man. After recovering from a blow by the superhero, the Kangaroo then unveiled his pouch cannon; Spider-Man hastily webbed the cannon shut, preventing it from firing. Hibbs nonetheless fired his pouch cannon, without first considering the consequences of his action. The pouch cannon exploded in his crotch region, rendering him unconscious, while Spider-Man webbed him upside-down from a streetlamp.”

  7. Me, Myself & I

    Talk about adding insult to injury!

  8. He is cute (:-).

  9. From his expression looks like he’s doing something in that giant diaper.