V is for Vile

V-Man's cape is very excited to see you:

Other parts apparently share that enthusiasm, all outlined in at-attention vertical red and white stripes. Just in case you were tempted to look away at all.

You might think this schwinging accessory is the byproduct of V-Man leaping down or the wind blowing or possibly Catwoman entering the room. But no, it is literally always like this. I don't know if his little V-Boy or V-Lad or whatever his sidekick's name is has the job of standing around with a giant fan to get it that way or what, but the cape is always standing straight up.

My alternate theory is that the cape is some sort of Venom-like alien symbiote who is actually the hero, and the human to which it's attached itself is just a mindless host. Hence the well-stocked patriotic granny-panties.

(From "V-Comics" number 1, 1942.)

11 Responses to V is for Vile

  1. Are you sure it’s his cape? Maybe it’s just an incredibly high popped collar, and V-Man is the biggest d-bag in the world.

  2. Maybe it has wires in it, like how they had to wire the flag on the moon to make it stay straight out with no wind. Also, I can’t believe you didn’t mention how the giant “v” acts like an arrow pointing straight to his crotch…

  3. Perhaps this was Todd MacFarlane’s inspiration for Spawn’s cape.

  4. Oh, wait– that’s the whole cape? What are those cascading lines behind him for? I am so confused but what I’m seeing here.

  5. Myro:
    Are you sure it’s his cape?Maybe it’s just an incredibly high popped collar, and V-Man is the biggest d-bag in the world.

    As usual, you crack me up sir. Maybe V-Man was the inpiration for all of the 80’s movie bad guys?

  6. Some characters, like Captain America, can pull off the patriotic look. Some, like our friend V-Man here, really can’t.

  7. What dies again? Hope? Faith in humanity?

    Or is that just V-Man’s appearance trick? Instead of shouting ‘SHAZAM’, something dies, and as the panel states, there stands V-Man.

  8. having nothing to do with V-Man(but i dont know where to post it), i think, jeff, there should be a sharing day where everyone shows off their personal compendiums of heromachine drawings. what do you think?

  9. Frankie:
    What dies again?Hope?Faith in humanity?

    Or is that just V-Man’s appearance trick?Instead of shouting‘SHAZAM’, something dies, and as the panel states, there stands V-Man.

    Not just dies, dies “again”! Maybe he’s powered by Jean Grey.

  10. I think fashion sense dies every time he shows up.

    Ironic that someone with such a prominent protuberance is named after female parts…

  11. Was this the forerunner of the Trojan Man?