Bad food, bad supers, and sweet inspiration

Picture the scene, a hard-up comic book creator desperately seeking a new character for his struggling book. The deadline is looming, and his job is on the line -- he needs help, and quick! Frantic eyes dart around the room, hoping against hope for some sort of inspiration. Nothing on the book shelf, he's already done something with the clock, ditto for the calculator and calendar, no way "Staple Remover Guy" is going to work, there's my leftover bowl of Top Ramen ...

Top Ramen

And BAM! Just like that, the day is saved! See, his name is Prince Ra-Man and he has mental powers. Get it? He messes with your noodle. Brilliant!

Prince Ra-Man will mess with your noodle

(Image and character ©1986, DC Comics, Inc., from "Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe", Number 18.)

(Edited to change a couple of words in the post and title, as Prince Ra-Man is actually a hero, not a villain. Apologies to him and the deceased soul of Merlin which lives in him.)

4 Responses to Bad food, bad supers, and sweet inspiration

  1. Daigoji says:

    Ok bro, seriously…. next time you come to NY I’m taking you to a joint where you can get REAL ramen. The instant packaged crap doesn’t do it justice… You get half of boiled egg, miso or soy broth… a big savory slice of pork, mmm…. veggies, some variants have corn or peas, often a little seaweed, mmm…. it is good stuff… the real deal.

    I will not forget. To hell with dumplings, we are going to my spot for REAL yummy ramen!

  2. Dan says:

    Do all comic book mentalists have to have black hair with a white streak(s)? My first thought on seeing the above was “Oh, Doctor Strange is moonlighting for DC. Or is it Prince Raman who moonlights for Marvel?”

  3. Jeff Hebert says:

    Good point, Dan. The more brain power you have, the harder it is on your hair. Mighty mentalists like Prince Ra-Man and Dr. Strange have torched theirs into white streaks. The more powerful you are, the more your hair is affected.

    In my case, for example, I am so hyper-intelligent that ALL of my hair except a bit on the sides and back has been burnt away. Now that’s some brains, folks.

    And Daigoji, I’m taking you up on that Ramen offer. My noodle needs noodle to keep up the massive intellectual wattage.

  4. TheMarc says:

    Don’t forget Charles “Professor X” Xavier. His mental powers are actually the canon explanation for why he’s completely bald, last I checked.

    Reed “Mr. Fantastic” Richards, though lacking mental powers, is a super-genius, so I’ll pretend he counts.