Get the Puck out of here

I like John Byrne's art. It's clean, simple, anatomically accurate, dynamic, and interesting. And usually, I like his costume designs, particularly his "Alpha Flight" team, but one of those Canucks has always bugged me:


I sympathize with Puck's dilemma. He wants a big ol' letter on his chest just like Superman, but he's so small the letter takes up his entire body. It still looks ridiculous, though, as if his mom wrote his initials in his costume so he wouldn't lose it at camp, only she drew them REALLY REALLY BIG.

The other problem is that the short-shorts conspire with the fireplug helmet to make him look even shorter. It'd be like Fat Albert wearing horizontal stripes; why accentuate your problem areas?

I do appreciate Byrne throwing a bone to the more hirsute members of his reading audience (werewolves, yetis, and me) by throwing on the copious amounts of body hair, but any time you have a character whose head is at waist-level to most people, the last thing you want to do is to make them think "pee". I'm just sayin'.

7 Responses to Get the Puck out of here

  1. Xstacy says:

    Is there some sort of rule that short guys in comics have to be really hairy? Maybe to, I dunno, prove they’re still manly even though they aren’t six feet tall? Or does it just apply to Canadians, like Wolverine and Puck?

  2. Ian says:

    I was doing fine until I read that last line. Now I’m wiping up the coffee I spat across my desk. Lol

  3. Joshua says:

    Xstacy, I think it’s just Canucks. Case in point: If you ever visit Brazil, the gentlemen 5ft and under there are as smooth as newborns. Of course, it could be that they are habitual waxers, who knows?

  4. Eryke says:

    It’s a Canadian Thing….. we are almost all hairy brutes….

    It’s an enviromental Adaptation…. we need the fur……
    (Excluding the West Coasters of course……)


  5. Danny Beaty says:

    Byrne really pucked up that costume! Ah, puck it! Who wants pie? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

  6. Wow. That is the wierdest superhero design I’ve seen yet.

  7. Yarlson says:

    I always figured puck was sensitive about people turning his name into a cuss word. So he announces really loud to the world “it’s Puck ! With a “P” !”