CM Podcast 286 – Damage Control (comic 1989)

I am sticking with the funny book theme from last month’s Howard the Duck and transitioning into Marvel‘s 1989 miniseries, Damage Control.

Damage control was conceived by the late, great comic duo of Dwayne McDuffie (writer) and Ernie Colon (artist). The premise is “a sitcom within the Marvel Universe”.

The story follows around: Anne Marie Hoag (founder), John Porter (account executive), Robin Chapel (traffic manager), Eugene “Gene” Strausser (Technician) and Lenny Ballinger (foreman) as the run the company, Damage Control – the business that cleans up after superheroes and villains.

The comic feels like it was scripted as a 80s sit-com: Porter and Chapel are rivals but there is some sexual tension between them. Hoag is a stoic but sage figurehead, Strausser is the nerd that helps his friends when they are in a jam and Lenny is the gruff but lovable blue collar comic relief.

There is no major overarching storyline. Each issue can be read and enjoyed individually. I got a few chuckles out of the re-read of the series and compare it to a great sit-com, Cheers. You may draw comparisons to similar sit-coms. It is a blue print on how you can make a sit-com in the Marvel Universe. Disney, are you reading this?

Enjoy the podcast and then read the comic. It’s a mostly spoiler free review.

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 286

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