The Tick is a fictional superhero created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in as a newsletter mascot for the New England Comics chain of Boston area comic book . In the comic series, the Tick is a wacky hero who escaped from a mental Tick's appearance may be a reference to obscure comic book superhero Blue Beetle. NEW ENGLAND COMICS (W/A) Ben Edlund (W) Benito Cereno (A) Les McClaine The Tick: The Complete Edlund New Edition collects all 12 issues of the classic Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers.

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While some of the episodes borrowed from the original Tick comic books, many of the characters in the animated show were not in the comics, like Die. All 12 issues of Ben Edlund's original classic comic book series are collected in The Tick: The Complete Edlund, plus as a bonus the 13th Pseudo-Tick. In , year-old Ben Edlund created a mascot for a Massachusetts comic book store chain called New England Comics. The Tick, then in black and white, .

Before the two TV series. Before the Broadway musical. Ben Edlund created the perfect super hero satire. Go back in time to read how The Tick and Arthur fought crime like nobody else.

Jan 14, Zachary King rated it it was amazing. Stellar superhero satire! Sep 10, Pj Anderer rated it it was amazing. Way back in early 90s or before I read all 12 issues of The Tick. This seems to be the closest thing to those, I suppose. Jan 31, Adam Graham rated it really liked it. Before the Tick became a popular Saturday morning cartoon character, he was a popular Independent comic book character created by Ben Edlund. Here we get to basque in the glory of this wacky superhero parody through its initial run by its creator.

Edlund began working on the tick when he was when he was high school with a cartoon and character profile in New England Comics news letter Th Before the Tick became a popular Saturday morning cartoon character, he was a popular Independent comic book character created by Ben Edlund. The character profile is interesting for many reasons.

First, it's reprinted with a big typo. Second, it establishes the Tick as a divorced French-speaking concert pianist while claiming to be clueless as to the characters' nationality. Tick 1 features the Tick's escape from the city and the famous scene where the Tick is interrogated about whether he sucked blood.

This was an okay issue overall, but it should be noted that it contained a lot of swearing, mostly milder stuff but a lot of it, and there was a barnyard expletive thrown in. Edlund cuts this way down in future issues, as he matured as a writer. Issue 2 was an okay Superman parody that was just a little too obvious.

To me, Issue 3 is where the Tick truly hits hits his stride with a 3-part Ninja-fighting story parodying Frank Miller's Daredevil as he battles a ton of Ninjas to help out a woman named Oedipus who became a ninja due to her being and responding to an ad to the newspaper for ninja training.

The Ninjas and the Tick all work hilariously. In Issue 6, Edlund introduces the concept of Supervillains Incorporated which finds the world so full of superheroes that in order for a superhero to establish himself he has to hire a villain to fight. Hilarity ensues when the Tick meets up with the villain instead. In Issue 7, Tick goes out to get some Pez but ends up fighting alongside a Dick Tracy-like crimefighter against the arch-criminal Chairface Chipendale in a plot that would be mostly borrowed for the cartoon series.

In Issue 8, Chairface's men are out for vengeance but are stopped by the man-eating cow as Tick and Arthur decide to go to New York to make it big as superheroes. Issues 9 and 10 finds the Tick and Arthur on the road to New York and run into chainsaw vigilante and and a band of mad scientist hillbillies under an evil spell.

Every superhero has an origin story

Issue 11 has the Tick arriving in New York and having to defend his Tickhood against a man named Barry who has been using the name the Tick. The two duel in the Comet Club while Author experiences the horror of a visit to the sidekick's lounge. In Issue 12, the Tick has secured the rights to the name and gets a lot of cool stuff with it, but Barry is plotting revenge.

This issue was the last that Edlund drew and it did seem to be getting a little weirder and the humor a little tired. This comic was in , 9 months after the previous issue and was left unresolved.

This book allows Marc Silva to resolve the story line in Pseudo Tick 13 which merited a couple laughs and managed to close up the story line with Edlund and make it consistent with other books that had been produced since.

The concept art and extras were unusual like an obscure art film. The new edition not by Edlund extends a detail from Issue 1 in an amusing story. The meat and the best part of the book are Issues and mere synopsis doesn't do the book justice. There are some magic moments such as when the Tick coins the battle cry, "Spoon" or discovers he has pockets.

It gets a little weird and sometimes too weird for my taste, but when it's not too weird, it's hilarious. Feb 20, Will rated it liked it Shelves: A fun, relaxing read with beautiful illustrations and a couple of refreshingly serious moments.

I like the works that these comics inspired more especially if I can count The Venture Bros. May 29, Paul Shillinger rated it really liked it. A great comic, and perhaps one of the funniest I've read.

Leaves out a section that many readers felt was racist. This was the first comic book to make me laugh out loud.


I picked up the first issue at my local comic shop back in the 90s and I laughed so hard at one of the sight gags that I literally had to set the comic down and walk away for a few minutes. Ben Edlund's offbeat sense of humor isn't for everyone, but if you "get him," you love him. My only disappointment with this edition w TL;DR: My only disappointment with this edition was the omission of a fairly large chunk of material concerning the mascot of a corporatized ninja clan.

The mascot was a small, chubby ninja named "Li'l Nip," who spoke with stereotypical "engrish" pronunciation and grammar. At the time it was published, the character created quite a bit of backlash against Edlund, with readers accusing him of overt racism. Disney's Pocahontas, McDonald's short-lived "Asian" menu. I thought it was pretty clever, myself, and never felt that Edlund was trying to promote racist stereotypes.

Nevertheless, Edlund apologized in a later issue, and it seems the publisher has chosen not to risk controversy again. The Tick remains one of the funniest books I've read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the short-lived TV series or cartoon, or anyone who enjoys parodies of superhero archetypes. Apr 22, Kevin rated it really liked it.

The Tick: The History of a Laugh-Out-Loud Superhero Satire

Ben Edlund's uproarious superhero spoof is chock full of wonderfully absurd humor. The Tick is a mysterious, nigh-invulnerable muscleman who breaks out of an asylum and makes his way to The City, thirsting for injustice in need of rectifying. It's fun seeing the art evolve from the crude but inspired renderings of The Tick's debut to the cartoony house style the strip assumed. And Edlund has a knack for writing the most perfect one-liners, which, uncharacteristically, I shall not share with you now, so there.

May 08, Doug rated it it was amazing. I love The Tick! Ben Edlund's creation is a work of crazy genius. There are 13 issues in this complete volume. The first 12 are amazing, but unfortunately, the final one doesn't seem to feature the same quality of art and the writing feels like a rough first draft.

It's a rather drab conclusion for what is otherwise a stellar series! Arthur's "battle cry" is "Not in the face! Not in the face!

Despite Arthur's repeated attempts to push the Tick away, the hero won't leave Arthur's side for long. The Tick also frequently talks about Destiny as if she is a literal person, guiding Arthur's path "Destiny gave him the suit.

I just acted in more of a 'delivery man' role" , alluding to the Parcae in Roman mythology. At one point, Arthur starts to believe that the Tick is merely a hallucination, but that thought is quickly dispelled when Arthur's sister, Dot, interacts with "The Blue Guy. The Tick lives in a city simply called "The City".

In the animated series, the Tick was assigned to the City after his "Cabinet of Terror" described by the Tick as the "deadliest engine of destruction had to offer" exploded, leaving him unharmed, during his city assignment selection trials at the National Super Institute Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Powers and abilities[ edit ] The Tick possesses superhuman strength and mass, which makes him capable of inflicting great damage on his surroundings if he is not careful. His full strength is never actually quantified, although he is at the very least capable of lifting whole cars with a single hand, and comfortably bending steel girders. In the pilot of the series, The Tick claims to have the strength of "ten, perhaps twenty men - a crowded bus stop of men".

The Tick is also "nigh-invulnerable", which means it is almost impossible to injure him in any serious way although he is vulnerable to feelings of pain and his antennae are particularly sensitive. Because of this he can survive moments of extreme stress, and has demonstrated this ability on numerous occasions. In one noteworthy instance, in the animated episode "Evil Sits Down for a Moment", he fell 4, feet out of the sky, crashing through the concrete road below into a subway tunnel, yet before he reached a stop he was subsequently hit by an oncoming train - and he survived it all without any lasting physical injury only a brief, albeit severe, concussion.

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Several powerful supervillains have been able to knock the Tick unconscious in several fights, but he never comes to any lasting harm. He also does not possess a super-powered immune system, as he has been seen sick with the common cold just like a normal person.

One of the Tick's few limitations is that harming or removing his antennae will destroy his sense of balance. Finally, the Tick possesses something referred to as " drama power", or basically a tendency for the Tick's powers to increase as the situation becomes more dramatic.

He can also survive in space without a suit, and under water without oxygen for "at least" a long time. He also does not possess a super-powered immune system, as he has been seen sick with the common cold just like a normal person.

One of the Tick's few limitations is that harming or removing his antennae will destroy his sense of balance. Finally, the Tick possesses something referred to as " drama power", or basically a tendency for the Tick's powers to increase as the situation becomes more dramatic.

He can also survive in space without a suit, and under water without oxygen for "at least" a long time. In the site adaption, he is shown to be able to leap and bound great heights with ease and speed, and he is utterly impervious to bullets.

However, he is almost choked to death in the second season, the only indication that the Tick can be physically harmed. The Tick has been well received as a comic book character. Empire magazine ranked him as the 28th greatest comic book character of all time, stating that the Tick is a lovable lunk, given to overly dramatic declarations on behalf of justice. IGN also stated that whatever his mental state, the Tick's adventures are thoroughly enjoyable on both the printed page and television.

While The Tick comic book series included some extras, such as trading cards , the merchandising of The Tick increased dramatically with the launch of the animated series. Action figures , stickers, pogs , T-shirts, hats, party favors, costumes, and a board game were created. In addition, many fast food restaurant chains, such as Carl's Jr.

In , Fox Interactive also released a beat 'em up video game based on the animated series. The game, however, was not well received. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Tick disambiguation. See also: List of The Tick characters. List of Tick-related published material.

The Tick 1". Season One". The Digital Fix. September 18, Archived from the original on September 8, Retrieved May 15, Empire magazine. Retrieved May 17, Comic Vine. Retrieved The Tick at Wikipedia's sister projects. Ben Edlund. Tick Phalanx of Gloom. The Tick comic book Other publications.

The Tick video game.Frosty Christmas: This classic looks at so many different styles. Weekly Auction ends Monday June 3! While a parade of special guest-stars and dramatic reenactments of dramatic stuff delights the audience and guests, something is seriously amiss at the television studio.

New outer cover black Special Reprise 1. Later series' would depict it more in line with the cartoon. Edlund's work appeared in three editions in The Tick 1 was finally published in early Join us for fun as Bunn imprints The Tick with his own creative style of storytelling!