Archer & Armstrong - comic book where the 1% are costumed supervillians

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  1. Brainspore says:

    I think most supervillains (and more than a few superheroes) have historically been 1%-ers. All those henchmen don’t work for free, you know.

    • Sagodjur says:

      The only 99 percenter supervillains are failed supervillains. Unless they’re Robin Hood-types (who aren’t usually supervillains) or alien beings that have no need or concept for money, they’re going to accumulate money either as a means to their ends or as their ends. Those that want power know that money can be power and money can buy power. Those that want revenge know that money can be used to buy the power to exact revenge. Those that want chaos know that the need and/or desire for money can cause chaos.

      • Brainspore says:

        The only 99 percenter supervillains are failed supervillains.

        Poor Calendar Man.

      • Marc Mielke says:

        Killer Croc is generally a down-and-out type who works as a thug for smarter villains, and he’s not a complete loser.

        I think, though, that a lot of supervillains have more likable traits than actual bankster-types. Doctor Doom, for instance, has a sense of honor no Wall Street type could possibly have. 

        • Sagodjur says:

          Doom is definitely a one percenter, even if he has a code of honor. He ruled Latveria and had to have considerable wealth to build all his high tech devices and those really annoying doombots.

    • nosehat says:

      Not according to The Dark Knight Rises.

  2. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    Dammit! This is the third time in as many days I’ve felt obliged to argue this!

    - Birds are dinosaurs.  This is a fairly mainstream scientific opinion by now.
    - Humans and birds have coexisted for as long as there have been humans, since birds evolved first.
    - Ergo, humans and dinosaurs coexisted, Q.E.D.

    This really makes a lousy litmus test for young Earth beliefs.

  3. thecardcheat says:

    Isn’t Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) part of the 1%…

    • mccrum says:

      And Iron Man as well. Probably the Fantastic 4 too (custom jets to haul around Thing are not cheap).  Professor X.  I suppose any of the marine-based guys are typically princes or kings, so that’s going to be the 1%.  Wonder Woman is also royalty, as is  Thor.

      However, a lot of the time these guys appear to hold down pretty schmoe-kind of jobs.  Superman appears to not care about most of the world during his 8 hour shift at the paper.  Spiderman spends a few hours a day in class.  And Banner would get a lot more work done in the lab and get that bonus to buy himself a pool if he could just calm down for a minute.

    • Chentzilla says:

      Related: this review.

  4. juan says:

    I used to love Archer & Armstrong, probably my favorite comic back in the early 90′s. Is this some kind of reboot?

  5. wysinwyg says:

     Good.  Considering how many conservatives don’t seem to actually believe any of their bullshit and just say it to piss liberals off I’m glad people like this guy and Bobcat Goldthwait are giving a little back.

  6. I made the same connection in my review http://www.comicbooked.com/review-archer-armstrong-1/

    I like how they demonstrate how the erstwhile, but dense Mid-American social conservatives (the ones who run the Dinosaur/caveman theme park)  are manipulated by the 1%’ers

  7. bkad says:

    The idea of the 1% as supervillains just reminded me of the old “Captain Planet” TV show. For those who are not familiar, the cartoon featured a carefully ethnically balanced team of kids using life skills & and their magic captain-planet-summoning powers to battle polluters (portrayed as greedy 1%-ers).
    What is funny, in retrospect, is that the polluters had such simple motivations the plots almost tilted to the point where pollution was itself the goal of these evil men and women. I suppose it would make more compelling drama if those issues were portrayed realistically. but it would make make for a bad Saturday morning cartoon.

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