Thursday, May 10, 2007

Wolverine


Wolverine is a character from the X-Men comic. He's part-man, part-animal, in a long tradition of characters such as, Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, Tarzan, The Wolfman, etc, trapped in a struggle between bestial impulses and civil order. As a superhero working within a team this makes for an interesting social dynamic. He must work with others in an organization, while at the same time he's at his best when he goes berserk and attacks the enemy. He's basically a murderous psychopath barely under control. In a lot of ways so is James Bond, he just looks smoother, nobler and more refined. I think these characters allow us to cut-loose of our civilized selves in a safe and harmless way. In a story these characters are very appealing but would be awful people to know in real life.

7 comments:

Anthony Carpenter said...

This one's a real crack-up! :)
I love his expression and posture.

Jack Snider said...

Thanks!

Poet said...

Great picture and great commentary. I bow to the master.

Jack Snider said...

Thanks Ben.
No bowing, please.

Cliffie said...

That's enough to make us Michiganders (Michiganians?) leave the Wolverine state.

ming said...

Can i bow? love the commentry, I'll add you to my illustration friday buddy list? can i do that? I'll do that... and if you don't like it well, i'll remove it.

Till then, we're buddies.

Jack Snider said...

Cliffie: I responded some time back to your post but for some reason it didn't show up. Probably my fault.

Anyhow, what I said was that I preferred the term "Michigoons" since it has fewer syllables as shows we have a sense of humor about ourselves.

ming: Thanks. I appreciate the link, pal.