No, it’s not Laura Hudson in a bikini–and it’s thankfully not Chris Sims in a speedo–it’s a look back at the most bizarre pages from Marvel’s Mid-90s Swimsuit Specials!
We’ve talked about these strange little artifacts before on Ajax, and I still have difficulty believing that they exist. Especially as one is predicated on the pun “Take a Wakanda Wild Side,” which in a just universe would get someone smacked.
Of course, Marvel’s not the only company that put out swimsuit specials–or even swimsuit specials with Sports Illustrated-esque themes, as the WildStorm Genosha one I had as a teenager could attest–but I stuck to them because they just strike me as more fun than the others, probably because of the disconnect between bikini shots their usual melodramatic adventures. But there are plenty of others, most notably the Amazing Heroes swimsuit specials, which were pretty much just collections of fan-art that happened to be done by pros.
They range from the awesome (RoboCop in a Tank Top and Bruce Timm’s Nick Fury) to the outright horrible (laugh-a-minute porn parodies of Calvin & Hobbes that you couldn’t friggin’ pay me to put on my servers), but there’s one I just had to share:
Herbie Popnecker: The Hope of a World Gone Mad.