By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
A couple of weeks ago, DC finally released the controversial Elseworld’s Finest 100-Page Giant. It was supposed to come out years ago and was recalled and destroyed based on some controversial subject matter. About 80 copies survived, making it an instant collector’s item, lessened, I suppose, by its subsequent release. I guess Batman wearing nothing more than a cowl and Infant Superman’s babysitter letting him play in the microwave weren’t the images DC wanted to present at the time. Now, in the age of Casey Anthony and assassin Obama, I suppose it’s tame in comparison.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this tome due to the beautiful art by the likes of Kyle Baker and Paul Pope and the delicious wackiness of a bald Wonder Woman in “Luthor’s Daughter,” my favorite part of the book was the Teen Titans featuring “The Amazon Prince,” a male version of Wonder Girl. As these are all imaginary tales, I suppose this is the closest the gay geek squad will get to an official “male Wonder Woman.” A scant 2 images and I audibly gasped. I think Phil Jimenez came closest to a Wonder Boy during his memorable run on the series, but this one is wearing a tiara for the love of Hera! It made ME wonder about gender roles and how comics are such a boys’ club. It’s funny how it’s okay for there to be female versions of male heroes, but you aren’t likely to see too many male versions of female characters unless it’s an ever-so-knee-slapping parody. You have She-Hulk and Spider-Woman, and there was even a “She-Thing.” I kid you not! (Fill in endless tranny jokes.) But, somehow, I doubt that, had the chicken come before the egg and She-Ra had predated He-Man, there would be a He-Ra, if you catch my drift.
Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short
Wear shirts and boots
‘Cause it’s OK to be a boy
But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
‘Cause you think that being a girl is degrading
But secretly you’d love to know what it’s like
What it feels like for a girl
–The Cement Garden
(Famously sampled by Madonna for her song “What it feels like for a Girl”)
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!