Sunday, November 20, 2016

Elasti-Girl The Good Parts Version 9

For those of you just tuning in to E-GtGPV for the first time here's the deal.  I'm both a size fetishist and a huge fan of old comics.  In fact I'd say that my love of comics probably contributed to my thing for size.  Micronauts.  Ant-Man.  Atom.  Giganta.  You get the drill.

I'd been looking for something to share on Fetish Village that showcased both of these obsessions.  There are the public domain Doll Man and Minimidget adventures that I've posted (with all due thanks to the fine people who posted them online for me to find.)  

I got lucky and came across a run of the old Doom Patrol comics from the 60's and was really impressed by the artwork and the way they used the character of Rita Farr/Elasti-Girl.  The problem was that those comics were still protected under copyright so I couldn't just post the full issues without being a bad netizen.  But there is a fair use exception that allowed me to publish parts of the work.

I originally was just going to do a post about her best moments, but after skimming the first few issues I realized that there was much too much material for one post to cover.

So I decided to post every image from the 60's run of My Greatest Adventures/Doom Patrol that featured a size shifted Rita on an issue by issue basis.  Plus some other bits that amused me or looked like someone else might be interested in seeing.  You won't be able to keep up with the plot for most of these, but that's not really why you're here.

So part 8 was a bit of a let down from the levels of Rita excitement that I and the up to eight people who are reading this blog have come to expect and enjoy.  The creators had introduced a romance subplot in part 7 and Rita ended up with the short end of the plot stick over it in part 8.

Still, she did catch a passenger plane with her bare hands.  So even in a weak issue there were moments of awesome.

Things take a decided turn for the better for Rita this time around in issue 88.  It's an origin story for the Chief, but we won't be dwelling on that too much since most of that happens without Rita being on panel and this is a size fetish blog.

We start with a shrunken Rita captured and threatened on the cover while her also captured teammates look on helplessly.  There are  lot of tiny details that I really love about this cover.  The way that Larry's iron maiden is marked and colored to suggest the bandages that he normally wears is a very subtle way of telling the reader that it's him under all that crap.  Cliff's expression also speaks volumes. 

Maybe you ought to punch some air holes
in that jar, Baron.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Elasti-Girl The Good Parts Version 8

We have made it to the 8th Doom Patrol story and I'm feeling worried, folks.  In my last post I showed you the new romance subplot that had been added to Rita's character in the first ever Doom Patrol comic (formerly My Greatest Adventure and keeping the same numbering.) A mutual interest between Rita and Larry that wasn't getting too far because Larry had a deep dark secret that meant he slept in a metal lined room.

My concern was and still is that Rita's character gets turned into the girlfriend and we start losing out on her kicking ass at various sizes.  I know it's kind of silly to feel this way about a comic that was cancelled before I was born in a story that I know at least the major plot elements from thanks to years of reading about comics.  But at this point I feel invested in getting as much out of the sixties run as I can.  There's something about the silver age of comics that I love and there's a lack of quality size related characters in the era.  Gil Kane's work on the Atom was great, but the comic had too few women in it for my tastes.  And the 60's Wasp started out in the role of girlfriend and didn't go beyond that until, arguably, the 70's or 80's.

So we've made it to Doom Patrol 87 and another meet up with the Brotherhood of Evil in a story that appears to be my own worst case scenario.  The budding romance between the two characters is pushed to the forefront and this comic has the least amount of shrunken/grown Rita that I've come across so far.  

There's going to be more non-size related screen captures this time around folks.  Normally an issue of Doom Patrol nets me at least a dozen or so ok to great images of Rita shifting size.  This one had four.  Although one of them is pretty damn awesome IMO.

We have yet another cover with a normal sized Rita so I'll skip ahead to a scene with Rita driving the DP.  No size changing, but it's a nice picture of Rita with the wind in her hair.  I also find it interesting that she's driving since Cliff is actually a professional race car driver.  I'd give the creators credit, but they'll quickly lose it in later panels.

And notice the way they show Negative Man returning to Larry's body.  The multiple in-panel images  are similar to the ones used to suggest Rita's size change.  The one's I've had a nit to pick with over the implied motion of the character.  Here it is definitely used to convey rapid motion.

Rita.  In the driver's seat where she belongs.

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