It’s odd how many of the pants, upon the microscopic inspection they’re getting this week, carry art by the greats. You’d expect bad design and lame excuses to stick to these things like crabs. But with a couple exceptions the panels and pages used are great, not to say brilliant, just in comic art terms. There’s Miller, as we’ve seen, and lots and lots by Jack Kirby. That latter name is quite the one to conjure with these days the pencil strokes are deeper and clearer than ever before on the drawing board of current cultural life. How much of the pant selection was accident, and how much inevitable it’s difficult to tell. Did Merch Exec deliberately choose those becasue he had been told they were the ones to pick? Or did the natural quality shine through? I suspect it’s a combination of both, but look at these latest exhibits. No doubt put together by a true and loving believer, they are in all their gaudy, factory-made glory about as perfect and complete a pop artefact as you are ever likey to find on the High Street. Suitable for something that spends so long in the primal dark neath my nuts, they are also an ideal neo-primitive expression of the art of sequential narrative in full effect. Fit for a King, they are very truly my favourite pants.

Look at this motley bunch, these Tommy toting turkeys. (Though it’s obvious like a sausage down an alleyway, ignore the huge and mighty, roaring yet rubber-clad chopper wheel, slap bang in the middle there, if you can.) A more criminoid gallery of fizzogs you will not find in all Ray Chandler’s cheapest nightmares. (Pretend the crooks knobbly mugs don’t represent testicles.)

This is where the 3-D comics would come in handy. Reach into the picture there and with your left hand grab the pant at its rightmost edge, as if you were turning the page. Be careful not to brush the baddy’s face with your knuckles, because that face is my left testicle. Look sharp, because this is where the magic happens. The magic happens in my pants.

As you turn it over, the third element appears, where your pants and brain combine to trick you into filling in the time and space, every movement, sound, sensation and detail of the instant as one scene flips into the next. This is it. This is your superpower working. This is comics happening. This is my pants.

Some say Captain America is dead. Flatus says THWOOM!

And that’s it for these Marvels of the undercrafter’s art. What about tomorrow? Don’t cry:


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8 Responses to “The Pentagon’s latest secret weapon”

  1. Bill Reed Says:

    Seriously, where the hell do you get these and how much do they cost?

  2. Zom Says:

    Scott McCloud would be proud

  3. amypoodle Says:

    Bobsy, you do realise EVERY pair of pants is your favourite.

    Bill, it might’ve been mentioned before, but many of these pants will be from high st store Hennes and Mauritz – or just plain H&M.

  4. The Beast Must Die! Says:

    Those …are beautiful. Just beautiful.

  5. bobsy Says:

    All pants H&M as my favourite poodle correctly identifies.

  6. amypoodle Says:

    Yes, they are very, very nice indeed. Are they still selling them. I got some new bat-pants the other day.

  7. The Beast Must Die! Says:

    I only have one pair – Hulk pants. I don’t feel like a man anymore. The yelling hulk face does appear right where the arsehole is though.

  8. bobsy Says:

    ‘I got some new bat-pants the other day’

    damn right. wore them to see the movie this afternoon. Life.

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