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The Flaming Carrot’s Absurd Escapades

 

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Bob Burden

Comics can be strange. Rich men processing their grief by dressing up as a bat, pummeling street thugs and adopting an orphan/sidekick. Perfectly logical, right? And that is one of the more “grounded” examples. One of the sources of richness within the medium has long been the play between creators who favor naturalism versus absurdity. Coming down squarely in the latter camp is Bob Burden who dreamt up one of the most surreal series in comics’ history: Flaming Carrot Comics. Chronicling the mundane and outrageous adventures of its titular hero, Burden crafted a book that defies reason. Narratives would take sharp left-turns or, in some cases, drop-off entirely. Plot points from decades ago remain dangling to this day. Like his fellow absurdist Steve Gerber, Burden’s strengths as a storyteller did not include long-term plotting. Where Burden’s talent did shine, however, was writing and illustrating one of the funniest, most odd-ball comics ever published. Also, like Gerber, Burden’s output has retained its edge over two decades later.

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Tuesday Top Ten: Actors Who Played Multiple Comic Characters

Over the many years (and comic adaptations), many people have brought our favorite characters to life, some more than once. Maybe the first was a dud and the second was brilliant. Maybe they’ve nailed each casting and we rejoice seeing their names in the credits. Either way, here are the ten actors who’ve given the best multiple comic performances…
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#10. Brandon Routh

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