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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #28, The Tick
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, The Tick

Ben Edlund was just 18 � the bastard - when he came up with The Tick, a character that may be, quite simply, the funniest superhero spoof of all time. Blessed with a fantastic supporting cast of outlandishly-named nemeses � Chairface Chippendale, take a bow � and self-involved allies, from Die Fledermaus in the comics to Batmanuel in the tragically short-lived live-action TV show, The Tick is a lovable lunk, given to overly dramatic declarations on behalf of justice. He doesn�t know his own strength, which is prodigious and, indeed, fails to grasp even the most rudimentary basics of social interaction. Edlund�s The Tick � his involvement runs through the comics, the animated series and the TV show � is characterized by sharply observed gags and a gift for hilarious hyperbole.

FIRST APPEARED IN NEW ENGLAND COMICS NEWSLETTER #14 (1993)
CREATED BY BEN EDLUND

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A blue costume with giant movable antennae, The Tick is, to quote the TV show, �the sterling silver ladle of justice, pouring his creamy foam over the freshly-picked strawberries of crime�. His strength is mighty, his IQ is double figures. Low double figures. Catchphrase: �SPOON!�
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In the animated series, he�s voiced by Townsend Coleman. In Fox�s utterly brilliant live-action show (nine episodes! Nine episodes!), he was played to perfection by the deep-voiced and pretty vacant Patrick Warburton. Mandingo, how we grok his mouth music.
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The actor who plays Batmanuel, Nestor Carbonell, shows up in The Dark Knight as the Mayor of Gotham. That�s Batmanuel� in a Batman movie. Gotta love that.
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