In honor of Cal Ripkin's 54th birthday this past August 24, Dan Glickman posted highlights from baseball superstars comics's 1992 bio-comic on Junior to his web site The Baseball Continuum (baseballcontinuum.com).
By Dan Glickman (The baseball Continuum, August 24, 2014)
In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared its head in pop culture and fiction.
There is a special type of baseball culture that I haven't really covered yet… the baseball biography comic. Whether authorized or unauthorized, the baseball bio-comic is it's own small subgenre of weird.
Take Baseball Superstars Comics‘ bio-comic on Cal Ripken, Jr. from 1992. A black-and-white comic from the now long-defunct “Revolutionary Comics” and seventh in a series of baseball bio-comics, it's like a fever-dream of a look into the life and times of the Orioles great up through the 1991 season. The art is disturbing, the writing wooden, and the facts sometimes feel wrong.
That said, it's not all bad. It's got a so-bad-it's-good quality at times, and any comic that features two pages devoted to the longest game ever is going to get my attention.
So, on his 54th birthday, here's a look at the Baseball Superstars comic on Cal Ripken Jr.
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OK, like Cal himself, the “Baseball Superstars” comic is pretty dull. It's hard to get excited over lines like “Ever mindful of the heroic figure he presents to children and adults alike, Cal is careful to provide a healthy, fit, drug-free example…” and the Ironbird's championing of milk:
So the comic attempts to sex up the storyline (and no doubt stir the loins of its male adolescent audience) with some rather tame – but well-rounded – visual T&A, as in the following panels, which remain our faves.
Of course, the sexiest panel is reserved for Cal's close encounter at home plate on May 2, 1988 with “Morganna the kissing bandit” (a baseball groupie who knew a thing or two about the benefits of milk glands herself!). To quote Cubbies fan Cameron from “Ferris Bueller's Day Off”: “Hey batta batta batta, hey batta batta batta, SCHWING batta!
Following are additional images of the real-life encounter.