Friday, July 25, 2008

a barber does a lot of work around the back of the neck...

As I gather my wits and prepare myself emotionally and psychologically to tackle a review of one of the most bizarre movies I've ever seen- "Bad Boys 2" (or "Michael Bay Does Cocaine")- here are some more Deadshot images from the later issues of Suicide Squad. There's some good stuff here, starting in issue 43, with Deadshot nearly assassinating his Suicide Squad boss, Amanda Waller, but deciding not to because she offers him a dollar more than his contractors. This really kind of gets to the essence of the character- he sort of doesn't give a fuck, and he sort of does. Like, he wants to do the right thing, but he has to find the dickishest way to do it. Chances are, he would have killed Waller, but in his heart I sort of don't think he'd really want to, since being on the Suicide Squad gives him some purpose in life. Later in the issue, he has another confrontation with Batman, and kind of gets the upper hand this time, verbally, first with some cute smartassery ("He had a gun?") and then with some moral gymnastics (why should act morally when nobody who hires me- namely the government- does?). It's kinda cool to see him have something more clever to say to Batman than," Go to hell," although it's kind of cool when he tells Batman to go to hell too. In Issue 45, meanwhile, Deadshot is traveling with teammate Captain Boomerang, who gets Deadshot/Floyd's luggage lost, which actually becomes a major subplot throughout the rest of the series, as we'll see in future posts- Floyd spends much of the rest of the series out of costume...

Howard McNear as Floyd the Barber

Also, is it just a coincidence that Deadshot is named Floyd Lawton, and the barber on the Andy Griffith Show is Floyd Lawson? The comic book character first appeared in 1950, Floyd the Barber showed up on tv 10 years later. It seems sort of unlikely but not impossible- was Andy Griffith Show producer Sheldon Leonard a comic book reader? Could be have encountered the first Deadshot issue of Batman (59) a decade earlier and subconsciously catalogued the moniker for future use? The world may never know...(both characters also wear pretty boss moustaches)

Eugene Levy as Floyd the Barber on SCTV (Rick Moranis as Merv Griffin)

Issue 43, written by John Ostrander & Kim Yale, art by Geof Isherwood...





Issue 45, Ostrander/Yale/Isherwood...

More to follow....

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