Thursday, November 25, 2010

Freedom from Comics

In 1943, Norman Rockwell made a very famous painting called Freedom from Want. It features a family excited for a turkey dinner. It appears that grandma is bringing in the giant bird, while grandpa stands ready to carve it. Various family members are gathered around the table in anticipation, and my favorite part of the painting is the man in the lower right hand corner. Only the top of his head can be seen, but he looks like a goofy uncle who is trying to be the center of attention.

Anyway, last year I saw this parody of Freedom from Want in the back of one of Ash’s comics. While the superheroes are all gathered for what appears to be a Thanksgiving feast, it seems that Power Girl ruined the main course at first glance. However, a second look will reveal that it is only cardboard cutout of a burnt turkey, because otherwise that Blackest Night logo would have had to conform to the contours of the bird. The real turkey is in the other room waiting for Superman to heat it up with his x-ray vision.

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