The offbeat super hero has some issues to work out behind that cooking pot on his head.
Irving Forbush presents as an adult man in just below average physical shape. He attended initial appointments in what appeared to be a pair of flannel pajamas and a “mask” consisting of a cooking pot with holes cut in it until he was redirected to dress more appropriately for therapy. He protested at first but eventually acquiesced when this writer explained that I do not see any clients with masks unless there is a medical reason why them must wear it at all times. Since then, he has dressed conventionally.
The client asserts that he is from an alternate dimension where he was employed by a company called Marble Comics by day and was a non-powered vigilante in his off hours. He has struggled to detail many of his exploits and several of the other heroes and villains he has encountered seem to be very similar in names and abilities to heroes from “our universe.” For instance, he once beat a man called the Juggernut.
Given his lack of powers and rather conventional build, this writer confesses to a level of skepticism regarding the client’s reporting. However, Forbush has been able to produce some physical evidence, including copies of Marble Comics and newspaper printings from his apparent alternate universe. Included in those clippings were information such as his parents actively disclosing to the newspapers, on multiple occasions, their disappointment in him and their wish that they had a daughter instead. He has declined to discuss his parents in much depth so these revelations, while intriguing, remain largely unexplored.
What the client is predominantly concerned with is his feelings of interdimensional displacement and the presence of memories that could not have possibly happened to him but feel so real anyway. These included meetings with Spider-Man years ago and a time working at Marvel (not Marble) Comics during which he believes he may have won an award for Best Assistant Editor. More distressing than these, however, are memories that suggest he has attacked Marvel employees, been killed, and been brought back as some kind of zombie. Despite these memories, there is no record of such an event and he appears very much alive. The only mention of him I could find from our world stemmed from a battle with the super hero team known as Nextwave, but the client insists that that was not him but rather the actual Irving Forbush of our planet. This writer has been able to discern the possible truth of this statement.
Overall, despite what could be a truly terrifying experience — waking up in world that is not your own or, at least, feels to you like another world, possessing memories that seem to not be true, including engaging in violent attacks, and literally dying — the client seems remarkably unaffected. One might even be tempted to call him goofy or silly – a humorous distraction, perhaps.
Given that Irving Forbush has sought therapy, and what he has discussed would be traumatic for anyone, this writer plans to continue seeing him. That said, the symptoms presentation is unusual enough that I have felt it necessary to consult with several other experts in various fields to ensure Forbush receives the best possible care. You can review their packet of recommendations at NOT BRAND ECCH #14, available on November 15.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who likes to think his interdimensional double would make a really delicious paella as opposed to the just delicious paella he can make.
Get the exclusive NOT BRAND ECHH creative team announcement from Heather Antos!
True Believers, level up your weekend with a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast!
Catch up on all the latest comics news and info as Ben, Tucker and Maggie give you the rundown on all of this week’s new comics releases including AVENGERS, AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN, and more! Not one to rest on his laurels, Ben talks to editors Jordan D. White and Heather Antos about creative changes to the STAR WARS book, and gets the exclusive announcement on the NOT BRAND ECHH creative teams from Heather (55:25)!
Exclusive announcement on NOT BRAND ECHH creative teams, you say? Here’s the scoop:
- SECRET EMPIRE ABRIDGED – Written by Nick Spencer and Inks by Scott Koblish
- FORBUSH MAN RETURNS – Written/Art by Jay Fosgitt
- GWENPOOL ABSORBS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE – Written by Christopher Hastings and Art by Gurihiru
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Ulik, MODOK and the future Adam Warlock were all part of another great year for the King.
In celebration of Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday, we’re reviewing the man’s legendary creations with a year-by-year examination of his unparalleled career at Marvel Comics. Read on and witness the work that made him comic book royalty.
By 1967, Marvel editor Stan Lee knew exactly where to use his top artist, Jack Kirby. Together, “The Man” and “The King” whittled Jack’s output down to two main titles that year, with two main side-projects just to make things interesting. One might say it became a true “Summer of Love” between the Marvel creators and their fans at that time.
Stan and Jack continued to infuse FANTASTIC FOUR with way-out wonders and swingin’ splendors in ’67. They kicked off the year with a multi-issue tussle between the FF and Doctor Doom, and then wasted no time tossing them into a battle with the Negative Zone’s Blastaar in FANTASTIC FOUR #62, and the alien Kree Accuser named Ronin—another stand-out Kirby design—in FANTASTIC FOUR #65.
Though the fans might’ve been unaware of the history-making events occurring in FANTASTIC FOUR #67, Stan and Jack introduced another great concept in that issue’s “Him.” Jack’s visuals on the golden-skinned godling seemed a bit subdued and minimalistic, perhaps, but the character continued on to transform into Adam Warlock a few years later, one of Marvel’s most enigmatic yet engaging stars.
In the pages of THOR, Jack’s other blockbuster assignment, the Thunder God met his physical equal in Ulik the Troll in THOR #137, Kang and his Growing Man in THOR #140, and the Kirby tour-de-force of the Super-Skrull in THOR #142. Thor himself suffered under an almost-complete loss of his Asgardian powers in THOR #145, allowing Jack the opportunity to portray the majesty and grandeur of the character in an Earth-bound, civilian-dressed form.
After a break from Captain America’s adventures in TALES OF SUSPENSE, Jack returned to the strip along with Stan in TALES OF SUSPENSE #92 to kick off a storyline that illustrated the great depth of feeling from Cap for Agent-13, one of Nick Fury’s valued S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. After that, Cap met MODOK, surely the most unique Jack Kirby-designed character of the entire year, in TALES OF SUSPENSE #94, and temporarily retired to try and live a “normal life” in TALES OF SUSPENSE #95.
Apart form all the danger and drama delineated by Jack in 1967, he also poked some fun at himself and the rest of the Marvel pantheon through Stan’s latest brainchild, NOT BRAND ECHH, a comedy-parody mag. Utilizing Jack sparingly, but effectively, Stan included his star artist on the introduction of the Silver Burper in NOT BRAND ECHH #1, Sore, Son of Shmodin in NOT BRAND ECHH #3, and the ever-lovin’ origin of none other than Forbush-Man in NOT BRAND ECHH #5. What a way to go-go!
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Christopher Hastings and Jay Fosgitt on a Legacy spoof of the Universe!
In the swingin’ Silver Age of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee poked fun at his characters—and those of his competitors—in a crazy, totally unique book called NOT BRAND ECHH.
On November 15, Marvel Legacy revives Stan’s tradition with NOT BRAND ECHH # 14! Christopher Hastings, Nick Spencer, Jay Fosgitt, and more contribute stories that toy with the Marvel Universe in a manner not seen since 1969’s issue #13!
We spoke with Christopher and Jay about what readers might expect from the resurrection of this one-of-a-kind Marvel comic.
Marvel.com: What are your outlooks on the role NOT BRAND ECHH plays in Marvel history?
Christopher Hastings: I have always loved parody and satire that comes from a place of appreciation and enjoyment. I think it’s fun to goof on a character because you have an in-depth understanding and love for it. NOT BRAND ECHH completely exists in that tradition—and I’m delighted to get in on the fun.
Jay Fosgitt: I’ve been a fan of NOT BRAND ECHH for as long as I’ve been a fan of Marvel! The satirical, cartoonish goofiness served as an inspiration for my own humor, and I look forward to giving back to that proud goofball legacy!
Marvel has always had a humorous vein running through its pathos; NOT BRAND ECHH was that vein dug out and allowed to spill a torrent of hilarity upon readers. In the ‘60s, when so much in society was tumultuous, we needed those laughs. And it seems that Forbush Man saw our current tumultuous climate, as he’s come back to save us with laughs in these crazy days!
Marvel.com: Forbush Man returns! What was it like writing him?
Jay Fosgitt: For my stories, I see Forbush Man as a narrator telling stories through his dented pot-topped viewpoint. There will be familiarity squeezed out of a satirical tube!
Marvel.com: Christopher, a character you know very well, Gwenpool, will feature in the book—it seems like she’ll fit right in.
Christopher Hastings: Gwenpool is a pretty silly idea, but throughout THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL, we tried to bring a lot of heart and depth to her. For this story…we’re just going to stick to acknowledging the absurdity of her creation.
Marvel.com: What’s your approach to writing comedy for a book like this?
Christopher Hastings: I don’t think about comedy too much when I’m outlining; I just look for story beats at that stage. But when it comes time to actual scripting, my brain gets pretty jumpy, pointing out absurdities, funnier ways of doing scenes instead of just playing them “straight,” adding commentary that could happen. So I usually just let the comedy come pretty naturally at that point.
Jay Fosgitt: Playing with Marvel’s cast of characters allows me to lampoon even more than most of my past work—mixing pop culture references and tropes with these iconic characters. When you can poke fun at the characters you grew up with, there’s as much love as laughter in the storytelling, and that means everything to me!
Writers Christopher Hastings, Jay Fosgitt, Nick Spencer, and more present NOT BRAND ECHH #14, with art by Gurihiru, Jay Fosgitt himself, and others, on November 15!