Tiger-BoyThis profoundly unusual superhero pops up in the pages of Harvey Comics’ Unearthly Spectaculars, by which I assume they mean Cirque De Soleil on the moon. Ostensibly a horror and sci-fi anthology title, the debut issue – which simultaneously introduces us to Paul Canfield, aka “The Tiger Boy from Twilight” (I don’t remember a Tiger Boy in Twilight, was he Teen Wolf’s cousin or something? Or maybe he was that Richie Rich-lookin’ vampire’s best friend from monster camp) in what was obviously intended as a standalone shock-tastic tale in the EC vein, but was clearly rejiggered at the last second to create a marketable superhero out of it. It failed to do so, I feel I should add.
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Paul’s unusual abilities grow exponentially until he’s not only able to leap tall buildings and bust out refined concertos with only his dick and a harmonica, but soon he finds himself teleporting all around the planet. Eventually he even makes it off world and discovers that his body immediately adapts to survive the environment. Of course, it’s when a teenager first discovers the secrets to “fitting in” that the trouble begins, and pretty soon Paul is turning gardens into gold and levitating chimneys and shoplifting gum and all sorts of typical teen rebellion.
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This talking-to results in Paul settling his fucking omnipotent space ass down and getting busy mowing the lawn, apparently happy to be a normal human boy again because he’s realized he truly loves the Earth and everyone on it. This lasts for one panel.
When Paul returns in Unearthly Spectaculars’ second issue (as the facetiously titled “Tiger Boy and Co”, enjoyably illustrated by Gil Kane), he’s now raging with a simmering hatred of all humanity. Witnessing a crime, he launches himself into action as Tiger Boy, and then a bullet-chewing Steelman and lastly a flexible Rubberman, in what conceivably could have been a fetching take on the Dial H For Hero model.
His newfound superheroic identity/identities giving him the focus to overcome his raging hatred of all humanity, Tigerboy (and Co) is immediately thereafter derailed by his noodling, meddling parents. Apparently Tigerboy has a Tiger sister and if they ever meet, he’ll blow up. Enh.
Not that it matters, of course, because by the second issue of the title on which he once held the coveted cover spot, he’d been shunted to the side by even more absurd but more enjoyable Harvey Thriller heroes like Jack Q Frost, Pirana and Clawfang the Barbarian, and eventually Tiger Boy would cede the whole venture to Wally Wood’s far superior Miracles Inc.
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