Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Human Comic Book Characters

In my pre teenage years, I discovered how much I enjoyed getting lost in a good comic book. I was a big DC comics fan, first Batman, then Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, and so on. I was also aware of another comic book company, Marvel. They had Spider-man, Fantastic Four, Captain America, and the incredible Hulk, among others in their stable.

In a way, pro wrestling was that way in the late eighties. WWF was D.C. and NWA/WCW was Marvel. I mainly watched WWF for awhile.

About 1987 I started watching "Superstars of Wrestling" with my oldest daughter. WIXYjr was less than 2 years old at the time. In the next couple of years he started watching it with me, as he was starting to root for "Ho Hogan" and the "Ootil Warrior".

The WWF superstars were good and evil, faces and heels. The one thing that wrestling had impressed upon the audiences was that sometimes cheaters do prosper(which is also true in life).

The faces at the time included, Hogan(of course), Ultimate Warrior, Brutus"the Barber" Beefcake, and Tito Santana.

The heels in most cases had managers. These managers in most cases were "mouthpieces" for the wrestlers, and in some cases spoke for those who didn't have adequate mic skills.The managers were Bobby"the brain" Heenan, Jimmy"the mouth of the south"Hart, Mr. Fuji, and "the doctor of style" Slick.

Bobby Heenan was one of the greatest heel managers of all time. His group was called the "Heenan Family" and included the likes of Rick Rude, Andre the Giant, the Islanders-Haku and Tama, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Hurcules Hernandez, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, King Kong Bundy, and Harley Race. Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon formed one of the best heel-face announcing teams in wrestling. Bobby Heenan said that the two worked so well because they were real good friends.

"The Mouth of The South", Jimmy Hart was from the Memphis area, and part of the sixties singing group, the Gentrys. In his charge was Brett "the Hitman" Hart(no relation) Jim"the Anvil" Neidhart, referee turned heel wrestler "Dangerous" Danny Davis, Dino Bravo, Honky Tonk Man, Earthquake, The Rougeau Brothers and Nasty Boys, among others.

Slick, real name, Ken Johnson was "the doctor of style". He managed Big Bossman, One Man Gang(also known as Akeem), Rick Martel, Paul Roma, the Warlord, Butch Reed, and the Iron Shiek, as well as others.
Mr. Fuji, the devious one, managed the likes of Killer Kahn, Yokozuna, Demolition, the Powers of Pain, Kamala, and the Berserker.

Next: The eighties continue.

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