A few elements that, applied in spare, careful amounts, make any comic better, more satisfying, more pleasing. The spice rack
, if you will, of the four-color world.
- Wonder Dogs.
- The Generation X Quadrivium: Ninjas, Robots, Monkeys, Pirates.
- Big-headed aliens.
- Ads for selling “Grit.”
- Octopi, earthly and otherwise.
- Jimmy Olsen getting hit in the head and thinking he’s a viking.
- Elves with guns.
- Time-travelling gorillas.
Should they be overapplied, ruin is certain. But ah! Careful application of these provide a vigorous zest to any story, be it a Silver Age tale of Communist spies out to subvert capitalism or a modern alterno-indy comic about how the foolish, myopic world fails to understand the genius of the tormented nerd.