Today we are giving away a cult comics classic which was published in 1987 but still speaks to today’s issues. Before there was Wesley Gibson or Dave Lisewski or Flex Mentallo there was…Eddy Current, the story of a n inmate at a mental asylum named Eddy Current who finds himself melded with the “Dynamic Fusion Suit” he ordered from an comic book ad.
Twelve hours, twelve issues. Structural gimmicks don’t get much better than that and you can see why Hollywood showed early interest in making an Eddy Current movie. McKeever said his inspiration for Eddy came from seeing comic stores clogged with all those capes and costumes. He wanted to see something other than superheroes on the shelves. The first issue of Eddy Current ends with a man named Pinky saying that the city needs “a hero. Not politics. Not sports. I mean someone right out of comic books. Y’know. Blue tights, red shorts, greased back hair. Larger than life.” And immediately afterwards, Eddy Current gets a full-blown Sergio Leone-style heroic entrance — but he’s naked except for a trenchcoat, some Converse All-Stars, and his barely-there Dynamic Fusion Suit.
Ted McKeever remains a comics auteur who’s hard to pigeon hole. Eddy Current came out of the same era of comics as Dark Knight and Watchmen, received a bunch of Eisner nominations, and influenced a lot of the more transgressive and expressionist takes on adventure comics that were to come. This is volume 2 of the Ted McKeever Library, which came out from Image in 2008 and didn’t, for whatever reason, get much attention. Volumes 1 and 3 — Transit and Metropol respectively — are also worth seeking out. McKeever has a new book from Image coming out soon, Meta 4, about an amnesiac astronaut who teams up with Gasolina, a muscular woman who dresses up as Santa all year round. YOU can’t make this stuff up, so Ted McKeever does it for you.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.