FLEX MENTALLO – Enlightenment Through Superhero Comics

By Matt Draper

An analysis of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s 1996 Vertigo Comics miniseries, “Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery.” Exploring the ages of comics and telling a semi-autobiographical story, Morrison uses Flex Mentallo to critique and explore the meaning of superheroes in the real world.

Flex Mentallo is a comic book character created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Richard Case in 1990, during their run on Doom Patrol. Flex is in part a parody of Charles Atlas’ long-running “The Insult that made a Man out of Mac” advertisements seen in American comics from the past.

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