Ninja Made Easy Week

Bloggified by Jake on Sunday, February 12, 2006

At the risk of losing that all-important teen demographic, I'm going to begin a post with "Those of us who grew up in the 80's..." Sorry kids, us old folks are going to put in our dentures and chit-chat.

Those of us who grew up in the 80's can be easily seperated into two catagories: those who admit we wanted to be ninjas and dirty, dirty liars.

Comicdom recognized this interest, but where Marvel chose to exploit our dreams by having Daredevil fight ninjas, having Spider-Man fight ninjas, having Punisher fight ninjas, having Wolverine fight ninjas, and turning Psylocke into a ninja. Other publishers tried to get a slice of that pie by shoving ninjas into anything they could. Ninjas were fat. Ninjas went to high school. Ninjas were turtles and hamsters. Ninjas went to camp. Ninjas provided valuable public service announcements about why it burns when you pee. You couldn't swing a katana without hitting a ninja propping up some destined to fail publisher.

Only one publisher had the gut to give us what we really wanted: Solson Publications, a company founded on the aforementioned ninja glut--giving us Codename: Ninja and Bushido Blade of Zatoichi Walrus--and "How to Draw" comics, primarily focused on scantily clad women and erotic art, including the oh so very inappropriately titled How to Draw Sexy Career Girls.

(When Ragnell returns from her self-imposed vacation, I demand a review of this comic from a feminist perspective!)

Digging deep in the quarterbox last week, I came across Ninjutsu: The Art of the Ninja, a "How To" guide promising to reveal "the secret deadly fighting arts of the ninja--AT LAST!!!" I started to do a write up, but there was so much material to mock, I decided to spread it out over the course of an entire week, with a different lesson each day.

See you tomorrow when we'll learn the art of ninja shadow puppets.

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