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The Tick #2: Hi-Rise HiJinx!

The Tick #2: Hi-Rise HiJinx!

First published: September 1988

Writer: Ben Edlund; Inker: Max Banks; Letterer: Bob Polio; Editor: George Suarez; Art Director: Bob Polio; Production Manager: Bill Devine; Assistant Editor: Larry Boyd; Penciller: Ben Edlund; Publisher: George Suarez; Colorist: Bob Polio

This comic was printed in The Tick: The Naked City and The Tick Omnibus #1 and it was printed as Chroma-Tick Special Edition #2.

The Tick #2: Hi-Rise HiJinx!

This is the second issue of The Tick and it wraps up the Tick and Caped Wonder story. Tick tracks down Clark Oppenheimer at the Weekly World Planet and proposes that they combine forces to defend the city (You can be the sidekick, Okay?) but Clark wants none of that. Tick inadvertantly gets a job at the paper as the crossword puzzle editor and he hangs out making Clark miserable.

He eventually makes Clark mad enough that a fight ensues and Tick leaves in a daze for other adventures (but not before breaking Clark's Secret Hypnotic Disguise Glasses).

The funniest things in this issue are all the spoofs on Superman. At the paper, Clark works with Billy, an annoying young photographer and Perry, the domineering chief editor, who are both carbon copies of the staff of The Daily Planet from Superman. Tick breaks into Clark's desk and finds his magic green crystal and uses it to converse with Marlon Brando (Superman's father from the first Superman movie) and creates Clark's 'Fortress of Fortitude' (which later melts). The classic, though, is when Tick tells Clark that he has the one thing that he is vulnerable to, Ottercreekite! Tick actually had a green eraser, but it was enough to freak Clark out.

This issue features these Superheroes:
The Tick, The Caped Wonder / Clark Oppenheimer, and Arthur (background only)

This issues features these Villains:
One Ninja (the staff Ninja for the Weekly World Planet)

The Tick in disguise

The Tick in disguise. Notice the Hypnotic Tie...

Ottercreekite!

Ottercreekite!

Tick and Clark share a moment on the roof.

The Tick and Clark have a nice conversation

 

Tickisms

The Tick:
This ingenious disguise enables me to blend into the crowd, to walk among mortal menů
You can't possibly see through my disguise, Billy! This is a HYPNOTIC tie!!
I saw you on TV, Clark! I came to TEAM-UP with you! You can be the sidekick, Okay?
Clark! Now is not the time for a manly embrace!! We have work to do!
Fear not, cowering worm. I won't harm you. I'd like to, but I won't.

Billy:
You might fool the chief with your ingenious disguise, but not me! What are you? Why are you here?


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