4) DOGWELDER


Another example of a character who is intentionally absurd to serve a story point, Dogwelder is part of the Section 8, a group of heroes who are all ridiculous.  The point of Dogwelder and the Section 8 is to remind us that ALL superheroes are a little bit dumb, from the orphan dressed as a bat to the alien who for some reason dresses as a turn-of-the-century strongman to the princess whose creator’s BDSM proclivities are baked right into the story.  The fun of Dogwelder is in merciless parody, making a greater statement about what a superhero story is and why it works, and the only downside is that most of his appearances also feature the reprehensible and disgusting Bueno Excellente.

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Matthew Peterson

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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