Vertigo has announced that Grant Morrison’s Flex Mentallo four-issue mini-series will get a collected trade in the Fall of 2011.

Flex Mentallo is a comic book character who first appeared in 1991 in issue #42 of Grant Morrison’s run on Doom Patrol as a member of the audience for Danny the Street’s Perpetual Cabaret. Later in the storyline, Flex reveals that he is actually “The Man of Muscle Mystery”, and tidies his appearance. Flex is revealed to be not an entirely original creation, but rather a parody of the post-workout protagonist of Charles Atlas’ long-running “The Insult that made a Man out of Mac” advertisements seen in American comics from the past.

This will be the first time the issues have been collected, and unless you are a huge Doom Patrol fan, this may be the first time many have heard of the character.

via Vertigo


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  1. Hoo-boy! I’d like to know the details of why DC now decided to reprint this treasure. I’ve read the speculation about the worries of rights infringement, but I don’t know any of the true details.

  2. Yes! YES! I only have issue 4, and I got lucky with the price since I only had to pay the cover price.

    I’d almost be able to say I respect DC again… but not even Flex is enough to make Rise of Arsenal okay,

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