Friday, September 28, 2007
If The Demolisher was my Batman then this guy, Heat-Ray, was my Superman. Heat-Ray was the guy I couldn't wait to draw when I got up in the morning. Thinking back, it amazes me how alive these silly little characters seemed to me when I was a little kid. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost all my HEAT-RAY comics (and quite a few of my other masterpieces as well). I do, however, seem to remember seeing the first issue of what I believe was called NOBLE TEAM-UP featuring the first pairing of my two titans, Heat-Ray and (you guessed it...) The Demolisher! It's in my stuff somewhere and if I find it, I'll post the cover.
Heat-Ray, as you can probably tell from the sketch above, was based on the Hanna-Barbera character Space Ghost. I even got the name from an episode of SPACE GHOST when he exclaims, "I'd better try using my heat ray!" When I "designed" Heat-Ray, I misinterpreted the stylish way Alex Toth drew Space Ghost's cowl and, to my seven-year-old mind, Space Ghost had no neck. So Heat-Ray ended up looking more like Juggernaut, pyramid-shaped head and all. When I got older, I started tinkering with Heat-Ray's look, trying to minimize the Space Ghost influences by getting rid of the triangle head. I just ended up making him look more like Space Ghost.
Cross your fingers. Hopefully, when I get home, I can locate some Heat-Ray stuff. I know the world is just holding its breath in anticipation.
Posted by Matt Wieringo at 4:17 PM