My Second-Favorite EC Comics Character

I’ve been reading Spawn of Mars, another volume in Fantagraphics’ series of EC reprints, this one focusing on one of my favorite comics artists, Wally Wood. This collection has a recurring character that has stolen my heart. Let me introduce you to:

GUY SMOKING A PIPE IN A ROCKETSHIP

They’re millions of miles from Earth, stuck in a fragile tin can surrounded by unforgiving vacuum, a delicate bubble of safety amid the vast universe, but Guy Smoking a Pipe in a Rocketship doesn’t care! He is comfortable in this environment, and comfort includes his favorite pipe!

It’s a long journey! He’s going to need his boardgames, his dog (Dog Inexplicably Brought Along on Space Mission is another character I’ve been seeing often), and the fresh smell of pipe tobacco!

What does the Captain have to say about this? Guy Smoking a Pipe in a Rocketship is the Captain!

Sometimes Guy Smoking a Pipe in a Rocketship is busy, so our attention turns to his slightly lower class, slightly more blue-collar companion, Guy Smoking a Cigarette in a Rocketship.

BEHOLD THE MAJESTY OF THE GUY SMOKING A PIPE ON A ROCKETSHIP!

Who’s my first-favorite EC Comics character? Why, The Secretary of Defense, of course, who makes a cameo appearance in this volume!

Time to start a new sketchbook of Guy Smoking a Pipe in a Rocketship commissions!

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