Now that all the 20s have lined up – June 20, 2020 – let’s celebrate the end of another winter and the advent of good weather: the first day of Summer. Last year we had Franklin Richards kick start the summer months. This year we’re calling upon the Impossible Man.
For those unfamiliar with the green and purple Stan Lee/Jack Kirby creation, Impossible Man is, essentially, Marvel’s Mr. Mxyzptlk. Impossible Man first appeared in Fantastic Four issue 11. He would continue to conjure himself back on Earth primarily a foil for the FF. He eventually branched over to bother Spider-Woman, the X-Men, Excalibur, Avengers and Silver Surfer throughout the ensuing years.
By 1990 he was poised for his own special. Possibly the one promised by Stan way back in Fantastic Four 176. This was the time when Impossible Man invaded Marvel Comics offices. He refused to leave until Stan promised to print a special for him alone. If you have yet to read the book, stop, go find a copy and enjoy.
Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular (1990) 1
The Impossibles – no relation – decide it’s time to vacation. With the family. All however many of ‘em there are.
Anyway, the self-proclaimed summer spectacular is a series of vignettes following an ‘Improlog.’
First up is ‘How Green was my Villain?’ involving Impossible Man taking the guise of a carousal of Spider-Man baddies. Most already sporting the green and purple motif.
‘Girls Don’t Wanna Have Fun!’ features Madcap and Quasar.
Dr. Strange outlasts Impy in ‘Impossible but Strange.’
She-Hulk and Janet VanDyne, aka the Wasp, are beleaguered by Impossible Woman who destroys VanDyne’s fashion show.
‘A Night to Remember’ features the Punisher who is none too amused by Impossible Man’s antics.
Dr. Doom has the last laugh when he sends the Impossible kids packing to Dizzyworld.
Yes, you read that right: Dizzyworld.
Remember, this was before Disney’s $4 billion Marvel buy out in April 2018.
This is 1990. And, scribe Peter David is having his way with Mickey and company. If you’re gonna pick this issue up, do it for this story alone. David is brilliant with his cracks at the mouse-eared empire. Gotta love a pants-less Howard the Duck in the background thumbing his beak at the legal decree he wear pants lest he resemble a certain Disney mallard.
The issue finally settles down as the Impossibles – again, no relation – make their next stop on the Skrull world to continue their vacation. At present, there has been no follow up.