The SuperFogeys were created on September 22nd, 2006 off of a suggestion from Tad Hansen, my fake internet friend, that I “do something stupid like a comic about superheroes in a nursing home.”
Three days later I posted the first strip as part of a five day experiment to see if could do a daily comic strip. I didn’t really have any sort of plan or story in mind. I invented and designed characters on the fly, within the strips themselves. No color, just black and white. They weren’t even drawn very well. I was just trying to get stuff done as quickly as possible. I had so much fun doing it I extended the experiment to a second week.
I quickly realized that a pretty crazy story was starting to emerge from my collection of Superman, Robin, Dr. Sivana and Black Widow analogues. The Flash, Etrigan the Demon, Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Captain America and Maxima analogues (+10 to whomever can correctly pair up the famous [and not-so-famous] comic characters with their SuperFogeys counterparts) came a little later, along with a whole host of other characters. A motley crew if there ever was one.
Presented below, for the first time in a looooong time, is that original set of five black & white strips as they originally appeared to readers of my blog on MySpace seven years ago. You’ll notice a few differences from what you’ll find on the site today, the biggest of which are the different outfit for Captain Spectacular (changed because it too closely resembled Superman’s–especially when colored) and the omission of what is now strip #3 (it was created later after I decided to go back and color the strips and continue the story).
Big thanks to all of who have stuck with us over the years, and big thanks to those of you who discovered us a little later. You make it all worth doing. Extra, extra special thanks to Marc Lapierre, without whom The SuperFogeys would have ended years ago. I’m so glad we’re still going strong.