Jason and Scott are big superhero fans, which is perhaps not surprising when you consider how many comic books I have around the house. Lately they’ve taken to inventing their own heroes and drawing their adventures, much as I did when I was their age. It bears mentioning, however, that while I did it just as an exercise in imagination and to fill the void between visits to the drug store for real comics, Jason takes a more practical view; he’s polishing up his hero (“The Changer”) to be ready for merchandising deals and a movie franchise. In fact, I think he’s already spent half the fortune he plans to make on royalties.
Scott’s another matter; to be honest I’m not 100 percent convinced he’s taking the whole thing seriously. His latest hero is “Fireflash,” a guy whose super-powers include shooting lightning bolts from his fingertips and accessorizing a spandex battle suit with a stovepipe hat.
Still, Fireflash is downright conventional compared to his partner in crimefighting. Oddly shaped and colored pink from head to toe, I at first thought his name was “Tuneman,” and wondered if he was a musical hero. Scott informed me that I read it all wrong: It’s “Tongueman,” a superhero completely covered in (or made of?) tongues.
I’m not sure he’s worked out the details yet, but I’m guessing Tongueman’s abilities include “licking” evil, or maybe unleashing super-raspberries. Logical “weaknesses” would include excessively hot coffee, Polish surnames and British cooking.
Not to be outdone, there’s a third member of the adventure team, namely this guy:
This name was completely illegible to me, so I had to ask. Beaming, Scott informed me it’s “Fireflash’s Uncle Larry.” Well, of course it is.
So beware, evil-doers everywhere! Fireflash is back to kick some bad-guy behind, and this time he’s brought Tongueman and his Uncle Larry!