“The Five Fists of Science,” or how Mark Twain continues to kick butt.

The Five Fists of Science is a graphic novel which depicts Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla as moral leaders for the cause of world peace.  In it, they fight against the terrible hordes of no-gooders, portrayed as J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and the worst of them all, Thomas Edison.  (You can of course see the problem with Thomas Edison, that he is a stalker and watches Mark Twain and his family: Twain in 1909, Creeped on by Edison)I absolutely love when pop culture takes historical figures and grows upon their legend.  This graphic novel completely does that.  The two use science and trickery to try and further their lessons to villains.  So, Tesla and Twain, already larger than life characters, grow into an even higher god-like status as their work and contributions are exaggerated further.  As a master of science and a master of wit, Tesla and Twain confront the storm of evil industry in the ways they know best.

As I noted, it’s always so interesting when pop culture takes over a figure and exaggerates upon their legend.  We will never see the bad side of these people; only the side that makes us say, “Hey! That’s so freaking awesome!”  This has probably gone on for as long as anyone can tell.  If you think about it, there are plenty of stories and tales about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, anyone who was influential and dead.  These tales of course aren’t true, but further the ideas of these people.  Their legend becomes greater than actually they were in life.  There is a sort of mythology that is generated from important figures.  I find it fascinating and entertaining.  A clear example of this is all of the videos you can find on youtube about a certain person or figure.  My favorite type of legend growth occurs in cartoons and comic books.

Anyways, I’ll leave you with pictures from The Five Fists of Science and then links to go about checking it out for yourself, if you are so inclined to do so.

The Five Fists of Science: http://comics4download.blogspot.com/2008/12/five-fists-of-science.html

Software to view the Five Fists: http://www.downloadsource.net/18912/CDisplay-Comic-Reader/

5 Responses to ““The Five Fists of Science,” or how Mark Twain continues to kick butt.”

  1. Richards says:

    If Harriet Jacobs had momentarily taken us out of the arena where a southern literary figure had transcended into a pop culture figure, Twain takes us right back into that arena, as Stephen’s post documents. Indeed, Twain perhaps rivals Poe as having an over-determined–and over-simplified?–personality in pop culture. Be on the look out for these representations.

    Particularly for those of you who have read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, perhaps think of how Twain’s relationship to science is more complicated than this graphic novel suggests.

  2. semilunatic says:

    OMG, Twain looks like Burt Reynolds!