I was a teenage super-geek.

Over the weekend, I was going through some boxes I haven’t touched in years. Inside one of them, I found a ton of old sketchbooks, doodle-laden composition books and various other artistic artifacts of my misspent youth. Like most archaeological curiosities, the majority of items were fragmented, heavily decomposed or incomplete after decades of neglect. Still, occasional selections survived relatively intact. One such selection is presented here.

The year: 1990

George Bush was in the Whitehouse, overseeing a war in Iraq. America defeated communism with one hand tied behind its back. Some British guy invented the World Wide Web.

And I was a bored 13 year old with marginal drawing skills, a short attention span and an unhealthy affection for Tick comics. In lieu of paying attention in school, my friends and I constantly churned out short comics full of juvenile humor and questionable spelling.

Thumbing through piles of old strips clearly illustrated one thing: I had a neurotic obsession with the Stan Lee-esque idea that any accident - no matter how devastating - had the potential to grant super-powers to its hapless victim. Guy gets struck by lightning? Here comes LIGHTNING MAN! Guy eats a radioactive hot dog? WEINER MAN to the rescue! And, of course, SUPER PYRO GUY, whose story appears below.

A final note:

As a kid, I had a weird tendency to hear words and phrases, understand what they meant and yet have NO IDEA how to spell them. I remember seeing the word “recipe” in print for the first time in second grade and wondering what the hell a “ree-sipe” was. So, when you see the word “Insanasilum” I’m wasn’t referring to some obscure neurotoxin, I just had no idea that “Insane Asylum” was a two-word phrase.

So, without further ado…


The origin of SUPER PYRO GUY

Super Pyro Guy - circa 1990

Super Pyro Guy - circa 1990

Super Pyro Guy - circa 1990

Super Pyro Guy - circa 1990

Super Pyro Guy - circa 1990

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