Flex Mentallo

Publisher: DC Vertigo
Published: Jun 1996
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  • Four-issue miniseries that conveys the history of the comic book genre through the lifespan of a central character
  • Considered one of Grant Morrison's most profound yet perplexing stories
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  • Morrison's criticism of the dark and somber superhero trend in the 1990s is layered into the subtext of the story
  • Morrison refers to this series along with The Invisibles and The Filth as a "hypersigil" trilogy, a term coined by Morrison that refers to a work of art with its own willpower to persist in delivering its meaning
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  • The story occurs on two planes of existence, fiction and reality where the creation attempts to convince the creator not to kill himself
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  • In 2000, the Charles Atlas corporation filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against DC Comics for the portrayal of Flex Mentallo being a parody of the real-life Italian bodybuilder
  • The lawsuit was eventually dismissed but series was out-of-print for over a decade and commanded a considerable amount on the secondary market
  • Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery has since been published in a hardcover deluxe edition collection and a trade paperback