Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ceci n'est pas une Bande Dessinée

In the National Gallery of Victoria. Accompanying text:
Tobi Wanik
Wahgi people, Korkor Village, Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea
Fantom
c. 1998

This shield, made from a forty-four-gallon drum, is emblazoned in enamel paint with an image of the Phantom, a comic book super hero [sic] popular in the Wahgi Valley. The Phantom, a contemporary symbol of invincibility, warns the owner's opponents to beware of the man who never dies. The image of the Phantom, a 'good guy' is related to the 'moral uprightness' of warriors who must be blameless if victory is to be achieved.

The whole Skull-Island business is enough for this to qualify as Skull-blogging.

10 comments:

merc said...

Paper thin and with Mr Key in Washington and all, now that's skull duggery blogging.

prasteso, badly pronounced plasticene.

M. Bouffant said...

Ck yr. title, & feel free to delete this, to avoid any em-bare-ass-ment.

mikey said...

Wow. Nice widow's peak.

Rakish...

fish said...

I didn't know Keith Haring was a Phantom fan.

Smut Clyde said...

Ck yr. title
Fixed. Shouldn't post late at night, but if I didn't, what else is there to do?

merc said...

At night merc hangs upside down in the darkness beside a light waiting for passing moths...

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Fixed.

Dude, it's still not American.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Now, that's a mashup!

On a semi-related note, I used to work for the man who introduced the "wolf whistle to the Kapauku Papuans.

Substance McGravitas said...

Imagine if the cargo planes had held crates of Marvel Two-In-One.

mikey said...

Umm, the Papuans would all have brightly colored asses?