September 30, 2009

Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4 [1996]

Back in the darkest days of the 1990s, there was an inexplicably popular kids TV show called MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS. Marvel did some comics based on the series, and Ditko drew [at least] four 10-page stories for them, among his last half-dozen or so stories he did for Marvel.

The 10-page story in this issue is "Revenge Of The Nerd", with inks by Tom Palmer and story by Tom Daning. The nerdy and pimply teenager with the unfortunately named Myron Zitzner is teased and bullied in school, only to be rescued by the some of the Power Rangers in their civilian identities.  Unfortunately his bitterness makes him unable to appreciate the help.  The Rangers then have to take care of an attack from a giant monster, as they often do, while the mastermind behind all those attacks kidnaps Myron and transforms him into a giant pimple which shoots out acid and attacks the Rangers.  They have to transform into other forms (no doubt more toys to sell to kids) to defeat him, with the rather unfortunate image of squeezing his mutant pimple form until he pops out, having learned his lesson, and later using his brains to win the admiration of some cute girls.

So, no surprise, not that good a story, although obviously I wasn't really the target audience (other than to the extent that "Ditko fan" was the target, and at that Ditko fans probably outnumber Power Rangers fans now, at least until the nostalgia wave hits them) either when it came out or now.  Ditko's art is solid, though Tom Palmer's inking is a bit heavy.

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