Meet the L.I.S. (8)

By: John Hilgart
October 25, 2011



In the course of his recent research into comic book mastheads, John Hilgart has discovered a motley crew of what he calls “implicit superheroes” — superheroes who were there, all along, in our comic books… if only we’d noticed them. Like a sculptor who sees a sculpture implicit in a block of stone, he is now chipping them free of their prisons. Whether or not this is a good idea remains to be seen.

In fact, Hilgart has discovered so many of these there-but-not-there heroes that he’s announced the formation of… yes, The League of Implicit Superheroes. Erma is the eighth of the League’s ten members.


A series by John Hilgart, creator of the comic-book detail galleries Comic Book Cartography and 4CP. Check out his latest project: Supertype!


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What do you think?

  1. John tells me now that he was NOT thinking of Erma Bombeck. Was I the only one who immediately thought of Bombeck? I’m showing my age — she was old news even when I was a kid, but my aunt had all her books.

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