Power Man #29
Issue(s): Power Man #29
Other than his origin (he fell into the water holding a radioactive isotope or something and came out a fish-man), there is nothing about his powers or motivations that has anything to do with being a fish. He's got some kind of gun that is able to hurt Luke Cage through his steel skin. The first time anyway. The next time Luke just kind of shrugs it off.
Mr. Fish gets a kick out of doing the whole super-villain thing, though. There's a funny scene (probably not intentional) where Mr. Fish basically says "I suppose you're wondering about my origin." and Luke Cage says "Nah, not really.", and then Mr. Fish proceeds to provide his 2+ page origin anyway.
With that out of the way, Cage throws Mr. Fish off the top of a building, and he dies.
Mr. Fish may be bizarre and stupid, but there's another character in this series that is downright offensive. He's a dwarf (note this is the second black dwarf henchmen we've seen in Power Man) named Shrike who is drawn as a real caricature (totally different than the style of the other characters in the book) and has the most stereotypical fake black diction ("I's jumpin!") i've seen in a Marvel comic.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue was a fill-in interrupting a 3-part story in Power Man #28 and #30-31. Placing this issue before that arc.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
You know looking at the cover of the comic, Mr. Fish actually looks formidable, like a super-villain Gill-man. But then you look at the interiors and...yeah, no wonder they needed the "no one laughs" blurb on the cover since that's all I'm doing.
Posted by: Ataru320 | December 1, 2013 5:55 PM
It actually wasn't Mr.Fish's only appearance.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | December 1, 2013 6:08 PM
Those appearances were published after i wrote this entry, but i believe that it was determined that the later Mr. Fish was a brother of the original.
Posted by: fnord12 | December 1, 2013 6:24 PM
Whenever I get a condescending attitude about the comics of today, all I have to do to get grounded is look at some of the ones produced in the 70's.
Posted by: A.Lloyd | March 4, 2014 10:59 PM
@ChrisKafka - I'm surprised that Mr. Fish's brother wasn't a guy who fell into a patch of potato plants while holding a radioactive isotope, transforming him into Mr. Chips :)
Posted by: Ben Herman | March 12, 2016 2:11 PM
But at some point Mantlo would have assaulted the reader by having someone say "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"!
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 7, 2016 12:51 AM
Ah...but think of the opportunities for their estate!
Instead of writing out Fish and Chips at those restaurants, they could have just put up a pic of those brothers!
Oh, the humanity.
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | September 20, 2016 6:10 AM
I had this issue, back when I was young enough not to realize the inherent dumbness of the Mr. Fish character (the problematic nature of that dwarf went right over my head as well).
I have a soft spot for him, and similar bizarre and goofy 70s characters. I can't help myself.
Posted by: Shaun Regan | April 26, 2017 6:03 PM
Perhaps creative would've been better off just having Abe Vigoda as the story's villain.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | March 21, 2018 8:40 PM
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