Been too busy to do these recently, but REALLY needed to draw today, so this happened.
Here's the brief:
Many thanks to Jess Nevins for drawing my attention to this little dollop of Wonderful Weird from the pages of Amazing Mystery Funnies. This infoblot from Dan Markstein’s Toonopedia:
It's tempting to say Speed Centaur was the oddest of the oddballs, but with so many oddballs around it's hard to be sure. He certainly was an odd one. To begin with, he was, like, a centaur! Four legs, hooves, human torso on top of a horse torso, etc., making it hard to figure how he fits into human society while at the same time conferring little apparent benefit on his pursuit of urban adventure…
Speed didn't start out as a city dweller. He was born into a tribe of similar creatures, which lived far away in the frozen North. When he was very young an earthquake wiped out all the others. He was found wandering alone through a snowstorm by trapper Maurice Norton, who raised him, teaching him English and French. Later, he took up with a reporter named Jerry "Reel" McCoy, who hailed from civilized climes. It was Jerry who brought Speed to New York, where, with Jerry as assistant, he took up the avocation of superheroing.
Not much more to say about that. Things I particularly like:
1. the notion of a fucking ridiculous mythical chimaera trying to get by in contemporary (or future?) society.
2. the fact that someone felt an English-speaking horsebloke wasn’t urbane enough, and taught the galloping manebotherer French as well – presumably so he’d feel more at home during those requisite balmy afternoons crunching sugarcubes outside Parisian cafés.
And 3. the notion of trying to sell this guy as a street-level Urban! Hero! – complete with acrobatic rooftop chases and desperate gangland vendettas. Daredevil-with-hooves is too delightful a concept to ignore.
So. He's Speed. He's a centaur. He's French (c'mon, look at that 'stache. That is SO French, right?).
That's all I got.
EDITED: Switched out to the more classic "Speed Racer" pose.
Speed Racer is © the people who do Speed Racer.