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Megaton Man (vol. 1) #4 (June 1985):
“News of the World”
by Don Simpson

Megaton Man (vol. 1) #4

Title: “News of the World”

Medium: comic

Cover date: June 1985

Publisher: Kitchen Sink Press
Written by: Don Simpson
Art by: Don Simpson


43 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Megaton Man Megaton Man (Trent Phloog)
(lead character)
hero
  The Megatropolis Quartet; VW Gang Kitchen Sink Press Image 65
Pamela Jointly Pamela Jointly
(details) 
supporting character
CBR Scale: M Liberal
The University of Michigan
[muckraking liberal columnist; attacks Megaton Man in print]
Kitchen Sink Press 10
Liquid Man Liquid Man (Rex Rigid) hero scientist
  The Megatropolis Quartet
[parody of Mr. Fantastic]
Kitchen Sink Press 5
See-Thru Girl See-Thru Girl (Stella Starlight) hero
  The Megatropolis Quartet; The University of Michigan
[parody of Invisible Woman; had affair w/Megaton Man]
Kitchen Sink Press 8
Preston Percy Preston Percy supporting character
  ICHHL
[Megaton Man's best pal; based in part on Jimmy Olson]
Kitchen Sink Press 19
Rudy Mayo Rudy Mayo supporting character
  [city editor; partially based on Perry White] Kitchen Sink Press 9
The Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project supporting character group
  [newspaper Megaton Man and friends work for] Kitchen Sink Press 15
Wall Man (Peter Parkinglot)
(flashback)
hero
  [Spider-Man parody] Kitchen Sink Press 1
Stallonovich (Sergeant Sterankovich) hero
  ICHHL
[Nick Fury parody]
Kitchen Sink Press 2
ICHHL ICHHL supporting character group
  [spy agency; SHIELD parody; led by Sgt. Sterankovich] Kitchen Sink Press 1
Ms. Megaton Man Clarissa James supporting character hero
  The University of Michigan; black
[daughter of Silver Age Megaton Man]
Kitchen Sink Press 6
The Megatropolis Quartet The Megatropolis Quartet hero group
  [Fantastic Four parody] Kitchen Sink Press 18
Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson
(6-panel cameo, pg. 1, 6, 8) 
supporting character
  black Marvel 739
Yarn Man Yarn Man (Bing Gloom)
(5-panel cameo, pg. 0, 20-21)
hero
  The Megatropolis Quartet; VW Gang
[parody of Thing (Ben Grimm)]
Kitchen Sink Press 26
Kevin Kevin
(4-panel cameo, pg. 2, 5)
supporting character
  [reporter] Kitchen Sink Press 1
The Silver Server The Silver Server
(3-panel cameo, pg. 0, panels 1-3)
supporting character
CBR Scale: I alien
[Silver Surfer parody] Kitchen Sink Press 1
Gluttinus Gluttinus
(3-panel cameo, pg. 0, panels 4-5, 9)
villain
CBR Scale: D cosmic entity
[Galactus parody] Kitchen Sink Press 1
The Human Meltdown The Human Meltdown (Chuck Roast)
(3-panel cameo, pg. 0, panels 1, 7-8) 
hero
  The Megatropolis Quartet
[parody of Human Torch]
Kitchen Sink Press 2
unnamed college intellectual unnamed college intellectual
(3-panel cameo, pg. 22-23)
supporting character
  [befriended Stella Starlight at college] Kitchen Sink Press 2
Partyers from Mars Partyers from Mars
(1-panel cameo, pg. 30, panel 3) 
supporting character group
CBR Scale: D anarchist; alien
[1st app: Megaton Man (vol. 1) #3 (Apr. 1985)] Kitchen Sink Press 3
Kozmik Kat Kozmik Kat
(photo/picture/video, pg. 20, panel 2) 
hero
CBR Scale: M uplifted animal
The Megatropolis Quartet; VW Gang...  Kitchen Sink Press 4
Russian Communist version of Megaton Man Russian Communist version of Megaton Man
(dream, pg. 13-14) 
villain
CBR Scale: D Communist
[1st app: Megaton Man (vol. 1) #4 (June 1985)] Kitchen Sink Press 1
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
(character based on, pg. 6-11) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 10,664
The Fantastic Four The Fantastic Four
(character based on, pg. 0) 
hero group
  [1st app: The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 1961)] Marvel 100
George Bush George Bush
(name seen in illustration (or on screen), pg. 30, panel 2) 
hero real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian
Reagan's Raiders; X Presidents Solson Publications NBC, etc. 303
Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan
(name seen in illustration (or on screen), pg. 30, panel 2) 
supporting character hero real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Presbyterian (raised in Disciples of Christ)
Reagan's Raiders; X Presidents DC Marvel, etc. 583
Walter Mondale Walter Mondale
(name seen in illustration (or on screen), pg. 30, panel 2) 
supporting character real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Presbyterian
[former candidate for U.S. President] League of Women Voters 29
Geraldine Ferraro Geraldine Ferraro
(name seen in illustration (or on screen), pg. 30, panel 2) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Catholic
[former candidate for U.S. Vice-President] League of Women Voters 21
Inhumans Inhumans
(mentioned, pg. 0, panels 7-8) 
supporting character group
CBR Scale: M Inhuman religion
[hidden race] Marvel 467
Jesus Christ Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth)
(mentioned, pg. 12, panel 4) 
deity real/historical person
CBR Scale: D Christianity
[] DC 565
Karl Marx Karl Marx
(mentioned, pg. 13, panel 3) 
villain real/historical person
CBR Scale: I Jewish/Lutheran turned atheist/Marxist
[1st app: Moor and the Ravens of London (1962)] Evil Twin Comics 18
Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Lenin
(mentioned, pg. 13, panel 3) 
villain real/historical person
CBR Scale: M Communist
[1st app: Love Through Fire and Blood (1924)] Marvel 169
Barry Manilow Barry Manilow
(mentioned, pg. 2, panel 3) 
supporting character real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Jewish
[singer; songwriter] Syndicast Viacom 166
The Beautiful People The Beautiful People
(mentioned, pg. 0, panels 7-8) 
supporting character group
CBR Scale: R Inhuman religion
Inhuman Kitchen Sink Press 1
Communists Communists
(mentioned, pg. 12-13, panel 1) 
supporting character villain group
CBR Scale: D Communist
[general reference; frequent Cold War-era villains] Marvel DC 242
Walt Disney Walt Disney
(mentioned, pg. 12, panel 6) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Congregationalist
[business owner; film director...] Marvel 129
Doctor Software Doctor Software (Julius Levitch)
(mentioned, pg. 7, 23) 
villain scientist based on a real person
  [based on Jerry Lewis] Kitchen Sink Press 5
Badguy Badguy (Bart Gamble)
(mentioned, pg. 2, panel 3) 
villain
  [1st app: Megaton Man (vol. 1) #3 (Apr. 1985)] Kitchen Sink Press 9
Chef Rustgut Chef Rustgut
(mentioned, pg. 0, panel 7) 
supporting character
CBR Scale: R Inhuman religion
Inhuman Kitchen Sink Press 1
Robert MacNeil Robert MacNeil
(mentioned, pg. 4, panel 3) 
real/historical person
  [columnist; news anchor...] Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 28
Jim Lehrer Jim Lehrer
(mentioned, pg. 4, panel 3) 
real/historical person
  [journalist; news anchor...] PBS 25
Kerr-McGee Kerr-McGee
(mentioned, pg. 12, panel 6) 
group real/historical person
  [oil/gas/energy company] ABC Motion Pictures 1
Friedrich Engels Friedrich Engels
(mentioned, pg. 13, panel 3) 
supporting character scientist real/historical person
CBR Scale: M Christian Pietist (raised); Atheist; Communist
[social scientist; co-founded Communism w/Marx] Der Kinderbuchverlag Berlin 6

Reprints of this comic:
Megaton Man (1990): "News of the World"