Over at CBR, we had a series of threads focused on naming out top 12 favourite comic book characters. I tried to go with my initial instincts when choosing so I didn't fall into the trap of overthinking things. It was a lot of fun, so I thought that I'd reprint my choices here:
12. Charlie Droople
Charlie Droople is the greatest one-shot character of all-time. It’s a shame that more people don’t know about Charlie Droople as he should be a folk hero to comic book geeks everywhere. This is a guy who chose life inside a comic book over a woman! For those who have yet to meet Charlie, he was the star of the wonderful little Steve Skeates/Jim Aparo tale “The Best of All Possible Worlds” that appeared in The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #6 (it was later reprinted in # 66).
In the story, Charlie and his girlfriend Dorothy slowly discover that they are inside of a comic book story (so post-modern!). Charlie is intrigued by the notion of living inside a comic. Of course, he and Dorothy don’t exactly see eye to eye on this, and the next thing you now; there’s one more Charlton book on the stands. It’s beyond brilliant and everyone should try to grab a copy as Charlie is such a great character. In a matter of 8 pages, we are made to feel like we’ve known him all of our lives. By the end, even though we’d love to spend some more time with him, we know that he’s moved on to a better place.