I had the dubious distinction of getting hooked on the orignal Tick series from New England Comics with issue #12. For anyone who is not familiar with the original comic, issue 12 ended up being the final issue after the creator, Ben Edlund, started working on the animated series for FOX. It wasn’t my first encounter with The Tick; my college roommate knew Bob Polio from the original series and sold his personal copies while we were at school.
While futilely awaiting issue #13 I was craving more Tick content. Issue #12 was released in May of 1993 and the FOX show didn’t premier until September 1994 so there was a year and a half with no Tick. NEC tried to fill the gap with the Karma Tornado series in October of 1993 but it never clicked for me like the Edlund issues did. “Fly a Mile in Another Man’s Cape” is my version of what issue #14 of The Tick might have been. Due to the limitations of the original digitization some of Matt’s pencil work is a bit hard to see but hopefully it will still get the idea across.
Here’s the cover and teaser page: