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The Tick #1

The Tick #1: The Tick!

First published: June 1988

Writer: Ben Edlund; Artist: Ben Edlund; Art Director: Bob Polio; Letterer: Bob Polio; Editor: George Suarez; Resident Critic: Alan Meisler

This comic was printed in The Tick: The Naked City and The Tick Omnibus #1 and it was printed as Chroma-Tick Special Edition #1.

The Tick #1: The Tick!

This is the very first installment of The Tick saga. It was written by Ben Edlund and it introduces the Tick character to the world and to The City he is destined to protect. The issue starts with Tick unhappily trying to deal with the boredom of life in an insane asylum and deciding to leave.

Once outside, he makes it to the City where he appoints himself it's destined protector. The City, though, already has a protector; The Caped Wonder, who had been righting wrongs there for a few days ala Superman. While jumping around on roofs and using his Secret Crime Viewfinder, he manages to stumble into some Ninjas interrogating Shing, but he doesn't realize that anything untoward is happening and so he goes off to try to find crime to fight.

He eventually makes it to a diner where the classic 'Do you suck blood' dialogue happens, but he passes out from sucking air through the little straw. When he wakes up, he's on the subway tracks inside a tunnel. Of course, seeing the tracks, Tick assumes he is in the belly of a Blue Whale and so when The Caped Wonder comes to rescue him from the train Tick naturally assumes that he is a digestive enzyme. The pair of heroes are run over by the train and Tick is left with nothing but Clark's hat…

This issue features these Superheroes:
The Tick, Shing, The Caped Wonder / Clark Oppenheimer, and Arthur (background only)

This issues features these Villains:

Those wacky ninjas!
Tick enocunters some Ninjas. Don't worry, Tick; they're more scared of you than you are of them...

Crime viewfinder

The Tick uses his crime viewfinder...

The Tick is bored.
This is the first page of the first Tick comic. It features The Tick in an asylum.


The Tick:
I especially like the part about dancing across rooftops. I'm like a god when I do that.
Sometimes I forget things. Who I am. Where I am. Unimportant things. But I'm not insane.
All is in readiness. And I am too. In readiness, I mean.
I'll bounce off that flagpole and flip to safety!! AHA! I'll bounce off that broad, flat surface and be in a lot of pain!
Errh..Yeah, I…I…I…..err..I suck blood all the time. I got a straw right here pal!! You want a demonstration?
Being a tick isn't a problem. It's an honor.
Hmmm…I'm not too up on my whale anatomy, but I don't recall them having two metal rails in their stomachs. It's probably a Blue Whale.
My God!! A gigantic well-dressed digestive enzyme!! I AM in a whale!!
Heh, heh. Nice try!!! You're an enzyme!!
Darn it! I hate getting run over by trains.

Clark Oppenheimer / The Caped Wonder:
I've GOT to help the helpless, right wrongs and stand for truth, justice, and the American way. Damn. I should write this stuff down.
Maybe I could fly around the Earth at unheard of speeds and reverse time. No, I did that last week. Damn.


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