BAND of the BLAND
Membership: (left to right) Black Hole, Doctor Angst, (top to bottom) Sitting Bullseye, Spanker, Tillie the Hun
Enemies: Critic, Defenders, Howard the Duck, Louise Mason, She-Hulk, Terror (Laslo Pevely), Brent Wilcox
Base of Operations: Cleveland, Ohio, most of New Jersey
First Appearance: Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (1976)
(Marvel Treasury Edition#12) - The Band of the Bland is a group of mundane, unspectacular costumed criminals. They were first organized by Doctor Angst to assassinate Howard the Duck, who was at the time the presidential candidate for the All Night Party. Angst duped them into believing that they were in it solely to rise above their current levels and achieve fame. Angst himself was doing it for profit, as he was hired by unnamed parties. He also tricked them into believing he had enhanced their powers with the mystic placebo known as Promethium. The Band was defeated by Howard and the Defenders. Angst was sent to prison, and although the others probably went as well, they were released before he was.
(Sensational She-Hulk#15-17) - Fourteen years later (Marvel time), Angst escaped from prison to instrument a plot he had begun at the time of his imprisonment. The Band members had gone their separate ways, and were living mediocre lives, but Angst convinced them to reorganize and assist him in his plot, the Cosmic Squish Principle. Essentially, Angst sought to release a multitude of previous compacted pocket universes, the Encroachiverses, to squish the rest of the Earth dimension. He established five locus points in five equally mediocre places: a square block in Manhattan including Rad Ronin Fujiyama Funhous; Henderson, Nevada; El Segundo, California; most of New Jersey; and the planet Sqazzl. Within these five loci, Angst would create a new universe, the Insipiverse, which they could rule. This plot was foiled by a team composed of Howard (surprisingly enough), the Critic, Louise Mason, She-Hulk, the Terror, and Brent Wilcox. Black Hole was forced to suck up all of the Encroachiverses, and the Critic forced him to continue to hold them.
COMMENTS: Created by Steve Gerber, Sal Buscema & Klaus Janson.
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Howard the Duck' s villains (ie. the Gerber ones) are some of the best. Every character should have a story line co-starring Howard, written by Gerber, featuring either the Band, or the Kidney Lady, or Pro-Rata, etc.
I'm hoping for a new plot of Angst in 2004 (another 14 years since his last one).
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Sensational She-Hulk#17, p12, pan4 (Band of the Bland)
Sensational She-Hulk#15-17 (May-July, 1990) - Steve Gerber (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), Jim Sanders III (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Last updated: 08/02/02
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