T.J. VANCE

Real Name: T.J. Vance

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Editor and publisher of "The Naked Truth"

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dan Cooley

Enemies: She-Hulk (Walters), Wyatt Wingfoot

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Teej (as called by "everybody"); "you...slimy...little...worm!" (as called by Jennifer Walters)

Base of Operations: His seedy office in New York City

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#275 (February, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: Vance was a men's magazine publisher and he was skilled in the use of a camera. He also wore a very cheap toupee.

History: (Fantastic Four I#275 (fb) - BTS) - T. J. Vance was contacted by WXIT's traffic copter pilot Dan Cooley, who had spotted the She-Hulk sunning herself topless on the roof of the Baxter Building every day for the past month. Vance agreed to pay Cooley $1,000 if he flew him overhead so he could take some pictures of her for his men's magazine, "The Naked Truth".

(Fantastic Four I#275) - As Cooley and Vance flew over the Baxter Building, once again they spotted the jade giantess, so Vance began snapping pictures with his camera. Angered by the invasion of her privacy by the airborne peeping-tom, the She-Hulk lept upon the landing gear of the helicopter and punched a hole through it, but Cooley managed to shake her off into a nearby building, and the two got away.

(Fantastic Four I#275 - BTS) - Meanwhile, when word got out, Vance had pre-sold three million copies of his next issue -- news agents snapped up the run just on the chance he'd get the pictures like he'd promised. This was great news for Vance, who'd never sold more than a hundred-thousand copies a month in his ten years of publishing. Vance put all the cash and checks he received from advance sales in a safe in his office.

(Fantastic Four I#275) - The She-Hulk went back to the Baxter Building, and after making a call to WXIT's general manager, she found out where Cooley was, paid him a visit, got his "cooperation," and found out about Vance. The She-Hulk transformed back into lawyer Jennifer Walters, and along with Wyatt Wingfoot, she went to Vance's office. T. J. Vance greeted her amicably ("Call me Teej, baby. Everybody does. Just everbody."). Walters explained to Vance that she was the legal representative of the She-Hulk and threatened legal action against him if he published the photos; however, Vance countered her claim, telling her the She-Hulk was a public figure, meaning she was in the public domain ("Same principle as the scandal rags use to print their lies."). Vance showed her his safe filled with the cash and checks from the advance sales, then offered her the "opportunity" to pose for him in her own pictorial. Disgusted by the putrid purveyor of perversion, Walters transformed back into the She-Hulk, then proceeded to pick up the safe and squash it down into a large bowling ball.

Three weeks later, when the magazine finally hit the newsstands, the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) bought a copy and showed it to the She-Hulk -- Vance had been in such a rush to get the pictures into print, he neglected to tell his printers that they were pictures of a green woman, so the printers mistakenly color-corrected them, giving all the pictures ordinary white skin so the readers couldn't even tell it was the She-Hulk (Johnny Storm: "The same thing happened on an early Star Trek episode!" (see comments)). Grabbing the magazine back, Johnny then went to his room to find a pair of green-tinted sunglasses...

Comments: Created by John Byrne (writer and artist).

T. J. Vance was probably a parody of Hugh Hefner/Bob Guccione/Larry Flynt.

That "early Star Trek episode" that Johnny Storm referred to was the unaired pilot episode "The Cage" (later re-made into the two-part episode "The Menagerie"), wherein actress Susan Oliver at one point was portraying a green-skinned Orion slave girl -- she was made progressively greener in make-up tests because a film processor was (unbeknownst to creator Gene Roddenberry) restoring her skin to the "correct" color, and no one could figure out why she wasn't photographing green.

As angry as She-Hulk was about these sleazy pictures, they saved her soul from the devil. In Sensational She-Hulk#28 a contract she had made with Mephisto (the devil's advocate Montgomery H. Price was very persuasive) was terminated because of these pictures, which offended the high moral standards required in the contract.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by John Kaminski

CLARIFICATIONS:
T.J. Vance has no known connections to:

Dan Cooley has no known connection to:

 

 


Dan Cooley

The pilot for WXIT's traffic copter, he'd been promised $1,000 by Vance if he flew him over the roof of the Baxter Building while the She-Hulk was sunning herself topless so Vance could get some photos of her that he could print in his men's magazine. The She-Hulk tracked Cooley down to a landing field in Jersey, and got him to spill the beans on Vance when she threatened to toss the helicopter.

--Fantastic Four I#275

 

 

 

 

 


images:
Fantastic Four I#275, p14, pan5 (main image)

p17, pan1 (head shot)
p19, pan1 (facing She-Hulk)
p2, pan2 (Dan Cooley with Vance)


Appearances:
Fantastic Four I#275 (February, 1985) - John Byrne (writer/pencils), Al Gordon (inks), Michael Carlin (editor)


Last updated: 10/28/06

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