prospector-odd_dimension-crazy66really-distantprospector of the "Odd" dimension

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/ClassExtradimensional ("Odd dimension") humanoid (possibly alternate reality and/or extratemporal human; see comments)

Occupation: Prospector

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Unidentified pack mule;
    provided information and directions to
Tippi CanoeTyler II

Enemies: None identified, allow he unwittingly guided Tippi Canoe into a conflict with Howard the Duck and Beverly Switzler

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Old-Timer" (from the narrator)

Base of Operations: Unidentified floating landmass in the "Odd dimension"; previous bases unrevealed

First AppearanceCrazy Magazine#66 (September, 1980; see comments)prospector-odd_dimension-crazy66really-face

Powers/Abilities: The prospector presumably had some abilities in sifting for gold. It is unrevealed whether there was any gold in or around the landmass, which appeared to be perhaps 20-30' wide and/or long, and perhaps 6' deep. However, he would dip his pan into the apparent air below the landmass. He also possessed a pickaxe, a canteen, and a pack mule.

    Despite the landmass seemingly floating in air, there were fish swimming below it. The prospector had a fishing rod and access to worms, which allowed him to hook such fish, which would seem to be the only source of food available on the barren landmass.
   
There even seemed to be a surface/interface between air and water that looked like air, as the prospector's fishing line had a bobber on it that floated at the top of that interface, and there were ripples around it. 

    Presuming his hygiene was equivalent to that standard for mining prospectors in the 19th century, this would explain his multiple missing teeth. He's probably smelly, too.

Height: Unrevealed (there is no frame of reference, but he looked on the short side, so perhaps 5'4" to 5'8")
Weight: Unrevealed (possibly 120-140 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (dark; presumably brown)
Hair: Presumably white or gray (including beard, but no mustache)

History:
(Crazy
Magazine#66 (fb) - BTS) - An unidentified prospector dwelled on an unidentified landmass upon which he had staked a claim, apparently panning for gold or something amidst the empty space surrounding his unidentified landmass. 

(Crazy Magazine#66 (fb) - BTS) - Although he had not left his claim (barren landmass) for six weeks, the prospector heard about the arrival of a diner (Joe's Diner, which apparently had been unwittingly transported there along with Howard the Duck's burlesque house by Dr. Odd).

(Crazy Magazine#66) - When Tippi Canoe and Tyler II approached him, Tippi introduced themselves and asked if he knew of any place around there where they could get some meat. The Prospector told them he heard tell of a diner"what just sprung up down the slip-stream a piece." 

    He continued that someday he was going to have to get up off his asteroid (see comments) and go see if there was a diner there or not...

 (Crazy Magazine#66 - BTS) - Tippi and Tyler continued on to find the diner, but they were apparently blown up when Tyler's microwave beam, intended to cook Howard for Tippi, was reflected back at them.

Comments: Created by Steve Skeates, Pat Broderick, and Armando Gil.

    The prospector appears to be intended to represent someone from one of the various gold rushes of America's 19th century (you can Google it for more information, but you have to sort through the TV show, and video games, etc.). 

Did he originate in the Odd dimension? 

If not, how long was he there (he seemed to have been there for some time before Howard and the Burlesque House (and Joe's Diner) were transported there.

Was he native to Earth-616 or some other alternate Earth and transported to the "Odd dimension" under circumstances as yet unrevealed? 

Who knows?

Who cares? (I do...)

The story is sparse on details, but it just a 3 page comedy feature in Crazy Magazine...what do you want for nothing (well, OK, the Magazine cost $0.75, but that includes 52 pages (including inside and outside front and back covers...so, at 1.44 cents per page, what do you want for under a nickel?).

    The prospector referred to the landmass on which he dwelled as an "asteroid," which typically refers to rocky orbiting the sun, but I guess a rock floating in space is close enough. But, in case you didn't get it, he was just playing off the sound of the word, as in getting up off of his ass---teroid...

    Crazy Magazine#65 was misnumbered #66 on the cover. It is numbered correctly in the indicia. It's the one with the Alka-Seltzer-like cover.
    The real #66 has the "The Empire Strikes Out" cover, with Darth Vader swinging his light-saber through a baseball.

    I don't think we know whether Joe's Diner was transported to the Odd Dimension by Dr. Odd or other circumstances...we don't know for sure whether it originated on the block near Howard's burlesque house, or whether it came from somewhere or somewhen else on Earth...or whether from some other Earth, or another world, altogether.
    Ditto for the bus station.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The prospector
should be distinguished from:



images
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Crazy Magazine#66, Howard the Duck story, pg. 2, panel 3-4 (prospector full, distant seated; and face)

Appearances:
Crazy Magazine#66 (September, 1980) - by Steve Skeates (writer), Pat Broderick (pencils) & Armando Gil (artists), Larry Hama (editor)


First posted: 12/11/2021
Last updated: 12/11/2021

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