tylerii-odddim-p2-facetylerii-odddim-landTYLER II

Real Name: Presumably Tyler

Identity/Class: Extradimensional ("Odd dimension") robot (presumably alternate reality ...I don't think the writer put that much thought into it...)

Occupation: Assistant to Tippi Canoe

Group Membership: Unidentified tribe

Affiliations: Tippi Canoe, unidentified prospector

Enemies: Howard the Duck, Beverly Switzler

Known Relatives: None;
    maybe Tyler I and/or III, etc. (neither of whom were mentioned, but I would be inferred, while III, etc. might be extrapolated)

Aliases: "Some kind of crazy trash container" (mistaken identification by Howard the Duck)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;tylerii-odddim-p3-revving
    at least formerly the "Odd Dimension," and formerly an unidentified landmass in that realmtippi_canoe-odd_dimension-canoe-main.jpg

First Appearance: Crazy#66 (September, 1980)

Powers/Abilities: A highly sophisticated computer/robot, Tyler II was composed of a central cylindrical body with a pair of robotic arms (hinged at approximations of shoulders, elbows, and wrists) ending in a hand-like structure with three finger-like digits and one thumb-like digit. Tyler also had a pair of rectangular optical sensors and a horizontal vocal structure, giving him something of a face.

    Lacking legs, Tyler flew via a central rocket at its inferior/bottom aspect (the loincloth was apparently somehow protected from catching fire) and he apparently could carry aloft a canoe carrying Tippi as well. However, this canoe apparently had its own flying capacity, as once it had been launched, Tyler was seen within the canoe, controlling what appeared to be a rudder. So maybe he could only launch it, rather than actually carry it aloft...

    Tyler II could project a powerful micro-wave blast, which required a few seconds to "rev up," during which smoke came out of where his ears would be. However, his control over the beam's power as well as his aim were less than computer-perfect...

    Tyler II is apparently unable to lie.

    Tyler II wore adornments to match Tippi's Native American-esque garb, including a headdress with feather-like structures and a loin cloth.

    Tyler II was shown holding a tomahawk of some sort; I would ASSume he just carried it for Tippi.

Height: Unrevealed (There is no frame of reference, but perhaps 2')
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 100-500 lbs, depending on what he was made of and what was in him)
Eyes: Central black pupil-like structure surrounded by solid white (no visible iris-like structures)
Hair: None
tylerii-odddim-p2-profile

History:.
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Crazy#66 (fb) - BTS) - Tyler II and Tippi Canoe arrived in the "Odd Dimension" on a rock  that was only big enough for one elk. Tyler watched as Tippi killed and ate the elk and then spent the next week picking her teeth with his bones.

(Crazy#66 (fb) - BTS) - Joe's Diner arrived in the Odd Dimension along with a block around the vaudeville house mystically transported there by Dr. Odd.

(Crazy#66) - As Tippi lamented having to eat berries as the caribou and the "great herds of mooing elk" were gone, Tyler II told her not to be so melodramatic, as it wasn't like "the white-eyes wiped out all of the animals around here" (see comments)...she was the one who slew the one elk on the small landmass, while there were never any caribou there in the first place.

    Telling Tyler II not to get snippy, Tippi instructed Tyler to push the canoe so they could head to some new hunting grounds. Tyler II agreed, noting he had been getting sick of this place, anyway.

    Tippi had Tyler II slow down as the approached some sort of prospector, and Tippi asked him if he knew anywhere around there that they could get some meat.

    The prospector noted that he had heard about "an old diner what just sprung up down the slip-stream a piece!"

    As they approached the diner, Tippi noted that a diner wasn't what she had in mind, but she'd take it...however, Tyler told to wait a minute as his detector-circuits were clicking away to beat the band, and that one of the creatures by the diner was a duck (Howard, of course, with the other creature being Beverly ).

(Crazy#66 (fb) - BTS) - Anticipating Tippi's wish to cook and eat the duck, Tyler began revving up his micro-wave beam.tylerii-odddim-p3-firing

(Crazy#66) - Somewhat surprised at the duck's form, Tippi nonetheless, acknowledging that computers never lied, instructed Tyler II to use her micro-wave beam on the duck, fast-fricasseeing him for her..

    Tyler II told her not to be so impatient as he had anticipated her wishes and was already revving up.

    However, as Tyler II fired his micro-wave beam, he failed to notice that Bev, who had been concerned about gaining weight, was using a mirror to check out her buttocks.

    Too late, Tyler II realized (and announced) that he had miscalculated slightly. His aim was bit off, he had used way too much power, and he didn't figure anyone would be holding a mirror.

    Tyler then warned Tippi that the beam was being deflected back toward them, but it was too late for them to do anything beyond realizing their fate.

    The beam fried them both Tyler and Tippi, leaving behind only a portion of the canoe, the smoking remnants of Tyler II, and a pile of ashes.tylerii-odddim-p3-remains

(Crazy#66 (fb) - BTS) - Having glimpsed what he thought was a girl and crazy trash container, Howard saw the flash and the remains and wondered what had happened.

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

    I would speculate that Tippi traveled from an unidentified early 19th century Earth (I'm not providing a reality designation unless it is confirmed that she is from an alternate reality), and that she met Tyler II, who came from some other planet, future, reality, dimension, whatever...
    Or, perhaps, Tippi and Tyler II came from a reality where robots existed on Earth (or wherever) along with beings comparable to and identified as "Indian." Maybe the future...maybe the past...the more I read it, I wonder if they weren't both from the future where the ducks had long ago been wiped out, and that Tippi was trying to connect to her past by adopting her ancestors' garb, etc.
    Tyler II knew enough about standard Earth history to make a comment about "white-eyes wiping out all the animals" (with white-eyes referring to Caucasian/Europeans coming in and wiping out the buffalo, etc., with aggressive, wasteful hunting).
   
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, what do you want for under a nickel?).

    Tippi Canoe and Tyler II were named for (courtesy of Wikipedia):

    The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought on November 7, 1811, in Battle Ground, Indiana between American forces led by then Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and Indian forces associated with Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa (commonly known as "The Prophet"), leaders of a confederacy of various tribes who opposed European-American settlement of the American frontier. As tensions and violence increased, Governor Harrison marched with an army of about 1,000 men to attack the confederacy's headquarters at Prophetstown, near the confluence of the Tippecanoe River and the Wabash River.

    Tecumseh was not yet ready to oppose the United States by force and was away recruiting allies when Harrison's army arrived. Tenskwatawa was a spiritual leader but not a military man, and he was in charge. Harrison camped near Prophetstown on November 6 and arranged to meet with Tenskwatawa the following day. Early the next morning warriors from Prophetstown attacked Harrison's army. They took the army by surprise, but Harrison and his men stood their ground for more than two hours. The Indians were ultimately repulsed when their ammunition ran low. After the battle, they abandoned Prophetstown and Harrison's men burned it to the ground, destroying the food supplies stored for the winter. The soldiers then returned to their homes.

    Harrison accomplished his goal of destroying Prophetstown. The win proved decisive and garnered Harrison the nickname of “Tippecanoe”. Meanwhile, the defeat dealt a fatal blow for Tecumseh's confederacy and, though comeback attempts were made, it never fully recovered. So popular was Harrison’s nickname that "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" became his campaign slogan and a popularized campaign song when he ran for president in 1840 with John Tyler as his running mate.

    William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military officer and politician who served as the ninth president of the United States in 1841. He died of either typhoid, pneumonia, or paratyphoid fever 31 days into his term, becoming the first president to die in office and the shortest-serving U.S. president in history. His death sparked a brief constitutional crisis regarding succession to the presidency, because the Constitution was unclear as to whether Vice President John Tyler should assume the office of president or merely execute the duties of the vacant office. Tyler claimed a constitutional mandate to become the new president and took the presidential oath of office, setting an important precedent for an orderly transfer of the presidency and its full powers when the previous president fails to complete the elected term.


    I don't think we know for certain 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 vaudeville 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.

    Crazy Magazine#65 was misnumbered #66 on the cover. It is numbered correctly in the indicia. The real #66 is the one  with "The Empire Strikes Out" cover.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tyler II
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)

Crazy#66/11, pg. 1, panel 3 (tiny full)
        pg. 2, panel 1 (full profile);
             panel 2 (carrying canoe and Tippi);
             panel 6 (face);
       pg. 3, panel 1 (revving up);
          panel 2 (firing micro-wave);
          panel 5 (remains);


Appearances:
Crazy#66/11 (September, 1980) - Steve Skeates (writer), Pat Broderick (pencils), Armando Gil (inker), Jim Owsley (associate editor), Larry Hama (editor)


First posted: 05/15/2021
Last updated: 05/15/2021

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