The Adventures of Easily-Discovered Man
The Adventures of Easily-Discovered Man is an ongoing Classic LNH series by Rob Rogers. Published continually (if sporadically) since November 1993, it is the longest-running title on rec.arts.comics.creative.
The series follows Theodore Wong, a physics professor at Dave Thomas Deluxe University in Net.ropolis. Convinced by years of reading comic books that becoming a super-hero is the best way to serve humankind, Wong exposes himself to microwave radiation, gaining the ability to glow and be detected at great distances by anyone with a Geiger counter. Calling himself Easily-Discovered Man, Wong begins a quest to prove himself as a super-hero. His eagerness to do battle with the forces of evil often lands him in situations where only dumb luck and his sidekick, Easily-Discovered Man Lite, are able to rescue him from certain doom.
It has earned many plaudits over the years, winning RACCies:Favorite Series in the year 2000. ...and 2002. ...and 2004, 2006, and 2007. It's won RACCies:Favorite Parody/Comedy six times, and four different issues have won RACCies:Favorite Single Issue. It's really good!
Issues through #47 are here, while more recent issues are below:
- Issue #48
- Issue #49: Part 1, Part 2
- Issue #50: Part 1, Part 2
- Issue #51: Part 1, Part 2
- Issue #52: Part 1, Part 2
- Issue #53: Part 1, Part 2
- Issue #54
- Issue #55
- Issue #56
- Issue #57
- Issue #58
- Easily-Discovered Man: The glowing green hero will always do whatever he believes Superman or Captain America would do in any situation, even though he lacks the super-powers to back up his brave intentions. Although most people consider him insane, he is actually quite knowledgeable and thoughtful in matters that do not concern comic books or super-heroes. Drives the Easily-Discovered Van, a vehicle possibly more garish than he is.
- Easily-Discovered Man Lite: High school student Hector Lopez agreed to become Easily-Discovered Man's sidekick as an afterschool job, doing his best to keep Wong alive while making as much money as possible from endorsement deals and get-rich-quick schemes. Since then, Lite has matured, and has come to respect Easily-Discovered Man's heroic ideals – though he still prefers making wisecracks to fighting crime.
- Substitute Lad: Unsure of himself or his powers, fellow super-hero Jack Truman latched on to Easily-Discovered Man during one of his early adventures. He has since become a close friend of Easily-Discovered Man Lite.
- Superconductor: A government agent-turned-hero with energy powers who became the subject of a rivalry between Substitute Lad and Easily-Discovered Man Lite.
- The InterKnights: An idealistic hero team from Eng.LAN.d.
- Cynical Lass: An acid-tongued British super-hero and member of the InterKnights who becomes Easily-Discovered Man's intern.
- Apocalypso: A ska-dancing former cosmic herald.
- Screen Saver: A teenage net.hero hounded by Waffle Queen's "counsulting agency".
- Plummet: The World's Fallingest Man. EDM's former student, who now seeks to reduce him to a crater.
- Londonbroil: The flaming Brit. Sometimes dastardly, occasionally helpful.
- Waffle Queen: Guidance counselor by day, sticky temptress by night!
- Can't Get a Break at the Lights, Man: This commuter's gonna take out his road rage... on you!
- Barrage: A telekinetic kitty with a mad-on for humans.
- Deathstocker: The Icon of Inventory, the Baron of the Back Room, the Sultan of Supplies. A native of the Pocket Bureaucracy with a secret connection to...
- Alt.imate Ninja: AKA Malcolm the Pizza Guy. What happens when you ask a computer to create an unbeatable opponent?
- White Dwarf: A mind-controlling albino who takes control of the InterKnights, Londonbroil... and Lite!
- My-Dall, Man of 1,000,000 Mood Swings: AKA Michael Dahl, a psychologist who attempted to rid himself of sleep and, in the process, rid himself of emotional stability.
- Apocryphal Man: An immortal evil, trapped in another universe!
- Quartermaster: The cruel controller of Comic Book Time! Dramatic and flamboyant.
- Two-Bits: Quartermaster's assistant. Isn't overly concerned with the niceties of net.villainy.
- Death Thoreaus: A team of transcendentalist terrors, with a magic ring that can simplify anything to its very base.
- Mr. Lopez: Lite's dad. A retired assassin, who approves of his son's career.
- Mrs. Lopez: Lite's mom. Less enthusiastic about sidekickery.
- Juan Lopez: Lite's brother. A somewhat-oblivious Michael Jackson fan.
- Trevor Blount: A servant of Anubis, hunting down an unearthly spirit escaped to the world of the living.
- Mrs. Wong: EDM's wife, who has separated with him more than once over his ridiculous heroery.
- Summer Meadows: A Christina Aguilera lookalike and Lite's sometime girlfriend.
- Lite's First Day (issues #1-8): Mildly-mild-mannered Hector Lopez is instructed by his guidance counselor to seek employment as a sidekick. But instead of a normal net.hero, he's apprenticed to Easily-Discovered Man!
- Alt.imate Fighting Championship (issues #10-14): Cyborg ninja pizza boys? All in a day's work for EDM and Lite!
- Breakfast in America (issues #15-16): The Waffle Queen's back, and she's serving up a hearty helping of mind control!
- Death of a Hero (issues #17-18): Continues on from the Substitute Lad mini. Tragedy has struck, but life continues - and so do the schemes of net.villains!
- Finding Easily-Discovered Man (issues #20-24): Professor Wong is Easily-Discovered Man no longer! Lite and Londonbroil take a plane to Eu.rec to get him back in the swing of things, but there's more than one supervillainous scheme in their way! Featuring the InterKnights!
- Wraith For Your Life (issues #28-30): An underworld miscreant has escaped to the mortal world, and unless EDM and Lite return her to her rest, it'll mean Pointless Death – for everyone!
- Same As It Ever Was (issues #31-34): Secrets! Revelations! Characterization! And ska!
- Quarter Time (issues #35-36): Tsar Chasm isn't Tsar Chasm! Time isn't flowing at its normal rate! And whatever happened to Copyright Kid and Trademark Lass?
- The Saga of Screen Saver (issues #38-39): The Waffle Queen is back, but this time, she's got more than mind-control and world domination in store! Can Lite save a fellow teen from X-Men-style persecution?
- Walden Wars (issues #41-44): EDM, Lite, and Cynical Lass go to the mall. But the Death Thoreaus say: Simplify, simplify, destroy!
- Apocrypha Now (issues #45-): Stopping one of the Waffle Queen's schemes is all in a day for Lite. But where is he going in life? Why, to the Apocryphal Universe!
- Issue #9: Bad Forms
- Issues #26-27: The Employee-Empowered, Paradigm-Shifted, Individually-Owned, Downsized, Streamlined, Re-Invigorated Crimes of the Brotherhood of Net.Villains
- Issue #37: "The Demon Butcher of Scavenger Avenue", a Teenfactor crossover
- Issue #19: "'Twas the Week Before Christmas"
- Issue #25: "When Titans Tango"
- Issue #40: "Tights Situation"
Easily-Discovered Man has won many plaudits from the readers of RACC. The series won RACCies:Favorite Series in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2007, Accies:Favorite Series in 1993, 1998 and 2000, as well as RACCies:Favorite Parody/Comedy in deep breath 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2015. Issues #25, 41, 43, and 45 all won RACCies:Favorite Single Issue.