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May 3rd, 2008

Artie vs. Artie [May. 3rd, 2008|12:48 am]
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In today's edition of Coincidence or Not Coincidence? we present the tale of two Arties.

Exhibit A: In 1984, Planet P Project released the album Pink World. A science fiction rock opera, this double LP tells the story of Artemis -- Artie for short -- a psychic boy who can't talk. Among his powers are telepathy, telekinesis and the ability to project realistic holographic images. In the end, Artie disappears, turning into a lumpy pink blob. (You can also see Artie in action in this awesomely dated music video.)

Exhibit B: In 1986, two years later, Marvel comics introduced in X-Factor #2 the mutant Arthur Maddicks -- Artie for short -- a psychic boy who can't talk. Among his powers are telepathy, telekinesis and the ability to project realistic holographic images. Once his mutant powers kick in at the age of 11, his head turns into a lumpy pink blob.

Verdict: Simply too much of a coincidence to be one! The fact that lawyers weren't immediately called only makes sense given the fact that very few people heard Pink World -- despite being their best album, it was a commercial dud, effectively killing Planet P Project for twenty years -- and maybe only a smidge more read Daydreamers, Generation X or X-Terminators, the Marvel titles that more prominently featured Artie Maddicks during the height of the X-spinoffs that led to an inevitable nationwide epidemic of X-fatigue. It seems unlikely much crossover existed between listeners of Planet P Project and readers of lesser X-spinoffs, meaning in all likelihood no one caught the striking similarities at the time.

Ruling: In favor of Planet P Project.

Sentence: Should Artie Maddicks ever reappear in comics, his name will hereby be changed to Blobbyhead McBuggyeyes.

Court adjourned.
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