Captain RibMan Comic Strip
John and Rich Davis created the comic strip “Captain RibMan” which was syndicated (by Universal Press Syndicate and Tribune Media Services) in over 300 newspapers. Yahoo! awarded it “Online Comic Strip of the Year.” The strip was featured in The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Post and Variety. It was honed under the guidance of Jake Morrissey, the editor for Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side and Fox Trot. The popularity of the strip spawned a syndicated advice column, “Ask Captain RibMan,” wherein questionable advice was dispensed. With his comic strip and advice column, Captain RibMan became the most widely distributed character in college newspapers. In 2003, a restaurant, “Captain RibMan’s Meat Market,” opened in Lawrence, Kansas.
Captain RibMan follows the adventures of an inappropriate superhero and, often, his interactions with a neighbor boy. Reclining in his Laz-E-Boy eating chips in his secret hideout, Ribman is much more content commenting on world events than helping improve them. Disguised as Jack Bull (ace-reporter for The Daily Weekly), RibMan knows the grittiest, most dangerous places in the crime world, and wields this knowledge to avoid them. He uses his superhero-celebrity status to hawk cheap products and is always happy to sell his name to make a quick buck. He can fly (after eating a can of beans), has super strength, x-ray smell, extraordinary lethargy, colossal apathy, super-human ennui and very poor eating habits.
Captain RibMan featured guest appearances by actual celebrities who would help co-write strips or pen advice columns. Throughout its run, it starred Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Hamill, Howie Mandel, Mike Nelson (MST3K), Dick Morris, Tony Hawk, Sid Caesar, Fred Willard, Bender (Futurama), Bill Nye, Carmen Electra & several Playboy Playmates.
“The #1 syndicated strip in college newspapers.”
“I loved RibMan at first sight!”
“Best Online Comic Strip of the Year! …stylish graphics and a wicked sense of humor.”
“A Times Pick!”
“Rife with pop culture references about everything from other superheroes to Roy Lichtenstein paintings to Xena the Warrior Princess, the RibMan strip is riding a wave of popularity.”
“My whole family remains avid RibMan fans. I like him the best of ALL my former clients.”
[About RibMan on politics:]
“Farce imitates farce.”
“As always, we laughed at your stuff. Long live Captain RibMan!”
“The artwork is clean, simple and dynamic… As for originality, this is one of-a-kind. We haven’t seen anything like it. The idea of a Superhero parody is a good one, and RibMan presents it wonderfully.”
“[Rich] and John’s creativity and incessant quest for the loony boggles the mind!”
“A great satire on superheroes and life in general.”
“It looks great — very funny! Plus my features become more manageable, less terrifying in 2D… Incredibly cool comic.”
“It’s all self-interest. I’m angling for mention in Capt. RibMan. Keep up the great work.”
“The strip called RibMan had an appealing, hip sensibility to it [with] edgy humor and goofy charm. …There’s a freshness, a smart-alecky glibness to it, that’s unexpected and attractive. RibMan is a bright, bracing spoof of a tried-and-true formula that’s both fun and well executed.”