Although he has been overwhelmed with life and unable to regularly grace us with his presence, Austimus (aka Mailman, aka Upton Macclehaney) has given so much and asked for so little in return. In recognition of what may or may not be a special day in his life, I’ve set out to recall attention to some of his greatest creations:
One cannot overlook his first animated cartoon, “Don’t touch me!” I don’t have Shockwave installed but I can still remember the capacity for watching that clip over and over again.
“Hide Your Shame!” is a stunningly introspective piece he originally sketched during a lecture from his mother.
“Sleep Easy” is not without its charm. Its uplifting reassurance can instantly brighten even the dullest of moods.
“Dressed to THRILL!!!” describes a cunning scheme by the most foul of all perpetrators, the despicable Doctor Devious.
After the initial publication of “NES,” the Mailman was faced with years of litigation from the estate of Mario. Their claim that the comic unfairly libeled the late plumber’s name was eventually upheld by the courts, and all proceeds accrued by the Mailman as a result of the comic were forfeited.
It would be unfeasible to show all of the best comics here, but one stop over at the Death Zeppelin should provide adequate appreciation of his talents. While we would all have loved to know what happened on the “Road to Rock,” or get to know the Smithersons just a little bit better, the contributions of the Mailman have not been taken for granted. And let’s not forget the games, those finely-polished time-killers eager to wean humanity away from sunlight. Hopefully future generations will also be able to recognize the genius behind the simplistic drawings and possibly outrageous punchlines.