The Gory Origins of ‘The Mask’

Did you know that ‘The Mask’ was originally a comic book series, and unlike its cinematic counterpart, exclusively for adults?

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The 1994 film The Mask has become a bit of a cult classic. With a bizarre sense of humor, groundbreaking special effects (for the time, at least) and Jim Carrey himself starring as the titular character, The Mask makes for a quirky and harmless family feature with just as much in it for adults as there is for children. But did you know that The Mask was originally a comic book series, and unlike its cinematic counterpart, exclusively for adults?

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Created by Doug Mahnke and John Arcudi and first published by Dark Horse Comics in 1989, The Mask follows Stanley Ipkiss who, after purchasing the jade mask from an antique shop as a birthday present for his girlfriend Kathy, puts in on and, instead of becoming a wacky, zoot suit wearing cartoon character, turns into a homicidal maniac and goes on a bloodthirsty rampage, savagely slaughtering all of those who have wronged him. As the series continues, the mask passes between owners, granting the wearers supernatural abilities at the cost of their own sanity, turning each of them into the green, mean and certifiably insane entity known as Big Head.

 

 

A twisted, dark comedy, The Mask has spawned over twenty sequels, spin-offs and crossover comics, gaining a small but dedicated following. Crass, violent and overall witty, Big Head is one of the most unique characters in comic book history.

 

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