All kinds of crazy ideas can come about while staying up until four in the morning. Sporkman was one of those ideas.
As myself, Chris, and some other friends clung to consciousness early in the morning sometime back in 1997, our topic of conversation drifted to superheroes and super powers. We started to come up with the most ridiculous superheroes we could think of. Chris came up with the idea of Sporkman who had sporks for hands, mask, shoes, etc. He drew the first concept picture of Sporkman but none of us imagined it would lead to anything more.
A couple years later, I decided to make a custom action figure of Sporkman. I took some creative license with the design, keeping what I thought was important; mainly the hands and mask. Again the character concept was a bit of an inside joke, nothing more.
The History of Sporkman
by Eric J Berry
Then, in October of 2004, I set out to make a Sporkman costume for the annual Halloween party my wife and I hold every year (thus making it annual!). I stuck very close to the design of the action figure with only a few changes. The "mask" became a more practical helmet and the spork hands became gauntlets attached to a pair of gloves. Everyone got a real kick out of the costume.
In February of 2005, I entered a costume contest as Sporkman and the audience appreciation far exceeded anything I could have imagined. Everyone kept asking me, "When's the comic coming out?". At that point, we realized the potential interest in this character. We decided to kick into high gear on a comic that we debuted with great success at the following year's convention. Now here he is....part spoon...part fork...all hero. It's Sporkman!
What does the future hold for Sporkman? Hopefully many more adventures, both within and outside the realm of comic books. We have many more stories we'd like to tell.
While Sporkman would tell you he has "the power of the spork", he doesn't really have any super powers in the traditional sense. In fact, few characters in the Sporkman universe do. What he does have is courage and the drive to be a hero and he tries to embody that 24/7. Besides being a professional chef, little is known about he true identity.
Sporkman sometimes has a hard time getting taken seriously as a superhero due to his ridiculous mantel. But usually at the end of the day, he's earned the respect of fans and foes alike. Never underestimate Sporkman's ability to overcome the odds!
Natsume Wubi works for Japan's Advanced Defense Force (A.D.F.) which is tasked with dealing with threats beyond normal law enforcement including kaiju, advanced technology, or super powered beings.
Natsume is a high ranking officer at the A.D.F. and goes into battle with a quick costume change and a double bladed spear that may have mystical properties.
Sporkman met Natsume while he was participating in the Superhero Exchange Program and briefly worked with the A.D.F.
These events unfold in Sporkman Goes to Japan. Natsume Wubi will be getting her own manga series called Spearhead.