“Hey Siri. Look up ‘futurians’ on Wikipedia.” I’m still tuckered out from researching Charlton Comics, a franchise which a surprising number of you were familiar with. Wikipedia has not one but three “futurians” articles. Let’s leave aside the New Zealand sci-fi punk band by that name. TB’s musical tastes are certainly varied, but I doubt that’s who he’s cribbing here.
The moniker was also used by a group of science fiction fans, editors, and writers (among them Batiuk’s idol Issac Asimov), who were active mainly from 1937 into the mid-forties (where the flashback in today’s strip likely is taking place.
But how in the hell would our comix fanboy not know that “the Futurians” was also the name of a superhero team that appeared in some comics and graphic novels published by Marvel in the ’80’s? Do Batty’s tastes compel him to ignore comics of that era? Or is he setting up yet another scenario in which Phil discovers–forty years hence–that his work has been appropriated yet again?