The Dark Past of the Mask. By Levi01
THE MASK: COMICS AND MOVIE: ALMOST SIMILAR YET SO DIFFERENT
The comic book “The Mask” was originally was originality intended to scare kids as their attentions are sapped away by the pages as they read the story and be engrossed on the depth of the character’s adventures and misdeeds. The movie version on the other hand, was presented differently by its comic counterpart, in the movie, Jim Carey portrayed the mask character not to scare but to give movie goers a hearty big laugh. Although their resemblance is similar but the way they are portrayed in the comics and in the movies are miles apart as far the story line and plot twists are concern.
But in a much deeper tone, both versions revolve around a magical mask that grants “reality-bending” powers and a different face or appearance of the wearer. The distinctive large set of teeth and green-colored head is consistent on how the main character would look like. Both movie and comic version affects the wearers behavior and personality by disregarding any social standards will set on a trail of rampage with a “devil may care” attitude that would allow the wearer to get away with almost anything.
THE MASK: THE COMIC BOOK SERIES
In the comic book, Doug Mahnke and John Arcudi portrayed Stanley Ipkiss a literal bad guy. He is bad in every sense of the word. He had several misfortune in life and would blame almost everyone for all the bad things that happened to him. He is a kind of guy that wants to inflict the worst kind of pain possible to everyone he thinks had done him wrong. In the comics, he had already a relationship but he was neglectful to his partner. The comic book has an interesting story of where the mask originated. It tells us that it is from some tried that perform sadistic rituals explaining the violent tendencies to whoever wears it. In the comic series, Ipkiss brought the mask from a store and from there all hell broke loose.
The Mask in this version goes to murder spree everywhere and anywhere he wishes. Most encounters with mob resulted in violence and tragic bloodbaths. Big Head does not show compassion and would inflict pain to almost anyone who crosses path with him. In the comics, The mask is horror story, it is written with the intention to be scary and dark. In the comics, the The Mask was published in a trilogy series between 1991 to 1995, The Mask, The Mask Returns and The Mask Strikes Back
THE MASK: JIM CAREY’S PORTRAYAL
Jim Carey’s portrayal of Stanley Ipkiss differs greatly with how he was presented in the comic series. Stanley Ipkiss in the movie is kind, thoughtful and often bullied because of his kind-hearted nature. Ipkiss in this storyline is a nice guy while The Mask is a trickster but good hearted. He was even seen as a hero. The story is like Spider-Man, they are just ordinary people they are often unlucky. When they turn into their superhero alter ego they are confident and are resourceful but The Mask, is goofy and cartoonish and often influence people to how he wants things to be. There are no murderous killing spree and gory violence in the movie adaption. The movie is presented as a feel good theme with several moments that would left movie goers chuckling. In this version of The Mask, Big Head does not want people to get hurt if they are innocent which is a mile-apart difference in its comic counterpart.
In the movie, Stanely Ipkiss was still searching for a love interest and at the end find the girl of his dream. He often self-pitied every time he was being pushed by others, again a different personality in his comic book counterpart. The mask was traced from a mythical origin, Loki the night god who was banished and was imprisoned in a some kind of vessel which is the mask. The movie is intended for general patronage and that explain its comedic presentation as opposed to its gory and dark comic presentation. In this rendition of The Mask, Ipkiss found the mask floating in the water and retrieved it and from there adventures of misdeeds and comedy followed suit
WHICH OF THE TWO DEPICTION IS BETTER?
From an analysis standpoint, It is a matter of what are you expecting to feel after reading or watching The Mask. If your intention is to bring your wife Molly and the kids in a weekend threat after scoring perfect in a math test, I recommend you watch the movie and laugh with your family, share a bucket of pop corn and drink a large glass of soda before hitting home order a large box of pizza and wait for your kids Kevin and Mary to whisper in your ear, “You are the best, Dad”. What a night that would be. On the other hand, if you just entered middle school and is bragging to your friends about who’s got the latest edition or who’s read first the collector’s edition of the comic book, well you can invite your friends to your room to read your newly bought shiny comic book while discussing making an “expert” analysis of everything that is sketched on your comics.
It’s not really old news that what you have read in the comic book as a kid is rendered differently in the silver screen. In the comic world series you have little to no problem with censorship and moral scrutiny. You can draw and present a grotesque character that behaves and run amok morbidly, indulge in a blood bath and annihilate every signs of life and can get away with “_OH COME ON, IT’S JUST A COMIC BOOK, GIMME A BREAK, IT IS JUST FOR KIDS_” rating or remark. But do it in a movie, your mailbox or your office will be filled will truckloads after truckloads of complaints from the civic groups, to some community-base organizations, national agencies, from the regulatory board, the local school PTA, your nosy neighbor, your mom’s congregation, your dad’s golf buddies, and from the dreaded your friend’s grandma.
It is not only limited to The Mask that deviation from the original story happens, it happened to some of Stephen King’s work to Tom Clancy’s thrillers, but nevertheless, it is still fun and that what matters.