Credit where it’s due. And the occasional debit.

Posted: 3 December 2011 in life, don't talk to me about life, personal
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Sparked by a comment on Twitter, it occurred to me to wonder how many of my profession (as well as being a writer, I’m an accountant and was – until June this year – a financial director; that’s a CFO for you Colonials reading this) appear in comics.

Now, accountants in fiction are not that rare; whether it’s the protagonist in the Dick Francis novel RISK (whoever did his research, by the way, was spot on – it’s the best description of an accountant’s work I’ve yet seen) or sitcoms, or the occasional thriller, we do pop up every so often.

But in comics?


Now, obviously there’s my personal favourite for so many reasons: Bobby Drake, a.k.a. Iceman of the X-Men. I was particularly delighted that in the new comic book series Wolverine and The X-Men, Wolverine hires Drake not only for his super-powers, but because he’s a qualified CPA, (the equivalent of a chartered accountant) to handle the finances for the school.

It’s a lovely touch, and his financial skills are rarely remembered. It may or may not be a coincidence that Kieron Gillen, the writer of Uncanny X-Men is a friend, and I’d moaned to him about Drake’s qualification having been forgotten… Either way, I’m very pleased at it.

But other accountants in comics?

And no, I’m not considering characters from Dilbert or other comic strips. Let’s stick to comic books for the moment.

Well, there’s…

… and…

… and of course, there’s…

Well, that’s the thing – there have been bad guys who have been in charge of companies who obviously have finance/accountancy backgrounds, and there have been supporting characters in Lexcorp, and Stark Enterprises, and WayneTech (usually portrayed as idiots, there to make the CEO look good by shooting down the ideas of the accountant), but that’s about it.

Well, with the notable stupid exception of making Johnny Storm (someone with no accountancy knowledge) CFO of Fantastic Four Incorporated, that is.

We need more superhero accountants, I feel.

Possibly these people?

Hey, we need something to change our image from the stereotypical:


  1. Seems like Logan’s on the right (hiring) track, doesn’t it? Check who’s already on the payroll, see what their skills sets are…and poach ’em!

    • Also…Logan approach Bobby first. Before he went looking for anyone else for anything else. But then Logan wouldn’t have survived as an intelligence officer for very long without doing this kind of homework.

  2. Elayne Riggs says:

    Great idea! I might have a talk with our marketing director, and get a job for Robin at the same time. :)

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