Pop Quiz: Paul McCartney and Wings and Magneto and Titanium Man

Magneto and titanium man


So sometime in the last few weeks, while researching and fact-checking other pieces here at Deja Revue, I came across a really interesting entry in the long history of “weird comic-book related ephemera.” There are plenty of things in the world that I have never heard of and know nothing about. In fact, the majority of things in the world fall under this category. But still, I was surprised to find that I had not encountered this comics-tangential work in the past.

Apparently the genesis of the song comes from the McCartney’s’ (that would be Paul, Linda, and kids) stay in Jamaica where Paul was writing songs for what would become the Wings record Venus and Mars, on which the song would eventually appear. In order to keep the kids preoccupied, they would buy comic books from the local stand. Through osmosis, some of the characters snuck into the song.

The song isn’t really comic-book specific, but the lyrics referencing the titular characters are the hook you’ll have in your head long after the music stops. The music itself comes at a jaunty shuffle reflective of the post-Beatles music McCartney made both solo and with Wings. The live version is played a quicker pace than the studio version and is invested with the kind of energy the band often brought to their concert work.

The lyrics are pretty insubstantial, relating some details of a planned robbery which the song’s “you” is planning to pull off, according to Magneto, Titanium Man, and the Crimson Dynamo. It’s mostly nonsense, but it’s fun, poppy nonsense – an entertaining diversion to match the comics by which the song was inspired.