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Kids WB Static Shock page
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The cartoon lightened the original comic book to make it more child-friendly, and in the doing made it more slashable, by giving the titular teen hero Static a best friend/sidekick/partner.
The series never was very popular, but a small fanbase was established online, much of it developing after the show went off the air. The major livejournal comm The Gas Station was created in April 2004, and the majority of the fic on ff.net was posted then or later. Static Shock also inspires a fair amount of fanart, though there is no single community dedicated to it.
The most popular pairing is Virgil/Richie (aka Static/Gear), often called V/R or just VR. The pairing gets particular notice among fans because the Static comic character whom Richie was based on was canonically gay, and series creator Dwayne McDuffie confirmed that Richie was intended to be as well: "It'll never come up in the show because it's Y-7 but as far as I'm concerned, Richie is gay."
Other slash pairings include the enemyslash of Virgil/Francis (Static/Hotstreak) and Richie/Francis. There are a few canonical or canonically suggested het ships (Adam/Sharon, Virgil/Daisy) but these do not tend to see as much fic production (though Adam/Sharon is a fairly common background pairing, especially married-with-children in futurefic). While some fans find the prevalence of slash frustrating most of the fic and art continues to be slash.
Archives and Communities
- virichie (Virgil/Richie slash)
- staticslash (all slash)
- static_graphics (Icons, banners, animations, other graphics)
- Static Shock Fan Page (episode summaries, etc.)
- Static Shock: What do you want to see? Dwayne McDuffie comment, posted 3/10/2005 (accessed 1/26/2009)
- "I understand that Richie/Virgil is the most popular Static Shock ship by far, but is this to an extent that no heterosexual relationships are accepted?" --totallystellar on dakota_bangs: "Question:" posted 2006-08-28 (accessed 1/26/2009)