Composer: David Heuser
Instrumentation: Concert Band: picc, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, En. horn, Eb clarinet, 3 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 alto saxes, tenor sax, bari sax, 3 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, 4 percussionists
Year Composed: 2020
Duration: 8 minutes
Pages (score): 43
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THA-RAAKK!! is a homage to bronze age comic books. Sometime in the mid-
1970s I acquired what I believe was my first superhero comic books, issue
157 of The Fantastic Four. It was certainly the first comic I really
remember reading and re-reading until it was falling apart. Sadly, it did
eventually fall apart, and at some point it was gone in that way so many
of our childhood belongings disappear, without any clear memory of how.
But it marked the start of a love for this medium.
Published in April 1975, and titled “The Endgame Cometh!,” issue 157 had
everything. It featured the FF battling Doctor Doom in his castle in
Latveria (the fictional country Doom ruled) alongside the Silver Surfer,
who thought he had found his love, Shalla-Bal. The demon Mephisto even
shows up in a plot-twisting coda. This was the final issue of a three-part
story, but there was enough recap that it all made sense (mostly) and
enough action hat it really didn’t matter that much to my ten-year-old
self. It lived up to the claim on the cover: The World’s Greatest Comic
Although the issue is filled with all manner of great bronze-age sound
effects such as Wooomp! Fwam! and Skzak!, I selected as the title THA-RAAKK!!,
which is the sound it makes when Doom’s giant android, the
Doomsman II, crashes through a wall under the combined might of the
Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer. The piece Tha-raakk!! is intended to be
a fun romp, reflecting my early, long, and continuing, affection for the
superhero comics of the 1970s.