Tommy Troy starts out as a Captain Marvel riff, a kid gifted by a mentor with strange powers. Eventually, they jump to him being an adult. A lawyer, no less. Complete with secretary. What? Surely you don’t expect him to pack for himself? And no, the “master” is not meant sarcastically.
My daughter is doing a science project on “Scientific Inaccuracies In The Silver Age Metal Men Series” (gee, wonder who she takes after). I was explaining the dynamic to her, as she only knows them from Batman: The Brave & The Bold. “So they’re these intelligent, human-like robots that all feel emotion. Except they all […]
While GL 53 gets jeers for giving us Hal Jordan: Insurance Adjuster, it also brings back one of my favorite characters – psycho Sue! For those who don’t recall, Sue was a reporter who thought Hal’s brother Jim was Green Lantern. If that sounds familiar, it’s because she was essentially the Silver Age Lois Lane […]
Oh no Doc, Don’t marry her! And just in case it’s not enough that she’s an evil mind-stealing robot lady… It’s that she’s ugly too. Remember kids, protect your friends from marrying pretty ladies. They’re really evil spiders! Out to steal your precious bodily juices!
The Metal Men Know that woman are more than eye candy! From the same page as our last post, we can see that they’re also… They’re also shrews: Servile play things who need validation from their masters: Lust objects: And, of course, insane, rage filled, murderous shrews: And again, that’s all from one page!
Because heaven for-fend they be portrayed as equals.
In Flash Comics #24, Sheira dons the wings for the first time. Except not as Hawkgirl. Mind you, he still treats her like a “mere” girl… Cosplay is well and good, as long as she knows her place.
You can’t help but see what Platinum sees in him. “His every insult just makes me want him more.” sorry about yesterday
In case you’re wondering, Tin’s girlfriend never gets a name. The comic has a mail-in contest, but they end up calling her Nameless, except Tin, who calls her Beautiful. Which is sweet, but says more about The Metal Men’s gender politics than any dozen panels I could post. Not that it’s gonna stop me…
Long time fans of the Metal Men absolutely know where this post is going. For the uninitiated, in issue #13, we find a lonely Tin wandering the streets.
Hal Really Did Die in Issue 46. Seriously. No fooling.
How did I leave this out from the last batch?!
So sexist, even their “Fact Pages” got in on the act. Do I really need to comment further?
Wonder Woman meets Eta Candy (who she’s already met as Nurse Diana Prince) and decides to use her.
I can’t get over how one issue of Metal Men can yield so many posts… Neptune sends a giant crab to attack the Metal Men. Yes, a giant crab.
Yesterday Carol Ferris and Iris West revealed that they’d been sent detailed dossiers on their boyfriends, and knew their secret identities. Who sent this data? We’ll get to that… but first, what do these women do with that information?
Because it’s not an issue of Metal Men without at least two cracks at women per-page “Look at her, thinking she’s one of us!”
Issue 11 of the Metal Men recaps issue 10 (where they alloy) but leaves something out.
Show of hands… who didn’t see (pardon the pun) this coming?
Evil robots capture the Metal Men… magnetically!
Hal’s not to blame. It’s mind control, you see.
There’s an old saw in the comic book industry: “Every comic is someone’s first”. Personally, I feel comic books kind of lost track of this in the 90s. Now, we have recap pages in Marvel, and a bit more flow at DC.
It’s my birthday, so I decided to let you guys do the work today. After the break, you’ll see an old Strange Tales story that is so full of gender subtext that it would be a shame to slice it up. So I won’t. Instead, I leave it in your capable hands.
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