The JLA supervillian The Key has one of the worst costumes and least threatening names of any bad guy out there. Yet several times he does a pretty good job of almost beating the JLA. Like in issue #63. You think I’m joking about the ACLU hating Superman, but then we jump a few decades […]
The JLA saves the day! Or did they? Maaaaaaan.
Denny O Neill did some really interesting issues of JLA. Like his GA-GL run, he pitted the League against real world problems like pollution, etc. Sometimes with a science fiction twist and almost always in a unsubtle, heavy handed manner. Sadly, not all the issues I read were scannable, but I did manage to find […]
National had this odd serial called something along the lines of “Escape From Mars”. It ran across a few titles, and was about two guys who go to Mars with a professor, get captured, escape without the professor, and then have adventures on Earth.
This is really turning into quite the trend. You have to wonder why they just took the word of some guy in a mask and a bathroom towel around his neck. Or maybe that’s why they took his word for it. “O-okay Mister Hour-Man sir. We believe you. Just let us kinda back away, slowly-like.” […]
I love some of the non-Superman S&S stuff. Slam Bradley is awesome, of course, but Federal Men and I, Spy are gems too. Take this Federal Men from Adventure Comics #39.
Please note that the below panel includes a term that could be considered offensive in this day and age The Justice League has a rare laid back moment…
Did you know Gotham has the Death Penalty? Now of course, this doesn’t impact most of Batman’s foes, as they’re all nutso. Indeed, it goes a bit towards explaining why Arkham is so full –clearly pleading insanity is a proven way to avoid the current in Gotham. It does make one wonder though – how […]
(Probably not funny) The real reason Thomas was going to leave “I have a Vice Presidential Campaign to run!”
Barbara Gordon did not, sadly, get reelected to the US House of Representatives. She did not take this well. “I’m going to make sure they need Batgirl,” sure sounds like a threat to me. (I love how there’s no transition period in DCU politics. Someone loses an election and boom, out of office)
Everyone needs hobbies. Collecting is popular. Some collect stamps, coins, or comics. Batman? He collects wigs. Actually, this is kind of better in context. That’s a politician who doesn’t like Batman because he hides behind a mask, which is dishonest. Batman’s reaction is to publicly embarrass the guy by showing he wears a wig. Yes, […]
In Detective 395, Communist spies have infiltrated Dick Grayson’s College Campus. Not as students though, oh no. That’d be too simple. Commie Campus Cops. Who start the riots. You have to love it.
Forgive me, but I actually read some Civil War issues. I’d love to see the Registration Act written out. It’s fascinating. If you wear a costume, you’re in violation? even if you have no powers? And if you register, even if you don’t intent to fight crime, you can be drafted? Also, what’s the deal […]
I may annoy people with this one, but I have a beef with Amazing Spider-Man V2 #35. That’s right, the 9-11 issue. Don’t get me wrong, I think addressing “where were the heroes when the towers fell?” wasn’t a terrible idea (even if it does fly in the face of comics as escapist literature, but […]
Clearly, the 40’s were a very different time and place. What do you think would happen if a child went up to someone and said “Hey, Bring a gun to Town Hall tonight!”?
This is right up there with the old “Spider-Man: Threat or Menace” Bugle headlines? “Does Brother Blood’s sweat taste like ice cream or candy? Tune in next week!” I feel like I’m watching coverage of the current US Presidential race.
Does anyone else remember when Wally was presented as a Middle American Conservative? The following examples are all from New Teen Titans #18. The subject in question is the soviet superhero Red Star (formerly Starfire). “You represent your entire nation to me! Filthy commie!” Kovar is, of course, immediately cut off, since the Titans can’t […]
I just read Metamorpho volume 1 and only found one panel. Maybe because all the zaniness and craziness and fun in that title was deliberate (what a concept!). It’s a decent one though. “Ha-ha! Yes! We take what we want! For we are BAD! Because we are NOT AMERICAN!” I miss the Cold War, don’t […]
That’s telling them. I’ve always wondered what nuclear winter’d be like.
One I like to call “When Comics and Politics Clash!” Thank G-d this didn’t last.
It’s not the strange powers. It’s not their outlandish appearance. It’s because they’re a bunch’a commies!
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