Monday, June 9, 2008

Hand-Gestures and Alliteration-Laden Monday!!

Superboy #86 celebrates how impressed the elderly are with everything:


The neighbor girl and your nemesis have the same initials, son. It's blowin' my mind!

Oh, but that's not all, pops!


A third character with the same initials! I'm freakin' out, son!

Of course, true Legion fanboys and girls know that Lightning Lad started out as "Lightning Boy" until someone pointed out the more obvious moniker. It's also common knowledge that, as Stan Lee admitted, it was just plain easier to remember names that had alliteration, so names like that really are pretty common in earlier comics.

But Pa Kent, who you think would be much harder to impress since he raised a child who could.... oh, I don't know.... fly into outer space, bench-press a Buick Park Avenue and shrug off a shotgun blast to his face. But nope.... little bits of word-play are what dazzles the man.


Now, I admit that when I first saw this, I was just going to go on the never-gets-old witty observation of how the remote controlled fist should have been used to give Superboy the finger.

And yet, as I look at Luthor's gestures, it seems to me that he is making the "self-pleasuring" pantomime motion, which is even better. How I love the Silver Age of Comics!



I had no idea that so much in life hinged on how much I could bench press....

10 comments:

De said...

I can't believe you let the concept of the Superboy Planet slide, Adam. Superboy Planet? That way lies madness!

FoldedSoup said...

Great Luthor's Balls, what is that first panel suggesting!

SallyP said...

Hee. I do love the look on Lex's face. AND the hand gesture.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

I think Pa Kent was just so thrown by that demented shrine to Lana Lang and Lex Luthor that he uttered the first inane comment that came into his head so as not to reveal that he was really pondering how to get his super-powered son into therapy.

Robert Gillis said...

And why is it that Pa and Clark are always wearing suits and tie -- or the Father Knows Best sweater and tie -- and Clark in a bow tie -- and Clark has a ginormous case to hold -- um, a valentine and a lock of Luthor's hair? And yes, how could you miss Superboy Planet?

*LOVED* the buick/flying/shotgun thing. The Kents were SO impressed with the small stuff.

And I agree, Lex is DEFINITELY making the jerking motion.

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