Tuesday, September 23, 2008

SNMC Tuesday!

As one foreword-thinking commenter pointed out, the Wasp/Thor panel yesterday is a typical syndrome in comics where you'd have to be an absolute cretin not to figure out someone's secret ID. Although it goes against my principles, we shall henceforth call such an event the Lois Lane Syndrome, because Lois is the worst offender (having been close up to both Clark Kent and Superman yet never being able to prove the two are one and the same).

Another one of several plot devices that gets recycled ad nauseum in comics is the old "backward masking" gag, henceforth known as the Backward Masking Syndrome. Why? Because calling something a "syndrome" sounds bitchin'.

Here's a Golden Age example from Batman #7:


Rekoj? Why, what an odd name! Is it Russian?

I mean, it's one thing if your name spelled backwards is something like "Smith" or "Robinson," but when you spell your name backwards and it looks so weird a reader can't help but process it until your clever ruse is uncovered..... well, you're just begging to get caught.

And I'm not even touching the "queer ad" part.
________________________________________

Also from Batman #7:


The most non-eventful fight panel in the history of the world. I've seen cave drawings that were more intense than this.

You see it, right? They both totally miss each other! I paid 10 cents to see people land a few punches, and they aren't delivering!

____________________________________

From Batman #9:


Wow, Bats really had Robin groomed, didn't he?

We're gonna die, but recite your multiplication tables!

1x1 is 1, 1x2 is 2.... AIIIIEEEEEEE!!!


I know I'm about 50 years too late, but I really feel like social services should be called....
___________________________________

Also from Batman #9:


You can try and tell me all day long that Robin isn't saying anything dirty, but I double-dog dare you to go up to two guys you don't know and say that. Let me know how that turns out for you.

And by the way.... Everyone who has anything even remotely to do with Heroes? Adam loves you.

See you tomorrow!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

wouldn't calling the it the Lana Lang Syndrome be more fitting? It describes every Superboy story she was ever in...
tg

Adam Barnett said...

I thought about that.... but since Lana Lang was never really dissuaded from believing that Clark was really Superboy, I think we have to give Lana a pass. At least she remained suspicious.

I think we should go with "LL Syndrome" so we can go with both.

FoldedSoup said...

One of my friends once screwed up that old walnuts joke by asking, "What do you call nuts that hang on my chin? Wait.. I mean your chin ... *YOUR* chin! Augggh!"

We never let him live that down.

D.B. Echo said...

Huh. I've never heard of that poem - "Casabianca" - before.

http://endtimepilgrim.org/boystood.htm

There was a Superman cover once where Supes chews out Lois for being so amazingly stupid as to not notice that he and Clark Kent were the same person.

SallyP said...

I have to admit that I've never seen anyone, much less Robin...beat up anonymous thugs with a wooden hanger.

I..I loved it.

Tomfoolery said...

I love the fact that it's green , so it matches his costume.

It's like he just pulled it out of his utility belt or something.
the "Robin-coat-hanger"!

And last post's avengers shenanigans had me rolling on the floor with laughter. Good show!

De said...

What constitutes experience as a practical joker? I've used a whoopie cushion a few times. Could I join the Mr. Rekoj's gang?

Joe S. Walker said...

"I have to admit that I've never seen anyone, much less Robin...beat up anonymous thugs with a wooden hanger."

Joan Crawford wielded a pretty mean wire one, didn't she?

Chance said...

I want to know how Mr. Rekoj finagled the address 13 Gloom Street.

You'd think Batman would patrol that whole Gloom area a bit more than usual.

Robert Gillis said...

The scene with, "The most non-eventful fight panel in the history of the world. I've seen cave drawings that were more intense than this." reminds me of the BS they teach kids today about not even being able to play tag because it's "hitting." See kids? Batman and the Joker settle their issues by PRETENDING to hit each other.

Anonymous said...

So THAT'S why Incrediboy changed his name to Syndrome!
Bitchin'!

-Don Julian