Monday, July 6, 2009

The 50's Were Just a Weird Time Monday!

And we're back after the Independence Day holiday! For our friends overseas, that's a day where as Apu from the Simpsons put it, we "celebrate the birth of our nation by blowing up a small part of it." Hope everyone had a safe one! Now, let's take a look at some of our history in comics!

From World's Finest #60, J. Wilbur Wolfingham shows why he is the baddest mofo in comics:

That's right.... he's not even going to pretend he's going straight. Get bent, Warden! He's paid his debt and now he's gonna raise some Cain! Fear J. Wilbur Wolfingham! Fear him, I say!

And now, a couple from contributor Robert Giles:

Yeah, you know. The pyramid. Every small town in Kansas had one back in the day. It was where you hung out if the cops were patrolling the water tower.

I had seen this before, and can't believe I let it slide:

Okay, the fact that CB is about to stab himself (I find it very amusing to hum the Looney Toons theme while I look at this panel) aside, let's take in the big picture: Those are mighty clear skies for such turbulent waves, don't you think? Any chance those waves might have been the result of some gigantic dumbass stomping around?

Ah, comics from the 50's. Adam loves you so.

See you tomorrow!


SallyP said...

You just KNOW he's yelling "Rub a dub dub!" as he frolics in the water and picks up that poor boat.

David said...

Goofy fun all around, but that Superboy panel is actually from 1967, not the 50s. In fact, it's lifted from my review here:

One of the lamest Superboy stories ever, which is really saying something.

Gene Phillips said...

Hey, I liked that lame story!

After years of simply trying to ferret out Superbo's secret ID in order to make the Boy of Steel her love-slave, the mysterious mask in the panel causes Lana to sap away Superboy's powers and very nearly end his life.

Is it any wonder that most fans liked Lana better than Lois?

Zocktastic said...

Holy Benvolio! They actually did it! They brought back J. Wilbur Wolfingham, prince of bad-assery! Could it be? Does this mean our dream of a J. Wilbur Wolfingham solo title may yet come to pass?

I normally side with you, Adam, about comic book characters staying dead; but I can't conceal my joy that J. Wilbur was resurrected. Either that, or he was just so awesome that a bullet to the head from point-blank range didn't actually kill him

Adam Barnett said...

David, I didn't realize that the panel had been lifted from your blog. Thank you for correcting me, and please accept credit for the find.

David said...

No problem. That is, assuming the credit can be redeemed at Starbucks.:-)

I just thought it was worth mentioning that the story came so much later than you thought. It certainly has a 50s feel to it (ie: it's goofy), and the fact that DC was still printing stuff like this in 1967 kind of illustrates why Marvel was mopping the floor with them.