Before I forget, another ice storm is coming this way and there's a possibility that the power will go out. I'm hoping this isn't going to be a nine-day-without-power-in-sub-freezing-temperature mess like we had a couple of years ago, but if there is an unexplained lack of postings, just know that it's because I'm not able to post. If that happens, I'll get things back on track as quickly as possible.
Not everyone agrees with me (ie, people who like being wrong), but I prefer the modern method in comics of not having any (or minimal) dialogue on the cover. To me, there's just something about letting that cover art drop clues about the story and whet your appetite for what is to come.
Case in point:
Okay, who is Superman talking to and how quickly would he have to be talking to get all that out before the train crashes? And even at the age of six, I think I could have pieced the situation together without all the narrative.
Now, let's look at it after I poorly yet effectively remove the dialogue:
Isn't that better? Granted, the black patch there isn't wonderful, but it's less distracting than all the yackity yack.
I'm just saying. Anyway, moving on:
I never cared about sports. Seeing people get all up in arms over a game just slays me, because (a) it will have no real effect on the course of my life and (b) those players and coaches couldn't care less about mytroubles, so why should I care?
But I cannot imagine anyone buying a record so they can listen to someone explaining a sporting event that has already happened. Did anyone buy these? Don't be frightened. If you actually sat down and listened to one of these things, I would love to know how that worked out.
So, we hit World's Finest #200 and they do a mock interview with Batman, Robin and Superman reminiscing. I presume at least one of them isn't wearing pants, because it's funnier that way. Anyway, Batman has just been given the boot from the book, and you can see how well he's taking it:
Isn't that hilarious? If you play it in your head with Bruce giving a resentful tone, you can almost hear the "And EFF you!" coming out.
So, this was the official word that the title would become Superman and a random guest. This was an okay idea, and one that would resurface in the 1980's with a title called DC Comics Presents, but taking Batman out of a book to focus more on Superman leads to moments like this:
Yeah, because.... you know, Superman has mental powers. Because he says so, and Batman isn't around to correct him.
See you tomorrow, weather permitting!