Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Not A Cop-Out! Except THIS One! Thursday!

I avoid speaking in absolutes. I usually say "it's my understanding that..." or "I believe that..." when it comes to facts, simply because that way I rarely look foolish for being indisputably wrong. Why am I bringing this up? World's Finest #202:


I like the way it refers to imaginary fight scenes and symbolic pictures as "cop-outs," which I appreciate because they are misleading and, more often than not, disappointing. I really thought this was a balls out thing to say. Superman is going to try and kill Batman! For realies, this time! Yeah!

Except that isn't Superman.


Yeah. He's a robot. Some people might say that was a cop-out. As in "this scene doesn't use any sort of cop-out... except the character you think is Superman is actually really a robot."

Oh. Spoiler Alert! Forgot to say that before. Hope that's okay.

Denny O'Neil is a good writer, but when you're dealing with the Silver Age Green Lantern and the really odd vulnerability to anything yellow, I'm sure it's challenging to come up with worthy adversaries:


So, when in doubt, use a giant yellow spider. Keeping it real, Denny O'Neil style!

I kid... O'Neil is a great writer, but when you give me the shot I'm going to take it.

Like this one:


I love writing this blog. I truly do.

See you tomorrow, weather permitting!

25 comments:

Sea-of-Green said...

Oh, geez, I actually HAVE that "Superman vs. Green Lantern" comic. I'm so ashamed ...

Joe S. Walker said...

Considering that in the late Silver/early Bronze ages probably 90% of DC covers bore little or no relation to what happened in the stories, calling such a device a "cop-out" is... audacious.

D.B. Echo said...

If you have Superman as your mind-slave, wouldn't it be more efficient to have him dig, rather than oversee the other diggers?

Zocktastic said...

What immediately caught my attention on that cover wasn't Superman attempting to strangle Bats, and it wasn't even DC hilariously admitting that they usually rely on cop-outs. No, what I noticed first was that Mr. Bubble-headed mummy man's noggin is sitting awfully low on his shoulders.

Pity me.

Allergy said...

To continue a thought from yesterday, this is a cover where the speech, if not adding much, at least doesn't take much away... except for the fact that they are already fighting, so the command seems a bit superfluous. I rather like the speech on this one, though.

The text in the star, however, doesn't really do much except make the writer look like a hypocrite. Perhaps a better solution would have been to not use cop-outs every month; then the whole song and dance wouldn't have been necessary in the first place.

Or just let the writer design the cover.

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