Monday, July 12, 2010


For all of my athletic readers planning on participating in The Olympic Games of Space, know this....

... even outer-space creatures frown upon steroid use.

Hey! It's Kyle! Alias "The Clock":

I don't think he's any affiliation with the Clock King, who has been a mainstay villain in the DC Universe. It seems like every graphic novel I've picked up from the local library for the past few weeks have been re-tellings of Batman's first encounter with the Joker and I don't know how many more of those I can read before I actually start disliking the Joker character, so can we put a moratorium on that plot device? Give me a good retro-tale of The Clock, and I'll be impressed.

This is a common scenario that always bothers me a bit:

Seriously? You go to prison just to take jabs at the cons? That's kind of a dick move there, Bruce. You're just fostering negative perceptions these guys already have of law enforcement.

Here's a classic ad that our friend Robert Gillis pointed out I have yet to discuss:

Okay, for starters: Mr. Jones is a class-A jackhole. You don't narc to a kid's parents over something like that. You don't know what's going on in that kid's house, and you may be igniting verbally, emotionally, or physically abusive behavior upon Bobby there. Bobby apologized, so go on about your business.

And this product slays me. Can you imagine having every bike-riding kid in your neighborhood tooling up and down the streets with that freakin' siren blasting? That would lead to dogs barking, neighbors arguing, and.... well, let's face it: Gunplay is the inevitable result. I'm not surprised this didn't take off.

See you tomorrow!


Comixbear said...

Mr. Jones was even more of a dickweed than you mention...If you look at the panel, he is apparently driving on the sidewalk!

D.B. Echo said...

From the direction of those SCREEEE marks, Mr. Jones pulled into his driveway while doing 70 mph. Utter dickweed.

Britt Reid said...

Ironically, The Clock (not the same character as seen in this story) was the FIRST Masked Mystery Man created for comic books, PREDATING Batman!
Check out for his backstory!
Wonder if the writer of this story knew that...?

Dave said...

I thought the siren was a tribute to Etta Candy.

MarvelX42 said...

From Wiki about The Clock:

When Centaur sold the Clock to Quality, the powers-that-be decided he needed a sidekick to soften him up. At first he was assisted by Pat "Pug" Brady, a former boxer who looked exactly like Brian O'Brien. They met when they picked each other's pockets in Crack Comics #1. Pug's disguise was even more minimal than that of his boss -- a handkerchief worn like a cowboy bandit wears a bandanna. The first time he worked with the Clock, he found out his secret identity and killed somebody else who found it out, so it didn't soften the Clock's image by much.

Anonymous said...

I think it's very sad, too , that Batman has resortd to sticking Post It notes on his villains for a laugh. Although, it would be worse if it read "Kick me" instead of the rather confusing "The End".


Joe S. Walker said...

Somehow you don't imagine being "kidded" by the other cons as one of the hardships of prison.

E. Bernhard Warg said...

Comixbear and D.B. Echo are right! I assume it's supposed to look like Mr. Jones was backing out of his driveway and had to screech to a halt to avoid hitting Bobby, but it sure looks like he zoomed in to his driveway at a speed much too high for a residential neighborhood, and then Bobby just rode his bike harmlessly past.

Incidentally, I've seen bike sirens, I even had one once (can't remember if it fell apart or I took it apart), but I had no idea they were ever marketed as safety devices.

On yet another note what's with the semi-random bolding of words in this story?