As I've mentioned many times as pertains to movies and tv shows based on comics, we are much harder on them than we should be. I don't know if we're too hard on comics, because considering how expensive they are, we have a right to gripe louder than back in my day when you could get ten new comics for five bucks.
So, when you consider the cost versus what you get, there might have been some bright spots in the Silver Age. True, this was the villain you got:
Yes, we have a bad knock-off of the Tattooed Man and Mr. Polka-Dot, but we're only paying twelve cents here.
Okay, we have a really bad knock-off, but again.... twelve cents.
I'm not sure there's any relation between lobsters and webbing. I'm not interested enough to actually look it up myself, but don't lobsters just pinch you and taste delicious when dipped in drawn butter? I've never heard of a "lobster cobweb."
But again.... twelve cents.
And look! In the next issue we get Cat-Man again! He's still not awesome (and won't be for nearly 50 years), but I appreciate the effort:
Yes, things bordered on the ridiculous because the crux of the case was Cat-Man literally having "9 Lives" to use up, so he was free to endanger himself. But he never actually died and came back, so I'm not sure that really worked out. It was more like "I have 9 lucky breaks that will keep me from killing myself in a way that will land me on the Darwin Awards" power. But you'll keep your mouth shut and be glad you got a regular villain.
Because if you complain, we can always see a return to this:
So, while I think we have the right to expect something better for twelve bucks than The Rise of Arsenal mini-series, we shouldn't push people too far, or Grant Morrison will be assigned to write everything and then nothing will make any sense, ever.
See you tomorrow!