Thursday, September 16, 2010

Don't be a Faux Pas Thursday!

As we've seen so far, the stories affiliated with the Golden Age Daredevil get no points for subtlety, but lots of props for good intentions. The Daredevil Battles Hitler special was no exception:


It really isn't so much Daredevil Battles Hitler as it is Daredevil and a Bunch of Other Characters I Haven't Heard of Until Now Slapping Hitler Around in Ways of Which We All Dream, but that certainly isn't a complaint.

For once, Daredevil actually appears in a comic with his name on it, and appears in nearly every story, like this one with Lance Hale:


Yes, every story was pretty much a reworking of that basic idea, but I'm sure it was nice to see that at the time. Heck, I enjoy seeing it now. I, for one, would buy a Daredevil Battles The Republican Tea Party special with similar content.

But since I'm me, I also found a way to put two unrelated panels together in a way that is uncomfortable for all of us:



Okay, I'm not saying that was my proudest moment, but you at least smiled a little. Don't try and tell me you didn't. These are the kinds of shenanigans that keep this little blog fun house from winning awards, so show a little appreciation.

The last feature of the book actually gave a mini-biography of Hitler. And by mini, I mean "Pretty much starting up from when he rose to power and his name became synonymous with psychopathic mass-murdering a-hole." I resisted posting panels from it, because I think the History Channel already gives him more attention than he deserves.

But I found this interesting:


I would have guessed "executed," but we all know he took the coward's way out. Still, they kind of backed off a little there by suggesting other alternatives.

I found this in a regular issue of Daredevil, and I was amused by it:


Psychological Manipulation.... The Building Blocks of True Romance

Yes, women are funny and it is painfully true that you never know if you are making the right move or not. But I loved the notion that you can use "psychology to work for you" and you can "win her over."

Guys, this is my public service for the day: You can't win a girl over. You just can't. She either likes you "that way" or she does not like you "that way." Class dismissed.

See you tomorrow!

15 comments:

MarvelX42 said...

Why does it ALWAYS say "Send no money!" then tell you how much money to send?

BrittReid said...

"But since I'm me, I also found a way to put two unrelated panels together in a way that is uncomfortable for all of us..."

As Dear Dr. Wertham said; "There are pictures for children who know how to look."

Erich said...

The guy in the red tights and yellow trunks is Silver Streak. A decent enough super-hero name...but when you're going up against Hitler, you might want to rethink having an "SS" logo on your costume.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

At some point in a woman's life, when she's into her 30s and really wants to have a child before she's a dried up old hag, it probably is possible to use psychology to--if not exactly win her over--make her think, "I could do worse." Then again, since that advertisement was probably written for young teens, taking advantage of a woman's biological clock probably isn't useful knowledge. At that age, it's all about playing on their low self-esteem!

BrittReid said...

"...but when you're going up against Hitler, you might want to rethink having an "SS" logo on your costume."

Exactly why Captain Midnight changed his Secret Squadron's insignias and call signs from "SS" to "SQ" after the US entered the war!

D.B. Echo said...

Wait, I thought Bucky killed Hitler. Have I been wrong to learn everything I know about history from comic books?

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

Hitler, of course, feared that he would be exhibited “naked in a cage”; but Churchill specifically wanted Hitler to be summarily executed in an electric chair. (Churchill would presume a portable device; I don't know whether one was constructed for such purpose.)

As to the Tea Party, I'd suggest that a comparison with Solidarność would be more apt than one with the Nazis. (I don't agree with much of the programme of the Tea Party, and I didn't agree with much of the programme of Solidarność. But there are parallels, including in how the media within their respective nations (have) reported on their beliefs and on their actions.)

Fred W. Hill said...

Hmm, I don't recall that Caesar (presumably referring to Julius) was imprisoned or exiled or even particularly hated by the masses -- they were actually pretty pissed off at the Senators who assassinated him. Admittedly he probably did feel rather sick during those few moments between being stabbed multiple times and dying. The Daredevil writer also neglected to include the possibility of being strung up from a lamp post beside his mistress among the multiple choice fates of dictators. Ah, well, that's why he was a comic-book writer, not a seer.

Anonymous said...

Tea Party = Nazi and the single most horrific dictator and mass murder in human history. Real classy, there, Adam. I wonder if you have any Republican friends, family or business clients who might be more than a little offended by that comparison?

BrittReid said...

"I, for one, would buy a Daredevil Battles The Republican Tea Party special with similar content."

Unfortunately, you'd have to drop the "Republican", as the Tea Party seems to be gaining strength in the other political parties as well.

"Tea Party = Nazi and the single most horrific dictator and mass murder in human history. Real classy, there, Adam."

Considering Tea Partiers have displayed posters showing Obama with a Hitler mustache or comparing him to Hitler, I'd say what's good for the goose is good for the gander, "Anonymous" (and I note you didn't have the guts to use a real identity...)

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

Uh, “Britt”… you might wanna rethink that thing about guts and real identities.

BrittReid said...

Daniel [oeconomist.com] writes...
"Uh, “Britt”… you might wanna rethink that thing about guts and real identities."

In what way "Daniel"?

Unlike Anonymous, I'm clearly here.
Anyone can trace my previous posts here and elsewhere.
I stand behind what I say.

As, apparently, you do.
Bravo!

Unlike the wimp who used the "Anonymous" posting.

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

@Britt— Anyone can also just create an account with whatever name and image they want. One could even creäte multiple such identities (“sock puppets”), tasking them for different sorts of 'blogs or comments.

You're not using your real identity. I don't fault you for that (though I use my own image for my avatar, my own first name, and a domain name that is not proxied); it has long been accepted that in various 'Net fora people get to alias themselves. But I do fault a pot for denouncing the color of the kettle.

The difference in anonymity between using the shared default identity (“Anonymous”) and using a picture of Van Williams in the costume of the Green Hornet, and the “secret identity” of that character is really very slight.

Yes, people could trace whatever posts you had made elsewhere with the same account. It wouldn't tell them whether you'd made other comments with another account; it wouldn't tell them whether, in other contexts, you too used the shared default identity.

(And it's not clear what anyone should do with the information if they could identify everything that you or he had said.)

BrittReid said...

@Daniel
The difference in anonymity between using the shared default identity (“Anonymous”) and using a picture of Van Williams in the costume of the Green Hornet, and the “secret identity” of that character is really very slight.

Again, son, I (and you) are "traceable".
The a-hole who hides behind "Anonymous" (and the literally millions of comments made to that name) is a coward, pure and simple.
Why didn't it use it's own account? What did it fear?

And, how do we know that's your photo on your icon and blog?
How do we know it's your name?
Why should we take your word for it?
What makes you trustworthy?
(Though potentially more trustworthy than a slimeball who doesn't leave any name) ;-)

Y'know, the anonymous Tea Party scumbag is probably laughing right now at your defense of it. :-(

Adam Barnett said...

For the record, I wasn't comparing the Tea Party or anyone else to Hitler or the Nazi Party. Rather, I was saying I would enjoy watching most Tea Party figureheads get smacked in comic book form by a boomerang. And I stand by it.

Being a Republican is not the same thing as being a member of the Tea Party, so if anyone insulted Republicans, 'tis you and not I, my cowardly lion.

So, Anonymous, *if that's your REAL name*, what say we not try to put words in my mouth, shall we? It was a poke at a group with whom I personally find ripe for poking, and just in case you haven't been reading this blog for the past four years, poking is something I have been known to do.

Just because I poked something apparently near and dear to your heart does not mean I'm equating them with Hitler. Fortunately, any Tea Party members who DO read this blog (and hey, you're welcome here even if I do disagree with your politics) didn't make the rash conclusion you did.

So, my classy friend, feel free to take your readership elsewhere. If you are that easily offended and so willing to create an inflammatory situation where there be none, you probably aren't in the right place.