Friday, September 17, 2010

Feared and Even Admired Friday!

One of the heroes that teamed up with Daredevil in yesterday's Daredevil Battles Hitler was Silver Streak, who didn't have a lick of silver on him, which seems weird:

"Red Streak" would have worked, wouldn't it? "Scarlet Streak?" "Burnt Orange Streak?" I don't know, I just think that if you're going to wear one color and call yourself another, it just seems wrong. That's like me calling myself "The Thin Man."

I also have some concerns about taking on a sidekick and calling him "The Boy Streak." That calls forth unsettling images for those of us familiar with the Ray Stevens song:

You see how I got there.

Hey! Here's a Moment of Comic Book Greatness (tm!), courtesy of Daredevil #6!:

And here's some Fun with Out of Context Dialogue!(tm!)

See you Monday!


Daniel [] said...

The thing that would have made that Moment of Greatness even more Great would have been for Daredevil to have gone “Ugh!” and passed-out in the process of investigation.

Joe S. Walker said...

They couldn't print silver on comics pages in those days, so if they'd tried he would have ended up looking like "The White Streak." Now THAT'S a name that would have given comic bloggers fun decades later.

Britt Reid said...

Why does he wear red-and-yellow when his name is "Silver Streak"?
Because the "grey" color used to show "silver" in Golden Age comics (actually 25% Magenta/25% Cyan/25% Yellow, often called "Batman gray") was considered too drab for a lead character!
(Black screens tended to muddy up on newsprint pages, which is why Batman's costume had black-screened gray on covers and the three-color "gray" on the inside until the 1980s.)
(Thankfully, by the Silver Age, "silver" tended to be shown as white with light blue highlights. Otherwise the Silver Surfer might have looked really drab!)

Note: the logo on the first few issues of Silver Streak Comics was printed with metallic silver ink, which couldn't be used on the inside!

Curiously, his uniform on the first cover was colored differently than the red-and-gold he's usually seen wearing. (But then, the SCARLET Witch was GREEN in her first couple of X-MEN cover appearances!)

Trivia: SILVER STREAK COMICS was NOT named after the Silver Streak character (Like FLASH COMICS, for example)
He first appeared on the inside of Silver Streak Comics #3 (and in little vignettes on the covers of #3 & #4), but didn't make the main cover until #5.
The comic's title was taken from the Pontiac Silver Streak roadster publisher Arthur Bernhard owned!

MarvelX42 said...

Adam, can you PAHLEASE! show what was in that trunck that was making those people pass out?

Adam Barnett said...

MarvelX42 - Yup! I'll reveal it in Monday's post!!

Justin Garrett Blum said...

"What was in the box? What's in the booooox? What's in the %$#*@$ box?"

Sorry...channeled Se7en for a moment.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about the comics today? I, for one, was just really excited to see that Ray Stevens had made a video for the streak....followed by crushing disappointment when I discovered it was a re-recording of the song with less funny voices and sound effects. I loved that song when I was in elementary school.

Aaron said...

Ah yes, Ray Stevens, mainstay of the Dr. Demento show. How well I remember that song. Silver Streak's emblem is kinda neat, but yeah, he wouldn't even have to change it for Scarlet Streak.