As you can probably tell, I'm jumping back and forth between Detective Comics and Amazing Spider-Man just to keep things fresh. Here's a look at Detective Comics #350:
I'm just starting to get my feet wet in the comics creation game, but I can't understand why you'd take a landmark issue and put in some lame villain we've never seen before. Not that Detective didn't do this already, so I'm not totally surprised, but seriously?
And I'm not just picking on the Silver Age. I was equally disappointed when the villains who "ended" the careers of Bats and Superman were Bane and Doomsday, who hadn't been seen before those much-hyped events. It just seems like Batman in particular has such an awesome rogues gallery that they could have at least brought back a long-forgotten character like the Scarecrow or the Riddler. But the "Monarch of Menace"? We waited 350 issues (well, 323 issues since Bats didn't start until Detective #27, but you get the idea) for this guy?
And since when is a cloud of gas coming from underneath a bolt of fabric a tool of the super-villain trade? If that's the case, I've been a super-villain for years because, as Beloved will attest, I have been known to release clouds of gas from underneath blankets for years, especially when I ingest one of the fine items from the "Fiber One" line of products.
Of course, this story was not without its moments:
And I'm really not sure why he has a life-sized portrait of the guy, or where he even got a hold of one to begin with, but I'm sure some fanboy out there will try to convince me that isn't silly. Good luck with that.
It also had a Casey the Cop joke I truly didn't get:
Okay, I know it has something to do with the jury, but it's some reference I'm not getting.
And, by the way, I'm not going to the Swing Scene with anyone, especially a dude named "Scooter."
All this notwithstanding, Detective Comics #350 was worth finding because this truly was a landmark moment:
As comic geeks know, Ralph would wear that outfit for about the next 30 years, so that's something.
But that being said, the other costume seemed a lot more practical. It was very loose and baggy, so it made sense that the costume stretched with him. You can see here the entire build-up of Sue bequeathing the new outfit to Ralph, so there's no explanation as to how/why the new outfit would stretch. It actually looks like a good way to keep him from stretching knuckles and kneecaps and the like, which might have been her plan. If I could stretch my knuckles and kneecaps, Beloved would go to great lengths to discourage it.
Lots to think about, my friends.... lots to think about.
See you tomorrow!