Monday, October 25, 2010

My Elongated Hair Billows Like a Cloud Monday!

As we've seen many times as we trek through Detective Comics, Batman went through a very unrealistic period involving many alien invasions, unfortunate lab accidents, and Gotham City's advanced technology in robotics of which the rest of the world still hasn't caught up.

Then in the 60's, the pendulum swung waaaaay far in the opposite direction:

A circle of unarmed thugs?  Seriously?  Because the Batman I know would call this "Something to do while I check my Twitter feed."

I had suspected something was amiss just a few issues earlier when this happened:

There are a couple of problems with this: (1) A single guy with a gun is even less of a threat than a circle of unarmed thugs and (2) Batman's escape from this is lame.  Throw a deck of cards in someone's face.  Yes, do it.  I said do it!

They just looked at you like you were an idiot, didn't they?  They didn't freak out, as if you had sprayed them in the eyes with mace, nor did take leave of their senses as 52 pieces of layered paper (or, at worst, laminated paper) whipped about them hither and yon.  Frankly, I'm disappointed in both Batman and the bad guy, because in an exchange like that, there are no winners.

And, here we have more Elongated Hair:

Well, that made a bit more sense than Friday's post , I suppose.  At least he didn't spear a guy with hair follicles.

No, spearing is clearly what noses are for:

Again, it isn't that Ralph can't elongate his nose, because I've seen him do it a thousand times when he "smelled a mystery."  I just don't see where the force comes from to knock the guy out.  Your nose has so few muscles that I would think the most effective use of that talent would be to simply gross out your nemesis as you send your nose his way.

Take that!

Ew!  Is that your nose??!

See you tomorrow!


MarvelX42 said...

It has to be something like complete control of your body down to the molecular level. That is the only thing that I can think of that would account for the ability to make your hair move as if it had muscles, make it move and expand maybe drawing mass from an extradimensional source or from other parts of his body or simply reducing it's density and to make your nose solid and hard enough and to propel it with sufficient force to knock someone out.

CARTUNES said...

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Wayne Allen Sallee said...

Adam, what was the deal with Medusa over at Marvel? Was her hair alive or something?

Will said...

Worse, what the heck kind of cards could make someone's pupils literally disappear?!?

Well, at least give them credit for some of the better sound effects. "SOK!" "FLIIIP!" and the undervalued "ZOMM!"


Lazarus Lupin said...

I know that Ralph definitely has a lighter side (reed richards is the only stick in the mud rubber fella) I can imagine all sorts of gross practical jokes with an elongating nose. "Hey how did this snot get in my pocket??"

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Adam Barnett said...

Wayne, according to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Medusa's ability to manipulate her hair stems from a psychokinetic ability. You'd think that ability would enable her to manipulate other things, but it seems to be limited to her hair.

And THAT'S one to grow on! :-)

SallyP said...

Haw! Ralph COULD have used his fists, but that wouldn't have been humiliating enough for the villain. Also, he probably had a head cold, and THIS way, he could pass those germs on! A little rough justice, as it were.

Buzz said...

"a tightening circle of human fists" has the unique quality of sounding both violent and a bit sensuous at the same time.