A lot of the time, a comic book cover will fake you out by showing something that isn't quite what it seems as the story unfolds. Sometimes, much to my horror, the situation is worse. I give you Detective Comics #371:
Surely that cover is just to get your attention. There is no way that, in the 1960's, they would show a girl being so stupidly vain that....
....oh. Well, I stand corrected. Apparently "any girl" will pause in the heat of battle to address an appearance issue. Being the
victim only boy with three sisters, I had been brainwashed enlightened
enough to assume that this was a safety issue (i.e, her vision was obscured or something). But no, the writer was very clear that this was nothing more than simple vanity.
Because this young woman is just a "girl" like "any girl." Gee, I wonder why girls didn't read comics that much back in the day?
But don't worry, guys, we get insulted as well:
See? When we're in a fistfight, we'll get distracted by anything in a skirt, even if it leaves us open to a punch in the face. Because we're guys. Ergo, we're stupid. And our brains shut off the minute we see something pretty, because we're Pavlovian beasts who just can't help ourselves.
Who wrote this crap?
Ohhhhhh... Gardner Fox. That explains a lot. By the time this came out, Gardner was around 57 years old. I guess to him, this was still a perfectly acceptable plot device.
Gardner Fox gave us a lot of great comics, but this wasn't one of them. But no one bats a thousand, so he gets a pass. This time.
But I'm getting something worthwhile out of this issue! Some Fun with Out-of-Context Dialogue!(tm!):
I SAY, "YEAH!"
There it was, just sitting there on Page 11. I could post nothing but haiku poetry for the rest of the year, and this will still have been a bitchin' year for this blog, on that panel alone.
Eisner Awards Committee, it's spelled B.A.R.N.E.T.T.!
See you Monday!