Golden Age Green Lantern #24 had an odd story that reminded me once again of how different comics are now. These days, it's very rare that you can pick up a single issue in anything but the earliest installments of a series without feeling like you've walked into a very long movie and have to scramble to catch up. But back in the Golden Age, these stories were all self-contained, so they didn't care one fig about things like continuity. For example, in this particular issue, Doiby Dickles's cab "Goitrude" was actually alive:
There was no explanation for this and by the next tale the car was simply a car. But for one story, Doiby's taxi was a sentient being? Why? Because it made the story work. It's fun to see the freedom that the creators enjoyed back in the day. Imagine a story these days where the Avengers' Quinjet had a life and personality of its own! There would be an outcry in fandom of "Ben Affleck playing Batman" proportions!
Apropos of nothing, I was reminded of Saturday morning programs of my youth Speed Buggy:
Herbie the Love Bug came from the same era, but didn't share the same level of anthropomorphism.
The next issue brought about a new foe for Alan, because you can't count on the Dandy to make every issue amazing:
and his main ability was being indignant:
and running out on tabs:
and did I mention he was called "The Fop?"
Yes, for those of you keeping score, the Golden Age Green Lantern had a nemesis called the Fop as well as one called the Dandy. It seems like DC should combine the two like Marvel did with Power Man & Iron Fist back in the 70's and 80's. And when it becomes DC's new cash cow, I expect some recompense from them.
Of course, you still have to resolve this little logistical hurdle:
Yeah, he killed himself in his first appearance. Why? Because like most "gentlemen," he preferred death to hard labor.
In the previous panel:
So, rather than work, he preferred to be a criminal. Failing that, he preferred to be dead. That's how some people roll. But that's also how you end up being remembered as a loser criminal called "The Fop."
Hey! It's time for Fun with Out of Context Dialogue (tm!), from Action Comics #202:
See you tomorrow!