So, I've forced myself through about 250 issues of Adventure Comics and the Legion has only appeared once. It appears I've got many miles to go before they become a regular fixture. Had I known this, I might have taken a cyanide suicide pill around 150 issues ago, but we're too far along to quit now! Certainly not with deliciously awful Superboy solo tales like that of Adventure Comics Number 250.
Now, you'd think that at a milestone like that, there would be hoopla. Well, there wasn't much. They didn't even make a stink about it on the cover, which is interesting, because you know that never would have flown with Stan Lee.
It seems like Mr. Future Man could have saved us a lot of grief if he'd said "Lorac is disguised as LANA LANG!" A little less verbosity and a few more proper nouns could have saved everyone a lot of stress. "Lorac is disguised as one of your friends or neighbors?" Seriously, what the hell is that? Why did he have to be so cryptic?
But, stupid as this story was, it did make me do a little research. Cobalt doesn't explode, folks. At its most menacing, it's an isotope. Big mushroom clouds like they're showing there? Not so much.
I'll call the store and order a television.... wait a second, I'm a sole proprietor. There's no one there to answer the phone! Dang!
EVERYONE'S WATCH HAS STOPPED! CAN YOU FIND THE CLUE IN THIS PANEL WHERE ALL WE TALK ABOUT IS HOW EVERYONE'S WATCH HAS STOPPED? NO, SERIOUSLY! THERE'S A CLUE HERE! MAYBE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO EVERYONE WHEN THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEIR WATCHES HAVE STOPPED! HEY - WHAT TIME IS IT? *wink wink*!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Adventure Comics' 250th Issue Craptacular!
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F**k the heck? I thought Superboy's adventures in this period were set in the 30s. What in the world is he doing with a TV set?
Actually C-bombs were thought to be pretty impressive stuff in the 50s and 60s. Witness "On the Beach", "Dr Strangelove" and "Beneath the Planet of the Apes"---all of which fretted over it potential to set the atmosphere on fire, end all life, etc. etc. etc. In the context of the times, blowing up a whole isle (woooooo...!) seems rather tame.
What gets me is that they apparently waited until the 30th Century to test the theory, then set the damn thing off in the atmosphere rather than on the Moon!
Geesh! Bad planetary hygiene...
The "clue" is that the bus they are all so merrily getting on, has WIDE WHITES for tires! This is obviously a very important clue. Nobody would put that kind of tire on a bus!
It's an ALIEN BUS! Run for your lives!
Oh, and those three people just forgot to wind their watches.
Unfortunately, you have to wait until issue 267 to encounter the Legion again, then not again until 282, 290, and 293. They don't start as a regular feature until 300.
I'll call the store and have them rush over a TV! Um, who exactly "rushes over" a TV? Dominoes? Your TV in 30 minutes or it's free!
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