Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Children of the Corny Tuesday!

Hey, kids! A little Fun with Out of Context Dialogue! (tm!):

Thanks, Batman #11!

Greatest character ever:

He not only had the cajones to criticize Robin's stupid costume, but he had a weird fetish dungeon going on. Rich people are kinda weird, but I like this kid's moxy.

Check out this house ad from World's Finest #36:

Let's look at a clip and see if this was worth bugging your local theater manager:

Wow.... that beats the crap out of Superman Returns.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Batman in Key West Monday!

Beloved and I watched the movie Milk over the weekend. If you haven't seen it, you must. In honor of the man and his courage, I give you Bruce Wayne's Gay Cruise, courtesy of World's Finest #36:

Dare I say it was a gay old time? It must have been, because Batman is so relaxed that he's totally unconcerned about his secret identity

Considering the trouble and expense he's gone to in the past, Bruce was pretty laid back about shouting his secret to a ramp full of disembarking passengers. Maybe the cruise was.... shall we say, "liberating" for Bruce.

Oh, I have no shame. But I think Milk would have appreciated today's post. See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mandatory Good Grooming Friday!

This is the single greatest thing I've ever read, courtesy of the "Doc & Fatty" story from World's Finest #36:

If there had been a mustache theft subplot to Final Crisis, it would have made a lot more sense.

See you tomorrow!

Fun with Out-of-Contextin' Thursday!

Today's posts, from World's Finest #36, gives us an embarassment of Fun with Out of Context Dialogue (tm!) goodness! Let's sit back and take it in, shall we?:

Yeah! That's the stuff!

See you tomorrow!

City Planning the Batman Way Wednesday!

Thus far in the Obama Administration, I haven't seen much change except in the number of press conferences. I tend to skip 'em, because there will never be a press conference as cool as this one from Batman #10:

As always, what takes place in comics is a zillion times more entertaining than the real thing. That's why we love 'em.

Something the AAA never told me:

Apparently, if your car breaks down in a strange town, you simply have to start a new life there.

And, just in case you've forgotten:

That's right! USA! USA!

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Big Cat Head Wearin' Tuesday!

Dear Ones, I lavishly apologize for missing yesterday's post. I know in advance that Mondays and Tuesdays are very busy for me at work, so I always have the posts ready to go. Well, I had it all set up and then simply never had the time to hit "publish post." So sorry.

But now is not the time for regrets! Now is the time to enjoy Batman #10!:

This is why, when you are considering your own career of dressing up in tights and fighting homicidal maniacs with your bare hands, you have to carefully consider the boy sidekick option. I mean, you could always use the distraction and the extra pair of hands, but you are royally screwed if you ever have to sneak up on someone.

We all know Selina Kyle is quite the feminist, but I think she is unduly harsh on men who don't take her seriously. It's not that she's a woman, it's that she began her career wearing a big furry cat head. I don't care what gender you are. It doesn't work for the Bronze Tiger either, and he's otherwise all kinds of cool.

Gotham's elite apparently has a wild side. Good for them!

You know what we haven't seen around here in a long time? A slap.

Yeah! There we go! Now we're back on track!

I hope that was worth the wait. Again, I'm sorry for missing yesterday's post.

See you tomorrow!

Friday, March 20, 2009

What's Wrong with the Kids Today Friday!

From Batman #10:

Wow, this kid is quite the delinquent, what with his necktie and bad report cardin' ways. If that was my kid's biggest issue, I'd think I was doing pretty well in the parenting department. It's like I tell parents, if you don't have to lock up your prescription medication at night and don't worry about your kid stealing your car while you sleep, you have the makings of a pretty good kid these days.

Know why kids today suck so much more than they did back then? I'll show you:

Because thrashing your child was an option. That's right, a little carefully-administered child abuse and threats thereof would keep that little booger in line. You don't see enough thrashings these days.

Yeah, baby! Solid!

Before the use of the thought balloon, parenthetical mutterings were the norm. Unfortunately, this device made it look like Batman was telling little Jimmy he was probably a goner.

Well, SOMEBODY certainly has to pee!

See you Monday!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Fierce Independence of Janet Van Dyne Thursday!

From Avengers v1 #150:

So, let me get this straight: Jan's husband gives her wings so she can get around on her own. Wings, mind you. The woman can fly anywhere she wants.

And yet she still would rather sit on her duff and tell Hank how to run his railroad.

See? You can't please 'em. I don't know why we even bother to try.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In Which We Over-Discuss Fill-In's Wednesday!

For those of you who don't read comics yet read my blog, there is something that happens sometimes called a "fill-in." Basically, these are back-ups the publishers have of comics that are ready to go whenever they are falling behind and can't get a title out by deadline. These issues are usually written and drawn by people who don't do the normal comic, so it's painfully obvious when this happens. Picture watching your favorite television show one week and finding all different actors playing the characters, and you'll get the idea.

Well, this happened in the Avengers at a terrible time. The team had been zapped away to an alternate world where they were going to confront the Squadron Sinister Supreme, and for the following two issues they were having an unrelated flash-back where they were fighting a throwaway nemesis called the Assassin. Considering that this interrupted a thinly-veiled fanboy dream of the Avengers vs. DC's Justice League, this could not have happened at a worse time.

So, by Avengers #147, they resumed the storyline that began in #144 and it was implied that we were to forget #145 and #146 ever happened. As Marvel rightly assumed, we were children. And since we were reading comic books, it's not like we had other things in our lives to turn to and everything was forgiven.

So, while Avengers #147-149 were awesome, they didn't have a lot of moments to make fun of. But, because I'm Adam, I noticed a few things that you may have missed:

I, like many fanboys, assumed that the idea of the "living costume" came from Spider-Man's foe, Venom, but it appears that the Hellcat had an outfit with a mind of its own back in the 1970's. For some reason, I had totally forgotten this and I think everyone else did as well. It was an idea whose time had not yet come.

If this was how they got rid of contestants on American Idol, I might actually watch it.

Hey, kids! It's time for Fun with Out of Context Dialogue!(tm!):

That's why I usually have to pay her extra.

Thank you! Thank you! I'll be here all week!

Marvel Comics: Teaching boys how to have healthy relationships with women since 1939.

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Battle Plan Critiquin' Tuesday!

One thing you have to say about the Avengers: They are a dang considerate group of people to fight. Fer'instance:

Look at that. Lined up like bowling pins so you can take 'em out in one shot. When Captain America is around, you'd think he'd offer some of those battle-hardened advanced military combat techniques like not grouping all together to make one impossible-to-miss target.

Hey, don't tease me:

Yeah! Pull the trigger! Do it do it do it do it! That's one advanced sniper scope if you can actually hear people talking through it.

Another tactical question:

Iron Man often gets zapped because he leaves those face slits open. Since that is the case, why doesn't he leave them closed all the time, or at least at the first sign of trouble. Seriously, if you're fighting Iron Man, aren't those little slits in the helmet the first thing you're gonna aim for?

Hey, we're long overdue for some Fun with Out of Context Dialogue!(tm!):

I agree. Stopping the rear attacker's purpose should always be Job One.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Blue (Beetle) Monday!

More from Golden Age Blue Beetle #18!:

Why is that guy attacking the cop with a chicken leg? Was that a goon's weapon of choice back in the day?

Sit back and bask in the awesomeness:

If you don't agree that this comic was awesome, you clearly have not been reading this blog for long. Don't worry, you'll catch up.

Hey! Here's a little fun activity!:

I cannot think of anything that would excite Beloved more than taking up radio and television repair in my house. Nothing like a dusty bunch of electronic guts strewn across the kitchen table to make a house a home, know what I mean?

See you tomorrow!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Dancin' the Blues (Beetle) Friday!

I loved the Ted Kord version of the Blue Beetle. I didn't like the new version of the character that came out post-Infinite Crisis, and yes I read most of the series. It just didn't do it for me. So, when I had a shot at reading one of the Golden Age Blue Beetle comics, I didn't know what to expect:

Well, we know one thing. He ignores exploding buildings. That, in my book, gets us off to a great start. I like a hero with ADD.

One thing I noticed was that the characters danced a lot. For no reason. With no music playing.

Even when avoiding onrushing traffic. See? Dancing.

Help! He's mad! And still I must dance! Dammit, I must!

See? Cars flying everywhere, and this chick is doing the swim!

Dancing is contagious. Even our hero apparently gets his groove thang on!

Being a relatively low-budget comic, our hero often had to do his own dramatic narration. It was a workable arrangement, although it would get a little distracting when he would shout "Dun dun DUUUUUUN!"

I'm not overly familiar with his powers, but I'm relatively sure he couldn't become a giant, despite what you see here.

Who is the lady talking to? The Blue Beetle is right in front of her, and she's waving to a passing jet!

I don't totally "get" this comic yet, but I can tell I'm going to grow to love it.

See you Monday!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Super Paternity Lawsuit Thursday!

If you listen very carefully, you can almost hear the sounds of World's Finest v1 #35!:

In retrospect, Superman wondered why he ever thought a normal Trojan would be an effective contraceptive device for him...

You know what every 10 year-old boy needed 50 years ago? This:

I don't see any potential for disaster here, do you?

It shoots BB's, hard pellets and darts! That'll teach your little sister to stay out of your room!

Say, those snaps are yearbook stuff!

And this pot roast is totally home ec material! Or something! If that was the kind of standards we had back then, we are really too hard on ourselves these days.

See you tomorrow!