Monday, June 14, 2010

Because the Healthiest Relationships are Those Where You Have to Manipulate the Other Person Into It Monday!

Showcase v1 #10 gives you an idea of how hardcore game shows were in the 50's:

See that tank they put you in? Seems totally unnecessary, doesn't it? Well, I have it on good authority that if you didn't provide enough entertainment value, they would fill that tank with water and the audience could watch you re-enact the sinking of Atlantis.

Actually, I have no authority on that, but I'll bet I'm not the first person who considered it.

It seems to me like the "you have to get someone to marry you" element of the contest should have come up beforehand. I enjoy a good sucker-punch as much as the rest of them, but that's pretty rough. I do enjoy Lois' candor wherein she admits that she's a big loser in love on national television. It would be decades before we became a culture without shame, so she was really ahead of her time, Lois was.

The lesson, of course, is that a smart girl can never get a man. Hope you're paying attention, ladies!

See you tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

Ya know, Lois may seem kinda dumb in these old comics (after all she is one of those silly, hysterical women), but every man she comes into contact with sure is a real dick. "Do you have a man, or are you a lonely old maid? HAHA!" Lois should sue the @#$% out of that TV network.

Britt Reid said...

In those days, the target audience for comics was tweens and young teens. To them girls were Ick, yuck, gross, and being involved, much less married to one of them was a fate worse than death!