Monday, February 20, 2017

Manic Monday Bonus--How Sideshow Bob Became A Super-Villain!!

Warning--This tale may abuse your childhood of Simpsons memories. Just sayin.'

Jonathon Powers--the original Jester, has an origin he's eager to share with you:

Well, NYC is a tough nut to crack, And Powell ends up working for some kiddie show...

Until Sideshow Bob Powell can no longer take no longer taker it, ...and...

And so is born the Jester.

I always liked the Jester--sure, he does mundane crime, but you all know I have no problem with that. Plus, he used good gimmicks, and was a master of planning--he'd rather walk away than nothing than win with a substandard effort.

BONUS--he got steered to all sorts of "political" and "social media" crimes, fairly prescient for the era). He was hired to discredit Foggy in his District Attorney race! He faked his own death on live TV--so he could frame Daredevil for it! He invents CGI to ruin another of Foggy's campaigns! He tried to use his trickeration to drive Matt mad!!

So, for Civil War II, they trow him a cell for pre-crime, because that's so much more an interesting us of the character...sigh...

Jester's origin from Daredevil #42 (1968)

Manic Monday--No Grail-Shaped Beacons?

Things get very frisky on Reform Island...

OK, let' move along, nothing more to see here...

From Wonder Woman #4 (1943)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Super-Heroes Should Always Play Stickball With Kids!

When you're a local chemist/super-hero, you should always make time for a quick game of stickball with the neighborhood lads!

Because super-hero stickball leads to broken windows...

...leads to overheard Nazi plotting...

...and good old Ratzi nest punchouts!!

And, when Hans show up, he makes the classic error:

Never ask the victims which to shoot first!

So remember--always break windows while playing stickball!!

From Black Terror #7 (1944)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Uhhhh...The Dog Ate My Homework?

Sometime in the Golden Age, they just kinda plum ran of of energy, and story, and the ability to even pretend to care...

So...ummm, that's a wrap?

Wow, sorry abut the previous 9 pages, I guess. We even brought Walter White for a guest appearance!

Welp, story's over now. No sense lingering. Adios!

From Captain Marvel Jr #54 (1947)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Night Fights--WOW-Style!

It's called Friday Night Fights, not Friday Night Tough Negotiations.

And this week MC Spacebooger has declared that the winning fight will feature "a crazy powerful punch resulting in a KO!"

 Done and done!

Just a normal New York City day, when Gladiator comes to town. He's all confused and woozy, thanks to Skrull trickeration, and he fact he thinks that every super-hero he sees is a Skrull.

Enter Benjamin J. Grimm:

Yeah, that'll do it.

Spacebooger has a list of characters for Gladiator to pummel, when he gets the chance.

Big time punchy from Fantastic Four #249 (1982), by John Byrne

Now is the time for you to go and vote for my fight. Because it's been a really, really terrible weak, and I could use a win, no matter how small and meaningless. So go and vote!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hi-Tech Jobs Of The Future!

One of the most sought after jobs in the future... outer space mannequin delivery!!

Cover to Amazing Stories (November 1956) is by Edward Valigursky

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Best Cover You've Seen: Brave And The Bold #197 (1973)

OK, OK, you almost certainly have seen it before...

But three reasons to run this today:

A) Still in low content mode, as my recovery had a minor setback, and my phone bricked, and life sucks.

B) It is one hell of a piece of perfection, isn't it? The woman in fishnets parachuting into the desert behind Batman, Batman with his-oh-so-clever masterplan and he's so brilliant except he doesn't realize that there's a gun pointed right at his crotch. Jim Aparo at his absolute best!

C) The story is brought to mind the the recently published Batman in The Brave & The Bold: The Bronze Age Omnibus (Batman: the Brave and the Bold - the Bronze Age).

I don't know what the deal is. but even though it's a $125 list, Amazon has been selling this guy for $46.39?!? That's a whole lot of quality DC comics there, guys.

Have a nice day. I'll try to be productive tomorrow.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Manic Monday Bonus--Liereally, There's No0 Bonus Here!

Sheesh, I sure am milking this!

Seriously, I am feeling somewhat better, but it's going to take me a few days to get my strength back up to the high quality standard you've come to expect around here. So we'll be on lighter posting mode.

Everyone be safe, don't catch what I've got, and for heaven's sake, don't catch what Jughead has!

Life With Archie #17 (1962)

Manic Monday--The Food Circle Of Life

I know it's easy mock the "well, what do we know, anyway" nutrition scince of past eras...

But really, this isn't too egregious, really (although butter and milk products are in different categories?

But every five years--even in modern times--we get a shrug, and they change the food circle to the food rhombus, to the food pyramid, to the food polyhedron, to the...

I'm just saying that epidemiological food science takes years,it's hard, and no one knows anything, really.

Still they make the best guilt ploy I've ever seen--Eat wisely, OR YOU"RE MAKING EUROPEANS STARVE!!

From Bulletman #15 (1946)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Does Whatever A Bulletdog Does...


I like the fact they actually have a dog saying "BOW WOW!"

Ah, but there's bad guys in those hills!

Now, this was a Summer 1946 issue--and we're still doing Nazi saboteur stories? Ah, but people were concerned back in the day about sleeper cells and the like. Plus, really, who wants to give up Nazis as villains? (Plus, I suspect that a lotta of companies have a lot of inventory stories to burn off)

Oh, yeah--Nazis are fucking bastards!!

Fortunately, vacationing nearby are...

Wait... Bulletdog? I seriously never knew that there was a Bulletdog. How could I not have know that?
Yup, they just gave him an anti-gravity collar, not the secret "crime cure" that made them smarter and faster. Hey, he's a dog--what does he know?

Now Bulletman and Bulletgirl battle the Nazis...

...while Bulletdog protects the dogs!!

Ah, but the humans got away, and the lead saboteur--Agent K-9--has more plans involving dogs:

Seriously, dude.

Well, BM, BG and BD foil this little plot, and capture all of the Nazis except for K-9 himself.

And he's not finished with his canine-based sabotage!

Live-fire exercises--always a good idea!

Especially since...

The good guys catch him...but it is too late?

And so ends another adventure of Bulletman, Bulletgirl...and Bulletdog??

Help end the scrap--in 1946?!?

From Bulletman #15 (1945)