Corporeal punishment was once considered an acceptable form of discipline, and apparently, it wasn't just for naughty young'uns. During the golden, silver, and even bronze ages, everyone from Superman to uppity dames were getting their bottoms smacked — and some of 'em liked it. Look, what grown folks do is their business. But the flagrantly … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Bottoms Up!
DC fans like to joke about how Grant Morrison’s mind-bending stories often seem influenced by, shall we say, exotic substances. But Morrison’s got nothing on the Silver Age scribes who were responsible for some of the nuttiest comic book stories ever printed. One of the best examples? Comet the freakin’ Super-Horse. Everyone’s heard of Krypto, … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Neigh, I Say!
There's a whole other commenatary — a book, really — to be written about the phenomenon of romance comics that were published from the 1940s through the '70s. It's a bizarre, fascinating, sexist genre that is ripe for examination and analysis. But for now, let's take a look at one of the grooviest: Marvel Comics' … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Silly Dames In Love
We knew Jimmy Olsen was handy with a camera, but who knew the Daily Planet photojournalist had such a tight drag game? Superman's loyal friend has quite the history of cross-dressing, and I gotta say, he's pretty damn good at it. Take this panel from Jimmy Olsen #95, in which he goes undercover in hopes … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: You Better Work, Jimmy!
Making fun of vintage Batman and Robin scenarios is like shooting fish in a barrel. With an AK-47. It's just too easy, and I'm convinced that the writers and artists responsible for these gems knew exactly what they were doing. After all, these were young, creative guys hanging out in smoke-filled studios in New York … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Boys Will Be Boys
It's all about his Glo-Balls now, but back in 1980, Hal Jordan was more of a Hostess Twinkies man. This classic ad, published in the year of the Winter Olympics, is chock full of wrongness and unintentional comedy gold. First of all, no one in the crowd notices Hal's transformation, mere feet away, into the … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Hal Saves the Day … and the Twinkies
At the risk of offending Jessica Alba fans the world over, I think most people will agree that the last two Fantastic Four films were pointlesss. Aside from Chris Evans’ fun performance as Johnny Storm, the movies didn’t exactly set the world on fire, pun intended. However, an earlier movie adaptation of the Fantastic Four … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: The Fantastic Four Movie You Didn’t See
We all know women (or men) who, despite showing excellent judgment in every other aspect of their lives, continue putting up with a loser significant other. It doesn’t matter now many times the loser SO confirms that s/he is a horse’s ass. The longsuffering partner will continue to forgive the offending party and, worse, take … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Sin-Less
Separately, the Beatles and Batman are pop culture perfection. I love them both beyond reason. But in the year of my birth, they came together for one trippy comic book experience. In the late '60s, rumors swirled that Paul McCartney had died in a 1966 car accident, and that the Beatles went to great lengths … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Fab Foolishness
Warning: The image below is probably NSFW or, at the very least, TSFW (Too Spicy for Work). To put it mildly, V. and I are not comics prudes, and we've probably had more R-rated conversations about Bigby Wolf and Mr. Terrific (not together, though that would be interesting) than most fangirls. But we also have … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: The Grown and Sexy Edition
Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was common to see comic-book advertisements that showed superheroes doing goofy things, like laughing uproariously while enjoying a fruit pie with a 25-year shelf life. Can you imagine being the poor schmuck in marketing who had to come up with a Batman plot that pimped sponge cake? The … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Sweet Justice
E. has a bone to pick with Batman Beyond #4.
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It had to be rough being Jonathan Kent. Think about it; nothing tests a dude’s manhood quite like knowing that his 5-year-old son can hand his ass to him if he really wants to. Of course, we know that Pa Kent was the ideal dad — an agrarian Jedi type who raised his adopted son … Continue reading WTF? Wednesday: Trouble in Smallville
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