Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bold Fashion Choices--"Very Fine People"

"Not all of those people Shock Gibson fought were Nazis, believe me."

"There were very fine people on both sides."

"When you say the alt-right. Define alt-right to me. You define it. Go ahead. No, define it for me. Come on. Let’s go."

"There are two sides to a story."

"There is blame on both sides. I have no doubt about it. And you don’t have doubt about it either. And if you reported it accurately, you would say."

"Excuse me. They didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis."

"And you had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now."

"I am not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I’m saying is this: You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible."


From Speed Comics #23 (1942)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

War--The Great Leveller Of Class!

Is there a place in war for the class system?

OK, Lord Lougley's not quite that bad...

It's 1941 in Hong Kong, and our lord is living the high class life!

Ah, what an upper class twit!!

Jarvis?? Hey, if you squint just right, you can pretend he's Marvel's Jarvis, before he came into the Starks' service!

"M'Lord" has an interesting theory on citizenship!!

Lougley soon gets the point, however, as his dinner is interrupted by the rude Japanese!

Well, there's only one recourse for a Knight of the Bath and Garter--a chickenhawk lecture tour!

"Caste feeling." Whatta maroon!

Anyway, the time comes for civilian evacuation, and guess who Lougley runs into?

This will go well.

Soon enough, they have to stop and take out an enemy gun emplacement that's threatening the evacuation!

Jarvis survived. But what happened to Lougley?

So, wait...becoming a servant for someone else just means you've rotated seats of the class system, not eliminated it! You haven't really learned anything at all?!?

Still, this is likely the only comic story you'll see this week with Lord Mountbatten naked, so I guess that's a victory!!

From Military Comics #33 (1944)

Hank McCoy, Ping Pong Hustler!!

Don't try to beat the Beast at ping pong...

Nobody bests the Beast at ping pong.

Good heavens, I miss this version of Hank McCoy!

From Avengers #194 (1980)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Manic Bat-Monday Jason Lives--The Best Way To View the Eclipse?!?

So, just how hard does Batman hit?

And you thought that just happened to funny animals...

From Detective Comics #61 (1942), as reprinted in Batman #258 (1974)

Manic Bat-Monday The Final Frontier--Nothing Is More Important Than Education, Old Chum!!

Two-Face has stolen an atom bomb (!) and is holding a joint session of Congress hostage for two billion dollars!!

Now, you'd think that was a pretty danged important crisis.

But despite the Dynamic Duo just having escaped from Harvey Dent's death-trap, Dick has other priorities:

Umm, OK, Robin. Preventing the whole of the Senate and the House of Representatives from being vaporized obviously takes a back seat to not missing Biology 135.

Then again, he might be right...

Still, come on, Dick--it's OK to cut class once in awhile if you're a hero.

From Batman #258 (1974)

Manic Bat-Monday The Quest For Peace--Why You Should Teach Your Children Morse Code!

Batman is undercover!

So how can he get a message to Dick?

By hitting a punching bag in Morse Code, that's how!!

Let's see you kids today try that with your new-fangled smart phone gadgets!!

From World's Finest Comics #43 (1950), as reprinted in Batman #258 (1974)

Manic Bat-Monday Triple Overtime--Where Does he Keep Those Wonderful Toys?!?

Two-Face and gang have captured Batman and Robin!!

Now, you'd think the order Dent gave would have included unmasking them. And not just because of the usual "you idiot, they're unconscious, why don't you figure out their secret identities" trope.

Nope, you need to take their masks because of this:

Oh, so that's what those ears are for!!

Note to crooks: strip 'em naked when you put the Dynamic Duo into your cages and death-traps.

From Batman #258 (1974)