Monday, April 30, 2012

Comics Blogs: Stupid Comics

I think most older people remember comics when they were, well, stupid. I'll probably incur the wrath of the old school fanboys and the acclaim of young turks who agree with me. Back in the 40s - 70s, continuity was hit-or-miss and there was a lot of silly stuff going on.

This sometimes crossed the line from just being plain old fun to outright dumb, and this is celebrated in my latest nighttime sinkhole, the blog called Stupid Comics.

This blog reprints material from old comics, some of which is simply quaint like Fantomah vs. the Weird Gorillas, and some of it is just outright strange, like Spurt Hammond (I love the title of this entry, by the way: "Space Hero or Porn Star?").  This particular comic comes "From out of the blazing future of 1940 comes Planet Comics and their star SPURT HAMMOND, the unfortunately named star of a series of incredible outer-space adventures!!"

But don't think for a minute that this tomfoolery is limited to Z-grade heroes like Fantomah and Spurt -- thee are some heavy-hitters in there like Dr. Fate, Sub-Mariner, Zatara, and more. But, of course, more fun is to be had from forgotten gems like this (which is so well introduced, that I'll just crib the text from the blog rather than burn brain cells trying to whip up my own witticisms):
Remember, back in the 40s comics weren't just for developmentally disabled kids. They were for developmentally disabled adults, too! Planet Comics leavened its science-fiction with plenty of leggy good-girl art, and none was leggier or good-girlier than Gale Allen And Her Girl Squadron!!
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Sometimes the fun is a bit mean-spirited (like when the author riffs on all the Archie clones out there), but i do wish he'd do his research first. He calls Wilbur an Archie rip-off, but in fact ole Wilbur pre-dates Archie by a few weeks. Doubt me? Check it out on Wikipedia. To be fair, Wilbur never achieved the kind of iconic status that Archie did for several reasons, the most important being the lack of the classic Arcie-Betty-Veronica love triangle and archetypal supporting characters like Jughead, Reggie, Mr. Lodge and Mr. Weatherbee.


A bit of factual failing aside, without this blog I never would have solved the mystery of Billy Bellhops (I actually remember the panel referenced in this ad:


There's also the weirdness of Dracula as a superhero. I'd heard of this, but had managed to avoid it all this time.

From bat to Tiger, we get a Tiger Girl:


And an even weirder Tiger Boy:


As corny as some of this is, I'd actually love to look up the full issues online (many of these are bound to be in the public domain by now).  That would probably be a great way to waste even more time online. But don't tell Facebook, I'd hate for it to get jealous.

See ya back here Wednesday for my long-awaited completion of the Collectorz.com review.

3 comments:

  1. Yes, it definitely was funny. There is some amazingly bad stuff out there from the olden days of comics (or for that matter, even today).

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  2. By the way, I think TIGER BOY and a superhero Dracula are my favorites!

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