Friday, 27 July 2007

Superman is a Dick



My new favourite thing in the universe is laughing at old comics.

The undisputed master at this is, of course, James Lileks and his Institute of Official Cheer; in it, Lileks expounds the notion of the Violently Ordinary Rejoinder, in which banal quips result in "Flip-takes" of shocking force:


But recently my new love is Superdickery, a site which began when it was noticed that Superheros, well...are complete dicks:


Or do completely ridiculous things:


Or are utter buffoons:


Or just, well....


Nothing, of course, can compete with the sheer snigger-inducing power of these, though:



I shouldn't be laughing. I really shouldn't.

8 comments:

zero_zero_one said...

Ah, what an innocent time it must have been...

I recently read an early Spider-Man comic set shortly after Peter Parker has graduated from high school; he bumps into a friend of his, Liz Allan, who hasn't gone to college but has found a job.

"I don't want to bore you with talk about my life now that I'm a working girl," she says.

zero_zero_one said...

Also, I really want to read that comic with Superman accusing Lois Lane of murdering Lana Lang, I'm really curious as to what evidence definitely points to her being the killer...

noisms said...

What I love is the fact that Batman is saying "I'm the greatest detective in the world, and even I can't work it out..."

So modest.

In her own Voice said...

gotta love the heroes! thanks for stopping by my blog, Noisms...

zero_zero_one said...

The evolution of Batman as a character is one of the most interesting things in popular culture... From hard-boiled crimefighter in the 30s and 40s, to silly costumed adventurer in the 50s and 60s, before becoming extremely serious in the 70s and 80s - today Batman is pretty much a paragon, the most physically adept, most intelligent and resourceful hero there is...

And modest about it too these days I think.

Andrew Fry said...

Some of those were priceless. I admit I have about 300 old spiderman comics from the late 70's in a box somewhere. I need to reread them for the humor next time, though it looks like the 50's and 60's were the Golden years for superdickery.

noisms said...

andrew fry: Yes, the 50s were the Golden Era in more ways than one. I found a huge boxful of the Victor magazines I read as a kid (although they were from the 80s) and found them much less innocent but still with pleasingly ridiculous plots. It's a rewarding couple of hours browsing through them.

mattiecore said...

So many boner crimes, so little time