Super Heros

On superheroes: It’s Superman.

Bat-man didn’t have any special powers, and his side-kick was a little suspect.  With the Fantastic Four it was deux ex machina, and what’s interesting about a troupe with that much power?  Thor was disturbing as hell, and I couldn’t stand all the “thee-ing” and “thou-ing,” and he was probably gay.  Captain America was another wimp without super powers, and also kind of suspect.  I had no earthly idea what the Green Lantern did, or why.  I don’t think the X-Men had been created yet (I could be wrong).  Aquaman?  Hawkman?  Zorro?  You have to be kidding.

Spiderman was okay, I guess.  I didn’t go out of my way to read his comics, and I probably read a few.

Superman was cool, though.  He could lift and toss atomic reactors.  He could fly into suns.  Of course, every other episode involved him getting mixed up with Kryptonite in some form or another (“Chocolate covered Kryptonite? Aigghhh!”), so that was somewhat predictable, but a superhero has to have *some* flaw or it’s just not interesting.

But mostly, when I read comics, it was Mad Magazine, which I spent hours reading and re-reading.  For Xmas my wife got me the complete collection of Don Martin’s contributions to Mad.  It’s two volumes, heavier (I think) than the OED, and had me giggling more than the OED would have.

Ah, yes: Bester Festertester.  Link.  Glork!  SPROINKT!


Author: landon

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7 thoughts on “Super Heros”

  1. As long as my secret identity of Boring Man is intact, he’ll probably be okay.

    “What does your daddy do?”



    “He’s an ENGINEER, okay? Just another borrrring engineer with a ton of books and even the games he plays are boring!”

  2. there was one cartoonist in MAD who drew the really creppy comics like when they had some Rosemary’s Baby type stuff. i think that really freaked me out as a kid, it still seems really creepy when i see it in my mind’s eye.

  3. Hey, just FYI, Captain America DID have special powers; superhuman strength, speed, and agility, as a result of the ‘Super-Soldier Serum’ he was administered. He began life as a scrawny illustrator. 😉

  4. After enjoying reading through a number of your posts, I was about to subscribe when I ran into this gem. I may be as straight as an arrow, but I have no room for homophobes in my feed reader. Plonk.

  5. I control the horizontal and vertical here on my blog, and have to approve all comments. I was about ready to plonk this one myself, but decided against it.

    I have worked with people who have been openly gay. I have had at least two acquaintances go through gender-change operations. This is a round-about way of saying that I don’t have a problem with gays today. With this understood, when I was a teenager in the 70s, yeah, I sure did. We grow.

    Thor *was* creepy to me.

    I’m not going to self-censor. If you read what I write and like it, fine. If you don’t like it, or don’t read it, then that’s fine with me, too. I’m not going to worry about offending people (and believe me, I have some doozies half-written… 🙂 ).

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