Category Archives: odd comic book moments

Comic book odd: Superman is a …

superman jimmy olsen

Oh, Superman.

We’ve said it before – and another blog, Superdickery, specialized in this – but Superman is a dick.

Here’s the cover of “Jimmy Olsen” 30, which came out in August 1958. Cover art by the great Curt Swan and Stan Kaye.

In this issue, Superman adopts the cub reporter but is inexplicably mean to him, culminating in the cover scene.

Jimmy sad.

But it all works out.

Comic book odd: Superman, you’ve got a point there

lois lane 63

How amazing is this?

How many of us have joked that it seemed unlikely that Lois Lane – not to mention Lex Luthor and everybody else in the world – wouldn’t recognize Superman just because he wore a pair of glasses as Clark Kent?

I vaguely remember a Superman comic that explained that Superman’s super-vision, when filtered through Clark’s glasses – produced a kind of Super-hypnosis that made everyone see Clark as a little old man.

Yeah, I didn’t believe that one, even as a kid.

But I had no idea that DC addressed the problem – and even early on, in February 1966 with “Lois Lane” 63.

I don’t know if the story inside is the Super-hypnosis one I’m thinking of.

Wonderful cover. And what an attitude Supes has.

Comic book odd: Everybody loves Lois Lane

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Holy Moly, Miss Lane!

Here’s another in our series of odd and inappropriate comic book moments.

This one is the cover of issue 29 of “Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane,” from November 1961, and as you can see, Lois is locking lips with all of Superman’s one-time buds in the Justice League. Well, except for Wonder Woman. The world wasn’t ready for that.

The art is by Curt Swan, a classic “Superman” artist.

And what’s the story behind this cover?

According to the DC Comics Database:

Aliens capture Superman in a Kryptonite trap, and Lois Lane smuggles Red Kryptonite to him by kissing Aquaman, Batman, and Green Arrow with Red K-imprinted lipstick. The heroes smear the lipstick from their face to handkerchiefs, which Batman takes to Superman. The Man of Steel smears himself with the Red K, which makes him impervious to Kryptonite poisoning, and allows him to recover and defeat the aliens.

Well, that explains everything, huh?

Okay, which of the superheroes on the make came up with this convoluted plan?

Comic book ads: ‘Superman’ 80-page giant

superman giant house ad

Those were the days, weren’t they?

80 pages of comic book action for 25 cents.

Even though the “giants” were mostly reprints – many from the Golden Age or early Silver Age – they were many times over our money’s worth.

Comic book ads: Haunted house bank

haunted house bank comic book ad

Here’s an ad I remember even if I didn’t have the product it advertised.

The Haunted House Mystery Bank looked cool in the ad and videos I’ve seen online suggested it was indeed cool. You place a penny in a particular spot and the doors open and a ghostly figure comes out and grabs the coin.

The bank was battery operated and made of metal, but I love the ad – which appeared in comics in the 1960s – itself. The artwork is cool and primitive and the copy is appropriately breathless and jokey at the same time.

Online sources indicate this was a “Disney Haunted Mansion” bank, but I’m not sure about that. Check out that ad. No mention of Disney. You’d think they would have marketed the product with the Disney name.

That price, by the way, separated a lot of us out of the possibility of buying this bank. How many kids in the 1960s had six bucks for something from a comic book ad? How many kids had parents who would let their kid send off six bucks?

Comic book odd: Detective Comics No. 367

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I’m pretty sure Detective Comics No. 367 is not the most rare comic book in history. But it oughta be. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

This issue of Detective came out in September 1967, during an interesting time for Batman. DC had been plugging along with the character since the Golden Age by this point, but Batman saw a revitalization after the 1966 “Batman” TV series.

By September 1967, however, the show was waning. It would hang on until the spring of 1968, when the show was gone and Batman was left to his own devices.

The comic almost always – like a lot of DC, even in the years of improbable plots – had beautiful artwork. This cover wasn’t among the best – it’s credited to longtime DCers Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson – but it was pretty unusual in that it offered a jigsaw puzzle for readers to assemble to try to figure out that issue’s villain.

Here’s my question along the lines of rare comic books: I wonder how many kids would have cut up the cover of this issue to assemble the jigsaw puzzle?

I didn’t have this issue, but I know I wouldn’t have been able to resist the temptation to do so.

And thus would have been lost another copy.