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Three days ago I made what I thought was an ordinary little post on tumblr, and it clearly struck a chord at the right time as it's already past 8000 9000 likes and reblogs, which is way beyond anything I've ever achieved before.



I love how many Golden Age “World’s Finest” covers are basically just Superman and Batman taking their adopted son Robin out for wholesome family-fun activities like good supportive parents (though not above a little harmless fun at each other’s expense). You can all but hear the sitcom theme music playing over this as a montage.







 

Date: 2019-04-11 08:20 pm (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
"It ends with a wink."

Date: 2019-04-11 10:37 pm (UTC)
bradygirl_12: (hamburger (big mac))
From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
Always loved these covers! Fun, happy and cheerful, just the way I like my Robin (and his dads, too). :)

Date: 2019-04-12 03:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beyondthefringe
I'm glad you called him Robin.

I'm not ready to know how you like your Dick.

(sorry, couldn't resist!)

Date: 2019-04-12 04:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beyondthefringe
I wouldn't have put it past you. :)

Date: 2019-04-12 09:18 am (UTC)
deh_tommy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
Come on, if you're on scans_daily then you should know as well as anyone how much [personal profile] icon_uk loves Dick.

Date: 2019-04-12 02:35 pm (UTC)
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (a bat & his little bird 2)
From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
Hey, as a Dick Grayson fan, I know the pitfalls! ;)

Date: 2019-04-12 09:05 pm (UTC)
deh_tommy: (Master)
From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
"My name is Richard Grayson, but the kids at the orphanage call me Dick."
"Well, children can be cruel."

Date: 2019-04-12 02:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
The thing is, I think these comics are now on DC Universe, so we can finally read these and see what the content of them is.

Because I have to imagine its not just Robin and his two dads having a day out at the park.

I may have to look into this later tonight. I will keep you posted.

Okay, I'm reading the one with Robin on the scale and Supes is messing with him, and they just seem to be normal collections of stories.

But it does have a story where Zatara the Magician fights counterfeiters, and then he summons the ghosts of the Presidents (and Ben Franklin) on money to kick the counterfeiters asses.

So you know, Golden Age.
Edited Date: 2019-04-12 02:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2019-04-12 08:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cainofdreaming
DC Universe

I went to check thanks to you reminding me of it, and it's still US only.

Sheesh, get a move on DC.

Date: 2019-04-14 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
I'm way late to the party, but you'll be disappointed if you're looking for World's Finest interaction in any of these. Bruce & Clark didn't have their first meeting until the '50s.* Prior to that all of these comics kept Metropolis and Gotham strictly separate as God intended.

* In comics, anyway. I understand their first real crossover was on Superman's radio show.

Date: 2019-04-12 11:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
In "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay", one of the points that is made is that the reason comics sold well when they added a sidekick was not just the 'self-insertion' factor of imagining YOU were Robin or Speedy, but the idea that it also had more than a little to do with many young male readers having no fathers immediately in their lives due to their absence or death in World War II and the post-War period. That it wasn't just a power fantasy ('I'm fighting alongside Batman!') but also a fantasy of having a complete family ("Batman is my adopted Dad and we go on adventures with Superman").

These covers, which I realize are intended as just fun romps, kind of reinforce that whole idea.

Date: 2019-04-12 02:40 pm (UTC)
bradygirl_12: (clark--bruce (world's finest pink))
From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
That's a good point about the absence of fathers during the war. And if your mother worked in a war factory, you didn't see much of her, either.

Could be after the upheaval of the Depression and World War II, the social fracturing of families served as one of the factors for the idealization of the postwar family.

Date: 2019-04-14 01:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
Hey Icon UK, if you could, could you pose some covers from Comic Cavalcade next?

If early worlds finest is Bruce and Clark as gay dads raising Robin, then Comic Cavalcade covers are Alan Scott, Jay Garrick and Diana as a poly couple going out on dates together.

Date: 2019-04-14 07:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverzeo
Is it any wonder why Nightwing is based on Superman's take of Batman?

BTW, has anyone have any scans how Dick went to Nightwing with Superman as an influence? Or was that something fans made up?

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