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Once upon a time, DC comics understood that comics don't have to be always serious grimdark heavy drama involving lots of gratuitous violence and rape. That was a good thing, but the less serious comics that DC put out weren't always worthwhile. Today it seemed appropriate to post 8/23 pages from issue 117 of the mercifully forgotten "The Adventures of Jerry Lewis" comic, an issue worthy of note today only because it guest starred Wonder Woman in her "mod" phase.

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gratuitous sexism and unfunny jokes ahoy )

The past was a different country, one in which it was possible for there to be over 100 issues of a Jerry Lewis comic.

ETA: the last page includes a statement of management and circulation. in 1970, "The Adventures of Jerry Lewis" was selling 175,000 copies every month. Do you think maybe, just maybe, going after ever more grimdark crossover events might have been a mistake on DC's part?

Giving this the crack tag, I guess? And the misogyny tag, because Jerry Lewis.
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Among the most bizarre comic-book responses to sixties counterculture was the short-lived DC series Brother Power the Geek (created by Joe Simon), about a mannequin who miraculously comes to life and uses his super-strength to defend his hippie friends while avoiding capture by the Establishment. While this is most definitely not a pro-hippie comic (unlike Stan Lee, neither Simon nor his editors had much sympathy for the movement), it's so cracky I just had to share it.

'Sock it to them, babies / Before they tune out / Our geek-out!' )
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What a dimbulb.

The Rich family, being the wealthiest in the world, is understandably a frequent target for crime. So how have they survived all these years with their lives and their fortune intact? Simple. Most of the crooks they've had to deal with are really, really stupid.

'Duhh--I got a bad dose of that radioactive material!' )
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Gather 'round, folks, and come with me back to the sixties and seventies, a time when people still made comics primarily for kids. When comics had yet to compete with video games, specialized summer camps and obsessive helicopter parenting for kids' attention. When no one expected comics to make profound literary statements, nor shock readers with nonstop mutilation and gore, nor follow the laws of physics, biology or basic logic.



This was the heyday of Harvey Comics, and its flagship character, Richie Rich. Today remembered, if at all, for the flop 1994 Macaulay Culkin movie, or deconstructed and mocked as the face of greedy, heartless capitalism, the (not so) Poor Little Rich Boy was in fact much more than that. He was the linchpin of a bizarre, often mad universe in which anything could happen. Multi-billionaires were altruistic and generous, and their kids socialized with and dated the 99 per cent. Money didn't solve everything, but it sure solved a lot. (Ridiculously multi-talented English butlers, zeerusty A.I.s, or sheer dumb luck solved the rest.) Plus-sized girls who loved food were also athletic and popular. Snobs and bullies were neither. Other girls with eccentric but harmless obsessions were allowed to be themselves, not disciplined or medicated into conformity. Crime was rampant but never involved drugs or human trafficking, and never maimed or killed anyone. This was Richie Rich's world.

Yes, the comics were silly; that's why I love them )
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So I was going to post the conclusion to the Music Master's first case, but eh...after a while one MM story begins to seem pretty much like the next. Instead, I bring you this very cracky four-page PSA for war bonds, from Reg'lar Fellers Heroic Comics #15 (Nov. 1942). Scans for this public domain work are courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com.

Trigger warning for the usual sort of WWII-era racist caricaturing.

'Now we'll go to Europe...on wings of song!' )
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Dipping once again into John Morris's recently-published book, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, for inspiration, I present one of the most...creative premises the genre has ever seen: a hero who gets his super-powers from--a panflute!

So let's see how this plays out (*ba-DUM TSSHH*) )
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Doctor Hormone and Jane, back home in America, head to Washington to help the government ward off an invasion from "Nazia." This time, they get to face off as well against another foe, portrayed every bit as true-to-life as the previous. *cough*

'For I'm a jolly good fifth columnist' )
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I can only suppose that since America wasn't yet at war in 1940, the publisher wished to avoid giving offence to a certain real-life totalitarian regime.

Which is no doubt why the guards swear in fake German )
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Assinoff has used his mighty donkey strength to flee Novoslavia, taking Dr. Hormone's granddaughter Jane as hostage. His objective? Enticing him into entering Eurasia's service.

Yeah, kidnapping the grandkid is a great way to do that, harem hotties notwithstanding )
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In the last issue, Dr. Hormone successfully bumbled through a secret air mission which hormonally transformed the invading Urasian army into loyal Novoslavian citizens. But the war isn't over yet.

'Look fellows, I can fly...almost!' )
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Master of understatement, that premier

Doctor Hormone, he of upstanding medical ethics, has chemically transformed boys into an army of full-grown Novoslavian men. But will that be enough to withstand the Soviet Eurasian "Urasian" invasion, and the waning patience of Novoslavia's top general?

Let's find out )
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Good-hearted but methodologically problematic Doctor Hormone, American, uses his scientific genius to protect vulnerable nations from invasion by barely-veiled Soviet and Nazi German analogues. How? Why, with hormones of course. Also with the help of his annoying but loyal granddaughter, the "shouldn't she be in school"-aged Jane. Created by artist (and writer?) Robert Bugg, Doctor Hormone appeared in Popular Comics Issues 54 through 60 (1940-41), and has never been seen since. Now in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com), here's the first of the Doc's bizarre adventures, from Issue 54 (Aug 1940).

'After this, I'll stop cradle-snatching!' )
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Now that we've relived Identity Crisis (and survived to tell of it), let's take a trip back to the Golden Age, when members of the JLA's predecessor underwent their own, somewhat different crises of identity. This issue-length Gardner Fox story, from All Star Comics #30 (Aug-Sept 1946), is so delightfully cracky it took four artists to illustrate it. It previously appeared, way back when, on s_d 1.0, so no better time to post it again.

'As a sponge, I belong in this sink.' )
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I admit, this might be recycling from Cracked, but this was so...unpredecented...that I thought I had to share.

In plain terms, Superman, or rather Kryptonian tech, had the ability to change people's race. Not just skin color, because Lois didn't just turn black, her hair spontaneously turned into an affro and well...just look...

Read more... )
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Forget Marvel's lady blah-ing. What we need is more Bunty! Bunty annual 1976.

So I've brought some. If you remember my posts of ages ago or have the knowledge already, you'll be aware that Bunty was a British Girls' comic that ran weekly from '58 to '01 full of stories about girls doing stuff. Usually wacky stuff. Bunty was pretty huge and it was the first comics experience for a lot of girls, myself included. It's interesting to look at the "life lessons" in it's many varied stories.. they do progressive-seeming stories, and then they do completely awful screwed up rubbish. And then a story about how it would be useful to have a robo-pet. What am I supposed to have learnt from you, Bunty? Other than that comics are awesome?

After the cut: One very truncated story about a reluctant model, and a lot of first panels from a couple of my annuals. They introduce the premise of what'll be a two to eight page story, and go a little bit like "Tessa Worth had an unusual toy rabbit named Flopear which was really a highly-powered space craft in which she could travel. However, on the day before Christmas Eve, Tessa wanted to go no further than the highstreet!"

ACTUAL QUOTE. I'm saving that strip up, though.

If you want to hear more of any of these stories, let me know. I just got around to "scanning" (photographing..) Super Lamb today, after being asked to back on insanejournal.

Warning: '70s fatphobia within.

Let's go, girls )

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