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Why don’t super heroes ever smile?

Posted by keithosaunders on September 17, 2016

I was a big comic book fan growing up and I have a retained a love for the Marvel and DC silver age books that I collected. Every once in a while I’ll look at a recent issue of the Avengers or the Justice League of America to see how my favorite heroes have progressed.  The drawings are more realistic and the dialogue is more sophisticated but overall the current books are joyless affairs.

Where is the whimsy that I remember?  The Justice League had a beatnik sidekick named Snapper Carr who had no powers whatsoever.  Sure he was annoying and practically superfluous to the plot, but he was someone that you might actually meet in real life.  Remember Spiderman?  He had girlfriend problems, as well as a nagging, pain in the ass aunt for crying out loud!

The current heroes have all the charm of TSA agents.  Not only would I not want to hang out with them, I would be scared to death!

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the Justice League of America of the Benes!!!!!!!! by dinei

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Days of comics

Posted by keithosaunders on November 4, 2015

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Moving on.  (I’m still in the denial stage of what just happened re the World Series.)

I follow this person on Twitter who posts pictures of silver age comic books from the 60s and 70s.  He’s running an ebay business and the photos come with a link where you can purchase said comics, some with a price tag north of $100.00. Still, I enjoy seeing the photos of the comics, many of which I bought new, before tragically selling them for a pittance after deciding I had outgrown them. I wrote about that here.

At first I dabbled in Archie comics but soon gravitated towards the superhero books.  I was more of a DC man but I bought Marvel as well.  My favorite comic was the Justice League of America. I loved the idea of an interchangeable roster of heroes, each with his or her distinctive costume. I can still name the seven original Leaguers: Superman, Batman, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, & Wonder Woman.  Like major league baseball, expansion would come to the Justice League and the first three additions were Green Arrow, the Atom, & Hawkman. (think of them as the Mets, Colt 45s, & Angels)

My favorite heroes’ were the Flash, the Atom, Hawkman, and Green Lantern.  I wasn’t that interested in Superman and Batman since they were kind of obvious and over-exposed.  What’s the deal with Superman anyway?  Is he some kind of Aryan ideal?  Batman is damaged goods – a psychotic who saw his parents gunned down.  (Come to think of it that actually makes him more likable) Aquaman’s power was too limiting, requiring water for him to be of any use.  Green Arrow was not exotic enough and I was never a Robin Hood guy.  In the early 70s, in an effort to compete with the more colorful Marvel personalities, DC gave Green Arrow a spiffier costume, long hair and a hipster goatee.  They also gave him a hothead personality, as well as a love-interest, Black Canary.  I liked him a little more in those days but he never cracked my big four.

I was drawn to the more science-fictiony characters.  The Atom could shrink yet somehow retain his true weight. Hawkman, being from the planet Thanager, used alien science. The Flash was a police-scientist in his secret identity (Barry Allen) and Green Lantern?  Well he’s not that sciency, but come on, what’s cooler, than an enormous power-ring green fist?

Next post we’ll go over baseball cards.

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