Sunday, July 23, 2017

America's Beauty Crisis--Thin Shoulders!!

Back in 1950, there was apparently a terrible crisis plaguing the young women of America:

Gasp!!! No!!!

This inside front cover feature, Beauty Briefs, is from Charlton's Pictorial Love Stories #23 (1950). And you might want to avert your eyes, because...well, there are some skinny shoulders ahead!

And so begins the Rocky-style training montage...

The results? Va va voom!!

"Thin shoulders lead to danger--danger to your popularity!"

Well, you could write this off as a one-time thing, not a crisis. After all, they had to come up with a new "crisis" for Beauty Briefs to solve every issue.

But just 3 issues later, in Pictorial Love Stories #26 (1950), guess what body part looms large again?

American boys--obsessed with shoulders!!

You know, I've been a guy for quite a few decades now, and I've never heard another man talk about a woman's shoulders...never. I guess guys were just a lot pickier in the 50s??

Anyone, as in our last vignette, Carol finds a mentor for her problem: I hear Eye Of The Tiger playing...?

And so Clubber Lang goes down Carol's shoulders get effusive male approval!!

"Never forget, with a little effort, any woman can be lovely..."

Or, you know, just don't wear off-the-shoulder dresses?!? Oh, what do I know...I'm a dumb guy.

Did someone mention Eye Of The Tiger?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Maybe They'll Fly Around In A Terrificar?!?!

If you do something stupid long enough, eventually the competition is going to troll the living hell out of you.

I've complained about it enough enough here, so you know that, in a fit of pique over Fox continuing to make Fantastic Four movies, Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter demanded the cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic, and their removal from all merchandising. Man, I bet that's really hurting Fox, Ike.

Anyhoo, it's now been over two years since Marvel has published an FF comic. TWO YEARS.

And now DC has purposely tweaked the House Of Ideas. Yesterday, at SDCC, they announced a new team:
Jeff Lemire, having just finished his exclusive deal with Marvel, is back at DC, and writing a team named The Terrifics. Consisting of Mr. Terrific, Plastic Man, Metamorpho and Phantom Girl. Or, as that Newsarama article linked to above said, "That's right: a scientist, a stretching man, a brute with physical disfiguation, and a woman who can become intangible."

No, that's not an accident, as Lemire said his goal is "recapture the feeling of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four."

Others have noticed the similarities to the FF, too, as news/satire site The Outhousers noted: "a team with a smart guy, a stretchy guy, a guy who may look monstrous to some, a girl who can become intangible, and a jokester sounds a little like a fantastic family book, that might not be a coincidence."

So congratulations, DC, on some exceleent master-level trolling. And thank you.

Of course, the downside is that this news maybe implies that DC's "plans" for the Legion Of Super-Heroes are still on the back-back-burner of Geoff Johns' mind--if Phantom Girl is here on a 21st century teams, she's not on the famous 31st century team. It's not necessarily disruptive--Legionnaires have been lost in time before, and the main team continued (and, of course, it could always be a different character named Phantom Girl...).. But given that in the 14 months of Rebirth, the "Saturn Girl is in Arkham" sub-sub-sub plot hasn't advanced one iota, it's pretty clear that nothing substantive (other than one-shot crossovers with Bugs Bunny or Batman '66) will be happening anytime soon.

So--thank you, DC, for poking Marvel in the eye with a sharp stick. They needed it. And frak you, DC, for apparently continuing the shelving of the Legion.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Night Fights--Losing Your Head Style!!

One of the reasons I started this carny sideshow of a blog is because I wanted to participate in Friday Night Fights.

So, it's only fitting that for my 10th Blogiversary, I present the grandest Friday Night Fight EVER.

It's a hot summer in the North African desert--it's always summer in the desert--and Easy Company has been beset upon by German troops, German APC's, and a British Spitfire that thought they were Germans. Rough day.

Too rough, as Sergeant Rock seems to flake out a little bit...


OK, so now it's ON!!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Don't worry, Rock didn't have to take on the whole platoon by himself with only a sword and shield...

Easy showed up to take them out...

Spacebooger would likes how they set up a sequel story that never happened...

Full-on actual beheading courtesy of Sgt. Rock #373 (1983), by Robert Kanigher and "Trebuk etc." GCD informs us that's a pseudonym for the Joe Kubert School...

Now is the time for you to go and vote for my fight. Why? BECAUSE SGT ROCK JUST SEVERED A NAZIS HEAD WITH A SCIMITAR!!!!! Now go vote!!

REPOST--Let's (Not) Kill Hitler!!

For some reason, this 2013 ditty was by most popular post ever, at least in terms of continuing number of hits.

Well, for some pretty obvious reasons, I guess, as Mental Floss and TV Tropes linked to it in time travel articles.

So, anyway, here again is...Let's Kill Hitler!!


Let's say that, for your birthday, you get a laser rifle and a time machine.

Well, it's pretty obvious what most of us would do, right?

But people never think past that first step...

Well, still, he died saving millions, right?




So now someone else gets to be the hero by killing you...

Except, of course, it becomes a never ending chain...

There was an awful big pile of future bodies backstage at the Nuhremberg Rally...

Time Travel: leave it to the professionals, OK, kids?

From Mystery In Space #114 (1980), by Gerry Conway & Tom Yeates