Friday, June 19, 2009

Sidetracked by Images

First of all, if you're reading my blog and not reading Comics Make No Sense then you might consider remedying that! Second, if you're reading my blog...thank you!

Today I've decided to focus on a few of the things included in these issues of Superman that I've thus far glossed over or ignored. These early issues of the book don't just contain Superman, they also have Ripley's Believe It or Not "inspired" facts, odious funnies, vague health tips, and even short stories that aren't always about Superman! I won't be posting those short stories though, as the last thing this place needs is more text.

To start, here's an image of Superman taken from the end of a story in issue 3. that Superman? Since when does he wear a toga? I'm fairly confident in saying that's just some Roman centurion they've recoloured to be Superman! Lay-zee.


I guess weights had yet to be invented in 1948. And what the heck kind of goal is that anyway? Finally, you'll be able to make people regret politely shaking your hand!


Not everything I post today is for the purpose of mocking it. This for instance, I can't make fun of. It's just good advice! Just posting it as an example of the kind of thing old comics contained.


No doubt Ripley's work was immensely popular at the time, and the folks at DC were not above ripping off others! That beard fact is interesting, but a google search turns up nothing on the primrose colour changing. Guess I'll need to conduct the experiment myself.


And finally here's a terrible comic that will make you a worse person just for having looked at it:

Yeah, and there's more where that came from! Pray I never post them.


  1. Hey, thank you for the shout-out!

    And where is Superman's right hand in that first picture? Based on that smile, I'm a little nervous. What you do on your own time is your business, Clark, but try to be discreet!

  2. Oh, so THAT'S why he's wearing his cape backwards!