This is the latest in a series giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of Seinfeld will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal). Here is an archive of all the Foggy Ruins of Time installments so far.
Today, based on a suggestion by David M., we look at the notable Marvel Silver Age supervillain invented by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby whose name is a reference to a dirty limerick!
In 1962’s Strange Tales #104 (by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers), the Human Torch runs afoul of a new villain named Paste Post Pete…
David wrote in to ask if this character was named after a character from a dirty limerick, and I think the odds are roughly 99.9% that yes, he IS, indeed, named after Piss Pot Pete from one of the most famous dirty limericks there is, “Lil the Whore.”
Read on for the text of the limerick (there are lots of variations of the same basic text, I’ve chosen the least dirty one, “Diddlin’ Nellie”- it’s still pretty dirty). Stop reading if you don’t want to see a dirty limerick! I’ll even put it on a separate page so you don’t have to see it if you don’t want to. If you DO want to see it, go to the next page…
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