Every day this month will have the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week it will be the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.
Today we look at ten issues of World’s Finest Comics, #151-160, written by Edmond Hamilton (#151-159) and Leo Dorfman (160), with a plot assist from Cary Bates (#151) and spot work from E. Nelson Bridwell (scattered pages in scattered issues). They were all penciled by Curt Swan, and inked by George Klein (all but issues #151, 155 and part of 157) and Sheldon Moldoff (whatever Klein didn’t ink).
As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).
10. Chill out, Superman!
In #151, two mysterious super-powered kids show up in Metropolis. Superman, naturally, figures they are alien scouts for a possible invasion of Earth. Wait…what?
I also love that very specific bulletin. “Alert! Still no one harmed! We will keep updating you so long as no one is harmed! Once someone IS harmed, expect radio silence!”
Superman must really be rattled by these kids. Later on in the issue…
What was Superman going to do, hit them?
In #154, Superman and Batman marry Lois Lane and Batwoman, respectively. I like how, even in 1965, the result of their union is so obvious…
8. We only employ ACTUAL fortune tellers at this carnival!
Now, don’t get me wrong, in this bit from #160, I guess the fake fortune teller guy might have been preparing to bilk the poor suckers who he was fooling into thinking he was an actual fortune teller. But he hadn’t actually DONE anything yet, right?
So Superman and Batman bursting in to bust the guys chops for pretending to be a fortune teller just because he was an ex-con? That’s kind of messed up. And I love the carnival owner firing him for being a “phony.” Yes, because what we all know is that carnivals only employ ACTUAL fortune tellers. It gets even worse later on when you learn that this is only the beginning of a long game of entrapment by Superman and Batman…
7. You’re So Vain….
In #153 (an Imaginary Story where Batman thinks Superman killed his dad), Batman enters Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and makes a discovery…
Why, exactly, does Superman have a statue of himself as Clark Kent in his Fortress of Solitude? Is it a shrine to himself? Weeeird.
6. Oh, Robin, always blaming others for your own stupidity…
In #152, Batman and Robin try to solve the mystery of the super youths. Batman suggest super-androids and they go to test his theory…
“They deliberately let us think they were androids!” Huh? How did they do that, Robin? “I think that guy on the street is the president of the bank. Look, he’s walking into the bank! Oh, he’s just making a deposit. He deliberately made me think he was the president of the bank, that brat!”
Go to the next page for the top five!
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