What Are Some Famous Parades That Occur Only Within Superhero Comics?

Knowledge Waits is a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.

As the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks into high gear, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some other notable parades that are specific to the world of superhero comic books!

The first parade on our route occurred in Wonder Woman #64 (by Robert Kanigher and HG Peter), where a group of criminals trick Wonder Woman into believing that they are actually members of her fan club who want to honor her with a Wonder Woman Day Parade...

Dang, you know things are looking bad when the criminals are saying stuff like "Ho ho ho!"

Luckily, Wonder Woman quickly turns things around...

Precisely 50 issues later, Kanigher and then-new Wonder Woman artists (well, they had been there for a couple of years, but that's still relatively new in the grand scheme of things) Ross Andru and Mike Esposito show the Tracy Day Parade, which I guess is supposed to be the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade mushed into one thing? I have no real idea.

That is some dynamite artwork from Andru and Esposito on the shot of Wonder Woman juggling the cars. Awesome stuff.

In Action Comics #328 (by Leo Dorfman and Al Plastino), the villainous Mister Gimmick has come up with one twisted gimmick. He had Superman's hands coated with an explosive material so that when Superman claps at the Superman Day Parade, it will set off an explosion that will wipe out most of Metropolis and make everyone hate Superman and also make Superman feel too much guilt to carry on.

They achieve their first goal of coating his hands, but he keeps avoiding clapping...

Finally, though....

What a great drawing by Plastino of Superman's distraught face!

However, of course, this is all a trick...

I like how Superman even added in a little, "Dang, dudes, this was a particularly messed up scheme."

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