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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 359

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Here’s one last Christmas comic! A Brave and the Bold with Batman and Plastic Man by Bob Haney, Joe Staton and Jim Aparo!


The set-up of the issue is that a group of tobacco smugglers have made a few brazen heists. Batman visits Gotham’s beautiful Lacey’s Christmas display…

Then the display is stolen! Plastic Man is stolen along with it (the bad guys figured that they needed a Santa Claus for the display). Batman tracks it down (with a helpful clue by Plastic Man) and the pair fight off the mob.

The reason for the theft is that the head smuggler is pretending to be dying and wanting to have one last Christmas party for all of the rival smugglers, who he will now cut into his business. However, it is really a trick – he plans to kill them all.

Not if Batman and Plastic Man have anything to say about!!

The comic is completely absurd and off-the-wall, but in a charming way.

And Staton and Aparo’s artwork is sharp and well-done.

A good Christmas issue!


Even better, I had a letter in this one!

Until I looked at the text up above that mentioned tobacco smuggling, I kept starting at “buttlegger” and trying to figure out what it could possibly mean and why it could be printed in a CCA-approved book.

I want to hear Kevin Conroy say “buttlegging”.

I chortled at “buttlegging,” too.

Actually, even more amusing, or disturbing, is phrase buttlegging ring; and even worse is the mayor saying : “…you cracked the buttlegging ring…” I don’t even want to think about what that can mean.
By the way, I’m loving this art – Staton (the best Plastic Man artist after Jack Cole) being inked by Aparo (the best Batman artist). Sweet!

Butt-ugly Batmobile, however

You might think that “buttlegging” sounds silly, but consider that’s the very kind of operation the Axel Foley was running as an unauthorized “sting” in Beverly Hills Cop (resulting in the chase scene to “Neutron Dance”, where he’s hanging on for dear life to the back of the truck)

It still goes on today – counterfeit name brands, real name brands of lower quality for foreign markets being smuggled back into the US, and even groups buying in one state with a low tax and smuggling to a state with a very high tax, and pocketing the difference (which is why the companies have imposed 3-10 carton limits per customer – some buttjackers were going into places, and preordering and buying 1000s of cartons at a time).

Y’know, buttlegging does sound silly, but Basara adding in an even better term with “buttjackers”.


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