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The Comic Book Fools of April – Guy Gardner on Ice!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at one of my favorite single issue of all-time, Justice League America #45, by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Adam Hughes, Russ Braun and three inkers, John Beatty, Jose Marzan, Jr. and Malcolm Jones III. This comic is so appropriate for this feature that it even has the word fool on the cover!!!

The concept of the issue is that Oberon is considering leaving the Justice League to go be with Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Meanwhile, Ice is trying to get Guy Gardner to take her on a REAL date, as their first date was to a porno theater and their second date was to a cock fight. So she manages to convince him to take her to the Ice Capists.

Unluckily for Guy, Blue Beetle and Killowog find out about their date from Ice’s best friend, Fire, and they have certain plans in place for Guy…

Hilarious stuff, and great art from Russ Braun, who recently made a big return to mainstream comics with some very good work on The Boys, filling in for Darick Robertson (who is a pretty tough act to follow, and yet Braun has filled in admirably).

Guy and Ice return to the embassy and Guy, naturally, is fuming. He tries to calm down, for Ice’s sake, but then he enters his room…

What follows is stand-out work from J.M. DeMatteis, as he handles most of the rest of the humor in the issue off-panel (by the by, Lightray and Orion had recently joined the Justice League to replace Mister Miracle)…

What a fun issue, and a neat way to finish off this month of funny comic books! I hope you all enjoyed it!

15 Comments

I’m pretty sure Guy Gardner’s been on Ice more than once, if you catch my meaning.

Barry and Levon

May 1, 2011 at 12:55 am

Awwwwww yeeaah…..

Pearse Taggart

May 1, 2011 at 3:56 am

On their first date he took her to a porno theatre?
Is Guy Gardener basically what would happen if you gave Travis Bickle a power ring?

Ah. ah. ah. Pearse Taggart, don’t get TP started on that!!!! That’s a runaway train.

BTW, you’re kind of the reverse TP, aren’t you? (PT = TP) ;-)

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 1, 2011 at 5:46 am

Anonymous was me. dunno why I had to re-enter that.

Man, is that Orion in that one panel, or Brock Samson?

Eh… no. There were many JLI stories that I found funny and charming. This one just feels like it’s trying too hard.

Andrew Collins

May 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

It’s funny to me that of all the things that happened in JLI, the Guy/Ice pairing has had one of the more enduring legacies. When Ice was resurrected a few years ago, the first thing fans started asking was “When is she going to see Guy again?”

This was the first Justice League comic I ever read. Probably explains a lot.

loved that issue for the look on guys face over finding the puppet in his bed then making the mistake of ticking off orion is priceless.

Next issue: General Glory!

And the shark, it is jumped.

for record Mutt some of us actully liked the General Glory story line it launched the cereer of Melinda Medley. As for the the posted Jla issue It ranks as one of my favorite book as well but then the first date was funny as well. the first was what happened when a modern tough not tender macho goon took out a sweet pure more innocent then ussal vergin out for his kind of fun . it ended when Guy tried to get Ice to take swing at the already deafted Black Hand who she felt sorry for .

the second was all about what happen to the same macho man who would not be caught dead waching Shirly Temple is now forced to indulge in a night on embarrsing sacrine sweetness just to please the girl only to really end up looking silly . I loved these two stories and thought they were funny . truth is though I hope the writer get around to the Furball cross over were guy was defeated twice by an attack cat once J.L.A. and the second time do to a teleporter J. L.E. in the same month good day

Great, great issue!

The escalation throughout the issue of both the provocation and Guy’s response to it is astonishingly good. It’s as well-managed as the mounting conflict in Laurel and Hardy’s best movie “Big Business”. That’s how good it is! :)

The page before he finds the figure in his bed, there’s a panel where he’s thinking to himself “Kill ‘em all! Kill ‘em all! Kill ‘em all!”, but he somehow reins his fury and just barely talks himself out of seeking revenge.

THEN he sees what’s in his bed…

Priceless!

“Then I’ll die! I’ll die! I’ll die!” LOL!

Ricardo Amaral

May 2, 2011 at 9:16 am

I love the General Glory story. In fact, its ending on JLA Annual was one of the saddest stories I’ve read. JLI, how we miss you.

Yeah, I liked General Glory too. Not as much as some other arcs, but I quite enjoyed it.

As for this ish, I liked it fine, but not as much as Guy and Ice’s first date.

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