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Every week, I’ll examine the five goofiest moments from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book series. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.
This week, we look at Adventure Comics #381-385, the first five issues to star Supergirl. They were written by Cary Bates (#381-382 and the lead story from #384), Robert Kanigher (#385, lead story in #383 and back-up story in #384) and E. Nelson Bridwell (the back-up in #383) and drawn by Win Mortimer (pencils for #381, the lead stories #383-384 and the back-up in #385), Kurt Schaffenberger (pencils and inks for #382, the back-up stories in #383-384 and the lead story in #385), Jack Abel (inks on #381 and the lead story in #384 and the back-up story in #385) and Murphy Anderson (inks on the lead story in #383).
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!).
NOTE: The lead story from Adventure Comics #384 was already featured in this week’s I Love Ya But You’re Strange (you can read it here), so it won’t be listed here.
I get the concept of how Superman and Supergirl can shout really loud, but when they do so, it is typically to break things (like Superman once broke diamond with his super shout), so I don’t know what she was thinking when she tried her super shout on a train!
Just so you know, the fact that the bad guys have a nuclear reactor is only a part of the story to explain why the school is lined with lead. That’s the only reason that this is part of the plot. Awesome.
Hiding robots in trees has long been a Super-staple, but it is still pretty funny to think of Supergirl stashing robots all over campus. Especially since it seems pretty simple to find them…
Too much information, Supergirl! Too much information!!!
I like the idea of Supergirl trying to help out everyone, but seriously, maybe the astronauts are a more pressing plight than a speck in the eye of a little girl…
This is a nice mixture between…
A. A villain spending a lot of money and technology to make a small gain
B. A villain overexplaining herself
C. A bizarre way of Supergirl figuring out her plot
I am cool with Supergirl using her super speed to go through Batman’s card files…
but that’s a weird usage of her vision powers (I especially like how she didn’t remember to read the whole card the first time)…
Supergirl is caught in an explosion and she thinks she might be dead, but then she comes across all sort of weird situations. I love how it is all explained in the end…
Uhhhh….okay, sure, that makes perfect sense, Supergirl.
5. It’s like rain on your wedding day…
First off, how messed up is it of Superman to rub this in Lois’ face?
Supergirl finds her own super guy…
His powers come from a serum, so some bad guys try to capture Supergirl to force him to give up the serum…
I love that he won’t even let her logical explanation move him at all.
4. Some trust, huh?
One of the funniest things about the Silver Age was how quick every superhero was to believe that their fellow superheroes would betray them for little to no reason. Some mysterious being shows up to tell Supergirl not to be Supergirl anymore, and she automatically thinks it is Superman!
Have a little faith, Supergirl!
Lordy, super intuition? For serious?
2. Super-mentally imbalanced
I love how much this seems like they just pulled the plot device of the story out of thin air…
Someone at the camp keeps hinting that they know Supergirl’s identity, until finally…
So who could it be? Why, it is Supergirl herself! Didn’t you notice the red kryptonite that wasn’t even vaguely there before?
1. Yeah, this makes perfect sense
So like I mentioned before, some mysterious being was trying to get Supergirl to quit being a hero. She thinks it might be Mr. Mxyzptlk….
Instead…well, just check it out…
Goofy as heck, but still awesome!
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