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Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
This week, we look at Batman and Catwoman in a pitched battle to determine who can make a worse pun!
In Batman #45, written by Bill Woolfolk and drawn by Charles Paris, some fellow has written an acclaimed book about the greatest female villains of literature and real life and a movie studio has decided to adapt it into a big screen epic starring their biggest female star (who would be the real life biggest movie star of 1947? Ingrid Bergman? Betty Grable? Claudette Colbert?) and Catwoman decides to terrorize the filming of the movie because she’s pissed about not being included in the book…
After messing up the filming of the Circe scene, we get a glimpse of Catwoman’s awesome puns…
Here’s a hint, Catwoman, when you have to go to such great lengths to explain the joke, it is likely not worth it.
Anyhow, after also messing up the Wicked Queen (from Snow White), Batman says that he’ll play Samson for the next scene, Samson and Delilah.
Now note that Woolfolk specifically took a moment for the reader to pause over how awesome the upcoming pun will be. And the pun in question?
Yes, she will cut off Batman’s “heir” leaving him helpless! Oh man, that’s bad. Batman is prepared to counter, though!
There’s power in his hair! Awesomely bad! By the way, it’s be hilarious if the pillars weren’t light and Batman just killed all of them.
I love this little send-off Catwoman gives Batman here…
“Yeah, yeah, whatever, Batman, shut the hell up.”
And finally, in a last scene, we learn that Catwoman’s whole petulant scheme had no point to it…
Good job, Catwoman! Or should I say, “Purr-fectly pointless!”
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