Batman Has The Best Toys

In this month’s issue of Legends of the Dark Knight #204, Batman ignores crime and plays with his set of Average Citizens of the DCU action figures from DC Direct. Escaping his high-pressure life-style of drunken billionaire by day and grim avenger of the night by night, Batman relaxes by playing “Waiting For The Bus”, “Watching TV” and “Working In A Warehouse” with his exclusive collectors edition dolls.

No, he’s not recognizing the child in the man. He’s just weird.

On Those Recent Heroic Poses

By now everyone has seen the ASBARTBW #5 cover focusing on Wonder Woman’s hindquarters and the response that reveals way more of Hal Jordan than I ever wanted to think about.

Meh. This is all a day late and a dollar short. Check out this panel from the May 2001 issue of Detective Comics #756 featuring Batman, Superman and Lois Lane.

I hope that dangly thing is Superman’s foot.

If I want to see a large mammal-toe in spandex I’ll just read Alex Ross’ Justice #5.

Comic Book Ad: Easy-Baked Crime Fiction

– From Walt Disney Showcase #18 featuring Gyro Gearloose (Oct 1973).

This disturbing advertisement for the Easy-Bake Oven features a father stalking his own daughter. In it, a Dad watches from the cover of darkness until the opportunity to commit a heinous act of a violation of trust presents itself. Alarmingly, he would have have to hide and watch Suzie cook for 20 minutes or more, since an Eeasy-Bake cake takes forever to cook under that puny light bulb. Not only is the dad shown to be obsessive and weird, he is evil enough to frame another child for his act. When you think about it, in stealing Little Suzie’s metaphorical cake he is also robbing her of her child-like innocence.

The producer of this ad may have been trying to emulate the playful cartoon-noir of a Scooby-Doo mystery but the images of an adult male hiding in a darkened room watching a little girl play homemaker just comes across as creepy.