This scene from an old comic book romance title is Silver Age gold and stuff like this is the reason I bother getting out of bed in the morning. Let me dissect these panels for those of you who don’t actually read the old comics so many bloggers take the trouble to post. Yes, you.
Take a look at this scene.
It’s like if Animal Planet produced a comic book and it starred frat boys and débutantes instead of Meerkats and Chimpanzees! With a minimum of posturing the Alpha Male stakes a claim on an available female of child-bearing age as his mate and stymies his challenger. Unlike in the animal world, violence is very likely if someone blocks the way to the vagina. Kurt is fortunate he backed down or he could have been seriously injured and therefore easy prey for other predators.
Now let’s break the panels down even further.
Dick Strong: Obviously, his name means Mighty Penis.
Kurt Johnson: The definition of the onomatopoeic name Curt is “rudely brief” and Johnson of course refers to the slang name for penis. Dick’s unsuccessful rival has a name that advertises his virility as sub-standard and alludes to finishing sexual congress prematurely. For some selfish reason, women seem to be concerned about that and find it undesirable in a male partner. Not that we care.
Private Property: That would be the females. Women belong to the Alpha Male, who keeps the girls around only for procreation and sandwich-making.
Don’t ever tell me these comic book creators didn’t know what they were doing.