Intellectual Discussions

2014/07/31

The great thing about being as smart as Dilton Doiley is that it allows you to devote your time and intellect to answering the really important questions.

I'm tempted to ask if they think that Jason Voorhees could take both Michael and Freddy on.

I’m tempted to ask who would win a Mexican standoff between Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees.

Today’s nerd debate topic has been brought to you by Afterlife With Archie #1 (September 2013) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla.

Cheap Shots and Potshots – Part 1

2014/07/27

In JLA #1 (January 1997) by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, and John Dell, three of the supervillains executed by the Hyperclan

Well, that's one way for the Dynamic Competition to fight back. :P

Well, that’s one way for the Dynamic Competition to fight back. :P

…bear suspicious resemblances to Bishop, Wolverine, and Doctor Doom.
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The Teague School of Real Estate

2014/07/23

I’ve heard of inclusionary zoning, but this is ridiculous.

Man, Long Island has some weird zoning laws.

Man, Long Island has some weird zoning laws.

This glimpse into the property laws of the rich and famous has been brought to you by The Phantom Stranger #2 (October-November 1952) by John Broome, Jack Miller, Morris Waldinger, John Giunta, Carmine Infantino, Sy Barry, Joe Giella, and Bernard Sachs.

Deadliest Catch, DC Universe Style

2014/07/19

I’m not sure how much fishermen in the DC Universe make, but I can tell you that, whatever their salary is, it isn’t nearly high enough.

Seriously? Shooting at it with guns works?

Seriously? Shooting at it with guns is a viable deterrent?

This example of an unusual workplace hazard comes to you courtesy of The Brave and the Bold #114 (August-September 1974) by Bob Haney, Jim Aparo, Nick Cardy, Jim Mooney, and George Roussos.

I Love You, Uncle Batman

2014/07/15

Enoch Birnam is living the dream of every ten-year old boy out there.

I would've loved to see how this kid's baptism went down.

I would’ve loved to see how this kid’s baptism (bat-tism?) went down.

This family affair has been brought to you by The Brave and the Bold #98 (October-November 1971) by John Broome, Bob Haney, France Herron, Jim Aparo, Bob Brown, Carmine Infantino and Sy Barry.

Crowning Moments of Awesome – Part 4: Cobra Commander

2014/07/11

To all the writers of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero who thought that writing Cobra Commander like Yosemite Sam was preferable to writing him like Adolf Hitler…this one’s for you.

Shit just got real, people.

Damn. Things just got real, people.

The new and improved Cobra Commander has been brought to you by G.I. Joe: Resolute – Episode 4 (April 20, 2009).

Strange Moments in Cartoons – Part 16

2014/07/07

The sad thing about going back and watching cartoons you enjoyed as a kid is that they’re never quite the way you remember them.

Uh...is moose and squirrel?

Uh…is moose and squirrel?

This twisted bit of nostalgia comes to you courtesy of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures – Episode 17: “Snow White & the Motor City Dwarfs”/”Don’t Touch that Dial” (October 8, 1988).

Supereconomics – Part 1

2014/07/03

Contrary to popular belief, comic book characters back in the Silver Age weren’t complete morons.

That's not to say some costumed adventurers weren't a bit naive, though.

That’s not to say some costumed adventurers weren’t a bit naive, though.

This harsh life lesson has been brought to you by The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Nitpicking 101 – Marvin Acme’s Other Woman

2014/06/29

Pop quiz: In the classic movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a photo of the late Marvin Acme taken by Eddie Valiant appeared on the front page of the Los Angeles Chronicle. Which female toon was he pictured with?

I’m guessing most of you said Jessica Rabbit, right?

So, to everyone who answered that, here’s my follow-up question: Are you sure about that?

Because the headline "Man Bites Dog" is so yesterday.

Because the headline “Man Bites Dog” is so yesterday.

Take a closer look.

Man, they were already abusing Photoshop image editing back in 1947.

Man, they were already abusing Photoshop back in 1947.

The female toon with Acme on the newspaper cover bears absolutely no resemblance to Jessica Rabbit. And it’s not just her face, either.

Why does Roger Rabbit look like a toon rabbit version of Scott Disick in that picture?

Why does Roger look like a toon rabbit version of Scott Disick in that picture?

True, both of them sport impressive busts and are wearing shoulderless dresses with evening gloves and stud earrings, but the similarities end there. Faux-Jessica’s dress either has a halter neck or is attached to a choker via a brooch and her gloves are elbow rather than shoulder-length. Perhaps most noticeably, her proportions and facial features are more realistic and human, with the end result being that she looks more like a cartoon version of a sexy woman than a caricature of one.

The real world explanation is, of course, that Jessica Rabbit’s character design apparently underwent a complete overhaul at some point after the live-action sequences were filmed. This does, however, raise the question of why the scenes pictured here weren’t reshot with an updated newspaper prop and a hand double for Bob Hoskins to eliminate the continuity error since they’re all (or at least predominantly) inserts where the actor’s face is never seen.

Strange Moments in Cartoons – Part 15

2014/06/25

When it comes to dating in the 21st century…there are no rules.

Pray tell, what is this strange manner of pants-retaining date-getting that you speak of? :O

Pray tell, what is this strange method of pants-retaining date-getting that you speak of? :O

This glimpse into Tucker Foley‘s dating life has been brought to you by Danny Phantom – Episode 2: Parental Bonding (April 9, 2004).


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