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The Saturday Comics: Don Rickles and The Rat Pack

1 Jun

June 1, 2013

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Jack “King” Kirby could do no wrong. Many comics fans then and now believe that. After all, his characters are legendary- he co-created half the Marvel Universe, and ask any artists what “Kirby crackles” are. So when this comic came out, any fears or doubts were allayed by the banner atop the cover, blaring “KIRBY SAYS: DON’T ASK! JUST BUY IT!”

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Me? I would have asked quite a few questions. Don Rickles? Really? Well, just a couple of issues previous was one even more… interesting.

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Yes, this issue features Don Rickles and his superhero clone/twin/whatever “Goody.”

And now a few words from The Amazing Spider-Man:

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From the DC Wiki, here are the plots to 139 and 141.

139: Morgan Edge is beset by Goody Rickels, a Don Rickles lookalike, who wants to break out of his research job and is assigned to investigate a UFO landing nearby.  But Clark Kent is abducted by it, and the Guardian, the Newsboy Legion, and Goody are captured by Ugly Mannheim and Inter-Gang, who force them to eat a meal laced with Pyro-Granulate.  Mannheim them lets them all go, informing them that the chemical will cause them all to burn up in 24 hours.

141: Clark Kent is almost taken to Apokolips by the UFO, which is a trap of Darkseid’s, but is rescued by Lightray and sent back to Earth.  Morgan Edge is visited by Don Rickles, but Jimmy Olsen and Goody Rickels appear in his office and are about to combust from the Pyro-Granulate. The Golden Guardian appears, having forced Ugly Mannheim to give him the antidote, and cures Jimmy and Goody, having already cured himself and the Newsboy Legion.  Don Rickles, maddened by the happenings, hitches a ride out of Edge’s office with two members of the police bomb squad.

Interestingly, 139 and 141 are parts one and two of a two-part story. Issue 140 was a totally unrelated giant size reprint issue. Tells me someone missed a deadline.

Don Rickles is not the first comedian to come to mind when I think of comics. Of course, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis had their own title.

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This got me to wondering if the rest of the Rat Pack had their own comics.

Here is, as far as I can tell, Frank Sinatra’s only comic book appearance.

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Sammy Davis Jr. never had a comic book appearance, but we will give him a pass and let him into this group because of this:

Take that, Goody Rickles!

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The Saturday Comics: 5 Comic Covers Featuring Jimmy Olsen And A Gorilla.

27 Oct

October 27, 2012

Halloween this year, annoyingly, falls on a Wednesday. Do you trick or treat on a school night? Do it the Friday after? Or the Friday before? Or both? And even worse, this year my part of the USA is expecting Hurricane Sandy to hit right before Halloween, meaning that it just might get wiped out totally. So judging from the low traffic online, I’m guessing that tonight is party night. So in the spirit of Halloween, here is the ghost of a previous post.

December 22, 2010

We skewered Lois Lane yesterday, so let’s give Jimmy Olsen a shot.

This one is simple. Here are five classic covers featuring Jimmy Olsen and a gorilla, and sometimes as a gorilla.

I have to wonder why Superman would ever leave his own title, given all the strange stuff going on in Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen comics. Where is the dignity?

Did you see that last issue? FREE! ICE CREAM COUPON WORTH TEN CENTS! Not bad for a comic that only costs a dime.

I like gorillas as much as the next guy, as long as Jimmy Olsen isn’t the next guy, but I have to wonder what is going on here? On three of those covers he turns into a gorilla (or jungle man, twice), on one cover he is marrying a gorilla, and on the last he is filming a gorilla. Does he have some secret room where he keeps his gorilla stash? Does he sleep in a furry gorilla suit? Is he filming gorilla porn in that issue? I don’t want to know! And if I were Superman, I’d just leave him alone. If Jimmy wants to switch bodies with a gorilla so much that they’d reprint the same story almost 100 issues apart, I say let him. Superman, you only carry your “pal” so far.

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