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Comic Legends: Was Lex Luthor in Man of Steel Based on Donald Trump?

Comic Legends: Was Lex Luthor in Man of Steel Based on Donald Trump?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and sixty-fifth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

Click here for Part 1 of this week’s legends. Click here for Part 2 of this week’s legends.


Lex Luthor was based on Donald Trump in Man of Steel.



Reader cdull wrote in to ask:

Here’s one I’ve heard for years but never anything to back up. John Byrne based his Lex Luthor on Donald Trump.

The Man of Steel version of Lex Luthor debuted in the fourth issue…

Luthor was a very rich, well known businessman in Metropolis who had a big ego and liked to put his name on everything…

At the end of the issue, after Superman arrests Luthor for the first time, Luthor vows vengeance…

Anyhow, WAS he based on Donald Trump?

As John Byrne noted to Daily Beast, “Of course, Donald Trump was our model.”

The basic concept for Luthor being a really rich guy instead of an evil scientist came from Marv Wolfman, who had used a similar approach to a revamp of Vandal Savage in the early 1980s. However, Wolfman’s basic concept was developed by Byrne, who wrote the eventual debut of Luthor.

Of course, Trump wasn’t the ONLY model for Luthor, as Byrne once noted, “I built the character as a cross between Donald Trump, Ted Turner, Howard Hughes and maybe Satan himself! ”

Interestingly, perhaps the MOST on point Trump reference was after Byrne was already off of the titles, when the Biography of Luthor came out and it was plainly based on the book design of Trump’s famous The Art of the Deal…

So, while it is a bit more of a straightforward answer than most Comic Book Legends, the answer is, “yep.”

Thanks for the question, cdull!

Check out my latest TV Legends Revealed – How did James Bond lead to the creation of Darkwing Duck?

OK, that’s it for this week!

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Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is And my Twitter feed is, so you can ask me legends there, as well!

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Comic Legends: Was Lara Going to Make it to Earth in Man of Steel?

Comic Legends: Was Lara Going to Make it to Earth in Man of Steel?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and sixty-fifth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

Click here for Part 1 of this week’s legends.


Superman’s mom was originally going to make it to Earth in Man of Steel.



Yesterday, I wrote about how Brian Michael Bendis’ plans for Superman were evocative of John Byrne’s famous Man of Steel reboot from 1986.

So I figured, hey, let’s talk a little more about Byrne’s Man of Steel reboot!

As you may or may not know, one of the big changes to Superman’s mythology in Man of Steel was that not only was Superman the SOLE survivor of Krypton (as pretty much everyone at DC, including Byrne, hated how many people seemed to have somehow survived the explosion of the planet. Byrne once joked that it seemed like the Science Council were the only people to actually die) but they wanted to no longer glorify Krypton. Instead, it was a sterile, almost love-less place. However, Jor-El and Lara shared something unusual on the planet – they actually loved each other!

Here they are in the last moments of Krypton…

Damn, that’s an awesome last page by Byrne, isn’t it?

What’s particularly interesting about the Byrne reboot is just how closely it followed the original Superman story. The only major change from Superman’s original origin was that Ma and Pa Kent didn’t die when Clark Kent became Superman (even that wasn’t mentioned either way in Action Comics #1, but when the origin was expanded in Superman #1, their graves were shown. Do note that the original origin never mentioned Superboy). Otherwise, the Byrne origin was pretty darn close to the basic idea of the original Superman origin (albeit with a distinct version of Krypton).

However, initially, Byrne wanted to do something a LOT different. Byrne wanted a pregnant Lara to land on Earth and give birth on Earth. Byrne’s logic (besides the cool idea of Superman being born ON Earth – something that they ended up sort of doing anyways ,as the genetic matrix technically “birthed” Superman when he landed) was that a piece of Krypton would land on Earth and it would become kryptonite and we would see how deadly kryptonite was by seeing it kill Lara.

The idea, though, clever, was seen as just too different from the original origin, so it was scrapped and Byrne had to come up with another way to show the deadly effects of kryptonite (he made it a major piece of his first issue of the Superman ongoing series)…

It was a clever idea, though!

Thanks to John Byrne and Peter Sanderson for the information (from Sanderson’s classic article on the reboot from Amazing Heroes #96).

Check out my latest TV Legends Revealed – How did James Bond lead to the creation of Darkwing Duck?

Part 3 will be up soon! Feel free to write in with suggestions for future legends to either or!

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Comic Legends: Did George R.R. Martin Nearly Write Dr. Strange for Marvel?

Comic Legends: Did George R.R. Martin Nearly Write Dr. Strange for Marvel?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and sixty-fifth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

As always, there will be three different posts for each legend this week!


George R.R. Martin almost wrote Doctor Strange for Marvel but they wouldn’t agree to his contract demands.


Basically False

Reader Will C. wrote in to ask if it was true that the acclaimed writer of the A Song of Fire and Ice novels (the basis for Game of Thrones on HBO), George R.R. Martin, was going to write a Doctor Strange series for Marvel but they wouldn’t agree to his contract demands.

It’s a fascinating question and it’s also an interesting example of what we call the “telephone” game. What’s most interesting about me is that I’ve been doing this column long enough that there have been plenty of instances where I’ve personally seen stories translated over the years from their original source.

In this instance, the story is basically false, but I know precisely where it originated and how easily it was transformed into its current form, which is that George R.R. Martin nearly wrote Doctor Strange for Marvel but the deal fell apart over the contract details.

You see, a little over five years ago, Martin was interviewed by MTV about his famed love of comic books (Martin is such a long time comic book fan that he literally was the FIRST person to sign up for the FIRST comic book convention, as I detailed in a Comic Book Legends Revealed years ago). He was asked if he was interested in ever writing comic books for Marvel. He answered and the answer was picked up by multiple outlets (including CBR).

Here is what he had to say. He said that he would love to write Doctor Strange, as he was always one of his favorites. Then he added, “However, before I would ever do that, I would have to have my lawyers in to meet with Marvel’s lawyers, and work out an absolutely iron-clad contract that would say that whatever I did with the story would continue to be canon forever.”

In other words. Martin was speaking strictly HYPOTHETICALLY. He had never approached Marvel and, naturally, he knew that those were terms that they would never be able to agree to, so it was a non-starter. This was just a guy being asked a fun question and he gave an honest answer and, in the years since, the story has been transformed to the point where it’s all about “What almost happened,” when it was never actually going to happen.

Thanks for the suggestion, Will!

Check out some legends from Legends Revealed:

Was the Ghostface Mask From Scream First Discovered in an Abandoned House?

Did How I Met Your Mother Work an Insult of the Show by Star Jason Segel Into an Episode of the Series?

Did Barack Obama Personally Squelch a Saturday Night Live Sketch?

Was the Dixie Cups’ Hit Song “Iko Iko” Recorded Without Their Knowledge?

Check back Saturday for part 2 of this week’s legends!

And remember, if you have a legend that you’re curious about, drop me a line at either or!

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Line it is Drawn: What if Superheroes Did Super Bowl Ads?

Line it is Drawn: What if Superheroes Did Super Bowl Ads?

Welcome to Line it is Drawn, our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from your suggestions!

So every week, I post a topic here. You reply to it on the CSBG Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply), our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week.

To qualify, you have to be following @csbg when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 11:59 Pacific Friday).

The topic for the next Line is…

In anticipation of his upcoming movie, team-up or mash-up Black Panther with other comic book characters!

Read on for the drawings that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

With the Super Bowl happening next week, let’s see some SUPERhero SUPER Bowl Ads! Tell us a superhero and a product and our artists will come up with an ad for that product starring that superhero


I’ll put them in aphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion.

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners.

BigMike20X6 suggested

Obnoxio the Clown selling burgers

The art for this one is by Matt Sandbrook. His website is here.

BigMike20X6 suggested

Wonder Woman for

This drawing is by Jean Sinclair. His website is here.

CyberVenom2001 suggested

I’d love to see the Budweiser frogs being drank under the table by Throg, the Frog of Thunder!

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here

dansjostrom suggested

The Vision doing an ad for Specsavers, though he’s not sure why, since androids don’t need glasses.

The art for this one is by Paul Shinn. His website is here.

JohnnyUnusual and originaldayfan suggested

Deadman selling life insurance.

This drawing is by Chris Simmonds. His website is here.

leokearon suggested

Superman and the Daily Planet

The art for this one is by a returning Simon Cote! It’s been a while!

MikeLipari69 suggested

Power Girl for Victoria’s Secret

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

TheKotsabulous suggested

Peter Parker and Cannon cameras

This drawing is by Carina Guevara. Her website is here.

JeffKeely suggested

Dr. Harleen Quinzel and Xanax

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

werehawk1 suggested

Shining Knight for Bud Light, “Dilly! Dilly!”

Brendan Tobin drew this one. Here is his website.

I think a number of these would make one of those annual “Best Super Bowl Ads” TV countdown shows!

Okay, people, go tweet us suggestions for next week!

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Is ‘Weather Witch’ Just a Normal Insult in the Marvel Universe?

Is ‘Weather Witch’ Just a Normal Insult in the Marvel Universe?

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics).

This is a special SUB-set, which is “Claremontisms,” which are honoring one of the bits that Chris Claremont frequently features in his work (especially his X-Men work).

Today, we look at how people would often refer to Storm as a “weather witch.”

The first time that Storm was called “witch” PERIOD was in X-Men #100, when the All-New, All-Different X-Men were forced to seemingly fight against the original X-Men (the original X-Men turned out to be robots as, well, come on, this is comic books, it always either robots or mind control…I guess occasionally doppelgangers, too). “Marvel Girl” calls her a witch..

That was the go-to insult for Storm for the next few years. Otherwise, her most common nickname that other people gave her was “Wind-Rider,” but, well, that’s obviously not insulting, so it was not used as much. “Damn you, wind-rider!” “Oh man, did you hear him use the W word? Daaaaamn!”

The first time that “Weather-Witch” was used was precisely 50 issues after “Witch” was first used, as Magneto shouts it at Storm after she attacks him on his mutant base after he declared war on the rest of the world (Magneto sinking the Russian submarine in this issue, killing 150 seamen, would haunt Claremont for a long time as he tried to absolve Magneto of their deaths as best that he could)…

Meanwhile, in the famous “X-Men in Tokyo” story arc, we see Silver Samurai refer to Storm as a “Wind-Witch” in Uncanny X-Men #172. Wind-Witch is basically just a variation on Weather-Witch, but it is important to note that it was used more than a few times also over the years. The Reavers, in particular, seemed to be fond of calling Storm a “Wind-Witch.”

Just a few issues later, in Uncanny X-Men #178, Storm and the X-Men take on the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants while Mystique is sneaking into the X-Mansion to kill Professor X to get Rogue back (Mystique sort of figured that Xavier must have stolen Rogue from her). During their fight, Pyro even refers to Storm as a weather-witch in his THOUGHTS, which means it REALLY has taken off as a name for her, as people are even THINKING of her that way…

Uncanny X-Men #280 is the end of the Muir Isle Saga. Bizarrely enough, Chris Claremont did not even finish out his final story arc on Uncanny X-Men, with Fabian Nicieza coming in to work off of Claremont’s plot and, I really don’t know about this final issue – Claremont isn’t even credited for the plot for this issue, but you’d have to imagine that Nicieza was working off at least a ROUGH plot from Claremont as to how he wanted to end the storyline, right?

Anyhow, the X-Men take on a Shadow King-possessed Legion and he is none too pleased with Storm’s attack on his possessed body…

More “Weather Witch” goodness to come!

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The Justice League Resolve a Plot That They Wouldn’t be Able to Today

The Justice League Resolve a Plot That They Wouldn’t be Able to Today

Wrap it Up is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.

Today, we look at how an issue of Justice League wrapped up plots from a series that they never would be able to wrap up today!

In 1992, DC released a new series based on Pete Morisi’s Charlton superhero, Thunderbolt. Written and penciled by Mike Collins (with inks by Jose Marzan Jr.), the series was called Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt.

The conceit of the series was simple. Peter Cannon had grown up in a monastery where the order had a special leader called the Thunderbolt (this is all basically the same concepts that Iron Fist was riffing on). In the first issue, we see that the original Thunderbolt had died…

The series is based around the idea that Peter Cannon had become the new Thunderbolt, but then five years earlier, he had decided that he was no longer cut out to be, in effect, a superhero (since supervillains were getting more and more powerful). However, he was pulled out of retirement and ended up fighting against an evil crime syndicate known as Scorpio.

However, when he was named the new Thunderbolt, one of his friends kin the monastery, Andreas Havoc (shown here in issue #2), believed that HE should have been chosen…

We meet Havoc in the present in issue #4, and he’s still pissed off about how he had the honor “stolen” from him…

When he finds out that Peter is back in business as the Thunderbolt, he loses it…

He then steals a bunch of ancient scrolls in #11…

However, in #12, it turns out that the previous Thunderbolt was still alive!!! And working against the order!

Havoc is distraught. He thought that he had been robbed of an honor, but as it turned out, the honor never should have been transferred to anyone else in the first place, since the previous Thunderbolt was still alive!

He didn’t live much longer, though, as he broke free of his brainwashing to sacrifice himself…

Peter then found out that his girlfriend was actually one of the HEADS of Scorpio! He left her and basically just abandoned everything to just go off and live his life, unencumbered by all of the expectations that he had placed upon himself for being “the Thunderbolt.”

So that was 1993. Mike Collins went right from that series to doing a number of fill-in issues on the various Justice League books, so he was well immersed in the world of the Justice League. In fact, Justice League Quarterly #8 was actually used to introduce DC readers to Thunderbolt, as he saved Flash and Power Girl in a back-up in that issue…

So it would only be natural if that same series would be used to resolve a hanging plot thread from Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. However, it was also used to do a clever “reunion” of a certain group of heroes (read on to also find out why this couldn’t have happened today)..

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When Did ‘Pym Particles’ Gain Their Name?

When Did ‘Pym Particles’ Gain Their Name?

In “When We First Met”, we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, “Avengers Assemble!” or the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that.

Reader Tommy R. wrote in to ask, “When were Pym Particles first described as being key to these shrinking/growing abilities? In Hank Pym’s first appearance, it’s a “potion” or a “serum” that enables him to change size, but at some point it became “Pym Particles” that were behind the technology. When the concept of “Pym Particles” first show up?”

Excellent question, Tommy. It’s something that I was shocked over the fact that I truly had no idea. I had a rough estimate in my head that it had to be around the late 1970s/early 1980s, but I was really not sure. Heck, even now, I’m not POSITIVE that the answer that I’m giving today is correct. I’m sure enough that I’m, you know, giving it, but if you told me that you found a different reference that predated what I’m going to show you, I wouldn’t be shocked (although I would be surprised as, again, I’m pretty sure that this is correct).

As you may or may not know, Hank Pym actually debuted as a NON-superhero character. He first showed up in Tales to Astonish #27 as a traditional scientist character who got caught up in a fantastic science fiction premise. In this instance, it was that he invented a shrinking serum (and its responsive growth serum)…

Naturally, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (the creative team for the first story) realized that, hey, shrinking powers worked out okay for that Ray Palmer guy (who debuted just a couple of months before Hank Pym did) over at DC Comics, so they decided to make Hank Pym a superhero. He returned to Tales to Astonish in issue #35 as the amazing Ant-Man.

Again, he used the two serums to shrink and return to his normal size…

Naturally, that caused a bit of a problem because, come on, he’s going to dip serum on himself every time he needs to turn into Ant-Man or back to his normal self?

So in the next issue, they turned the serum into a releasable gas form…

Soon after, it obviously occurred to Stan and Jack that, hey, we’ve already established that Hank has a growth serum, why only use it to bring himself back to normal size after he shrinks down? Why not have him use it at normal size to become a, dare I say it?, Giant-Man!

That was pretty much it for the next few decades. It was either a serum or a gas, but that’s all it ever was. Like when Hawkeye took over as Goliath briefly (in one of the most awkward series of panels imaginable, as it’s all “It’s too bad Hank didn’t want to become Goliath again, and I just made this brand-new costume.” “Yep, well, I guess I’ll put the costume and this serum in the closet over here.”) it is still just a serum.

Later, when Scott Lang became Ant-Man, it was just a gas. Nothing about particles…

So when did the change happen? Read on to find out!

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The Short-Lived Origin of Aquaman’s Costume (and the Name ‘Aquaman’)

The Short-Lived Origin of Aquaman’s Costume (and the Name ‘Aquaman’)

In every installment of “If I Pass This Way Again,” we look at odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced. Today, we look at the short-lived origin of Aquaman’s costume and the name “Aquaman!”

The late 1980s were a strange time at DC Comics. Following Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC completely rebooted Wonder Woman and made a fairly dramatic reboot to Superman (although since Superman’s reboot took place in the past, at least his current comics weren’t drastically changed from his previous series, just with Ma and Pa Kent now being alive). They also did a slight reboot to Batman. Also, of course, with no more Earth-2, they also had to make dramatic changes to the histories of the Justice Society of America and Earth-2 heroes Power Girl and Huntress (I still don’t think that they ever quite settled in on an origin for Power Girl). However, as dramatic as some of these changes were, by 1987 or so, it seemed like the DC Universe was at last settled. Unless you were directly affected by a major change (like if you were a Justice Society of America character or if you were tied into Wonder Woman’s history, like how the Justice League of America now had to have had Black Canary as a founding member instead of Wonder Woman), your history remained pretty much the same as it had existed before Crisis.

The problem was that these rebooted characters did REALLY well. Therefore, DC writers kept at it, with Hawkman getting a reboot in Hawkworld that caused problems because it erased Hawkman’s entire history, which had stayed the same up until Hawkworld’s debut. Similarly, in 1989’s Legend of Aquaman (also know as simply Aquaman Special #1), Keith Giffen dramatically re-invented Aquaman’s back story while keeping the gist of his current set-up the same.

The story was plotted (with breakdowns, as well) by Giffen, with a script by Robert Loren Fleming, pencils by Curt Swan and inks by Eric Shanower.

The comic opens with infant Aquaman being abandoned on a shallow reef, left for dead. However, he manages to survive due to his superpowers, which were present even at a young age. He commands the sharks to leave him alone. He then grows up living off of the ocean, swimming around without any clothes on. He eventually befriends a lighthouse keeper, who essentially adopts him and ultimately gives him his name, Arthur Curry. The lighthouse keeper is eventually killed by Atlantean thugs.

So Arthur goes off on his own and eventually comes across the kingdom of Atlantis, where he is arrested and thrown into prison. The prison uniform? Yep, you guesses it!

He then goes off to become a superhero and joins the Justice League. He returns and discovers that his mother was queen and he then becomes the new king and everything else happens as it did Pre-Crisis.

So the costume was a prison uniform and the name “Aquaman” originated as a taunt that he decided to own.

Both of those revelations were effectively ignored following Giffen and Fleming’s follow-up miniseries from 1989.

They’re inventive enough explanations, really, but I guess the “prion uniform” idea just never caught on.

Okay, that’s it for this installment! If someone else has a suggestion for an interesting plot point that was introduced and then almost instantaneously ignored, drop me a line at!

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When Animal Man Talked Trash About Spider-Man

When Animal Man Talked Trash About Spider-Man

In Meta-Messages, I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” This time around, we take a look at Animal Man trash talking Spider-Man!

Buddy Baker, Animal Man, has had one of the odder journeys into becoming a relatively recognizable superhero. Like Hank Pym, Buddy originated in the pages of a comic book where his powers weren’t part of being a superhero, but just as a dude who gained animal powers. Then, just like Hank Pym, he was re-introduced with the same abilities that he had before, only now as a superhero.

Here, in his first appearance as a superhero in Strange Adventures #190 (by Dave Wood, Carmine Infantino and George Roussos), we see Buddy explain how his powers work…

Animal Man began appearing sporadically in Strange Adventures over the next year, showing up every five issues or so until that series became solely a Deadman feature book.

Then Buddy vanished for the next decade or so until he popped up in a Wonder Woman arc and then Marv Wolfman put him into the meta-fictional superhero team known as the Forgotten Heroes. Buddy then went right back into limbo until Grant Morrison revolutionized the character with a new series in 1988 that was so good that DC just turned what would have been a miniseries into an ongoing series before it even came out.

Okay, so that’s Animal Man. You might be familiar with the other superhero we’re discussing today. He is not just a man, but he isn’t really a spider, either. He’s sort of like a spider-man.

In Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, Steve Ditko and Stan Lee showed us how Spider-Man’s powers work…

I sort of like to imagine that scene with Spider-Man lifting weights as the Hulk, Thor and the Thing watch as having actually occurred in continuity. “Whoa, hey, fellas, check out what this guy’s up to!” “I know, right? I was out rampaging but I was stopped in my tracks when I saw this dude lifting!”

Okay, so we’ve established that Spider-Man has the powers of a spider and Animal Man has the powers of ANY animals, INCLUDING a spider. So let’s then see how that was addressed in an issue of Animal Man…

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10 Goofiest Moments from the First 10 Batman Detective Comics Stories

10 Goofiest Moments from the First 10 Batman Detective Comics Stories

I believe that this is the first new “Goofiest Moments” entries in…oh…about six years. Fun!

Anyhow, in this feature, I examine the goofiest moments from a specific stretch of a particular comic book series.

This week, we look at the next ten issues of the Batman feature in Detective Comics #27-36, written by Bill Finger (#27-28, #35-36) and Gardner Fox (#29-34) and drawn by Bob Kane, with backgrounds by Sheldon Moldoff (#30-35) and Jerry Robinson (#36).

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).


In Detective Comics #35, the bad guy turns out to be in disguise as a Chinese man. It’s super-racist, so I didn’t feel right including it on the list, but at the same time, it was also super goofy, so I figure I had to at least MENTION it…


In Detective Comics #33, Batman defeats a villain who has a Dirigible of Death. Here’s the thing, though, in the opening of the story, the bad guy kills THOUSANDS of people!!!

That’s hilariously messed up. They get that a thousand people dying is a super huge deal, right?

We can’t look at early issue of Detective Comics without noting that, yes, in Batman’s first appearance, he wore purple gloves…

It likely was just a coloring mistake and they intended for him to actually not be wearing any gloves at all and they just colored his hands as if they were gloves, but either way, it looks ridiculous. After going to glove-less for the next issue, he went to the traditional gloves pretty soon afterwards. This would be higher except, like I said, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t intentional.

In Detective Comics #31, Batman stops a young woman from killing a guy and then, hilariously enough, it’s his fiancee!!

Yes, that is how Julie Madison, Bruce Wayne’s fiancee, was introduced into the comics. “Oh, hey, it’s that fiancee that I never mentioned before! Fancy meeting you here!”

Later on in that adventure, Bruce is just talking out loud to himself, you know, just the way that any normal person would…

Couldn’t that have just been in a thought balloon? Now we know why he got a sidekick, he just really really needed someone to talk to!

Finally, before we get into the top ten, we look at what happened when Batman arrived at the home of the Mad Monk, the guy who hypnotized Julie. Why, what’s that, an APE?!?

Nobody ever expects to suddenly be attacked by an ape.

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