May 28, 2020
Action Comics #176 “Muscles for Money!” (part 1 of 2)
Man, these Silver Age comics are a comedy goldmine. The slipshod writing, the insanely convoluted plots, the way they inadvertently make the heroes seem like total assholes, the Silver Age really had it all. It’s my understanding that among comics bloggers, Silver Age stuff is regarded as low hanging fruit, as in, easy targets for lazy bloggers. Thankfully, I have no qualms about taking on easy targets. Also, I have no qualms about being lazy.
Originally, I assumed the “Superman is a dick” internet meme was inspired mostly by the two famous Superman spin-off titles of the period, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen and Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane. As it turns out, Superman was often just as much of a dick in his own titles, including that obscure series where he got his start, Action Comics.