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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Superman Is an Asshole

NB: If you have a hard time reading these illustrations, please try clicking on them. Thanks!

Has it ever occurred to you that Lois Lane, ace reporter, would have to be a moron to miss the fact that Clark Kent is Superman?


Did you ever detect a homosexual undertone in Archie Comics?


Did it ever seem to you that Superman was a little heavy-handed with his so-called friends?


Did you ever wonder if there was anything going on between Batman and Robin?


How about Batman and the Joker?


In Mythology, Alex Ross plays with the notion of superheroes and gods. He uses his art to explore how the golden age comic book heroes constitute America's Mount Olympus, expressing both our ideals and our weaknesses. The flip side of this equation is Superdickery , a website that uses hundreds of golden age comic book images to show how our nasty little subconscious leaks out, often in the pages of comic books. If you get a chance, wander through this website. You should especially check out the subliminal homosexuality in "Seduction of the Innocent." For me, it was fun to discover that my golden heroes sometimes had secrets hidden inside those faaaabulous costumes.

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13 Comments:

  • I have been wanting to write a post about Superman being an a$$hole since I saw the last movie.

    Maybe I will. I will, of course give you credit for the idea.

    By Blogger mist1, At November 30, 2006 at 11:28 PM  

  • Now you're just blatantly encouraging me; 'Lube it up, Svetlana!'

    Find me supervillian.

    Puss

    By Blogger Glamourpuss, At December 1, 2006 at 7:59 AM  

  • All I know is Sunday mornings with the super hero's hall of fame cartoon taught me that gay super hero's are just like straight super heros and they can kick butt together! I think that was subliminal tolerance training. Now we have sponge bob. Yeah! One less thing I need to teach my kids!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 1, 2006 at 8:21 AM  

  • Oh I've always wondered about Batman and Robin...
    (thanks again for another site to visit for sick day time)..lol
    Peace

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 1, 2006 at 9:11 AM  

  • well, those are some tight costumes...can't show off the lures in baggy sweats now can you?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 1, 2006 at 11:24 AM  

  • Interesting. I myself look for sexual undertones in countries.

    Mexico, naturally, is very macho and Canada, of course, is incredibly gay. No amount of hockey will ever change my mind about that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 1, 2006 at 3:19 PM  

  • Hello, Get me Spandex, molded please!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 1, 2006 at 4:12 PM  

  • oh shit...the archie one made wine come out my nose. you are such the bastard. ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 1, 2006 at 6:35 PM  

  • Mist-
    I can't wait to see where you go with it!


    Puss-
    I imagine someone like The Right Honorable Uberfeminist MP, or Clubownerman. Of course, there's always Orgazmo for some good villains.


    Olives-
    Have you ever seen TV Funhouse? I love the Ambiguous Gay duo.


    Odat-
    Unfortunately, I'm usually healthy, so I rarely have time to catch up on the sites.


    Claudia-
    "Lures," eh? I like that.


    Matt-
    Belgium? Definitely Gay. Russia? Definitely Straight.

    This would make a really good post.


    CEO-
    Did you see The Incredibles? Their take on superhero costumes kicks ass.


    Lee-
    Oh, honey, that was only the tip of the...iceberg. Prepare to commence serious snarfing.

    By Blogger Crankster, At December 2, 2006 at 12:46 AM  

  • Regarding Batman and Robin, their sexual orientation is not so much the question as the orientation of their sex. For obvious reasons, I had assumed that Batman would be the “pitcher” and Robin the “catcher.” Among other things that I have recently been informed of, the large hairy dudes are just as likely to take a subordinate role in the…um…union. Sure, it all sounds logical after somebody explains it to you.

    By Blogger slaghammer, At December 2, 2006 at 1:57 AM  

  • I have wondered FOREVER why Lois can't figure out that Clark is Superman. Is she blind or what?

    I used to draw a comic strip called Assman. It was, of course, a spoof on superheroes. But then I realized that superheroes are, themselves, spoofs. (Spooves?)

    Well, anyway. Everybody has a dark side. It was once widely rumored that Mr. Rogers was a heroin addict. In his case, I guess it would be a DORK side.

    Say goodnight, Gracie.

    By Blogger heartinsanfrancisco, At December 2, 2006 at 11:15 PM  

  • Slaghammer-
    Haven't been there myself, so to speak, but I have to wonder what items in the bat utility belt might serve multiple purposes in this arena.

    Hearts-
    Mr. Rogers' dark side would be sooo perfect. I once heard that he was a spouse abuser. I don't think it was true, but it's hard to get away from the delicious irony of Fred Rogers, Martha Stewart, or another walking valium dispenser having a secret, terrifying life.

    By Blogger Crankster, At December 3, 2006 at 8:19 PM  

  • Wouldn't they have made a great couple? Martha would have been the guy, of course.

    By Blogger heartinsanfrancisco, At December 4, 2006 at 1:34 AM  

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