Fleas are also apparently indestructible

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Sadly, these shorts were sold out by the time I spotted them on DHGate.com* at the bargain prices of $2.68 (with free shipping!):


*DHGate, for those of you who don't live on the Internet, is an online marketplace like Amazon.com for Chinese manufacturers seeking to unload surplus goods to resellers. This is where sweatshops sell their knockoff shoes after they've fulfilled their orders for Ivanka Trump. For example, compare these shorts with the $14.99 pair you'll find from SuperHeroStuff on Amazon.com.

And while I do want to wear Superman's shorts, I post this pic mainly because of the delightful Engrish catalog text.

Give you the most suitable underwear, wear make you confidence. I
of you in the other half of the face, not inferior, to give you strength to master everything.

It takes a Superman to understand what that is trying to say.

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May movies, part 3 of 3.

97. (1326.) The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
The first filmed Perry Mason mystery! It's a bit dry, and Perry is quite unlike what those of us used to Raymond Burr would expect (any lawyer who behaved this way on a regular basis would soon be answering to the bar). That said, the mystery was good and the twist ending was a nice touch.

98. (1327.) Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939)
This was the third Nancy Drew movie ever made, and the third of four to feature Bonita Granville in the title role. (I've reviewed the others here and here.) I'd say this was my third favorite.

99. (1328.) Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
There's a lot I didn't like about this adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic: too much CGI, too many Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes-style action scenes. However, Kenneth Branaugh's Poirot is delightful, and the film, as a whole, is so very much better than the dull 1970s movie adaptation that no one ever needs to watch that one ever again.

100. (1329.) Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Robert Shaw is the prototypical Nazi tank commander in this vast oversimplification of one of the most well-known battles of World War II. I find little to recommend here.

101. (1330.) How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)
This is a light comedy about a delusional, selfish man learning to be part of a family. It's cute. Not a terrible way to pass a couple of hours.

More to come.

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Spotted on Twitter:

Drunk History

This panel is about as accurate as anything else you might expect to find on the Internet, by which I mean it's not true. Nothing like this happened in a Superman comic. Not exactly like this, anyway. To see who Superman was really talking to, see "The Superman Super-Spectacular!" in Action Comics #309, 1964.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Comics is planning to restore their lapsed Vertigo imprint. Vertigo was prominent in the late 1990s as home to creator-owned, outside-the-mainstream, usually non-superhero storytelling. My personal favorite previous Vertigo title was Garth Ennis' Preacher, in which Jesse Custer hunts down God to make the creator atone for the suffering he has brought to humanity.

I'm particularly pleased by this announcement mainly for one reason: Mark Russell. Russell is the writer whose sharply satirical take on the most hypocritical and destructive tendencies of modern American life have made placed recent DC series Prez, The Flintstones, and The Snagglepuss Chronicles on my must-read list.

Next year, Russell looks to be starting a new Vertigo comic, Second Coming. Per the advanced solicitation description:

God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right.

Great Caesar's Ghost! What morally perfect, solar-powered, faster-than-a-speeding-bullet, stronger-than-a-locomotive superhero could be the inspiration for Sun-Man? (Hint: it's not Batman.)

Yes. I will definitely be reading this.

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Flea collars and flea powders and flea shampoos ... are the fleas getting a cut of all this?

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To be continued...