Random Panel: When bullet-shaped helmet demos go wrong

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(From "Bulletman" number 5, 1941.)

14 Responses to Random Panel: When bullet-shaped helmet demos go wrong

  1. Shouldn’t Bulletman’s head be poking out the front of the dungeon master at this point?

  2. Assuming it went in on his lower back, yes. But to me it looked like the entry point was a bit lower than that …

  3. Rectum? Damn near killed ’em!

  4. Bulletman–Bringin’ the stupid since 1941! I think we owe the fine folks at Golden Age Comics Database a vote of thanks for bringing this lost classic to our attention. I also think we should change the name of “Daily Random Panel” to “Today on Bulletman.” 🙂

  5. I know, I can’t resist reading more and more! I did download some others from the same company to try and break up the Bullet-opoly, namely WHIZ! comics featuring none other than Captain Marvel.

    But man, it’s hard to beat the sheer density of the silliness in Bulletman. Sometimes I go through three or four of these Golden Age books and don’t get anything, but Bulletman’s a guaranteed five or six panels in each and every issue. It’s gold, Jerry, GOLD!

    On a slightly more serious note, one of the things I like about Bulletman is that it’s one of the few (maybe the only?) comics from that era that has a strong female character sharing the lead, more or less. Strong being relative of course — you don’t see Bulletman getting snuck up on by a tank, after all.

    But you get the idea. Most sidekicks were young boys, with the female leads mostly in the Lois Lane mode. But Bulletgirl has all of Bulletman’s powers and is right there in the thick of most of the adventures.

    Granted, those powers consist entirely of the never-explained “Gravity Helmets”, but still.

  6. Gravity, indeed! I mean, I don’t know how many G’s Bulletman was pulling at contact with his “Enema of the State” maneuver, but YOWZA!

  7. Plus the fact that if not handled correctly, the helmets will pull their Bulletheads off!

  8. Good point Jose, John and I were talking about that the other day. I mean, it’s one thing for The Rocketeer to fly around with a jet pack mounted to his back. Where your torso goes, the rest of your body follows, you know? But to be dragged around by your HEAD … they’d flop around like yo-yos at the end of a string! Definitely not a great idea.

  9. The Dark Klansman seems to be taking his new found lower body paralysis fairly well. Or maybe Bulletman broke his ability to be surprised/in pain along with his back.

  10. Yes, led around by their heads. If they were pursuing an enemy who made a sudden turn, that would be a serious case of whiplash if nothing else. I like this one where bulletman becomes your local colorectal specialist.

  11. He seems to be taking it with style at least…

  12. The only thing that would have made this panel better would be a big, bright AAIIIEEEEEE!

  13. Bulletman will PENETRATE anything I guess. No more lord Vldermore.