(From “Bulletman” number 9, 1942. How often do you get to combine Superman II and a backhanded country song title? I love my job!)
The “crime exchange picnic?” Master criminals go on Sunday picnics? Who knew? Hey Jeff, I just had a thought. All this time we’ve (or at least I have) been laughing at Bulletman, assuming its creators were too clueless and dimwitted to know how unintentionally funny they were being. But this one is just too good to be an accident. Ya don’t suppose they meant Bulletman to be a self-parody or a parody of the whole superhero comic book genre, do ya? Like the deliberately campy ’60s Batman show with Adam West? How ironic! Irony, 20 years ahead of its time! Holy crap, there’s a master’s thesis in English somewhere in there!
I really don’t think so Niall, it definitely reads as legit. It’s all very fun, very honest and straightforward adventure stuff. There was much more of a wild-West, anything goes kind of feel to everything back then. You could invent powers on the fly, introduce the most ridiculous plot devices, have people doing insane things, whatever it took to make the story move fast and stay interesting.
I know these out of context panels paint a fairly silly picture, but taken as a whole “Bulletman” is actually a very good comic, and a fine example of the genre at the time.
This particular story was of a “Businessman of Crime” guy, who ran the crime syndicate there like a business. So if a company has company picnics, why then so would the criminal company, right?
Izzat another foolio rolling down the stairwell?? (I see a shoe)
I would like to formally request a Bulletman helmet to be entered into HM3.
You’ve now got a prize coming your way Kingmonkey, if that’s what you want to choose, it’s no problem.
Wow, you’ve really struck gold with Bulletman, haven’t you, Jeff?
At first it was a joke, but then I thought of the possibilities. You could have a Bulletman contest!