Shouldn’t that be “The Flouncer”?

I say if you're a body builder with lovely curls who wants to show up at your late-night bar bouncer gig in a dress and open-toe wrap-around sandals, you should totally go for it:

Trying to get a super-hero job out of it seems like a stretch, but then, who am I to question my favorite pin-up? After all, he has (and I am not making this up) "bouncing powers". Which makes sense because he used to be a statue.

It's too bad entertainment isn't as solid, intelligent, and completely normal as it used to be Back in the Day, amiright?!

(From "The Bouncer", 1944.)

45 Responses to Shouldn’t that be “The Flouncer”?

  1. Dan says:

    Maybe the name comes fron the lack of support in the, um, lower regions.

  2. CPrime says:

    This is just wrong on so many levels.

  3. Runt82 says:


    Apparently, you haven’t seen Phantasmo…

    Well, unless you’ve been on Jeff’s blog for a while. He did a post on him way back.

  4. Gero says:

    I’ve been waiting for you to do a Bad Super Costume for two weeks. Finally I can post this link:

    This is an article I found that seems to have been written by Jeff’s long-lost twin. Almost every point they make about Liefeld’s “art” was also made by Jeff back when this catagory was still called “I Hate Rob Liefeld’s Art”. It’s a good, really funny read. As a word of warning, there are a few instances of adult language, so, if anyone hasn’t yet seen the f-word written down, and doesn’t want to, don’t click the link…

  5. Myro says:

    I’m guessing by the sandals and the patterning on the hem , there’s supposed to be some ancient Greek origin to this character, but he just screams, “Hey buddy, nice skirt!”

    I’ve missed Bad Costume Wednesday. I understand that you ended up deep in recoding the past two weeks, and you’ve released major updates on those days, so all is forgiven, Jeff. But I still missed it.

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks Myro, sorry for the delay on them.

    Frankly, I’m now out of bad costumes, so if anyone has outfits they think would make good subjects, please send them on!

  7. Jeff Hebert says:

    Dan, wow, those ARE bad … Thanks!

  8. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    Gero and Jeff….
    Those outfits are both REALLY, REALLY gay, and horrificly awful.
    But Gero’s post makes me want to cut out my eye, the bad one, but still. It’s an eye.

  9. Reader Kate says:

    How about The Aquarian?
    Or Catwoman’s golden age costume–a purple and green dress with pumps and an eared cowl.

  10. X-stacy says:

    Those outfits are not gay. Gays have fashion sense, you know.

  11. Myro says:

    I’m not sure this qualifies, given that the costume was meant for someone else, and that this monstrosity was done on purpose (as opposed to bad costumes that were not intended to be bad), but I give you the infamous “Deadpool wearing Marvel Girl’s Silver Age X-Men costume” from Cable & Deadpool #9.

    Be warned: What has been seen, cannot be unseen.

  12. Myro says:

    Actually, to throw a legitimate one out there, I’ve been through the archives, and I know you’ve touched at ripping this guy in your “I Hate Rob Liefeld’s Art” column before this, but I really think Shatterstar deserves a full column devoted to him. Especially this costume here:

    I can see at least 7 things wrong with this (not counting Liefeld’s inability to draw).

  13. Blackjack says:

    X-Stacy is right. I have some gay friends who can color-coordinate like nobody’s business.
    The Aquarian? I can only see Super Jesus myself. Sorry if anyone finds that offensive. But given yesterday’s panel, things seem pretty loose on here.
    And, well… Mr. Bouncer must be employing that “I’m going to look so ridiculous they’ll be too busy laughing to hit me” strategy. Perfectly understandable. Not cocher, but understandable.

  14. Gero says:

    I’m having trouble finding a full-body shot, but the original Batwoman costume from the 50’s is pretty bad…

  15. Jadebrain says:

    If you’re really running out of ideas for bad costumes, why not expand your boundaries beyond comics? How about bad video game costumes? Like this one…

  16. Dan says:

    @Jeff, no prob. I don’t want to keep giving you X-Men, but Cannonball has pretty much been a disaster since day one. You could probably do a months worth on him alone.

  17. Mr.MikeK says:

    I have a question: Is the Bouncer’s battle cry, “Boingy, Boingy, Boingy?” (thinking like Harley Quinn from the Batman Animated series saying the line)

    @Myro – AAAAAAAAAAGH! Where’s my eye-soap?

    @Blackjack – If I remember the comics correctly from those weird and wacky days, that’s exactly who he was supposed to be. The idea among some of the hippies of the day was that Jesus was the Picean (-2sp) and His day was passing in favor of the new age of Aquarius. Marvel was trying to cash in on that thought.

  18. Reader Kate says:

    Oooooooh! Do Shatterstar next! Rip him a new one!

  19. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    You all want me to cut out my eyes….don’t you?
    Myro, that image….that was horrific….And by gay I meant, ‘oh so super freaking over the top awful gay’.

  20. Jeff Hebert says:

    I really, really hate using “gay” like that. It’s weak, lame, and offensive. Mostly weak and lame. But also offensive.

    English is a rich and varied language, I am sure with a minimum of effort people can come up with some way to express themselves more accurately and more creatively.

  21. Myro says:

    Hey, don’t blame me for damage to your eyes and/or psyche. I put up a warning. And the description tells you outright what you’ll be lookong at: a horribly scarred man wearing a miniskirt.

  22. X-stacy says:

    I knew what you meant, Nicholas, and was trying to give you a little nudge to stop using the word that way. Since that was too subtle, here’s me, asking you directly to try not to say “that’s so gay” every time you mean lame, awful, or stupid. Because I’m a lesbian, and it’s starting to really get on my nerves. And in return…I won’t say “that’s so Palin” when I mean lame, awful, or stupid. Deal?

  23. Mr.MikeK says:

    @Myro – You needed a disclaimer about the upskirt shot. That’s death on the eyes and needs additional warnings.

  24. Gero says:

    @xstacy: Agreed. Unless someone is describing a fanny-pack, the word gay shouldn’t be used like that…

  25. punkjay says:

    @ Myro- I grossed out enough with the thought of a male upskirt. iIt is even more so from a guy who’s body looks like a semi truck ran over it!!!

  26. Myro says:

    You know, I was wondering if I might have crossed a line with that Deadpool post, but now I’m getting so many negative comments to it, I’m praying that Jeff uses it. Mwuahahahahahaha!

  27. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    Gay? I mean GAY, not homosexual.
    Homosexual does not mean gay in my world, it is an insult.

  28. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    Besides that my homosexual friends don’t want to be called “gay” because they use it as an insult [like myself] to define anything either wrong, awful, disgusting, or ridiculous. So, for future reference if I say that, I am not talking about Homosexuals, lesbians or any other group of people. So I’m sorry if I offended you.

  29. Jeff Hebert says:

    Nicholas, you don’t get to decide that a word that means one thing to the rest of the world suddenly means something else in yours. If you walk into a movie theater and yell “FIRE!” and then act surprised when people run because in your world, “FIRE!” means “I WANT POPCORN”, you’re still going to end up in jail.

    Gay means homosexual. When you say something is gay, you’re saying it is like something a homosexual person (usually a man) would like. That’s what makes it an insult in your world. The insulting part isn’t some abstract thing, it’s insulting because to people in your world, being homosexual is dirty, disgusting, wrong, and so perverted as to be funny.

    So when you see something you don’t like and say it’s gay, what a gay person hears is that one of the core aspects of their personhood is shorthand for an insult.

    If you’re having trouble following this, imagine walking into an all-Black neighborhood and saying a broken-down car or a dilapidated building or an ugly painting or a stupid hat or any one of a hundred other things you think look bad looks “N****R”. Then calmly explain that in your world, the “N” word means an insult, not Black. See how far that gets you.

    You don’t get to decide that a word historically (ha! still today!) was used as an insult about a very specific kind of person in a very specific way is suddenly not associated with them any more.

    All of which is a polite way of saying you’re being rude and insulting even if you don’t intend to be. You’re welcome to define words in your world however you like, but on this blog you’re not in your world, you’re in mine. And in my world, you’ll find a more creative and accurate way to describe things than by using a word that I find offensive.

    If you can’t do that, then you don’t need to be posting at all until you figure out how to be a polite guest. I am dead serious about this.

  30. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    I just apologized.

  31. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    And we are both right. Gay means three things depending on how you use it.
    “The term gay was originally used to refer to feelings of being “carefree”, “happy”, or “bright and showy”; it had also come to acquire some connotations of “immorality” as early as 1637.”

    “The term’s use as a reference to homosexuality may date as early as the late 19th century, but its use gradually increased in the 20th century.[1] In modern English, gay has come to be used as an adjective, and occasionally as a noun, referring to the people, especially to men, and the practices and cultures associated with homosexuality. By the end of the 20th century, the word gay was recommended by major style guides to describe people attracted to members of the same sex.”

    “At about the same time, a new, pejorative use became prevalent in some parts of the world. In the Anglosphere, this connotation, among younger speakers, has a derisive meaning equivalent to rubbish or stupid (as in “That’s so gay.”). In this use, the word does not mean “homosexual”, so it can be used, for example, to refer to an inanimate object or abstract concept of which one disapproves. This usage can also refer to weakness or unmanliness. When used in this way, the extent to which it still retains connotations of homosexuality has been debated.”

  32. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    And since you’re the site owner, and I don’t want to make you mad. I’ll promptly shut up, because obviously I’m just digging a hole for myself.

  33. Dan says:

    @x-stacy, I totally agree with what you said, though I wish you would have closed with a stronger one than a Palin joke. Speaking for most straight men, we couldn’t give a rat’s butt if you used Palin as a derogatory word. We just don’t care about her one way or the other. Unless you’re a religious zelot. Maybe next time go with “Unfunny guy desparatly trying to justify his bad judgement” as a synonym for lame. šŸ˜‰

  34. X-stacy says:

    Well, it was Nicholas-specific, Dan. He’s complained about people taking shots at right-wing politicians before, so I know it’s something that bothers him, but isn’t terribly personal.

    Nicholas, the “debate” over how much connotation of homosexuality remains in the word “gay” is the very debate we’re having right now, where somebody who is gay says “That’s really not cool” and someone who is not says “Yes it is.” But I realize you just aren’t getting it, so I’ll take your “I’m not wrong, but I’m sorry if you think I am” apology at face value, and we’ll just call it done.

  35. Dan says:

    Ah, I gotcha. Good job then. I thought you were just going for an easy target, and I think you are more creative than that.

  36. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    Ummm…Did I come off like that? I didn’t mean to Stacy…
    So I’ll adjust my speak. And Dan…Ugh.

  37. Dan says:

    Ugh right back at ya.

  38. Myro says:

    Okay, more searching. You seriously need to do Polka-Dot Man.

  39. Jeff Hebert says:

    Ooo, liking Polka Dot Man, thanks Myro!

  40. Myro says:

    Whatever I can do to help.

  41. knight1192a says:

    Forget the costume. If this supposed to be a guy or a side show freak of a strong woman. I swear that face is extremely effeminate while the arms and legs are very masculine.