(From "Fantastic Comics" number 10, 1940.)
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Wow, no supprise there. Samson smash puny building!
Destroy an entire town? Samson’s really ramping up his collateral damage in this issue!
The only thing that is a blight on the earth and should be “wipep” out is the editor for missing that spelling mistake.
@ams 3: It’s not a typo, the D is just cringing in fear of Samson’s Mighty Mullet…
Speaking of grungy long haired heroes, new John Carter trailer! Check it out!
Sounds like sodom and gommorah weren’t burned, they were samsoned!
“There’s something called a ‘barber shop’ there and the proprietor asked if he could cut my hair. This will not stand!”
You tell ‘um, Mr Fuzzy-ass!
I’ve had a couple of questions as these Sampson panels have come up for our ridiculing pleasure.
1. Sampson was Jewish. I’ve never set eyes on a naturally blonde Jewish man. Why is he a blonde? He looks more like the Nazi ideal than an Old Testament hero. Talk about racism.
2. If his hair grows my magic, why does it stop at shoulder-length? Is that part of the magic?
3. When is he gonna throw down using the jawbone of an ass?
Yeah, where’s andy dick’s jaw bone? And what about delilah, do only the plain white t’s remember her?
@ Mike K 10: He’s most likely only based on the biblical Samson. I can’t imagine a comic in the 40’s (or even today, in some cirlces) using actual biblical heroes as characters. They’d be too worried about offending their audiences and having people say it’s a parody of the bible. Also, no one in the bible should have been white (considering the entirety of the Old and New Testaments take place in the Middle East during a time that Europe was mostly separate, population-wise), but the majority of biblical art depicts white characters. This comes mostly from the Renaissance, when a lot of artists made a lot of famous biblical paintings. The easiest attainable models for these works were handsome Italian men, so that’s why the bible visually seems to be taking place on a Venetian runway instead of in a desert. The more you know! *rainbow shoots overhead*
ajw (11): Not cool dude. Now I have that song stuck in my head. 😛
Wolverine’s hair and sideburns regenerate to the same length and style with nothing but mutant power (there was even a Wolverine comic in the 90s where Wolvie shaves everything above the neck to a stubble as a disguise, but then gets hurt and grows all the hair out again as he heals), so I don’t see why magic shouldn’t be able to accomplish the same thing.
The real question is why he has that magic at all. Samson lost his strength when his hair was cut because not cutting his hair is part of what God expected of him. If God doesn’t want him to stay de-powered (so much so that He grants magically growing hair)…why doesn’t God just stop taking the power away when the hair is cut?
@ X-stacy: So Wolverine’s hairstyle is NOT a choice? And he’s immortal. Damn…
More importantly, are you questioning God? Wow. That’s like questioning Dr. Doom. You could get wipep out!
And @ajw: Yeah, he’s running about on his anti-architectural rampages with a young boy, while there’s some fine Philistine boo waiting for him (with a pair of scissors)? Man, that Bible’s got it ALL.
@Gero Thanks (I think). Although the history of showing Biblical figures as European ethnic whites predates the Renaissance by several centuries your point on art is valid. My thought was why would you take a Jewish figure and replace him with the Nazi ideal during WWII? The irony is almost overwhelming.
To tell the truth, the character is already almost a parody of the Biblical character. The Sampson from the Bible would not be an acceptable superhero during the Golden age. He was an arrogant drunk and womanizer who only kept one vow to God. X-Stacy is right about that. The Biblical Sampson’s hair didn’t grow back.
Thinking the people who created the character didn’t read the Bible for inspiration just a children’s book.
Electrology! Shave him bald as a cue ball and then use electrology on him. Get to the root of the problem (pun intended) and magic won’t help.
Speaking of roots, you think he’s really blonde or maybe he keeps a bottle of bleach present?