Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Comic Storm

     With all the rain we've been having lately in the Lake County area, I started thinking about storms in the comics.  Well there was a real gully washer in the second part to the story, "The Laughing Fish."  This was a great Englehart/Rogers work of art that featured Batman and Joker going at it high above the city.  A lightening bolt hit the Joker sending him to his (supposed) doom until DC Comics needed the Clown Prince of Crime to rear his mirthful head again (no doubt for sales reasons) to go up against Batman.

     Batman had another duke out in a pouring storm, this time in the pages of Batman #255, from the early 1970's.  Here the Caped Crusader fought a werewolf atop another Gotham skyscraper while yet another lightning bolt sent a bad guy to his doom.  Believe me, trying to get home from the Great Lakes Mall Wednesday night, I thought I might join the Joker and the werewolf as I dodged bolts of lightning all the way.

     The last storm that comes to mind is not an act of Mother Nature, but a name...Captain Storm who was a WWII Pt boat skipper aboard the PT 73 that was published back in the early 60's.  (Obviously DC was taking advantage of the publicity for the film about then president John Kennedy.)  Captain Storm had a wooden leg, which no doubt came in handy keeping him afloat as many times as he was shown getting washed overboard.

     But with all the bad weather and rain we've been having lately, I wish I had a PT boat to tool around in. I mean it might have helped me get home last night, but don't get me started! 

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