COMICO RIDICULOSO – Batman’s Detective Comics #475
How the hell can a comic be overrated and underrated at the same time? Let me try to get there. Without opening the comic. Don’t hate me. I blab anyway, so I’m gonna give some COMICO RIDICULOSO articles a shot with just a cover. Because writing the others from cover to cover takes forever. And I’m low on forever, especially with the UNPRESSABLE DEFECTS taking up 1 night a week where Trey makes me drink. Or maybe it’s Khoi that does that. Or maybe it’s Mel so we can giggle, or Jimmy so my mind can be blown. Or Paul W. with his pics of Labatt's Blue Ice before I get off work. I dunno. Nevertheless, here I go.
You know who sells comics? Batman. You know who else sells ‘em? The Joker. You know what sells ‘em even better? Those two together. I mean it’s the classic hero/nemesis/same/opposite kind of shit that’s been going on throughout comic history. Hell, all of literary and cinematic history. The Bible had some good and bad guys too. Although the Bible is much more ambiguous about who’s good and who’s bad.
In any case, the Joker has freaking fish for guns. Laughing Fish Guns. That’s what he has. He screeches, “Hands up Batman I’ve got you covered!” The world’s greatest hand-to-hand combatant is somehow supposed to freeze, and after 40 years of fighting the Joker, put his hands up because of fish with smiley faces. And somehow Bats looks scared! How is that possible? Did The Clown Prince of Crime finally get The Bat??
Exactly what were the consumers thinking back in February 1978 when they approached the shop shelf, newsstand, or spinner rack? I mean, WOW. These smiley fish and their stupid mimicking faces look like Fleshlights for the highest purveyors of bestiality. A zoophile’s castle in the sky! It’s better than getting a ladder, breaking into an equestrian area, and becoming the Horse Fu***r of Mojave Narrows. Which happened in 1997 in the California High Desert. My high school girlfriend made an art project out of the newspaper article. Her project with construction paper and glitter decorating the Pulitzer-in-waiting was almost as hysterical as the fact a guy got caught banging horses. Almost. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/82042674/
But really, could these Fish-Dragon-Guns have been Erik Larsen’s inspiration for the Savage Dragon? Or at least a prototype? Spec alert! Savage Dragon first appearance! 216 issues going strong and no one knows who buys them! Well, maybe not, but I think this is at least the first appearance of the FishLight.
And still… How does any Batman fan possibly not own this? It doesn’t have to make any sense for it to be a classic Batman vs Joker showdown! Do your homework, almost every Joker cover gains a little monetary steam year by year! I got mine from Midtown in Manhattan, whichever one is closest to the Waldorf Astoria. Before my dad passed away we took a family trip before the “C” fully kicked in and he could still move around. A cool Batman souvenir PC piece that was $19.99 with a “VG” sticker on it. In all honesty they messed this up, book is a beaut and I’m completely convinced they meant to put the VF sticker on it. Their loss, my gain!
So if you’re a Batman-fan, make sure to find good old ’Tec 475 a home in your Batman long box. And don’t forget 476 while you’re at it. Oh, and if you found this article googling “bestiality” or “zoophilia,” please find a new website and stay out of comic stores.