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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Best Idiot Moments in Comics...

In honor of the joyous occasion of my roommate and I somehow managing to lock ourselves out of the apartment after hours (we ended up staying with friends :-)), I decided to ask everyone this question:

What is your favorite idiotic moment in comics?

My favorite has been posted before here but I'll post it again because it makes me laugh:

Wesley Dodds headbutting the God of Thunder's chest!

(edited: And that is what I get for making fun of other people's silliness. :-P Now the picture should be up!)


  • At January 09, 2007 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Uh.. I see no picture

  • At January 09, 2007 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In comic books themselves?

    I'd have to say this.

    In the comics industry?

    Probably the ongoing "Late Comics equal quality comics" line all the industry leaders are parroting.

  • At January 09, 2007 4:39 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said…

    Spider-Man unmasking on TV?

    Speedball becoming a pain junkie called Penance?

    OK, I'll behave. This is just off the top of my head, but Spider-Man asking for the Fantastic Four's help to go get Venom of a deserted island he was living on (because he believed he'd killed Spidey), so that Venom could help track down his offspring Carnage, rather than just asking the FF to help him capture Carnage, and leaving Venom in peace on the island.

  • At January 09, 2007 5:50 PM, Blogger Will Staples said…

    Favorite idiot moment? Hal Jordan flying head-first into a yellow billboard.

  • At January 09, 2007 7:30 PM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    Back in the early days of Juggernaut as an X-Men. When he's held down by vines. Freaking vines. My head nearly a'sploded from the idiocy of it...

    Nothing stops the Juggernaut!

    Except kudzu!

  • At January 09, 2007 9:21 PM, Blogger Chris Sims said…


  • At January 10, 2007 12:59 AM, Blogger Mithel said…

    Turning Casandra Kain into a villian then teaming her up with Deathstroke who was instrumental in the destruction of Bludhaven, her beloved city.


  • At January 10, 2007 12:59 AM, Blogger Mithel said…

    Also, The Punisher is actually an angel.

  • At January 10, 2007 1:35 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    starman: Hee. Sorry. Fixed now.

    mark: :-)

    calvin: That does sound pretty damn dumb.

    Proof though, if Spiderman were dead Venom would just go and not bother anyone again. That's gotta be bad for the ego.

    filby: A classic!

    lurker: Hee. Never underestimate vines!

    sims: I'll take your word for it. :-)

    mithel: While I sympathize with your complaint, it would be more effective to spell her last name correctly.

  • At January 10, 2007 2:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Punisher angel what huh?

  • At January 10, 2007 10:38 AM, Blogger CalvinPitt said…

    kate: Before Garth Ennis got his hands on Frank Castle, they tried a Marvel Knights comic, with Frank as an agent of Heaven. I remember the author (who I forget) using the word "ghostbusting" in the description of where the book was going.

    I want to add another one. Galactus' herald, Terrax has led Galactus to a toxic planet, leading to Big G being poisoned by feeding on it (like bad shellfish). Rather than turn to any of the number of races that have lost worlds to Galactus to administer the coup de grace, he runs to Reed Richards, and demands a guy who never kills finish off the Devourer of Worlds.

    Also form the same story, there comes a point where the FF and Avengers are fighting Galactus. Spidey and Daredevil show up, but DD says there out of their league and should just stay out of it. True, but rather than sit and watch, maybe they could have been clearing civilians out, since the battle took place at street level?

    For the record, I did enjoy that story, those were just two things that seemed lacking in common sense.

  • At January 10, 2007 10:45 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    All very good choices indeed. However I think that I must go with the CLASSIC Hal Jordan moment, of stepping out of the shower and slipping on a bar of soap, and ending up unconcious on the floor. Oh, and getting beaned by a falling ceiling tile.

    ANY superhero can be smacked by a villain, but it takes a very special person to be consistantly wounded just by walking around his apartment.

  • At January 11, 2007 4:09 PM, Blogger Elliot Williams said…

    I love that Sandman story! I think DC published it in a blue ribbon digest a long time ago, it was one of my earlier comic purchases.

    For an idiot moment, how about one from the animated series Justice League Unlimited. I just watched the episode "for the man who has everything". At one point an alien plant is attached to Batman, and Wonder Woman tries to pry it off. She grips a tentacle and yanks on it, grunting with exertion. Of course, the amount of effort it would take to make an Amazon grunt would be more than enough to rip Batman in half.

  • At January 12, 2007 5:52 PM, Blogger Zaratustra said…

    In general: Head butting = gold.

  • At January 14, 2007 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you so much for this post!

    My favorite moment of comic book idiocy occured quite recently and I've been bursting to share.

    This particular moment of idiocy is brought to use, once again, by the multi-talented Mr. Hal Jordan, this time in the pages of Justice League of America #4. Now, Hal is an easy target for this sort of thing, because he's recently built up a reputation within the community of internet fandom for his dashing good looks, his unfailing courage, and his... ummm... let's just call it his less than stellar complex reasoning ability.

    Let me set the scene:

    1. Red Tornado's adroid body has been stolen by villains.
    2. Hal comes across Tornado's body in a darkened, underground lab with multiple cables running from his skull to some rather nefarious-looking lab equipment. Clearly, the villains have been tampering with the Red Tornado's brain.

    Now, at this point I should note that we, the readers, have an advantage over Hal, because we have known since issue #1 that Tornado's mind is no longer in that body. In Hal's defense, no one has taken the time to sit him down and impart this important piece of information to him. Nevertheless, let's see how he uses his sharp wits to navigate the situation facing him:

    What follows is an actual excerpt from JLofA #4...


    PROFESSOR IVO: "Are you even listening, Canary? That's not Red Tornado anymore. What we were building...

    PROFESSOR IVO: "That's the new AMAZO."


    ARSENAL: "Is he getting bigger?"

    AMAZO: "Situation: Hunger. Solution: Absorb."

    HAL'S RING: "Warning! Power level at 94%. Power level at 82% 71% ...63%"

    Meanwhile, at this point in the story in the real world, I'm trying to silently root Hal on through the page.

    ME, THE READER: "Come on Hal... I know you can figure this one out! All the clues are right there in front of you: "getting bigger" + "absorbing" + "dropping power levels" ...all you got to do now is put the pieces together! That's not Reddy you're dealing with, Hal!"


    HAL (OBLIVIOUSLY) : "Reddy, What're you doing?!"


    ME, THE READER (SHOUTING AT THE PAGE NOW) : "Nooooooo! It's Amazo! You're making him stronger! Don't just stand there! Run away!!!!!"




    I just thought it was funny that Hal was so far behind in terms of keeping up with the plot twists that he was just figuring out things that the readers had known for three or four issues already.


    -- Bystander #3


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