I just thought I would start up a personal column where I can reflect on different things about comics of the past.

 

First off, what a neurotic life that boy sidekicks led.

 

 

 

 

 

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As it was explained to me as a youngster, "davenport" and "couch" and "sofa" were similar pieces of furniture, but not interchangable terms.

 

Davenport was the long piece designed for sitting that was three cushions wide.

 

Couch was similar, but only two cushions wide.

 

Sofa was a davenport that could unfold into a bed.

 

 

We used "davenport" all the time when I was growing up in central Indiana.

On another tangent, I've always liked the Black Cat's costume in that it's...practical (well, except for the heels). So many female characters (I'm looking at you Wonder Woman) wear costumes that look like wardrobe malfunctions waiting to happen--which is fine if your heroine doesn't care about that or uses it as a distraction.  Otherwise the idea of losing one's modesty at a moment's notice wouldn't be appealing.

I saw a modern-day Black Cat story a few years ago, and the shoulder straps had been removed from her costume.  Yup, that's a great idea.

Oh, and there's a reason why I say "because KARATE!" a lot when discussing the 1950's-1960's. People really thought karate practitioners could do anything--hence, for instance, the ability of the Mandarin to hit Iron Man's armor and not break his hand(of course, in referring to Iron Man, one could say the same for transistors).

That Rockford Files story reminds me of another Jim Garner scene, where he did essentially the same thing, only it was on Maverick.

I may have some of the details wrong, but I seem to recall that a man accused Maverick of cheating and challenged him to a fight (or a gunfight). Maverick says, "I'm not ready!" and runs out of the casino. The man chases him down the street and into a barn, or some other structure with horses in it. As the man chasing Maverick runs out of the sunlight and into the building, the relative darkness inside momentarily blinds him. In that moment, he steps into one of those rope traps you always see in Tarzan movies, and is hoisted into the air upside down helplessly, whereupon his guns also fall out his holsters onto the ground, out of his reach. Maverick, who clearly had set this up in advance, steps out of hiding and says, "NOW I'm ready."

In California, a sofa is a couch. A sofabed is a separate term for one that can be made into a bed. My mother used the term "settee" when referng to our sofa, being from England.

ERRATUM:

 

The scene I cited, from the pilot for The Rockford Files---I found it on YouTube and viewed it, again.

 

I was essentially correct in describing the events and got Rockford's line correct.   However, I erred in naming the actor who played Jerry.  It wasn't Denny Miller.  Rather, it was William Smith.

 

Any of you familiar with William Smith knows that he's much bigger---and scarier.

 

 

I reckon davenport is a Midwest word, since that is what all of my relatives in Iowa use. Everything is a couch to me down in Texas. I might use sofa every once in a while.

I'm also guessing that, like me, the Commander grew up drinking pop. Every time my nephew in Baltimore hears me say that, he thinks it's funny.

-- MSA

Mr. Silver Age said:

I'm also guessing that, like me, the Commander grew up drinking pop.

Yep. Nothing as good on a hot summer day as a cold bottle of pop.

And in the winter, a toboggin was something you wore, as well as something you rode on the snow.

 

 

Where I grew up (Boston), all carbonated beverages were called "tonic", although nowadays, only us old-timers seem to say that anymore, the youngsters all tend to say "soda"..

My uncle was the one who told me about Bostonians and tonic. Which always struck me as unusual.

The Baron said:

Where I grew up (Boston), all carbonated beverages were called "tonic", although nowadays, only us old-timers seem to say that anymore, the youngsters all tend to say "soda"..

What, that we said "tonic", or that it was your uncle that told you?

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