In the recent Joker/Daffy Duck comic (Side Note: The latest batch of DC/WB crossovers are neither especially good or especially bad), there's a scene in which the Joker kills the patrons of a comedy club and has his gang take their stuff (Another Side Note: Who in the Blue Hell would go to a comedy club in Gotham City? That's just asking for trouble!), and this scene inspired in me a sudden realization.

Now, I'll say up front that I'm sure I'm not the first person to have this realization (or the tenth, or the hundredth, or the thousandth...), it's just something that I never really thought about all that much before.

Anyway, the great realization was this:  

There's no (expletive gerund omitted) way that someone wouldn't have killed the Joker by now.  Victim's grieving relative, vigilante, fed-up cop, "accident in the cells", a villain who's sick of the Joker's crap - someone would have wasted him by now.   I can no longer sustain my suspension of disbelief as regards this character.

 

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Not of the the question. My step-grandfather was 30 years older then his brother.

The Baron said:

Was it ever established how old Uncle Ben and Aunt May were supposed to be?  Ben looked like he might be around seventy, but May always looked to me like she might be pushing ninety.  I feel that Grandpa and Grandma Parker must've had Ben and Richard forty years apart.

Well, it wasn't intended to be a one-shot. Stan and Steve had a few short Spidey stories prepared that wound up being used during the first year of ASM.

Randy Jackson said:

It could also be that since Amazing Fantasy #15 was a one shot, Ditko drew Aunt May and Ben older than anyone intended and they just went with it moving forward. 

A signal watch is one of those things that must've sounded really cool back in dinosaur times the Silver Age, but sounds kind of mundane now.

It's still pretty cool. It's not like Superman keeps his cellphone handy, even if his plan roamed far enough.

The Baron said:

A signal watch is one of those things that must've sounded really cool back in dinosaur times the Silver Age, but sounds kind of mundane now.

Two comics that can't fit into continuity anymore.  The original cast left Saturday Night Live about forty years ago, not to mention that Radner's been gone for 32 years and Belushi's been gone for about 39.  So, unless Pete's a lot older than he looks, he can't have met them.

And since Late Night With David Letterman ended 28 yeas ago, that one's problematical, too.

The perils of tying unaging characters to real-life people.


Those two comics do come in handy for linking "The Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon" to comic book universes, however. 

Heck, here's Presidents Jimmy Carter (before his inauguration), Gerald Ford (on his way out) and Ronald Reagan (four  years before his election) from Fantastic Four #178 (Ja'77)!

Famously, Superman met President Kennedy on more than one occasion.

Peter Wrexham said:

Famously, Superman met President Kennedy on more than one occasion.

 

Roger that.

"Superman's Pal, President Kennedy"

http://captaincomics.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=3370054%3ABlogP...

President Jimmy Carter and Califonia Governor Jerry Brown... coming soon to a discussion ("MMW Hulk") near you!

"Jimmy Carter" from Marvel Two In One #27!

And someday Spider-Man attending Obama's inauguration will look as dated.

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