Fish-Flavored Baseball Bat

It's a John Cleese reference.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Musical Monday: Ant Sings Madness

And now, Ant from Patty Leidy's "Zero Hour" goes wild to Madness' "House of Fun."

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Musical Monday: Snappy Sammy Smoot Sings The Village People

Next up in the musical sketchbook: Skip Williamson's Snappy Sammy Smoot expresses his ambition to live up to The Village People.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Musical Monday: Frank Sings Jimmy Lunceford

And now, Jim Woodring presents his acclaimed character Frank, accompanied by Jimmy Lunceford's "T'Ain't What You Do." (Not to be confused with the later Fun Boy Three/Bananarama cover "It Ain't What You Do.")

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quick Thought: Batman's Bright Segment

I picked up the past couple of weeks' worth of books this weekend, and something occurred to me while reading the Batman 80-Page Giant, specifically the Two-Face/Humpty Dumpty story.

I would not be at all surprised if either Dan Slott (who introduced Humpty in the Arkham Asylum: Living Hell mini-series) or Brad Desnoyer (writer of this tale) were a big fan of Theodore Sturgeon. Why? Because reading this story, I was suddenly struck by the similarity of Humpty to the protagonist of Sturgeon's short story "Bright Segment."

If you haven't read Sturgeon's story (which you should), it concerns a mentally-challenged handyman who finds a badly injured woman in the street. Trying to help, he carries her into his apartment. Although he immediately realizes he should have taken her to a hospital, he's afraid that he'll get in trouble because he didn't think of that first. So he decides that the only thing left to do is to "fix" her himself, using his own skills and whatever information he can glean from the first-aid and medical books he finds. (I won't spoil the story by saying anything more.)

While the similarity is striking, it could be just a coincidence. Still, I'll take any excuse to recommend Theodore Sturgeon to anybody.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Musical Monday: Guy Gardner Sings The Jody Grind

And now, the Musical Monday sketch that SallyP has been waiting for...Joe Phillips (from the '90s Mr. Miracle series) draws Guy Gardner, accompanied by a line from "Just Because You Wear Big Shoes," from The Jody Grind's 1990 album "One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure."

One of my favorite aspects to this character/song pairing is that it can be interpreted in two ways. The line could be talking ABOUT Guy, disparaging his immaturity (as he was generally written at the time) and his choice of footwear...or it could be spoken BY Guy, issuing a challenge to his opponents.

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