Friday, January 25, 2013
I decided to take a little break from the wonders of Detective Comics #500 to say a few words about the conclusion to the Elongated Man story in #456. The cover of #457 looks like this:
The Batman story, "There Is No Hope in Crime Alley," is something of a minor classic, written by Denny O'Neil and drawn by Dick Giordano. The Elongated Man story is ... well, it's a classic of its kind. Like Part One in the previous issue, it's drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger, so you get some awesome art, like this:
It's Sue to the rescue! The gang has sent a note to Sue, telling her to bring the secret of Ralph's stretchy powers to them so they can become a gang of "rubbery rogues"! Sue shows up, dressed as Elongated Sue, and gives them some rubber tree bark. It's a trick, of course, but they eat it and wait for the powers to kick in. (They'll be waiting a long time! That Sue is a sneak!) They lock her in a room right above Ralph, but she uses a nail file to make a hole in the floor and she pours the soda pop in the hole and Ralph licks up the drops, gets his powers back and saves the day! And Sue lends a hand by stretching her arm and grabbing the blonde in the hot pants by the hair and bringing her to justice.
Sue is allergic to the soda pop, but she managed to copy Ralph's powers with accordion arms and collapsible stilts. (What a freak!) And the story ends with Ralph showing Sue that there's been another poll, this time about the ten most admired couples, and the Dibnys are ranked third, between Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and David and Julie Eisenhower.
So, the Dibnys do pretty well in the DC Universe. For a couple of FREAKS!!