The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: DC #3

from The Boy of Steel!
(by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and Ray Burnley)
(Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #16; Oct-Nov, 1956)


jimkitt said...

Is she about to clunk him on the head with the shoe, or is this some inside Superman talk?

Tom Sutpen said...

No, the next panel . . . which was almost this entry . . . depicted Jimmy Olsen getting thwacked across the head with Lois Lane's shoe.

Geoff said...

here i was thinking she was aiming to place a foot between his legs...

Kreisler said...

He's wearing his special Kryptonite bowtie - there's no way she's going to make an impression

Vanwall said...

Gee, I never realized it was that kind of relationship. Opens up veritable vistas of heavy breathing dress-up sessions. "Kryptonite" - I'll bet that was the safe word. I remember a girl who had the most fetching Black Canary outfit...well, best not to go down that slope.

Tom Sutpen said...


DC would never have permitted anything so sordid as a knee or foot to the groin (I mean, for one thing they would have lost Grit as an advertiser forever). That kind of pornography may have been the meat, bread and fish of lurid EC Crime Comics, but DC was a wholesome outfit.


Maybe it's a clue to the way my mind works, but the minute I read "fetching Black Canary outfit" I immediately thought of . . . Louise Brooks . . . attired in just such a thing (insert Bob Hope growl here).

Lulu does strange things to the mind of Man.

Vanwall said...

Roger that, Tom!

swac said...

I should recommend the website "Superman is a Dick" which is an amusing gallery of old Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen and Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane comic book covers.

I just googled it, and the first one that came up featured Pat Boone crooning "a song of Superman" to Lois on a ukulele (with Superman proclaiming he "must use all my super-powers to prevent it from becoming a hit.") Love that early '60s DC stuff.