Bizarro Back Issues

Bizarro Back Issues: COPS Versus A Robot Elephant (1988)
Convention season is in full swing, and that means that I'm spending a lot of time digging through dollar bins and picking up cheap back issues. The thing is, though, I'm not really looking for the good stuff anymore --- as the title of this column implies, I'm in it for the weird one…
Bizarro Back Issues: The Flash Vs Vandal Savage Vs Drugs
Superhero comics are always gonna be weird, even when the aesthetics of the time they occupy are trying to lean hard into more Serious Issues. Like, say, that time in 1991 when Vandal Savage tried to eliminate the drug trade and the Flash got shot, killed, resurrected by a cyborg, and ended up with …
Bizarro Back Issues: Crisis Of The Calendar Man! (1985)
The Batman of the '80s was certainly skewing darker than the previous eras, but that was also a time where all the leftovers from the Silver Age were still more or less directing the story. That's how you get lengthy sagas like Batman having a custody battle over Jason Todd against a strai…
Bizarro Back Issues: The Non-Erotic Adventures Of Kinks Mason
Say what you will about the comics of the first Golden Age boom, but they are almost alarmingly direct, with a tenuous-at-best relationship with the concept of subtlety.

Such is the case with Fight Comics #4, a mag that promised "two fisted adventures of men of action," and delivered exac…
Bizarro Back Issues: Veronica And the Dark Sorcery Of Love!
It's Valentine's Day, and that means that our thoughts here at ComicsAlliance are turning inevitably to our favorite romances from comics. Well. Maybe that's not the right word, since I'm not sure that a high school love triangle between an indecisive klutz and two girls who woul…
Bizarro Back Issues: How The Joker Invented Netflix (1967)
You know how every now and then, you'll see a cover on an old comic, and it'll stick with you even if you don't actually read the issue? That happened to me with Detective Comics #365. Ever since I spotted it on the wall at the comic book store where I used to work, I've held on …
Bizarro Back Issues: Green Arrow Plus Aqua (1959)
Last week, I wrote about "Manhunt on Land," an Aquaman story where he drove around in a pickup truck full of fish to track down a sea crook who had taken to land for the express purpose of avoiding being dragged back to jail by Aquaman. That in and of itself is a solid premise, but what re…
Bizarro Back Issues: The Martian Manhunter Versus Zeus
If you read through enough back issues of Detective Comics, you'll run across a guy who seems an awful lot like a rough draft for Maxie Zeus. The only difference is that instead of fighting Batman, this guy decided that it would be a good idea to try and recruit the Martian Manhunter, who has a…
Bizarro Back Issues: The Winter Wrath Of Veronica Lodge (1985)
The thing you need to understand about Riverdale is that people there don't react to things with the normal levels of emotions.

I mean, that's pretty obvious, right? The entire town --- the entire universe in which that town resides --- is built around the idea that this one teenager is s…

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