Daredevil #48 (1969)
Written by Stan Lee
Art by Gene Colan and George Klein
Lettered by Artie Simek

"I hired the best in the business —Ever heard of —STILT-MAN?!!


Daredevil #44 (1968)
Story by Stan Lee
Art by Gene Colan and Vince Colletta
Lettered by Artie Simek

"How can you expect her to be SENSIBLE? She’s a FEMALE!

The word balloon placement is almost as bad as the gender politics.


Action Comics #259 (1958)
Written by Otto Binder
Art by Al Plastino

"It’s ironic! Luthor, the Kryptonite Man didn’t get me… but his Kryptonite Monkey will!”

Action Comics #259 (1958)
Written by Otto Binder
Art by Al Plastino

"But I’ll make him suffer for all the times he defeated me before! I’ll play with him like a cat with a mouse! I’ll humiliate him again and again until he begs for mercy! Then I’ll destroy him!"

Superman #118 (1958)
Writer unknown
Art by Al Plastino

"I used Super-Muscular Control to stop my heart from beating — just as I’m doing now to make it beat faster and louder, listen!”


Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #27 (1958)
Written by Otto Binder
Art by Curt Swan and Ray Burnley

"Holy cow! She won on brains, not beauty! Jeepers! Everything happens to me!”

I hate this story very much.

The setup is that Jimmy Olsen is assigned to interview Miss Metropolis, Gloria Mason. He sees this as a great opportunity to get into a beautiful woman’s pants.


"I’m going to meet a doll I want to impress! Hum-de-dum!"

But, horror of horrors! She wears glasses and has an overbite! That means she’s too smart and ugly for Jimmy to be at all interested in her, obviously.


YIPES! I — I was robbed! She’s no beauty!”

But of course, through silver age misunderstandings and coincidences, he ends up engaged to her pretty much immediately. He decides to back out of this not by explaining his lack of interest and fact that it was all a misunderstanding, but by passive-aggressively being a terrible boyfriend.
Supposedly this is to protect her from embarrassment since it’s become big news that they’re engaged, but forgive me for thinking that Jimmy, the dude constantly bemoaning via thought bubble how awful and terrible this girl is from the moment he meets her, is probably only thinking about himself.
It shouldn’t be very hard for him to be a terrible boyfriend, since he already finds her too repulsive to kiss.


Jimmy intends to upstage her at stuff and then rub her face in it, but unfortunately for him, Gloria is pretty much amazing at everything, because she’s really good at math.

This includes bowling…

"I devised a master formula that tells me just how to roll the ball!"


"I worked out a formula for it all! It’s cool, man… cool!"

… and even crime-stoppage.

"According to formula zxy3(root(48)9^2 AB), the bullets will ricochet upward from that stone wall, and… knock that flower pot off a window sill… which in turn falls and knocks out the crook!"

So Jimmy is basically dating Math Superman. But somehow he still hates her.
Perhaps he should disguise himself and flee the country rather than tell her he doesn’t want to marry her.

"Shall I disguise myself and try to skip the country, deserting Gloria? No, that’s a coward’s way out!"

Rather than take the “coward’s way out” and flee the country, Jimmy bravely resorts to more deceit.

He finally succeeds by dressing up as an English genius and “Quiz Bloke” winner who convinces Gloria to marry him and be his game show partner. So she calls off her engagement with Jimmy in order to win the big bucks on The Price is Right.

His work done, Jimmy promptly throws his disguise into the ocean. Good thing she was so greedy, or we might have to feel bad for her.

"I get it, Jimmy! Gloria will never meet 'Sir Cedric' again! And she jilted you, ending up with no fiance at all!”

"Serves her right for being so fickle and money-hungry! For her next romance, let Miss Metropoliscuddle up with an electronic brain! And she thought I was dumb, eh?”

Because she’s the self-centered one in this story.

I love silver age Superman a whole lot more than the next guy. But there’s plenty of stories like this one that stand out as glaring reminders that their cheery 1950s world isn’t something to blindly idealize.

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #27 (1958)
Written by Otto Binder
Art by Curt Swan and Ray Burnley

Kryptonite is poison to Superman but harmless to others! I’ll eat it!”

I have to wonder what kryptonite-flavor tastes like.

Daredevil #41 (1968)
by Stan Lee, Gene Colan, and John Tartaglione
Lettered by Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen’s sound effects in this issue are amazing.


Daredevil #41 (1968)
"Produced and Presented" by Stan Lee and Gene Colan
Inked by John Tartaglione
Letttered by Sam Rosen

"Time is moving past me… just a split-second ahead of my own temporal place!”

Sure, Stan. “Semi-scientific.”


So this is a piece of a classic 50s PSA designed to test your “brotherhood quotient,” and thereby discourage prejudice.

Not sure how effective it was.