BuzzFeed cribs from Superdickery for 25 Hilarious Vintage Comic Book Covers. These are all oldies, but sometimes it is just so great to take a break and look at these amazing covers from the golden age of comics. And we like posting them, because sometimes Pinterest just won’t do.
To our eternal shame, we did not have this one cataloged in our “Jimmy Olsen’s Wild Kingdom” file. That changes now.
Has anyone ever explained why Superman was so often shown being so venal on these covers? Superhero as paid mercenary? Did he need the money to buy new glasses? Was it a metaphor for the lack of money in the comics business? Was Mort Weisinger just obsessed with money?
This cover is great in so many ways we can’t even begin to enumerate them, but the fact that Batman must use a shotgun to force his sidekick to dig his own grave while Superman relies on only the force of his personality is a start.
Oh Dick Giordano, what were you thinking?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.