We return to the crazy world of golden age comics with this look at Action Comics #20 - particularly the story starring Zatara, the Mandrake imitator with the backwards speech impediment.
I remember 1939... World War 2, strange deadly mists drifing in from the ocean... good times, good times.
A butterfly winged bikini girl flies in the window and starts talking about the moon, and Zatara wants to know why she's telling him this? Just go with it, Zatara. This isn't going to get logical any time soon.
As we see here Zatara's magical power is, whatever he says backwards, happens. Kind of like what the bible thumpers think happens when you play Black Sabbath LPs.
So cartoony moon men live under the sea and plot Earth's conquest with deadly gases and humorous skirts. I've often suspected as much.
You can tell the dictator because he wears a little sign that says "The Dictator." That's kind of cute.
Zatara has no mercy for little moon men! Zatara is kind of a hard-ass for a dude in a top hat who talks backwards!
Yes. Yes he would. Very much so.
I would say exchanging death for firecrackers is always a good trade. Or, as the moon men say, "Gibble OOK!"
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