How often have I heard someone say this about the Elongated Man and his wife, Sue?
Look; no one likes what Brad Meltzer did in Identity Crisis, and, yes it was a tawdry, pointless tarnishing of the Silver and Bronze Ages in a tasteless, muddled attempt to make the comics of our childhood seem more adult and less embarrassing, with an incoherent, unsolvable "mystery".
On the other hand. it did give us this:
|Ah, Jean; always so radiant. Like plutonium.|
|Never look back, Jean; never look back.|
But, somehow, the backlash against Identity Crisis has retroactively bleached the Dibny's into the symbols of comic book fun and niceness. And people who don't know any better just keep parroting that as some sort of Given Fact of Continuity.
Well... I call bullshit.
Most of the people who talk like that about the Dibny's haven't actually ever read one of their stories. Those who have, haven't done so since they were kids.
Okay, sure, Ralph fought crime and Sue, well, she put up with Ralph. But weren't anybody you'd want to know. Ralph was a fame-hungry gold-digger and Sue was a self-centered debutante. Here's a prime example of the fun-filled Dibnys....
The Dibnys take vacation somewhere no one knows them and then are disappointed that no one knows them.
|"Why read the paper if I'm not in it?" |
Thank god these two died before Facebook and Twitter.
Then Sue has a paper-shredding conniption because she's not one of THE TEN MOST ADMIRED WOMEN IN AMERICA. Why would anyone admire you, Sue? You married the Elongated Man.
|"Never been so humiliated in your life"?! |
Don't be ridiculous, Sue: You married the Elongated Man!
Ralph's only thought it, "Well, it's a pity you can't be more like ME, dear!" He can't even be bothered to cough up a "Oh, honey, I think you're MUCH prettier than Bella Abzug!"
|Although nobody rocked a high hat like Abzug.|
Then Sue hulks out, because Sue is a crazy person.
|Let's see Bella Abzug do THAT.|
Why isn't there a Convergence issue where Sue Dibny and Jean Loring have taken over a domed city by simply killing everyone in it, one by one? I'd read that. Repeatedly.
Ralph, being the jerk that he is, abandons his bridezilla to her envy-rage with a condescending PEK, because apparently Sue does this all the time, and he'll just buy her something later.
|"I'll pick up a dozen American beauty roses and---charge them to Sue, because she's the one with all the money."|
The Dibnys were terrible people and your memories of them are false.