Thursday, July 05, 2007

A DC Challenge

You--my friends!

I defy you to make sense of this panel.


Yonatan said...

it's the half caused dr. fate to go is squeezing his brain...

only explanation.

Anonymous said...

Clearly this is from the new Dr Fate Archives, which I hope to get this Christmas.

Let me see; my best guess is that Dr Fate had met some people who claimed to be aliens or demons or something like that; but, on seeing that they needed life-support suits, realized they were human.

Verification word: FUUQD. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

He's obviously high...

Anonymous said...

Kent Nelson has always heard voices in his head. That's a well documented fact. Unfortunately Roy Lincoln aka The Human Bomb got too close to the truth. Now he is locked away as a Kent's Gimp in the special closet.

Nate said...

the good Doctor has a rubber suit fetish?

argh.sims said...

pre-Grant Morrison meta-commentary?

Jeremy Rizza said...

He thinks he's Walt Whitman and he's mentally composing yet another insipid populist poem... little does he know the spooky deep sea diver ghost from the Scooby Doo cartoons is right outside his door!

Derek said...

I'm gonna say that, after years of wearing an outlandish blue and yellow costume, Dr. Fate wishes he could switch to the simple gray number in his closet, which he occasionally gazes at longingly.

That's whom he considers to be the REAL Dr. Fate.

exnihil said...

What you are looking at is not from a Dr. Fate story at all, but, rather, from the biographical comic, "The Tragic Life of Skip Stephenson".

This is a scene in Skip's dressing room, circa 1983, rehearsing for an interview on the NBC show "Real People" with treasure hunter Mel Fisher and crew. It was the same episode that featured Sarah Purcell spelunking and Fred Willard reviewing funny road signs from around the country.

The outfit?

What? It was the '80's, big shoulder pads were in.

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, that's from the rough draft of "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester. Didn't really roll off the tongue at that stage, but they knew that they were on the right track with it.

Anonymous said...

Wait. There's something about this that doesn't make sense?

Anonymous said...

If you look carefully, you'll notice Dr. Fate is thinking these sentiments. He would never say these things to other guys out loud, he's much too manly. Just look at his outfit.

Harvey Jerkwater said...

Notice that Dr. Fate is neither using a normal word balloon, nor a thought balloon, but rather a hybrid. The body of the balloon is standard, but the "tail" is a pair of bubbles. What can this be?

Clearly, Dr. Fate must be engaging in "underwater fish-speak," in the manner of Aquaman.

Also, he's addressing a single suit as though it were several people. Thus, the suit probably contains more than one being.

Therefore, the blue diving suit must contain several sea creatures. They're holding together to form a man shape and using the diving suit to provide them with life-giving water.

Were I to guess, I'd assume the sea creatures were probably Dungeness Crabs, as they have the size and the claw-gripping ability necessary to fill out a diving suit. The crabs are almost certainly mutants, as Dr. Fate refers to them as "real people." Only mutated crabs with their traditional pretensions of humanity would accept that as a compliment.

So why would Dr. Fate be thanking a man-shaped collection of mutant Dungeness Crabs in a diving suit as they leave his orange apartment?

Because they helped him keep it real, yo.

Anonymous said...

"These are my friends
See how they glisten
See this one shine
How he smiles
In the light
My friend!
My faithful friend!

"Speak to me friend
Whisper: I'll listen
I know, I know
You've been locked
Out of sight
All these years
Like me, my friend!

"Well, I've come home
To find you waiting
And we're together
And we'll do wonders
Won't we?"

(Ya grow up on Sondheim, Kent makes perfect sense)

Jon Hex said...


Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, DON'T LOOK IN THOSE SUITS!!!!

Reynard said...

I suppose every person must read it.
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