Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Octopus Week #1: Behind the Eight Ball

Oh, it all starts simply enough: nine guys break out of jail after hitting a guard over the head.

Star City: where life is simpler.

When Ollie Queen and his Young Ward Roy Harper hear that a bunch of desperate criminals are coming out of prison, they do exactly what I would do:  start stripping and dash to the prison.
You're a man after my own heart, Ollie.  
Or the hearts of nine desperate and lonely prisoners.

Green Arrow discovers the breakout is the work of Al 'Slippery' Michaels "one of the biggest crooks I ever sent up." 

Note that this is in November 1953.  By 1953, Batman has defeated and captured the Joker, the Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Clayface, Hugo Strange, Deadshot, Firefly, Killer Moth, the Mad Hatter, the Cavalier, Crazy Quilt, the Crime Doctor, and the Gorilla Boss of Gotham. 

During that time, one of Green Arrow's biggest collars was Slippery Michaels, some guy with an eight-ball in his sock. 

No wonder there's no 'Hall of Trophies' in the Arrowcave. 
"Will I ever have as many trophies as Batman does?"

But unprepossessing Mr. Michaels is on a slippery slope toward crazy Gotham-style supervillainy.   Why?  Because criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot, that's why.  You see, he made his little escape with his eight pals on August 8,  and, well, as he puts it:

Well, you can't fight fate!  So he decides then and there to do the logical thing.  He must be a creature of the eight, purple, terrible...a...a...

an octopus! That's it! He shall become an octopus!

If this were a Marvel character, he'd have already had at least three different Heroclix figures made of him, not including the "Hulktopus" version.

As hilarious as the 'tee-shirt with gym trunks over hosiery' look is, it's the hat that puts the Octopus's outfit beyond "pants-wettingly funny" into "pants-shittingly funny".  I shouldn't laugh, really; I sure it took his mother hours to make.

I wonder how Michaels'--er, the Octopus's new outfit will go over with his gang...


SallyP said...

That...that is really his costume? I don't know whether to laugh hysterically, or to congratulate him for having the balls of steel to go out in public wearing it.

Hoosier X said...

So why didn't Samuel L. Jackson wear THIS particular costume when he appeared as The Octopus in "The Spirit" movie?

Did Silken Floss object to the feminine-equivalent outfit?

TotalToyz said...

The sad thing is, The Octopus was not the most bizarrely-dressed member of Green Arrow's rogues' gallery. In the top five, maybe, but not the number one spot. Call me sentimental but I still have to give that to Clock King.

Nathan Hall said...

It's the hat. That hat is over the top.

Anonymous said...

First time a guy's costume ever made me literally laugh out loud. An excellent find!

tad said...

He looks like the angry Santa's elf in Christmas Story. "Hurry up, kid! It's closing time!"