Mark Frauenfelder at 1:22 pm Wed, Mar 20, 2013
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Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman, wrote the script for The Owl #2 (1968). Be careful, Terror Twins -- the blades on your gyro-copters are too close!
This looks like it could be the basis for a Venture Bros. episode.
I was going to say that. . . that’s obviously Rusty Venture on the left.
He’ll teach those guys not to litter!
I don’t understand most supervillains, honestly. Why would you steal Lincoln’s head when you can just start selling flying motorcycles and make billions? Or, hell, start a company that specializes in earth moving and demolitions using your fancy tractor beams? If a crew of two can move that much at a time you could underbid everyone else and still have ridiculous margins.
If you look carefully, the “twins” are wearing very different outfits, and are riding different-colored HoverCycles.
I imagine this is a rebellion against their mother, who made them dress in identical cutesy-pie outfits until they were 17.
In any case, they clearly have issues. Shared inner torments that cannot be resolved by mere commercial success.
I’m guessing then that those are the skulls of their parents on the front of the bikes. Too dark? C’mon, these are the TERROR TWINS. I say not dark enough.
The Flying Menendez Brothers!
>>Shared inner torments that cannot be resolved by mere commercial success.
Larry Ellison and Bill Gates had to learn that the hard way.
The Owl appears mildly amused by the antics of the Terror Twins. Maybe he’s thinking, “Where are they gonna sell that, and what does a giant Lincoln head go for these days?”
Or maybe he’s embarrassed because he’s just realized he’s naked under his cape.
“I’m writing scripts for ‘The Owl’ . . . for Gold Key comics . . . I’ve just got to say to myself . . . ‘My God, what have I done?'”
Definitely a step down from “Magnus, Robot Fighter”
Is that a fighter of robots, or a robot that is a fighter? Or is it… BOTH?
Why bother with propellers if anti-gravity tech has been developed?
In fact, if levitating a massive stone Lincoln head is possible with a seemingly miniscule device; why have bikes at all? Just fly freely, like…an owl!
So much going on here; I can only imagine the awesomeness of the four color 32 pages this captivating cover contains!
How can they be properly styled Twins when one of them is eyeless?
He don’t look wise. . .
That’s just so the Terror Twins have a false sense of security until they get cornered by Rorschach, who subsequently breaks all their fingers and toes with a ball-peen hammer.
I love how the Owl’s pose is all “I fell out of an airplane” and his expression is of mild confusion.
If it weren’t for those halloween skull front pieces on the cycle-copters, the twins would look more codgerly than terrible. Just saying…
I had the issue where the villains hauled off their loot in a giant pelican-shaped helicopter. Lost it on some trip to Grandma’s house and have bitterly regretted that ever since.
A little known fact is that on the back cover of Owl #1 in the “In the next exciting episode” feature the special guest villains (a bunch of guys in bird masks) are seen boasting of their up-coming crime wave in some verse decorated with musical notes. Yes, a bunch of gangsters boasting to music! Not only did Jerry Siegel invent Superman; he invented gangsta rap as well!!
“I’m the Pelican Plane and I’ve got the loot
It’s good you came or you’d get the boot!
You tell’em Eagle, cause you’re backed by the Vulture.
He’s for the birds! His crimes all lack culture!”
– Thanks to comic scholar Abie the Fish Peddler
At first I wasn’t reading carefully so I made the mistake of thinking the villains lost their loot on a trip to their grandmother’s house. Admittedly that probably would have made a better story.
Gyro-copters seem decidedly lo-tech for a pair of villains that can remove and transport a stone of inestimable mass with red bolts of lightning from an unseen device.
Either that or they’re steampunks before steampunking was cool.
comicogenetically unrelated to a character in the watchmen pantheon, ja?
While, The Bee is unaware of the magnaminous politeness of the Sad Clown!
The Owl looks like a cross between Nite Owl and Grunkle Stan
A renegade heli-moped gang with a Lincoln fetish? I’ll wait for the Classic Comic.
Walter White & Jesse…?
“The Origin of Zardoz”
My thought exactly. Does Lincoln’s head vomit up piles of guns on the inside pages>
I can’t believe I was actually curious enough to look up this character for more information. And that he had a sidekick named Owl Girl.
It looks to me like the Owl is the leader of the gang! He’s out front in the flashy costume, letting his henchmen do all the lifting. It doesn’t look like he intends to stop them, by the way he’s smiling. Maybe J. Jonah Jameson was right all along about these costumed adventurers!
By the way, Owl Girl is kinda hot, and I hope she serves them all great martinis on top of their new giant Lincoln Head patio when they get home!
I appreciate how these villains still make the effort to wear ties and dress the part. Not like sloppy villains these days.
Suppose there’s a backup story featuring Rorschach?
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