At the beginning of “Captain Jack”, the second ever episode of the ultra-classic sit-com LEAVE IT TO BEAVER (aired October 11, 1957), we see Wally and The Beaver cracking open a brand spanking new copy of a comic book titled “Robot Men of Mars” – with no publisher’s logo, and some really cheesy art.
But, hark… Once opened, “Robot Men of Mars” reveals itself to be, in actuality, a doctored-up, unidentified issue of DC Comics’ (then known as National Periodical Publications) ADVENTURE COMICS – the title that featured SUPERBOY!
Just look over to the LEFT SIDE of the image. As always, you may click to enlarge.
The episode centers on Beaver and Wally ordering a baby alligator from an ad in the comic. And, somehow for the more innocent (…or, less “animal-rights-enlightened” – take your pick) 1950s, this comes across as more or less a normal thing.
Hey, at least it’s nowhere near as bizarre as THIS AD from the seventies!
But, never mind the gator… what of the COMIC?
|A 1957 issue of ADVENTURE COMICS. Could this be THE ONE?|
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER has a (in my view undeserved) reputation for being square and cornball. Indeed, my VERY USE of the words “square and cornball” is probably indicative of MY OWN… um, “square and cornball-ness”. But Beaver and Wally? Not so, given what follows!
Check out the UNSPEAKABLE ATROCITIES that Wally commits on that very “unidentified issue of ADVENTURE COMICS”, as Beaver LOOKS ON, doing nothing to halt his brother’s episode of violent depravity!
ARRRGH! I CAN’T WATCH!
He’s even cutting a page with Superboy comics on it! NOOOOOOOO!
Click to enlarge, if you've got the stomach for it!
“Ward”, asks June Cleaver, the boys’ mom, “Have you seen my pair of Kryptonite shears?”
Anyone able to identify which issue of ADVENTURE COMICS it is?
UPDATE: The ever-reliable Friend-of-This-Blog, JoeCab, informs us that the issue in question is ADVENTURE COMICS # 240, cover-dated September, 1957 -- and just "one issue up" from the issue I chose to illustrate in this post, ADVENTURE COMICS # 239.
Go to the Comments Section to read JoeCab's observations, for which he is heartily thanked!
|Adventure Comics # 240. Don't cut your copy up, readers! No alligator is worth that!|