DC Comics' INFERIOR 5 is one of those little hidden gems of the period of the late 1960s, when DC first realized that it was in serious competition with an upstart competitor by the name of "Marvel", and tried various ways to break with the Silver Age style that DC more-or-less created whole-cloth.
This trippy title about a band of misfit heroes, its very name riffing on Marvel's "Fantastic Four", though short-lived, was always full of that unique "sixties sort of silliness"!
As you can see below, series writer E. Nelson Bridwell (one of the earliest "fans" to break into the "professional" ranks) pulled-out all the stops, lampooning DC-style superheroics and Marvel-style hype and character chatter, all the while infusing it with an overall Mad Magazine sense of humor - resulting in quite the romp for fans of the day! ...And anyone collecting the title retroactively!
The issue in question is INFERIOR 5 # 8 (Cover Date: May-June, 1968), where a giant and ever-growing mountain of junk springs up from nowhere!
At the top of the heap, the I-5 find a mad scientist (...weren't ALL scientists "Mad" in the '60s?) with a rather unique plan for his requisite play for World Domination.
But, before we delve into his plan, take a... er, gander at the figure on top of that roof!
No, not the rooster! Move in CLOSER... and more to the UPPER RIGHT!
THAT'S IT! Anyone recognize that guy? He looks strangely familiar!
Familiar fowl aside, back to the evil crackpot plot...
Okay... An EXPLOSIVE ATOMIC EGG!
Now, I don't know what the relationship was at this time between the producers of the BATMAN '66 TV series (which, not long before, had broadcast its final original episode on March 14, 1968), but it seems to me - certainly from this perspective - that EGGHEAD would have been a perfect villain to use here!
The characters even have a SIMILAR LOOK to them! And, even if DC was ready to shake the camp off of Batman - which, with Denny O' Neil and Neal Adams, it would soon do in "Bat-Spades" (Sorry) - Egghead's campiness would have been right at home in an issue of INFERIOR 5.
But, back to... Donald (?)
Despite the TITLE of the series in which "The Duck" makes an unauthorized cameo (Could you imagine that happening TODAY?!), I'm not ready to call this 1968 version of Donald Duck "INFERIOR"!
...Not while THIS 1969 atrocity still exists!
...Talk about INFERIOR!
Yeah, yeah... I know! I'll never let this one go...
...But, why should I when an historically great character like Donald Duck looks far worse in HIS OWN PUBLISHER'S COMICS...
...Than as a PARODY IMAGE in ANOTHER PUBLISHER'S COMICS at the same basic time?
Even the INFERIOR 5 would have to wrestle with such a question!
...And they have SO LITTLE to "wrestle" with!