Still, Your Humble Editor has a pretty good excuse; a bad case of sun poisoning courtesy of a day spent watching the most ineptly played baseball game in recent history (For God's sake, let's intentionally walk Adam Dunn a couple more times, he's got a deadly .154 average and a face like a fat stubbly walnut waiting for the laugh to a joke he forgot to deliver the punchline for...)
Anyway, in desperate attempt to catch up - and in honor of the sport that almost killed me by merely occuring while I sat nearby - I got to ruminating on the occasional intersections of baseball and super-hero comics.
You can trace an interesting and decaying pulse in cover subject matter across the history of comics; it starts in the thirties with straight forward action and conflict, and then promptly begins trying everything - sports, animals, comedy, romance, superheroes hanging around the radio, playing on carousels, operating printing presses, etc and etc. Within the decade the cover topics grab Westerns, science fiction and horror but drop pretty much everything else except a few common topics - sports and Christmas for instance - and once the Silver Age hits you're on a decline; by the Bronze Age and DEFINITELY into the current marketplace, superhero comic covers are EXPRESSLY about conflict and action.
Personally, I think that's a shame; the stories and art of the past may not have been better, but it seemed like more was possible. Remember when superhero teams used to play baseball or basketball in their down time? Remember how often Superman hung out with Santa? When BATMAN did? I have a hard time imagining that happening in the Nu52, or any iteration of the fifty Very Serious™ Avengers titles out there...
Anyway, in honor of the covers that promised you the world, and possibly also as a curse upon the houses of the Mariners and the White Sox whose recent Keystone Kops routine has probably given me all the cancer, here's a showcase of some of my favorite comic book cover collisions between superheroes, sci-fi and the national pastime...
|Note the use of the plural.|
|"Batshit concept called off on account of rain."|
|The people of Metropolis turn on Superman on a dime.|
|One of the Gorilla Wonders of the Diamond|
|I see his dilemma; Superman's clearly safe but he's gotta ride home with Batman.|