|Strangely, this is an accurate reproduction of Bob Kane's gravestone.|
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Oswald Cobblepot, best known to modern audiences for being the guy who’ll knife a dude for a tasty sandwich, enters 1949 as the manager of the sensational Pee-wee, an emperor penguin evidently gifted with the power of speech and the sartorial elegance to match a bowtie and top hat with not wearing any pants, just like me at my wedding.
The Dynamic Duo’s introduction to Pee-Wee comes by way of harassing the Penguin for doing absolutely nothing. I am by no means kidding when I relate the chain of events as being thus: Batman and Robin notice the Penguin walking down the street, acknowledge that he’s recently paroled but decide to rough him up anyway because he has the audacity to be heading towards a place where they sell ice, call him fat, and then threaten to beat up his friends. Batman even fuckin’ throws a soupbone at empty air, flustered to find the target of his rage to be a flightless bird.
|I don't generally like to post whole pages from these comics, but I want you to experience Batman's|
utterly uncalled-for harassment of the Penguin in the midst of doing absolutely nothing sinister whatsoever.
|Batman: Preemptively banned from the |
Hollywood Magic Castle.
Ultimately, Batman gets the Penguin to trial, at which point the world’s greatest detective switches tactics and commits himself to proving that Pee-Wee could not, actually, talk, but rather was the receiving end of a sophisticated ventriloquist act. Well … yeah? What’s next, is Batman going to hound Edgar Bergen until he gives up Charlie McCarthy? Jeff Dunham better watch his ass.
Somehow, proving that Pee-Wee wasn’t actually capable of speech sends the Penguin back to jail, although there is literally no reason for that and in fact it in no way proved anything involving even the Penguin’s presence near the robberies. It must make Batman feel good, though, and clears his schedule to belittle and threaten other parolees when the nights get lonely.
|Controversially for a comic of the time, these are those two gay penguins you read about.|