|Yeah, a good blowjob has that effect on a lot of guys.|
Also among Superman’s long list of other-corporate co-conspirators were Alec and Shanna, the RADIO SHACK WHIZ KIDS!
|"It's gonna take about an hour to warm up, tho."|
The Whiz Kids were the product of the fine folks at Tandy and an almost terminal lack of imagination, being as they were a pair of unremarkable middle-class school kids who utilized the awesome computing power of the TRS-80 (not an inexpensive purchase back in its debut, despite its informal nickname being “Trash-80”) to solve crime and keep off of drugs and possibly foil arms smugglers ‘n shit. Lots of bad stuff going down at Radio Shack, you don’t want to go there alone at night. Or ever, generally.
The Whiz Kids formally teamed up with Superman on three, free occasions, dragging Wonder Woman and Supergirl along on a couple of those adventures, the titles of which were: The Computers That Saved Metropolis, Victory By Computer and The Computer Masters of Metropolis. These books typically depicted Alec and Shanna using their youthful genius and the processing power of the TRS-80 to aid Superman is predicting and preventing disasters caused by big-league super villains like Major Disaster and Lex Luthor, or beating them outright! It’s hard to consider Luthor a threat once he’s defeated by two kids who still live on the suburban side of puberty. I guess he’s vulnerable to cassette drives and screen burns.
I personally cannot accept that Superman genuinely benefits from the assistance of a pair of pre-teen desk jockeys and their oversized graphing calculator-slash-paperweight. Even I can calculate square roots faster than a TRS-80, what’s Superman supposed to use it for, smashing Toyman over the head with it?
|"No, kids, that's all right, I've only done this about a billion times."|
The Whiz Kids: The Computer Trap
The Whiz Kids: The Computer That Said No To Drugs
The Whiz Kids: News By Computer Foils Kidnappers
The Whiz Kids: OK Computer
The Whiz Kids: The Answer To A Riddle
The Whiz Kids: Fit To Win
The Whiz Kids: A Deadly Choice
The Whiz Kids: Safeguarding the Environment
The Whiz Kids: The Order of the Phoenix
The Whiz Kids XXX: Not The Tandy Computer Whiz Kids
Wait a minute, one of the ones I didn't make up ... did they really have a book titled “A Deadly Choice?” How high are the fucking stakes of personal home computing? Also, it’s charming that any computer company would stump for environmental protection, especially at the book’s release in 1991, since your average disposed home computer leaks about five hundred gallons of weaponized rat cancer into the groundwater every hour, according to a book I made up.
|Misandry is real!|
Anyway, by the time the internet came around and computers were finally useful (porn), Alec and Shanna probably would have been all grown up. If we relaunched them today, Shanna would probably be a Glasshole advocating for Googleocracy and Alec’ll have a YouTube channel with more than 1500 hours rebutting Anita Sarkeesian - so let’s all thank the power of computing!