One of these things is not like the other…

Cidu Bill on Feb 7th 2013


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33 Responses to “One of these things is not like the other…”

  1. Dave in Asheville Feb 7th 2013 at 09:19 am 1

    Stretch Armstrong.

  2. billytheskink Feb 7th 2013 at 09:27 am 2

    Yeah, I’m assuming thrid from the left is Stretch Armstong as well.
    Anyways Gumby does more of a T-1000/Alex Mack turn into a liquid thing than a stretching thing like the other three.

  3. Cidu Bill Feb 7th 2013 at 09:50 am 3

    Who??? How is it that everybody but me has heard of this guy? And why does he look like Aquaman?

  4. Kilby Feb 7th 2013 at 09:57 am 4

    It would have been nice to see Elastigirl in the group (then there really would have been one of them that was not like the others), but she’s probably not the bar-hopping type.

    P.S. @1-3: I now know more than I ever needed or wanted to know about “Stretch Armstrong”, Bill’s tags also revealed that the first figure must be Plastic Man (another one of which I had never heard of before, either).

  5. Bill A Feb 7th 2013 at 10:12 am 5

    @ Cidu Bill - I, too, thought Aquaman. Stretch Armstrong would NEVER have occurred to me (and still doesn’t).

  6. JHGRedekop Feb 7th 2013 at 10:14 am 6

    He looks like Aquaman because all buff shirtless blond guys look like Aquaman from the waist up. Though Aquaman sports long hair and a beard these days. And a hook hand, though it’s his left, so you wouldn’t see that here.

    BTW, in yet another sign of the Apocalypse, there’s a Stretch Armstrong movie in the works:

  7. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Feb 7th 2013 at 10:14 am 7


    You, like I, are probably too old to have a Stretch Armstrong doll as a child, but he was a fairly popular “action figure” in the 1970’s. Hollywood, being at its creative peak right now, is exploring a live-action Stretch Armstrong movie.

  8. James Schend Feb 7th 2013 at 10:14 am 8

    Haha I was about to complain that Stretch Armstrong is a geezer warning (and Gumby barely scrapes by due to recognition factor). But Bill hasn’t heard of it? Haha.

  9. Cidu Bill Feb 7th 2013 at 10:18 am 9

    Actually, I suspect that this is all an elaborate prank, and you’re all gaslighting me by pretending there’s this Stretch Armstrong character I’ve never heard of.

    And I think Aquaman is cleanshaven and two-handed again now.

  10. yellojkt Feb 7th 2013 at 10:32 am 10

    Plasticman is probably THE original superhero with stretching powers. DC Comics also had a Silver Age hero called Elongated Man who was notable in that he did not keep his real name of Ralph Dibny as a secret identity.

  11. Cidu Bill Feb 7th 2013 at 10:35 am 11

    And Elastic Lad, of course…

  12. Judge Mental Feb 7th 2013 at 10:48 am 12

    I originally thought you were talking about Gumby as not being like the others. Yes he can stretch, but being less humanoid than the others (though I couldn’t figure out why that was relevant), he struck me as being most different. When I saw the “Aquaman” in your tags, I then understood your confusion.

    I even remember kids breaking their Stretch Armstrong by stretching him too far and revealing the reddish syrupy goop that were his innards.

  13. John Small Berries Feb 7th 2013 at 10:57 am 13

    Reddish? The goop in mine was a disappointing straw color. Having him ooze red blood when he finally tore apart would have been much more appropriate.

  14. Judge Mental Feb 7th 2013 at 11:27 am 14

    @John Small Berries #13

    Every Stretch I saw (mid 70’s) had reddish-brown corn syrup.

    For what its worth, I have read that the later cartoonish-faced Stretch (like in my video link) that was still available in the early 90’s had small beads inside. That was after my time and can’t attest to what his entrails looked like.

  15. Chipper Feb 7th 2013 at 11:37 am 15

    We had a Stretch Armstrong when I was a kid. As far as I remember, it was only a toy - no comic or TV show were associated with this toy. You could stretch him out & he would slowly return to his original shape.

    Here’s a commercial:

  16. J-L Feb 7th 2013 at 11:57 am 16

    A few years back, I often heard the song “Nineteen Somethin’” (sung by Mark Willis) on the radio. It featured the following lyrics:

    Saw Star Wars at least eight times
    Had the Pac-Man pattern memorized
    And I’ve seen the stuff they put inside…
    Stretch Armstrong

    When country music singers sing nostalgic songs about a childhood that takes place around the same time as mine did, I know it’s not long before I inherit the mantle of “geezerhood.”

  17. billytheskink Feb 7th 2013 at 12:00 pm 17

    @Judge Mental #14

    The one I had in the early 90s did not have beads in it, but it did have that reddish-brown syrup. I know this all too well because Stretch developed a leak I did not notice sometime shortly before I put him back in the toybox and I spent many hours cleaning that syrup off of my Hot Wheels.

  18. Gary Feb 7th 2013 at 12:02 pm 18

    Johnny Longtorso!! (sold separately)

  19. TrekNoid Feb 7th 2013 at 12:51 pm 19

    For more than *any* human should remember about Stretch Armstrong:

  20. Dr. Shrinker Feb 7th 2013 at 01:52 pm 20

  21. Wendy Feb 7th 2013 at 02:03 pm 21

    I immediately recognized the others, but I sure didn’t know who the blonde guy could be. I didn’t think he could be Aquaman, because the mental images I have of him all have a shirt (usually orange and scaly from the old “Superfriends” show), but I doubt I would have ever come up with Stretch Armstrong. Now that you’ve reminded me, though, I remember ads for Stretch Armstrong dolls from my childhood.

  22. John in Tronna Feb 7th 2013 at 02:33 pm 22

    I always thought Aquaman went around in an orange shirt. It was Namor the Sub-Mariner who went around shirtless, like Spock in a Speedo.

  23. Tracy Feb 7th 2013 at 04:20 pm 23

    Somewhere in my closet I have the Fetch Armstrong ninja dog.

    I don’t recognize the guy on the far left.

  24. Lola Feb 7th 2013 at 05:57 pm 24

    So am I the only one here who only knew Stretch Armstrong as Archie Bunker’s friend? It never occurred to me that it was anything other than a nick name. Now that I think of it, I don’t remember ever seeing the character and just assumed he was really tall and skinny.

  25. Kamino Neko Feb 7th 2013 at 06:42 pm 25

    He looks like Aquaman because all buff shirtless blond guys look like Aquaman from the waist up. Though Aquaman sports long hair and a beard these days.

    Not any more. Hasn’t for years. He’s more or less in his original look (orange scaled shirt, green pants, green gloves, clean shaven, short haired - and notably, both hands being all fleshy-like), currently.

    Lola - that’s Stretch Cunningham, not Stretch Armstrong.

  26. Kamino Neko Feb 7th 2013 at 06:44 pm 26

    (Checking, Aquaman went back to his original look, save for his right hand being made out of water, circa 2004.)

  27. Kamino Neko Feb 7th 2013 at 06:54 pm 27

    Yay, triple-posting, but I just now saw this post

    Tracy @23 - that’s Plastic Man, who is the oldest of the characters in the image.

    Plastic Man was created in 1941, published by Quality Comics until they folded, currently owned by DC.
    Gumby was created in 1955.
    Mr Fantastic in 1962.
    Stretch Armstrong in 1976.

  28. Dyfsunctional Feb 7th 2013 at 07:22 pm 28

    Isn’t the expression “spreading myself too thin,” not “stretching myself too thin?”

  29. Jeff S. Feb 7th 2013 at 08:09 pm 29

    Archie’s friend was Stretch Cunningham, and was played by James Cromwell.

  30. Lola Feb 7th 2013 at 09:56 pm 30

    hahahah, so, indeed, I AM the only one.

  31. Mark in Boston Feb 7th 2013 at 10:15 pm 31

    The Gumby toy did NOT stretch much at all, even though on the TV show Gumby could turn himself into just about anything. What a weird show. When Gumby was asleep he would turn into whatever he was dreaming of, so his parents would watch him sleep just to see what he was dreaming about. I wonder if they kept that up when he became a teenager. I’m glad my parents didn’t know what I dreamed about.

  32. Scott E Feb 8th 2013 at 11:10 am 32

    I’m guessing Elongated Man is too obscure?

  33. Kamino Neko Feb 8th 2013 at 11:10 pm 33

    Elongated Man would have been double dipping, since he and Plas are both DC character - doubly double dipping, since the only reason he was named Elongated Man was because his creator didn’t realize at the time they owned the name Plastic Man.

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