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  1. I wonder if green seen thru blue water makes a yellow-ish color. I looked it up, and it makes cyan, which isn’t yellow by any means, but maybe the cartoonist didn’t realize that? Looking at images of Green Lantern, his ring’s light does have a yellow-ish cast to it.

  2. I thought it was about the “indicator” chemicals that it was rumored some pools use.

  3. I have found that, since becoming a pool owner, the ‘pee in the pool’ theme is no longer funny. Just a change in POV. I did look up Sinestro and think it WOULD be more ‘sensical’, altho not any more funny (to me).

  4. There is a thing that you tell kids that, if they pee in the pool, everyone will know because there’s a chemical in the water that will turn green around you. This is a lie, but it’s supposed to prevent kids from peeing.

    This comic is predicated on the idea that such a chemical exists and is in use. And, yes, the Lasso Of Truth makes people tell the truth.

    This, incidentally, is part of George Perez’s post-Crisis-on-Infinite-Earths DC reboot. In the original William Moulton Marston comics, Wonder Woman’s lasso compelled people to follow the holder’s orders. Wonder Woman did frequently order people to tell the truth with it, but truth-telling wasn’t a particular focus of the lasso. Post-Crisis, Perez re-focused the Magic Lasso to be more specifically the Lasso of Truth. The Lasso of Truth prevents lying and dishonestly if it is even touched; one doesn’t need to be bound by it.

  5. Are we all going to just ignore the fact that Superman has a Superman tattoo? Or that Green Lantern & Wonder Woman are in the pool fully-dressed?

  6. I wondered about the Superman tattoo. Bullets bounce off without leaving a mark but somehow someone has a needle that can penetrate his skin.

    As for moat of the folks being dressed… I got nothing.

  7. Superman’s tattoo could just be drawn on with a marker.
    There are bathing suits that are made to look like wonder woman’s outfit.
    Green Lantern’s suit could be a wetsuit of sorts.

  8. Yeah, that pool colour-changing if you pee stuff isn’t real. I have extensively field tested this. Not recently, mind you. The pool has been closed.

  9. Big 60s/early 70s DC fan here. GL’s ring in the 60s and 70s emitted a light that was near yellow near the ring and wasn’t green until about a foot to 6 foot distance from the ring, depending on the year and the panel action. When the target was close, the light was all near-yellow. This was the color to the observer on the side (i.e. the comic book reader). I considered the green the effect glow.
    (near yellow = yellow with a very very VERY faint hint of green)

    Fun pool fact, it was never the chlorine that turned blond(e) hair green; it was oxidized metals like copper that got absorbed into dry hair when entering the pool. Once that was discovered, the solution for prevention was for people to soak their hair *before* going into the pool.
    I imagine a lot of people like me wondered why green hair started to become rare. I’m thinking that requiring showers before entering the pool for sanitary reasons inadvertently was the cause.

  10. We might be able to explain why his true looks green, but Occam’s Razor would suggest it’s the ring.

    I would also suggest the comic was posted so Bill could use that subject line.

  11. I’m actually surprised at the number of people who aren’t aware of the urine in swimming pool turns green concept.

    But I had no idea why he was claiming something (what?) was actually his ring (his ring is finger sized and round and looks like a ring; nothing else would) and we Aquaman thought they’d use Wonder Woman’s lasso for roping it in. I figured because of the times we live in that it was a small penis joke but …. I didn’t get it.

    But… lying that his pee is a green effect of his ring (but why is his ring active?) and putting him to a truth test (but who cares?) makes sense, but is *hardly* a joke worth the *huge* amount of effort.

  12. Thanks for the green-hair tale. You’re probably right about the showering.

    When I read the comic, figured it was emission from his ring or something. But then, all he had do do was raise his hand to dispel the obvious inference.

    If we lived in a world where Superman was real, there would probably be thousands of people with Superman tats, so Clark would not stand out at all. But that needle would surely fall under the “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex” consideration.

    (I wrote a nice, long reply on my phone, while I was out waiting for someone, then found that I couldn’t send it, so I left it in situ for later copying. Now it’s later, and what I wrote has disappeared.)

  13. When I was a kid, they had that blue disinfectant you put in your toilet, and when you peed the water turned green. Maybe it’s a reference to that.

  14. @ w00zy – So Superman has to bring a lump of kryptonite with him whenever he’s up for a vaccination (or blood donation)?

  15. @Kevin A-

    Chlorine and sun damaged hair also more readily absorbs copper ions.Years ago, after a summer working as a lifeguard, the copper in my wife’s dorm showers turned her hair a lovely shade of green.

  16. Ty-D-Bowl was originally a bottle chemicals that one hung in the toilet tank. Every flush it would release some blue water into the bowl. It was supposed to clean the bowl with every flush. A new bottle was deep blue, one that had been in use for a week or two was much less so and eventually the water would flow clear. And urine certainly did make it turn green, though the shade would vary based on how blue the water was and how yellow the urine.

  17. I’ve been a ‘dyed blonde’ for many many years; I expected that when we started using our pool almost four years ago, my hair would turn green. It hasn’t.

  18. Yes, but it doesn’t work in French because ‘scène’ is pronounced differently.
    French spoonerism: “glisser dans la piscine et pisser dans la glycine”(‘glycine’=wisteria).

  19. “So Superman has to bring a lump of kryptonite with him whenever he’s up for a vaccination (or blood donation)?”

    Well, of course!

    Although I always took it that Superman was immune to all diseases and virii an would never require a vaccination (although there’s no reason this would be… but it just goes along with his being Super…. and I’m pretty sure this was canon) and I… I don’t know if it was ever discussed the affect his blood would have on humans but I assume it’s probably incompatible (although i’m sure there’s some one off long forgotten story about so WonderKind who’s origin is a blood transfussion from superman… okay, a little googling and they did that in the silver age with Lois and Lana getting blood transfusions and, yes, superman had to use puncture himself to begin with)

    So why is he *in* this doctor’s office any way? I always figure in announcing himself to the world he let doctors examine him. When it came to needles he just gloated. Superman was always a bit of a jerk .

    http://www.superdickery.com/tag/superman-is-a-dick/

  20. Early Superboy did not really have a problem with vaccinations. But by the mid 1950s school would expect him to have had a polio vaccination and later would expect or require him to have the full assortment available at whatever time he was living in. Thus Superman would also be expected to have been vaccinated.

    He would need some record of vaccinations to go to school and college.

  21. This was once addressed: Superboy knew a doctor who would sign off on vaccinations and such. And he was blind, so he never saw the name on the fire he was signing

  22. @ Bill – It took me three re-readings to figure out that you were not referring to laser vision torching the paperwork, meaning that “fire” was simply a typo or auto-“correct” for “file” or “form”.

  23. “This was once addressed: Superboy knew a doctor who would sign off on vaccinations and such. And he was blind, so he never saw the name on the file he was signing”

    Wait… so what…. Jim Blim would have vaccinations and Superboy would fly in and swap the files so the one with Clark Kent would be signed and then Jim Blim calls and asks for his files and the secretary says there is no record….

    Yeah… that was very typical of the tarnished-silver age books that I grew up with where they’d spend inordinate time dealing with cut-out silhoutes and ventriliquism and trap doors under the floor to hid canned goods if Lana ever stumbled on seeing Clark carrying boxes into the kitchen.

    I think after thirty years of every increasing omnipotence flying into space and stopping yet another asteroid or nuclear missile just got routine but the mundane conundra of mantaining a secret identity had appeal. i can’t complain though, I certainly ate these up when I was a child.

  24. woozy, the doctor knew he was helping Superboy protect his identity. Because he was blind, he couldn’t see that the name on the form he was signing was “Clark Kent.”

    A clever if not-entirely-ethical solution.

  25. In the 1950’s some vaccinations, such as polio shots, were given in school. This caused a problem for young Clark Kent in a 1950’s story “Bad Boy of Smallville”. Clark starts pulling dangerous pranks in school until he gets himself expelled, so he’s not present on the day the shots are given out. Superboy shows up to help with the shots and it’s discovered that one vial of the very expensive vaccine is cracked. Superboy realizes that Clark had helped unload and store the vials and discovered the cracked one, and bravely and unselfishly got himself expelled so that no other student would go without. So Clark instead of a juvenile delinquent is a hero after all. And it turns out that there is an extra vial just in case of breakage, so Superboy takes it and promises to personally administer it to Clark.

  26. Oh,… yeah…. I vaguely remember the blind doctor story. Don’t think I know the “Bad Boy of Smallville” story but it is so typical….

    um, no-one thought to ask why didn’t Clark just *tell* people there was cracked vial? Or if there was some nobility in forgoing yours (why?) why wouldn’t Clark just say “Oh, there’s a broken vial. I’ll volunteer to be the one without”.

  27. The only vaccination we had at school was polio. That the Sabin vaccine, so it was just sugar cubes with a small stain. That was in the early 60s though.

  28. Mark, my theory is that whenever the children of the comic’s current writer had to get their shots, he wrote his own “How Clark Kent got around the vaccination problem” story.

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