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  1. In the mid-'40s, the average comic was selling...

    In the mid-'40s, the average comic was selling almost 600,000. When you realize the US population was only 139 million, you have to scratch your head.



    Heh. I have been saying that for decades...
  2. Movies didn't stay as long at the theaters back...

    Movies didn't stay as long at the theaters back then as they do today, too, since the film companies were churning out so much product that needed to be viewed. Now many of these movies were...
  3. He still makes more sense for a superhero to...

    He still makes more sense for a superhero to associate with than Luthor using Otis as a henchman, FWIW. You dig, daddy-o? :)
  4. Yes, you're right about a couple of outliers...

    Yes, you're right about a couple of outliers during that asinine speculation era of the late '80s and early '90s. Still, on average, more comics were sold during the Golden Age than that era even...
  5. What doesn't work is having at least 95% of films...

    What doesn't work is having at least 95% of films made during the past five years in the top 200 most popular films. That's just crazy. A list adjusted for inflation might not be perfect (which is...
  6. Well, if we don't adjust for inflation, then we...

    Well, if we don't adjust for inflation, then we have to conclude the most popular films of all-time all occurred in recent years. Obviously, that's kind of ridiculous. :)
  7. Comic sales per capita were at its highest during...

    Comic sales per capita were at its highest during the Golden Age of the '30s and '40s. Despite the much smaller population of that time, the top-selling comics sold in the millions. Think how much...
  8. In real dollars or unadjusted? As for your...

    In real dollars or unadjusted? As for your question about inflation, it's unquestionably a big deal in regard to this question, as well as population growth since the '30s. I don't know about Batman,...
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    I have read a bit of Ernie Pyle's reports myself,...

    I have read a bit of Ernie Pyle's reports myself, so I feel the same way about them as you do.



    I used to watch a lot of that channel at one time, but like Discovery. TLC, and even the History...
  10. I'm slightly younger than you, Jim, so while I...

    I'm slightly younger than you, Jim, so while I don't recall Bat-mania, I do remember its aftermath. He just wasn't considered to be cool back in the '70s, which kind of boggles the mind now so many...
  11. If they had seen one of the Nolan or Burton films...

    If they had seen one of the Nolan or Burton films first (not to mention BTAS), however, I'm pretty sure their reaction towards the '66 show wouldn't be as positive. I know if I had been introduced to...
  12. I think if population and inflation are factored...

    I think if population and inflation are factored in, I don't think anybody touches either Superman or Batman as creating the most bucks for a superhero character. They had a two decade start on...
  13. Yeah, thanks for reminding me I'm getting old,...

    Yeah, thanks for reminding me I'm getting old, Chubistian. ;)



    Oh, it's definitely fun. Vincent Price as Egghead is a hoot. He seriously could have been known for comedy as much as he is for...
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    Never read it, Major, but would love to in the...

    Never read it, Major, but would love to in the future.

    It's funny, but there was a time I read so many WWII and Nazi (anti!) books and novels back in the '80s. My brothers used to kid me about it...
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    New book: I'm re-reading for the third time The...

    New book: I'm re-reading for the third time The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1950) by William L. Shirer. It appears every couple of decades I need to check it out again. Besides, is there a...
  16. While I sympathize with your position and have...

    While I sympathize with your position and have been a big fan of the movie since the '70s, the original is over 60 years old. A lot of things have changed film-wise since then (including the notion...
  17. I think the Boy Scout personality the Donnerverse...

    I think the Boy Scout personality the Donnerverse created (no, Clark in the comics at that time wasn't a carbon copy of Reeve's) worked for my generation. We weren't as jaded as later generations of...
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    Catching him off guard can definitely work....

    Catching him off guard can definitely work. Having Flash run straight towards a Rogue to have one of them hit him with one of their weapons? Yeah, no,. :)
  19. Now try it in real dollars and adjusted for...

    Now try it in real dollars and adjusted for population for fairness sake, mace. ;)
  20. The show unquestionably put Batman much more...

    The show unquestionably put Batman much more distinctively on the map than his comics, comic strip, and radio appearances couldn't do. He might have been more funny character than serious superhero,...
  21. Well, Spidey would be his only completion. I'm...

    Well, Spidey would be his only completion. I'm not sure about merchandising, but Bats would be the equal and then some in regard to the rest. In real dollars, he's #1 at the box office, too.
  22. It was very popular its first season and the...

    It was very popular its first season and the Bat-mania was indeed real, but it was also nominated for best comedy that same season (and Season 1 was the least funny of the three). Now as a...
  23. Batman unquestionably sold more DC comics than...

    Batman unquestionably sold more DC comics than anyone except the Superman family of titles and was always north of the average comic sold. If he were really in danger of being cancelled, DC would...
  24. The sad thing is, before Tim Burton and the...

    The sad thing is, before Tim Burton and the Timmverse, Batman was kind of a joke with mainstream audiences (Aquaman wasn't even close, despite what you hear today). Not with Bronze Age comic book...
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    That's irrelevant, because there are numerous...

    That's irrelevant, because there are numerous times in the comics where Barry or Wally were bested by them - not from intelligence - but PIS.



    I mentioned that in an earlier post myself. That's...
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