Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Funny Pages v.2 #3

The quality of the scans I have access to from this issue is low, so it's just as well I don't have much to show from it. I did, however, want to show this -

and talk about the dangers of using this particular trope.  What's behind this is the notion that all fantasy monsters could actually be explained by real-life prehistoric creatures. Hence, a dragon is actually just a fire-breathing sauropod. The danger of using this trope should be evident to anyone who's been paying attention to the stats for dinosaurs in various Hideouts & Hoodlums products (or suggested earlier on this blog) -- dinosaurs tended to be ridiculously gigantic, which translates into Hit Dice that only very high-level Heroes should be able to handle. A fantasy dragon on that scale (like in the recent Hobbit films) would be beyond what all but the most powerful Hero-characters could handle.

It's interesting to note, also, how bird-like the pteranodons pictured here are, something which scientists are increasingly embracing about dinosaurs, yet would have been unknown in 1937...

This is from a page called It's Really a Fact! -- but you never really know if that's true with these pages.  Here, though, it's tempting to believe that we have here the average height of a building in New York City in 1937, which would surely be useful for anyone running a campaign there.

(Scans courtesy of Digital Comic Museum)

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