An exploration of the Golden Age of Comics, through the lens of Hideouts & Hoodlums, the comic book roleplaying game.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Smash Comics #1 - pt. 3
I can't resist talking about the last feature in Smash Comics #1 -- George Brunner's Hugh Hazzard and His Iron Man (renamed Bozo the Robot by story's end).
Hugh Hazzard is the first Hero in comic books to be summoned by the police using a special signal device (before the Bat Signal and way before the Fantastic Four's signal flares).
The iron robot is operated by remote-control and cannot function independently. It also, laughably, has very few interior parts, allowing a full grown man to climb inside it without hindering the operation of the man-sized robot!
And then, instead of holding onto the robot as -- oh, I don't know, evidence for court? -- the police just decide to dispose of it by dumping it out to sea. This would make it very easy for Heroes to lay claim to trophy items from bad guys, if the police don't ever hold onto them, or treat them as the alleged criminal's legal property.
It's all very laughable, of course, but this is a comic book universe, and one that's very Hero-friendly!