Stuck a feather in his hat and called it...
But it’s not so fancy that it gets called “famous,” now is it, Ollie? I bet you’re looking up at Batman’s panel-bursting, swirling cape and just thinking, “Dear God, I need to get me one of those.” Because we all know that you’re super jealous of Batman. ==== With that concludes today’s page of The Super Dictionary! Tune in next time for...
That cape is a serious fashion statement.
I mean, it is a pretty sweet cape. And it is quite swirly in this particular shot. But I’m not sure that Batman is famous for his cape. I think he’s a little more famous for beating the crap out of dangerous psychotics on the streets of Gotham. But maybe that’s just me. (And what is going on with that background? Batman’s foot is under it and it kind of looks like a...
Hawkgirl loves helping families!
Well that was very kind of you, Hawkgirl. You are a model hero sometimes. I wonder how you helped them. Maybe with your amazing math skills. I guess we’ll never be sure though!
Where are you off to, Supergirl?
I bet she flew over that familiar city when she was looking for Comet, but who knows. Maybe it was just one of those times she was flying around for fun, racing butterflies. Or maybe it’s after a pass over the cornfields. She certainly does fly a lot.
Superbaby, you are always dressed for the...
I can’t fault your definition. But there’s something else bothering me. On the one hand, at least The Super Dictionary isn’t encouraging children to jump out of trees. On the other, it’s still kind of making it sound like it’s not all that bad to fall out of a tree. Sometimes I wonder about how much you like children, Super Dictionary.
That is one foxy fairy, if I do say so myself.
Uh huh, Atom. You just want to help the fairy find the lost fairies. It has nothing to do with the fact that the fairy you’re riding with is an absolute babe. Seriously, she looks like she’s straight out of a harem. …And her wings look like balloons that are…tied to her shoulders. ==== With that magic-science team up, we conclude the first page of the letter...
A day at the fair?! I can hardly contain my...
Aw. How sweet. And also how completely and utterly American. Just in case you’d forgotten how completely and utterly American this book is. I’m a little disappointed by the lack of mention of apple pie, though. …But in all fairness, I can’t deny the memories of my own local fair growing up and how it was full of shoddy rides, questionable games, and smelly animals. ...
FACT: The Super Dictionary is ridiculous.
Whoa, there, Super Dictionary. Getting interactive, are we? I’m not sure what I think of that. However, I can’t argue with your statement that Superman’s boots are red. Because they certainly are.
What fabulous frenzies of fantasy await us with...
I can’t wait to find out! Wow, I don’t know if I want to see what Wonder Woman saw before she faced away from those men. She looks pretty shocked and disgusted by whatever it was, and that mustachioed guy in the background looks pretty pleased with himself. Or maybe she just did something stupid or embarrassing, like farting, and that blond guy just told her she was caught on...
Best disguise ever.
Why is it that Clark is the only character in The Super Dictionary who gets to have his secret identity acknowledged in the least? On the other hand, this might be the most sensible use of a character matched up with a definition in this entire book. Unfortunately you ruined it by pointing out that Clark doesn’t actually need glasses. ==== Thus concludes the letter “E”. Next...
Batman, I can't even...what.
Well no shit the giant’s eyed you, Robin. You’re climbing up the bridge of his nose. With grappling ropes. I don’t know what circumstances led you guys to this being the most effective way to solve whatever mystery you’re trying to solve, but I’m pretty sure that the best way to avoid being detected by a giant would be to not scale his face like it was Mount...
Pulling another all-nighter, Lois? Kudos!
On the one hand, that’s our Lois! Intrepid reporter who works until the job is done! On the other hand, wouldn’t she have a salaried position as a top reporter at the Planet? Making any overtime she works entirely irrelevant? Unless maybe she was working her second job at McDonald’s or something. Then I guess this would make more sense.
Good thing this planet apparently has a breathable...
Otherwise Jonna might’ve been a little screwed, going around without her bubble helmet. I…guess that’s an accurate definition for “explore.” I can’t think of anything else for a simple definition, but it still feels a bit flat. On a different note, Jonna certainly doesn’t look like she’s exploring. It looks like she’s just standing 50 yards...
Batgirl, you got some 'splainin' to doooo!
How vague. Now we’re left to choose between a variety of circumstances: Batgirl was late to a crime in progress and now has to explain that she was too busy hanging out at her party to stop a murder/theft/what have you Batgirl was late to meet up with Batman to lend him her TV, and Batman got inordinately pissy about it. Batgirl was late returning her library books and the librarian was...
Supergirl, put that car down!
I think you’re going to need to go a little farther than that car. But did you really need to lift up a moving vehicle as part of this test? That seems pretty rude. And come on! You have this plethora of science characters and you pick Supergirl to illustrate “experiment”? You couldn’t just use the Atom doing something that isn’t being terrorized by little girls? ...
The neverending quest for Bruce's love continues.
As it always will. Well, Robin, I hate to break it to you, but that is inevitably what Batman will expect from you. Because he always expects too much from you. On the bright side, every Robin to serve after you will be held up to some idyllic standard based on what Bruce thinks he remembers about you? But that’s not really going to help you now.
I wonder who wrote their training regime...
I didn’t realize nets were so bouncy. I guess that shows what I know about exercise! Also that’s a pretty impressive take-off from landing headfirst into that dive. And extra impressive that Hawkman somehow took off before Hawkgirl.
The (re) Return of The Super Dictionary!
Oops! Life got the better of me again, and I really slacked off on…everything. FIXING THIS NOW. Tune in later today for the return of The Super Dictionary, starting with the penultimate page of the letter E!
What did you need to exclaim about, Teri? Those guys are so far away you can’t possibly hear them from behind your…rock…? Unless something really dramatic is happening off-panel by your feet. Like being bitten by a poisonous spider. Or pinched by a crab. Or being stung by a scorpion! Those would all be excellent reasons to exclaim. ==== Thus ends another stunning page of...
"What's all that racket? You kids get off my...
Or: El Dragón sounds like an old man. Well goodness, El Dragón, if you were only paying attention! It was a puppy, of course! Followed by the immediate panic of a flying child. Funny that “excited” involves a child laughing and jumping around, and “excitement” is apparently a lot of bother and noise. Two very different perspectives on two very similar words.
I guess Krypto hasn't crash landed yet.
And then he scared the crap out of that lady by flying over to her puppy. Not to mention just generally being scary with those ridiculously defined six-year-old pecs.
Who is Bruce Wayne, really?
Dick! Stop reinforcing Bruce’s crazy. You know how hard Alfred works to get Bruce to try to be Bruce a little more often. Telling him that he’s really Batman is good for no one. Probably not even Gotham!
It's not even a very good magic trick.
So is that example going to be after the snake? Or is the snake the example of the magic trick? Because I have to say, I didn’t see the beginning, so all I’m seeing is a snake popping out of a basket.
A whole dollar! Oh boy.
What’s he going to do with that change? Go down to the corner candy shop and buy lollipops for himself and Teri? Go to the laundromat and do some laundry? Stop by a vending machine? The possibilities are just endless! ==== There ends today’s page of The Super Dictionary. Will we ever find out what Ted needed that exact change for a dollar for? Probably not. But you’ll have...
Excuse me, Penguin, but just who do you think...
I’m not sure I follow what’s happening here. Did Penguin kidnap Batgirl? And why is Batgirl’s costume so ridiculously boobtastic? And why is Penguin’s mouth made of rubber? I’m going to pretend she’s looking at Robin off panel, just exchanging that “Bitch please” look on her face with him. Because she’s certainly not looking at our good...
What is exploding? The ocean?
I have very few issues with this. I think everyone would like to be as strong as Wonder Woman. Plus! Special guest appearance from what is almost certainly a black-haired Steve Trevor being saved by Diana! (But we all know how The Super Dictionary feels about characters not in their Who’s Who — they are poorly disguised.)
Jonna, no one wants to hear your stories.
That just sounds like bragging, Jonna. Telling everybody about your rocket trip seems excessive. Plus doesn’t everyone you know take rocket trips all the time?
Catwoman: Crazy Cat Lady
She loves her cats so much that she is in denial when they die. I’ve got my eye on you, Selina. I’ve seen you dusting your stuffed former pets.
Hey there, cowboy -- lookin' for a good time?
Come on. That is totally what she is saying. Look at her. JUST LOOK AT HER. Nope, I don’t think Supergirl has ever been afraid of anything. Especially not that rat, and definitely not whoever has apparently captured her in this barren warehouse. I’m voting King Creepy McCreeperson. Plus the mystery of my icon is solved! This might be my favorite ridiculous illustration in this...
Conjura is a creature of twilight.
Oh, you mean the magic window she pulls bunnies out of? Fair enough. I wonder what she does to work on her magic powers. Just generally mess around in the time stream? Maybe we can blame Conjura for the reboot. I know Barry was the one really responsible, but maybe her time shenanigans set the whole mess into motion!
Superheroes are people too!
And sometimes they just need to have some good old fashioned fun. In costume. How…obscure of you, Super Dictionary. Were they playing hockey? I can only assume so, but maybe they were just racing on the ice. I’m a little surprised Wonder Woman took part, but The Super Dictionary seems a little surprised by this turn of events too. Makes me wonder if Wonder Woman is part of the...
El Dragón is in quite a conundrum!
Well usually the way fire escapes from a stove is that someone is very careless and leaves something on the stove too long and it catches fire. And since the stove is actually the top bit, it’s really really easy for a fire to escape from it. Always put a lid on grease fires! I’ll assume this isn’t your house, El Dragón, because if it is, I’m going to be very...
The Super Dictionary returns!
As promised in my last Ask — October heralds the return of The Super Dictionary! Tune in later today for today’s page :D
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Hal's just a little tired.
Ah, of course. Why make room for “erase” when you need to include the word “escalator”? Silly me. More like escalators give Green Lantern a chance to be LAZY. Why are you riding an escalator? Where are you that there’s an escalator just handy? Are you doing a low-speed chase through the Mall of America or something? And you can fly. How is that not easier than...
Rub rub rub!
I didn’t know that Lois had a chalkboard. Did the Daily Planet acquire one? Was Lois made chalkboard monitor? Is it Jimmy’s turn to erase the chalkboard tomorrow? Also, an interesting choice to include the word “eraser,” but not the word “erase,” Super Dictionary. But we all know how important words like “enemy” and “arrow” are to the...
Barry, knock it off with the walls. What did they...
Geez, Barry, why are you such a show-off? You’re almost as bad as Hal. There’s a door there for a reason. Plus you were probably just outside that door in the first place, and judging from that speed trail, you went back and came at the wall at high speed just to vibrate through it. Not very professional, Barry. Not very professional at all.
Conjura is never late.
I’d say that Conjura has more than enough time to get back home, seeing as she has a magic time amulet. Or did you forget that, Super Dictionary?
Who are you talking to, Atom?
Atom, I’m pretty sure becoming even tinier in someone’s hands isn’t going to stop them from smashing you. Or at least not if you only become that tiny. But either way, a more direct solution to this smashing problem would be to just become normal-sized again.
Enjoying each other's company is important.
That’s sweet, I guess. Kind of at odds with some of the other Hawkman/Hawkgirl interactions, though. Maybe they’re just trying to pretend like everything will be fine.
Train jumping -- it's the newest craze.
The last time we had a Bat Family twofer definition was pretty memorable. Does Batgirl and Batman’s engine/engineer live up to Robin and Batman’s basket/basketball? Wait wait wait. “Engineers like him”? Why does Barbara need to watch out for Batman? I don’t understand. And why is Babs all about jumping on engines? That is just another confusing part. But...
I…guess that’s all true. For Superman. (Also: pfffft “bad things.” Bahahahaha.) But I mean, some people have enemies who are not bad people. They just personally do not get along. But there’s no room for that kind of gray area in Superman’s world of black and white.
I bet you drank it absentmindedly, Jonna.
Maybe it EVAPORATED! I wonder what Jonna was going to empty that glass into. Maybe she was going to water her bud with it.
Supergirl, quit being so mean to Comet.
Man, no wonder Comet bit Supergirl. Forcing your not-really-a-horse super horse through its paces in a dressage show. Tying ribbons in his hair. Not letting him leave. That’s not very nice, Supergirl. What is with the Super Family and their issues with sentient life, anyway? I mean, there’s Superbaby and that…gorilla thing. There’s Lois with that box on her head (But...
Well she does have a mighty roar.
Just not the kind you’d necessarily be thinking of. Why roar like a lion when you can knock people out with your Canary Cry? ==== While Dinah wishes for more voice based super powers, we conclude another page of The Super Dictionary. Come back tomorrow for more madness from the 1970s. Check out under the cut for today’s full page! [[MORE]]
Sometimes Barry remembers to be polite!
Even if you have superspeed, you still have to wait in line sometimes. Wow, that’s very near as scintillating as the definition for “eighth”! I wonder if Flash and Canary are in the same line!
That's just extravagant.
Super Dictionary, you’re getting really lazy with highlighting the number version of the number words. How are kids ever going to know what “eleven” looks like in numbers if you don’t spell it out for them?! I do wonder why SR-12’s ship doesn’t have windows all the way around the outside. But then we wouldn’t be able to count its eleven windows.
What are those -- 30, 40 foot ceilings?
How high are the ceilings in that room that you’re that high above those guys getting into an elevator? But I can’t argue with that you two are faster than an elevator, though. I’m not really sure that those crooks really thought that through when they tumbled in there. Poor elevator operator, though.
That's not what elephants say!
They go “PRRUMPH!!” Super Dictionary, I’d say I was surprised at you for your extremely vague definition of “elephant,” but we both know that you have a history for being really bad at defining animals. But I am a little disappointed that you didn’t even feel it necessary to mention that elephants are the largest land mammals. On the other hand...