When Comics Should Be TV

June 8th, 2010 by | Tags: , ,

Alert reader elad, during the last podcast, was good enough to point me to the Execution of Mister Mind in the old Captain Marvel Adventures.  It was just as good as I imagined it would be.

Better, even.

What’s even better – someone I know from my local comic book shop brought in the full color, massive trade of the Captain Marvel Adventures and let me see how this went down in glorious color.  (Take that, proponents of e-comics, of which I technically am one.  Oh well.)  Highlights include the foreman of the jury declaring that they didn’t even have to leave the room to decide whether Mister Mind was guilty or not.  They knew right away.

All I could think, from Captain Marvel acting as the prosecuting attorney to the verdict to the teeny, tiny electric chair that they strap Mister Mind into, was this needs to be a Law & Order episode.  The pacing is perfect for the ‘dun duns’ and the work out that Jack McCoy’s eyebrows would get through the whole thing would be epic. 

But I’d settle for an animated short added on to a straight-to-DVD movie.  I love that dead worm.

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2 comments to “When Comics Should Be TV”

  1. Captain Marvel; anticipating and circumventing the Joker Effect sixty years ago!

    (186,744 murders! That’s more than all my GTA games combined!)

  2. @LaterComments: That number fascinated me. I can’t help but think that the writer’s thought process was this: “I can’t make it an even number. That wouldn’t be believable.”