Characters Appearing: Dr. Strange, Hulk, Nighthawk, Valkyrie, Wong
Issue(s): Defenders #30
He's a real dandy, and he works with a Hollywood special effect guru whose special effect are really deadly traps!!!!
Here's the gas bomb scene Todd references:
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The title refers to an old b&w movie called "Gold Diggers of 1938", but I might have the year wrong.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 21, 2011 12:43 AM
This issue was selected for an AMAZING HEROES piece, circa 1988, devoted to the worst comics ever published. Tapping Tommy defeating Dr. Strange, Valkyrie, and the Hulk with a gas bomb was held up for special ridicule.
I wish I could remember all of the others. One had Lois Lane learning about racism by posing as black (at the end she needs a blood transfusion from a black man); another was a hilarious-sounding giant-robot comic called Neutro, where several pages were spent with the narrator theorizing about the amazing things the robot *might* be able to do, before it finally moves ("He could outrun the fastest leopards [sic]! He could rip up whole battalions with his bare hands!").
Bad comics could be fun, sometimes.
Posted by: Todd | July 24, 2013 2:10 AM
I can think of worse Defenders comics! But i added that gas bomb scene.
The Lois Lane "I Am Curious (Black)!" story is hosted in full here:
Posted by: fnord12 | July 24, 2013 9:42 AM
Thanks, fnord. At least that one is earnest and sincere, although not the first story for which Kanigher might want to be remembered.
Your life may be enriched by this:
If bad people actually tattooed "E V I L" across their fingers, it would be rather considerate, wouldn't it?
Posted by: Todd | July 25, 2013 1:06 AM
Maybe this Tapping Tommy guy and Daddy Long-Legs can work together in a neo-Vaudeville act.
Posted by: Ataru320 | July 28, 2013 6:55 AM
Sometimes fill-ins work, sometimes they don't. This was a good example of when they don't. Tapping Tommy obviously being a ripoff of Fred Astaire, this just has bogus written all over it. This was one of those that I bought brand new in the drug store, read once, and then sold it when I began downsizing my large collection. I didn't care if it compromised the continuity of my Defenders collection -- it had to go!
Posted by: Mike | June 29, 2014 5:09 PM
How hard is it to plot a decent fill-in? Dr. Strange and the Hulk have plenty of enemies that could have been used.
Tapping Tommy? Why?
Posted by: A.Lloyd | October 2, 2014 10:52 AM
Yeah, this like epically bad. That Tapping Tommy could take out a team this powerful is ridiculous. But I'm glad you included the gas bomb, because I love how they all keep talking - maybe if you shut your mouths and stopped talking the gas wouldn't knock you out.
Posted by: Erik Beck | March 11, 2015 11:45 AM
But wait, there's more! This was at the time when Valkyrie couldn't fight women, and she can't defend herself against the robots in this story because they're female robots.
Posted by: Andrew | December 28, 2016 8:45 PM
I think this is what happens when someone tries to imitate Steve Gerber's particular blend of absurdity and superheroics without understanding Gerber's underlying themes or purpose.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | December 28, 2016 9:00 PM
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