Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Bat Blank

While reading Detective Comics #87, I saw this panel and it creeped me out for some reason. I really don't like the look on Bruce's face. In fact, I find it down right disturbing. There's something unwholesome about the way he's arched his eyebrow when he says "umbrellas."

In the context of the story this panel makes sense. Sort of. Bruce and Dick are relaxing at the beach when the subject of the Penguin, and how to smoke him out of hiding, comes into play. Bruce's brilliant idea is to ride around on a horse drawn umbrella-repair cart and just wait for their avian adversary to show his face.

Anyway, I thought the thing would be perfect for a little digital tomfoolery. An easy one too. I'd just have to replace the word "umbrellas" with something A) obscene, or B) nonsensical. Then presto!- comedy gold!

The only trouble is that I seem to find just about any word works when placed in that bubble. "Nachos" seems to work just as well as "Boobies." I can't make my mind up. Too many possibilities. That's where you, my fellow bloggers, come in.

Help me fill in the blank. I want to know what words you guys think would work especially well. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to give me as many alternatives to "umbrellas" as you can think of. The weirder the better. I'll then try and make as many alternate versions as possible. It'd be even cooler if any of you can take it and make a version to post on your own site.

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Anonymous Bat-mite said...

In one word--
Planet-hopping Space Nazis! (Okay, so it's not one word, it's a phrase)
Liberal Arts!

Verification Word: Veyvk, the only adjective to properly describe Bruce's expression in that panel

8/09/2006 2:02 PM

Blogger jonni said...

in one word:

Rimjob! (yeah, that one's just dirty...)

ummm..., Leaf!

(yeah, now I'm just writing downs things I can see outside)

8/09/2006 2:40 PM

Blogger Brandon said...

Mmmm...Pickleburgers and Cthulhu...

8/09/2006 3:22 PM

Anonymous bat-mite said...

You're seeing asphyxiation outside?

I like sidesaddle myself.

My verification word is tbytsyb which works quite well in that blank.

8/09/2006 4:21 PM

Blogger Greg said...

In one word ... Schadenfreude!

Yes, Batman is bilingual.

8/09/2006 4:47 PM

Blogger The Fortress Keeper said...

In one word ...


8/09/2006 6:55 PM

Blogger Jake said...

I posted my at Ye Olde. Hope it sends some traffic your way. You might get a whole four or five people.

8/09/2006 7:07 PM

Blogger Brandon said...

Sidesaddle is is wrong in all sorts of ways. Definitely creepy enough.

Both Batman and Robin seem to take an inordinate amount of pleasure from the pain they inflict on those poor criminals. Very fitting.

Spider-Lizard sounds like code for some kind of horrible planned revenge scheme. Maybe all of Batman's crime fighting tecniques have similar names...

I salute you Jake!

8/09/2006 8:14 PM

Blogger Chris said...

2GBC makes their entry here!

Nice blog, btw!

8/09/2006 8:44 PM

Blogger Steven said...

If no one else is going to say it...


(I am so ashamed)

8/09/2006 9:06 PM

Blogger Brandon said...

Very funny, dude.

You have nothing to be ashamed of Steven.

That I know of anyway.

8/09/2006 9:10 PM

Blogger Sara J said...

One word: Mulva

8/09/2006 9:55 PM

Blogger Brandon said...

Thanks Sara. You've reminded me that I'm out of Junior Mints.

8/09/2006 11:41 PM

Blogger Chris Sims said...

Mine's up on the latest ISB. For full effect, you have to say it out loud, very slowly, with an expression that matches Bruce's.

8/10/2006 1:54 AM

Blogger jonni said...

Bat-Mite - I live in veeeery weird neighbourhood. You'd be surprised what I can see out my window.

Folowing on from (i.e. ripped off from) Steven's theme -


8/10/2006 4:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In one word --

8/10/2006 6:36 AM

Blogger Brandon said...

Hmmm...Chicken-hawk lubrication?

Uttering all these words...I feel like I'm suffering from some weird form of Tourettes. Isn't that coprolalia? I'll have to look it up.

8/10/2006 6:48 AM

Blogger The Fortress Keeper said...

OK, it only took me a few hours to figure out how to enter text in an image with Photoshop (I'm no design whiz), but I'll be able to post my contribution to the meme on Friday.

Hope nobody else steals my "brilliant" idea!!

8/10/2006 7:03 AM

Blogger Mark Fossen said...


Displayed for your viewiong pleasure here.

8/10/2006 12:34 PM

Anonymous Dwayne "the canoe guy" said...


8/10/2006 12:47 PM

Blogger Brandon said...

Slight of hand and Mediterranean herbs...Wonderful.

8/10/2006 1:15 PM

Blogger googum said...

Sonuva...took me forever, then it popped into my head and now it's stuck. Is 'airtight!' taken?

Brandon, I'm not on the photoshop tip either, but I'll give it a shot. If you put it up, I'd be glad to have it on mine!

8/10/2006 5:41 PM

Blogger Brandon said...

Done and done.

8/10/2006 6:50 PM

Blogger PepP said...

In one word...Viagra!

8/10/2006 11:09 PM

Blogger Kanto_Gamer said...

hey check out my one word meme

heres my page


8/11/2006 4:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's down to a vote, I'd have to second Steven's "N.A.M.B.L.A." That look on Bruce's face... That's the only possible word.

8/11/2006 2:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does "Hand Relief" count as one word?

8/11/2006 6:11 PM

Blogger Fred said...

In one word -- plastics.

8/11/2006 8:27 PM

Anonymous Vincent J. Murphy said...

Here's my contribution.

8/11/2006 10:14 PM

Blogger Bully said...

Brilliant and fun. Mine is here.

8/12/2006 3:30 AM

Blogger Brandon said...

Fred: At one point I was actually considering trying to do a post where I reconstructed key scenes from "The Graduate" using only golden age Batman panels. After finding that one though I kinda gave up.

Anonymous: I'm not sure..But 'hand-jive' might be.

8/12/2006 5:25 AM

Blogger Erich said...

I've got mine here:


8/12/2006 8:53 PM

Blogger Chip Chandler said...

Here's my first attempt at a meme. Be kind.


8/15/2006 2:26 AM

Anonymous hatgirl said...

And two weeks later, I'd like to add two, here.
"Jellyfish", and "Pie".

8/27/2006 11:58 PM

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