"Bob" reference in comic book

By ljduchez@en.com (Lou Duchez)
Date: 3 May 1996 10:13:13 GMT

So, in "Sergio Aragones Destroys DC", Superman has just tricked Mr.
Mxyzptlk into saying his name backwards (which makes him disappear), and

If you had any brains, Mxyzptlk, you'd change it to "Bob"!

"Bob". Quotes and all. But what could Superman possibly mean by this?

Superman's point is that, if Mr. Mxyzptlk were "Bob", no one could
deceive him. After all, is "Bob" not the salesman? The salesman is the
master of all transactions, which is to say that he controls change. In
short, "Bob" CANNOT help but get what he wants because all change
revolves around him. And if Mr. Mxyzptlk had that much going for him
too, no one could trick him into saying his name backwards.

And yet ... Superman implies that it requires brains to become "Bob".
O poor deluded Last Son of Krypton! How could you be so blind, with your
wide assortment of ocular powers? Like you, "Bob" is who he is not by
his own choice, but by luck. "Bob" could have been rocketed to earth
from another planet and you could have gotten the hernia lifting a TV,
what difference would it make? I'll tell you what difference: "Bob"
would have been a reporter at the Daily Planet and I guarantee he would have
been shagging Lois Lane on her desk the day he got the job.

So don't try to tell us that brains are the issue. The issue is going
out and getting what you want, and not letting THEM shove shit down your
throat and tell you it's ice cream. "Bob" can do it. You can't. And
the cape looks pretty stupid too.


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