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March 12, 2009

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michaelrbn

I think that Batman issue is from 1956, not 1966. And I can't think of anything else to say because I'm still recovering from reading that Animal Man story in the recent DC TPB on gorillas.

Mark Engblom

Yeah, I noticed the date was wrong, but it's correct now. Thanks for the heads up.

Dan Childers (ex-SGT 82d Abn Div)

Mark - I am writing here as I couldn't find another feedback location. Your brief blurb on the realistic M-16 included an interesting note. The "urban legend" you mention is in fact, true. The Mattel company did make the plastic and spring steel handguards and stocks of the early M-16 under license. I had one. The winking crowned emblem and "Mattel" were clearly stamped into it. The legend is that they made the WEAPON, which initially used underpowered ammunition, and often jammed.

Mark Engblom

Hey, thanks for the clarification, Dan! I've already added your update to the original post. Great to have readers like you with such great insights!


Kyle

Mark - Great timing on this article! I just picked up about a half dozen Slott/Templeton issues of Batman Adventures that I found in the bargain bin. Several of which featured none other than Gorilla Boss (with normal human sized brain). I had no idea he was a pre-existing character...

Mark Engblom

Well, I'd heard that you picked up those Batman Adventures issues, and knew I had to do something to celebrate. ;)

Yeah, those writers usually know their stuff, so you can almost bet any character you see in those animated Batman comics have SOME connection to the Batman comic book mythos (no matter how obscure). It's great to hear they had some more fun with the ol' Gorilla Boss.

googum

The World's Finest issue with the Gorilla Boss's brain and Sinestro, is like double insane. Not in a great way, but an enjoyable trainwreck.

Mark Engblom

I'd love to read it, since it sounds like something that needs to be seen to be believed (and maybe not even then).

PAUL SAETHER

YOU SHOULD LOOK UP "MICKEY THE MONKEY"...HE WAS THE FIRST TALKING 'APE' IN MY READING EXPERIENCE.

Mark Engblom

OKAY, I'LL DO THAT, PAUL! THANKS!

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