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May 05, 2009


Pat Curley

LOL at the Joe Chill Collection!

Roller skates of the '50s and '60s were completely impractical for skating on roads because the moment you hit a pebble--no, a grain of sand--you were going to lose it.

In fact, that's why skating and especially skateboarding never really took off until they came up with the plastic wheels. I remember skateboards hitting it big around 1963-1964 in my home town. I remember it largely because my left knee has this really amazing scar from the time I biffed it on the lip of my neighbor's driveway. I threw out my skateboard after that adventure and very quickly so did everybody else.

BTW, good skaters can easily outpace runners, so in a sense they do have "super speed".

Dan Lietha

Super speed and roller skates! What other reason is there that I would have taken up roller skating?


The Golden-Age version of the hero Air Wave used to chase down bad guys by roller skating on power lines! Now that's hard core. :-)

Chris Tolworthy

Don't forget the VERY early Iron Man story where Stark plans to transport entire platoons of soldiers on transistorized roller skates.

Chris Tolworthy

Here's iron man in his later jet-powered roller skates. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3345/3192075276_bc22a5d930_o.png
This is why I love comics.

ShadowWing Tronix

Wings and Winnie Winchester. Remember, kids, never think up a name for your kids after that third tequilla.

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