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This is possibly the first time in the history of ever, that I have fully agreed with Rick.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfilschach

Y chromosomes are not required for this argument. My boyfriend and I had this argument just a few weeks ago. I took the side of Batman, obviously. No brainer! After reading the first panel, I started wondering if Scott lives next door to me and was listening...

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermoojen

An armed forces composed solely of comic book fans. Yeah, what could go wrong with that? There are no adverts fro the Marines in comics, same as there aren't in National Crochet.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConfused-Us

Hm. Iron Man doesn't fly and shoot beams from his hands, as Rick asserts. The suit does that, making it essentially a vehicle, so Batman matches qualification as well. Now, Tony Stark is a better scientist where Bruce Wayne is a better detective. Like them both, for different reasons. Though Rick is completely correct on the Sub-Mariner.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGryphonBrokewing

To be fair, it's hard NOT to be better than Aquaman.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJuli

I still insist superheroes don't get better than Dogwelder. (

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKih-Oshk

moojen: My wife easily knows the Marvel universe better than I do.
Many of the Marvel Studio movies we saw together, she'd say, "That's not how it was in the comics." Then she'd explain to me how it was.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

Nice way to stick your foot in it, Scott. In this case I must side with Rick, having liked Iron Man since I was 12 or so.
+1 Internets to Blackadder for making me laugh a second time.

June 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFranz

I really, really, think that the proper name for the USMC would be "The Batmans" not 'the batmen'. Proper grammar be damned, They Are BATMAN(s). each one of them a unique proper noun, and not lowly 'batmen'

Unfortunately there's already a thing called 'batman' in the army ( see also "Downton Abbey" ) which is why I insist that the USMC would require this to be capitalized as "Batmans". They Are *THE* Batman, got it?

Compare also musical group Butthole Surfers: "No, I'm Iron Man!" a playful response to the old call by Black Sabbath.

June 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlso A Rick

I don't even have to know who the sub-mariner was. I know Aquaman, therefore I know that everyone else is better.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Funny how Rick, the biggest failure, thinks Marvel characters are better than DC.
Any member of the Justice League > Marvel character.

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereverlastinggaze

Ohdear. I found your comic once, a long time ago, and read through the entire archive in a few days. I then lost track of you, recently found you again and have been catching up on all the comics I've missed. I had to stop at this one just to comment that I agree with Rick, and I feel bad about that, except that my love for Iron Man makes all the bad feelings go away. Every single one of these comics has made me giggle, you are amazing!

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is already so badass and awesome they don't need to be a superhero. They are... Underfunded Lifesaving Asskicker Extraordinaire! Wait. That's a terrible superhero name.

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWalker

As a former Marine and one who's currently traversing the archives, I wish I could've come across this yesterday. (Nov. 10, birthday of the Marine Corps). Probably just as good today, Veterans' Day.

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnyboy

Sub-Mariner is far cooler. Even though he's not nearly as powerful as the Hulk, he would fight him over and over, and smack-talk the whole time. Even though he can't beat him, he has made the Hulk run away, something few more powerful heroes have accomplished.

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging

Irrelevant conversation. Superman is the best superhero.

January 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoistRobot
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