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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 10/ 8/2010

'CUL DE SAC,' Or: The Day's Favorite Funnypage Reference to Batman...

By Michael Cavna


Friend of Comic Riffs Richard Thompson really, really knows his comics. Which is why we especially appreciate the second-panel reference in today's "Cul de Sac":

Alice saying "Adults are a sentimental lot" is, of course, a wonderful allusion to the Batman line that begins: "At night, criminals [are] a cowardly and superstitious lot..."


Thompson, who turns 53 today (and who apparently favors mouth-watering cherry pie as his birthday glucose of choice), writes: "If circumstances had been a little different Michael Keaton might have one day donned the pangolin costume."

By Michael Cavna  | October 8, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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More important than Batman is the pangolin nod, I think. Pangolins = best animals ever. Remember, they have spikes on the inside of their stomachs.

Posted by: RKaufman13 | October 8, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The actual Batman quote is this: "Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot, so my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible..." So Thompson's is an even closer match.

Citation here:

Posted by: Alan_A | October 8, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Alice might be able to accumulate more treats from the adults (and from her fellow trick-or-treaters) if she went instead as a candy-slapping bear.

Posted by: seismic-2 | October 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

>> @Alan_A:

Plus, you've got Alice at the drapes, looking skyward through the window, just like...our Bruce Wayne. (See: Added image above.)


Posted by: cavnam | October 8, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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