Friday, April 2, 2010

Lessons in Pain: DC's Adventures of Jerry Lewis Part One

Sometimes, perusing old comic book covers are awesome. Other times, it leads to naught but heartbreak and sorrow. The Adventures of Jerry Lewis falls squarely into the latter category.

The title started out as The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, but, following the comedy team's breakup, the series focused solely on Jerry with issue #41. Here's an example of a typical Martin & Lewis cover....

The Adventures of Jerry Lewis would go on with Jerry as the solo star until it's cancellation with issue #124. That's over 80 issues, or 7 years worth, of Jerry. When you count the issues with Dean, that's a decade of Jerry. To put things in perspective, that's longer than the run of Garth Ennis's Preacher series.

Of those 80+ issues, you'd be hard pressed to find one that doesn't make you die a little inside. Periodically, I'll post some of the best(?) of these. Be warned: these covers hurt me very deeply, and I was only looking at the covers. If for whatever reason you were to buy these and read them, I accept no responsibility for the madness that would most likely ensue.

This cover starts a formula that would be followed for the next 2-3 years. Hot chick? Check. Implausible scenario (aside from Jerry making time with aforementioned hot chick)? Check. Bad joke? CHECK.

First, please note the guard is about to whack Jerry in the noggin with a rolling pin; this is known as the "Wilma Flinstone Maneuver". Second, check out the skin tone of the princess. Appears someone needs a new tanning salon...

And finally for this installment, allow me to present Jerry's first, tentative foray into Japanese hentai.

That's all for now. I'll do more of these when I feel too much joy in my life and need to be reminded of the harsh, stark terror that is existence.

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