Great Moments in Comics History: Smash Comics #1


In summation: That owl totally just flew through a guy.

If I hadn’t gotten my entire body tattooed for that six month stint in the yakuza a few years ago, I’d want this inked on my back.


  1. Did… did that owl just take a bunch of drugs, yell "Whore" and kill a flying dude?

    I am NEVER going outside after dark again.

  2. What did I just read?!

  3. So, let’s see if I’ve got this. It wasn’t the owl flying through his body that killed him, it was falling into the vat of acid?

  4. Avatar photo Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    I absolutely love this sequence. Thanks for breaking format, Paul, and giving us two and a half pages instead of just one panel. Nice choice.

  5. I like that dude is able to yell, "Nooo!" despite having a gaping hole in his chest.

  6. That guy is the absolute, bottom-rung, laughing stock of the villain community now.

  7. Wow.

  8. That’s… that’s fantastic. It may be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. On my list of "bad ways to go", having an owl flying through you before falling in a vat of acid is definitely getting pushed towards the top

  9. Should not have read this in the library, now people are staring at me laughing to hard

  10. In the sequel, to make it bigger and better, the owl will have to turn his head a full 180 inside the guy. 

  11. I kind of wish I had that owl handy for when I get frustrated with my students.

  12. WHOOOREE!!

  13. Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    This has long been my favorite thing that has ever happened in comics. Glad I finally got the opportunity to showcase it.  

    You can find this story in a really great collection called The Justice Society Returns

  14. I’ve been laughing for 10 minutes straight

  15. o_o





  16. In other news, demand for Smash Comics #1 just skyrocketed driving the price up from $0.10 to $0.50.  Experts are baffled.

    WHOOREE! has now replaced SPOON! as my favorite battle cry.

    How did the Owl know he was supposed to kill R on his forehead guy?  How…. everything? 

  17. I think someone needs to go to a con, and get a sketch book of different artist versions of this scene, I want to see it over and over again.

  18. Great – now we’re going to see angry letters come in about unwanted abuse against overdosed owls.  Thanks @PaulMontgomery! 🙂

  19. Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @stuclach – Hootie was seeking payback against the villain–Jensen–who had wounded him in their last battle by blasting him with a blast of green from his mouth. He had his own battle cry: "Hauuugh!" 

    The green chemical in the vat is apparently "super-anthrax."  

  20. I’ve seen this comic, and there’s one other great instance:

    The whole issue is a team-up between the Golden Age Hour-Man and Doctor Mid-Nite. Mid-Nite tells Hourman his origin, which is a lot like Batman’s in that an owl flew through is window. Hourman, high on Miraclo and being an asshole, makes fun of it by saying his origin was that someone chucked a clock through his window. 😀 

  21. What the FUCK!?!?

    This, this is why I read comics.  Any description of those events is one of the greatest sentences ever.  God, I wish I could see the script.

    Bravo to everyone involved in this.

  22. This is beautiful.  That owl is going to need a bird bath.

  23. This was a hoot to read.

  24. @PaulMontgomery – I should have guessed.  It’s so obvious.

    I assume you know that your name is now on an NSA watch list since you mentioned the TERRIFYING puke green "super-anthrax". 

  25. @cromulent they have firing lines for pun’s like that;)

  26. Sorry. I was owling with laughter to remember pun etiquette.

  27. What the hell is this? lol

  28. I also just noticed his last words (other than screaming)… which really makes his death all the more funny

  29. This is amazing! 

  30. OH…….my……..fucking………GOD!!!!

  31. Those crazy JSAers… What will they do next?

  32. It’s so funny because there is no context for this.

    All I know is that the JSA just murdered a man by using an Owl…..then he horribly dies in a vat of acid. 

  33. I saw call him Hootie the insult comic owl. "Whooreee!!! Your life is great… for me to poop on."

  34. Wow! That was soooo fucking awesome!!!!!!

  35. " I never needed Drugs to fight my battles, Hourman. However.." 

    However, can I get like 1000mg of that stuff?

  36. This is so epic my brain exploded from the sheer awesomeness of it and I had to pick it all up and put it back inside my cranium. I then ´proceeded to go back to my computer to close the browser, but I accidentally watched it again and had to pick it up all over again, however, it was absolutely worth it