Saturday, April 26, 2008

Preposterous Plot Points #2 - "Keep screaming! Don't stop!"

Note: the alliterative title of this series of entries has been suggested by Darediva, a friend of mine who's arguably the biggest Daredevil fan alive. Thank you, Alice!

Apparently, back in the glorious sixties, if you happened to be in imminent danger, you could be saved by folks like Spider-man, or the Human Torch, or even, sometimes, Daredevil.

In this last case however, the process of being rescued could've been somewhat more difficult, requiring a little effort on your part to allow the potential saviour to "pinpoint your position".
Specifically, because the aforementioned hero uses his super developed senses to navigate (the concept of the radar sense as primary mean of vision had still to be accepted by the mind of Stan Lee), you would've had to make yourself detectable to those hypersenses, for example by - let's say - emitting a strong odor... or as in the case here illustrated, by "keeping screaming".

Even if by chance you happened to be a rookie at the practice of being saved by superheroes in NY, there was no need to be worried. While swinging to rescue you, the hero himself would've told you exactly what you had to do. You just had to follow his instructions.

Keep screaming! Don't stop! Don't stop screaming!


Man, this is just so absurde. If the lady there has time to say all that stuff about her needing help from somebody because the situation could result in her death, and if the swinging DD believes that there's still time before the impact, during which she shouldn't stop screaming, why doesn't she use this enormous window of time to just get away from there on her own?

Also, what would the bystanders think of a superhero yelling those words to a person in danger? Seriously: "Don't stop screaming"? Wouldn't that sound a little... odd to them? And the fact that the rescuing hero is dressed up like Satan wouldn't help, either.

The real reason of this grotesque assassination of common logic is perhaps explained with the classic "Marvel way" of producing comics, which worked this way: normally, Stan Lee threw out some general ideas about the overall plot, then, the artist (Wally Wood, in this case) drew all the panels according to this general plot, but without a definite script to follow, and finally, Lee added dialogues, captions and text in general.
Probably, with this page (and the following), Wood just wanted to depict a normal heroic rescue. Then came Stan Lee and, with the intent of reminding the distracted reader that "Daredevil is the new unique hero with supersenses", ruined what could've been a good scene by forcedly adding text to it, making it completely nonsensical.

Excelsior! I guess.

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