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Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.

Ludwig Wittgenstein


In our previous episodes we left Juan Jain, born in North Norwich, NY, as the lead character in the comic book series “Captains of Nihilism.”

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1949 The Fighting KentuckianKentuckian

Truth is stranger than fiction. Therefore I credit the entire synopsis to Wikipedia.

Synopsis: John Breen, played by John Wayne (no relation to Juan Jain), a Kentucky militiaman, falls in love with French exile Fleurette De Marchand (Vera Ralston). He discovers a plot to steal the land that Fleurette’s exiles plan to settle on. Throughout the film, Breen’s soldiers sing:

Only six hundred miles more to go

Only six hundred miles more to go

And if we can just get lucky

We will end up in Kentucky

Only six hundred miles more to go

When the song is first heard, there are eight hundred miles to go (the tune is She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain).

Rated: YouGottaBeKiddingMe

1950 Rio GrandeRIO

     This comic book series was originally issued as “REO Grand.” Each issue is full of antique auto photos and was scoffed up by motor-heads the minute each issue hit the stand. Very collectable due to the fact that the oil and grime impregnated pages tended to disintegrate.

Synopsis: Icelandic shape-changer “REO Flying Cloud” changes his shape and name to “The Jordan Playboy.” Several berserkers are impressed with the fad. Egil Skallagrimson becomes “Stormin Norman” while Gaylord Nethers becomes “Harald FairHair.”

Rated: Vrooooooom!


Don’t forget to come back tomorrow so we can continue with the serious work of defining our superhero’s work and ‘Captains of whatever the hell I said above.’