We have all noticed certain things in comics. Things about plot, character and setting that always seem to crop up and we comment on them a lot. Then again, there are other things about plot, character and setting that always crop up as well, but we hardly even notice them. At least, not until someone else points them out. We have already presented three volumes on this subject that focused exclusively on girls’ comics, but for this new edition we expand the repertoire to include material from non-girls’ comics.
Now, to give you the idea of what we mean, we present:
25 Things You May (or May Not) Have Noticed in Girls Comics – and Non-Girls Comics
1: Some parents expect you to just selflessly help them all the time, regardless of workload or inconvenience, because that’s what they do for others.
2: But you’re the one person they never help.
3: No matter how good a schemer you are, you always make the slip that trips you up.
4: Evil scientists have a really bad habit of falling at the hands of their own creation.
5: Even if you’re the villain who’s the world’s worst dictator, you can still meet your match in a kid.
6: Someone always seems to have just what you need – even if they seem to have conjured it out of thin air, without any explanation.
7: When a teacher makes a teacher’s pet out of a pupil, it’s not because they like them.
8: Parents who don’t want to listen never hear you properly.
9: When it suits them, all of a sudden they hear you perfectly.
10: But it’s not to listen to you – it’s to spout utter bulls**t at you.
11: Bombers use alarm clocks as jury-rigged bomb timers, which just look plain silly.
12: When they must know there are much better bomb timers available.
13: Villains always seem to pick the wrong person as the latest recruit into their gang.
14: But for some reason they don’t realise it until it’s too late.
15: Never underestimate good guys with glasses.
16: Never underestimate bad guys with glasses.
17: Never underestimate a nerd, whether good or bad.
18: Antagonists are not admired for good looks – except when the plot requires them to be.
19: Bad guys who feed on fear strike it into the hearts of everyone in every panel they appear in.
20: Until they come to the panel where they’re up against the wall.
21: Victims don’t seem to recognise the mysterious shadowy figure that’s about to strike at them – even if the reveal shows it should have struck them as familiar in some way.
22: No matter how many enemies are set against you, not keeping your end of the bargain is what will be your downfall by the end of the story.
23: Bullied girls get no support from classmates if the plot does not require it.
24: But they do if the plot does require it.
25: Some outfits (or names) have an amazing power to change completely between panels without explanation.
Black Beth – Scream Holiday Special 1988
Commandos vs Zombies – Commando #5277, 2019
Concrete Surfer – Jinty 1978
Hard Times for Helen – Judy 1984–85
Heartbreaker – Nikki 1989
The Nightmare – Battle 1985
No Haven for Hayley – Tammy 1981
Pam of Pond Hill – Tammy & Jinty 1982
Revenge! – Commando #1268, 1978
Teacher’s Pet – Judy 1990
Tears of a Clown – Jinty 1980
Traitor’s War – Commando #2472, 1991, #4085, 2008