Celebrating the Unpopular Arts

And the inaugural Sam Scudder Award for Penology goes to …

The warden on this page from Flash #174. And the guard too.Seriously, what kind of idiot looks at the Mirror Master polishing a mirror and doesn’t think “Uh-oh”? Certainly not the warden in Flash #136, who wouldn’t let Scudder near any sort of mirror (he made one anyway). Nor in Flash #219 —— in which the Mirror Master has to go to absurd lengths to create a homemade reflecting surface.

Apparently somewhere in-between those stories, the penal system hired an idiot. Admittedly those other yarns show Scudder would have found a way to bust out eventually, but still.

On the bright side, the John Broome/Carmine Infantino story does boast one of my favorite covers.#SFWApro. Flash #219 cover by Nicholas Cardy, everything else is Infantino.



  1. Jeff Nettleton

    I always liked Mirror Master, though I never quite understood the point of his headgear. It looks vaguely like an amateur wrestler’s headgear, or possibly a boxer’s sparring headgear, at times, but if is just a weird design. Never seemed to have any function, either.

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