Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Redundant Dialogue Files: "Yeow! I slipped on the floor!"

The wise Bill Reed reminded me of an amusing panel from The Mighty Thor #432 that I just had to scan.

This seems like a perfect time to start off a new recurring feature here at Dave's Long Box: The Redundant Dialogue Files, a celebration of comic book dialogue that needlessly explains what is made painfully obvious in the comic art itself.

During a battle with monstrous living statues, one of the stalwart cops from NYPD's Code: Blue anti-supervillain team slips on the floor. Perhaps the creative team felt that the art in the panel was ambiguous and needed further explanation - we may never know. But for whatever reason, the fallen trooper says: "Yeow! I slipped on the floor!" Thanks for the update, guy. Good thing he's wearing a helmet.

I'm not sure why, but I find this hilarious.


Ryan said...

You're not alone, Mr. Campbell. I often find myself staring confused at a page trying to figure out the 'hidden meaning' behind them needing to make a character tell us exactly what they're doing (or, for that matter, why they feel the need to make an otherwise badass character slip in the first place). Maybe they're trying to show that tragic human flaws occur even in the mightiest of heroes?

Maybe not.

Chris said...

It seems to me the more painfully redundant dialogue in that panel is "At last! We finally reached the elevator bank!" The scripter really trusted the artists, didn't he?

Krod said...

I am typing a post and about to use my computer mouse to post it!

It is so you will read this!

Andrew said...

Some people in the audience just need a story to tell, rather than show, ryan. They'd trust the word of someone like Mephisto or Mr. Sinister over actually being shown something.

Jon H said...

I'm still trying to figure out how they're going to safely detonate an explosive against the elevator doors which they are pinned against.

But you must admit - those are some damned slippery-looking floors.

ghostman said...

Chris already made the comment I was going to make. (Curses!) So to avoid further Redundancy, I'd like to point out just how much fun you could have taking that "Consider them blown, Lieutenant!" word balloon out of context. That's the kind of can-do attitude we need more of around here.

Paul said...

On one level, I have to agree. It's silly and funny and all that.

On the other hand...

These guys are in the middle of a pitched battle. One of them is down. Think of what it'd look like without that dialog. Yes, once he tells us he slipped on the floor, it's painfully obvious. But without that clue...

Kid reading comic: "Hey, one of them is down! He's on his butt! I wonder what happened. Was he knocked down by a shockwave? Hit by some mysterious blast? Wounded by some flying debris? This is an elite trooper here. Something had to have happened to take him down. But I don't see it..."

Trooper: "Yeow! I slipped on the floor!"

Kid: "Oh. It's not that the enemy is terribly effective. He's just a klutz. Okay then."

So, sorry to be so boring and mundane. I do so hate being so. But in this particular example, it seems to me that the dialog actually serves some real purpose.

Now, if only we could figure out why it was so important to the plot that one of the elite Code: Blue troopers, despite all the training and screening and whatever, still managed to be klutzy enough to take himself out of the action....

Paul said...

Actually, upon further consideration... It does give the readers a bit of vital information.

We now know that not only are they fighting for every foot to reach their goal (as evidenced by the relieved exclamation "At last! We finally reached the elevator bank!"), and not only are they being pressed from all sides by the living statues, but the very terrain is working against them. The floor is so slippery that even a member of the vaunted Code: Blue can slip on it.

Next question: If the floor is that slippery, then how are the living statues (which apparently explode into pieces when hit by a couple of bullets) managing to advance so threateningly?

Scott said...

Devils of Darkseid! Perhaps the terrain is... techno-active?

Monica said...

I foresee a lot of Claremont in this new feature, Dave.

K. D. Bryan said...

On the one hand, I am compelled to point out that a lot of obvious things that are said in superhero comics are so that small children can understand what is happening.

On the other, freakishly larger hand, I can hardly wait for you to rip into the insanely large number of idiotic redundancies in comics. God. I can't even count the number of times I've read "Oh, no! I'm out of web fluid!" or "He's changing into some sort of monster!".

Jef Willemsen said...

Ow, that was written by DeFalco, right? I love TommyD as much as legally possible, but he's the absolute master of over-explaining everything that's going on in his comics. His run on Fantastic Four with Paul Ryan is filled with prime examples of redundant dialogue.

Still, the oddest thing is: when I first read those issues when they came out over 15 years ago (... urgh, gettin' old...) I didn't even notice it, until blogs like this started pointing it out.

Bill Reed said...


Andy said...

"I foresee a lot of Claremont in this new feature, Dave."

Damn, you stole my line.

Brian Mac said...

Claremont? I'll see your Claremont and raise you 60s-era Stan Lee. On the Lee/Kirby team books, whenever all the team members were on panel, each of them had to have a line of dialog, no matter how inane. "That rock...falling towards time to dodge!" (But time enough to spit out a whole line of dialog with two ellipses, evidently.) You could fill this feature for years without leaving Marvel circa 1965.

Davo the flatulent said...

I really like this idea for a theme and I'm sure the comics world is replete with examples. But... (you knew that was coming, right) ... I think the 'Yeow! I slipped on the floor' does serve a purpose. It sets up the other line "Too bad we can't call time out while you check for bruises". OK, both lines are uber-lame, but the former sets up the latter while the latter expresses the direness of their predicament. But just as an observation - how bad were some of the Thor comics around that time? (Working up to 499, I guess.) I gave up on Thor sometime in the 390s around the time of Earthforce.

For the Thor-ites here: what later ones are worth reading? (I have the 2007 series.)

Anonymous said...

好秘书 中国呼吸网 肿瘤网 中国皮肤网 癌症康复网 工作总结 演讲稿 竞聘演讲 就职演讲 比赛演讲 征文演讲 节日演讲 演讲技巧 方案制度 工作意见 活动策划 工作方案 整改方案 实施方案 企划文案 销售方案 培训方案 应急预案 规章制度 法律法规 材料大全 事迹材料 先进事迹 个人事迹 申报材料 学习材料 考察材料 经验材料 交流材料 个人鉴定 自我鉴定 模板范例 技巧经验 工作计划 工作规划 年度工作计划 学校工作计划 个人工作计划 财务工作计划 团委工作计划 工会工作计划 单位工作计划 德育工作计划 教学工作计划 班主任工作计划 党支部工作计划 先教活动 整改措施 剖析材料 反腐倡廉 三农问题 和谐社会 三个代表 八荣八耻 先进性教育 党团工会 党团知识 党员相关 党会发言 党性分析 民主生活会 入党志愿书 入党申请书 入团申请书 转正申请书 公文写作 板报设计 办公表格 谈判技巧 外贸信函 公文 秘书 广告启事 通知 求职指导 求职信 自荐信 简历封面 简历模板 简历范文 简历制作 英文简历 面试技巧 学术论文 企业文化 毕业论文 经济工作 财经金融 城建环保 教育教学 工矿企业 党政司法 合同 合同知识 买卖合同 承包合同 投资合同 招标合同 建设工程 劳动合同 运输合同 房屋合同 借款合同 销售合同 租赁合同 保险合同 其它合同 秘书 述职报告 呼吸机 氧气机 决定不掉泪 一杯咖啡 最熟悉的陌生人

dmstarz said...

Heh. It's a shame comics have moved away from redundant dialogue, though I'm glad there's a lot of love out there for King Claremont.

Anonymous said...

借錢 二胎 當舖 當舖 票貼 借款 借貸 借貸 借錢 借錢 票貼 週轉 融資 借錢救急 借錢救急 借錢方法 借錢方法 借錢服務 借錢服務 借錢管道 借錢管道 借錢技巧 借錢技巧 借錢 借貸 票貼救急 借貸救急 票貼救急 票貼資訊網 借錢網 借貸網 借貸法則 票貼融資 借貸 借錢黃頁 借錢黃頁 借貸黃頁 借貸黃頁 票貼黃頁 票貼黃頁 借款黃頁 當舖黃頁 當舖黃頁 二胎黃頁

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

看房子,買房子,建商自售,自售,台北新成屋,台北豪宅,新成屋,豪宅,美髮儀器,美髮,儀器,髮型,EMBA,MBA,學位,EMBA,專業認證,認證課程,博士學位,DBA,PHD,在職進修,碩士學位,推廣教育,DBA,進修課程,碩士學位,網路廣告,關鍵字廣告,關鍵字,廣告,課程介紹,學分班,文憑,牛樟芝,段木,牛樟菇,日式料理, 台北居酒屋,燒肉,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,台北結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,造型系列,學位,牛樟芝,腦磷脂,磷脂絲胺酸,SEO,婚宴,捷運,學區,美髮,儀器,髮型,牛樟芝,腦磷脂,磷脂絲胺酸,看房子,買房子,建商自售,自售,房子,捷運,學區,台北新成屋,台北豪宅,新成屋,豪宅,學位,碩士學位,進修,在職進修, 課程,教育,學位,證照,mba,文憑,學分班,網路廣告,關鍵字廣告,關鍵字,SEO,关键词,网络广告,关键词广告,SEO,关键词,网络广告,关键词广告,SEO,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,居酒屋,燒烤,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,小套房,小套房,進修,在職進修,留學,證照,MBA,EMBA,留學,MBA,EMBA,留學,進修,在職進修,牛樟芝,段木,牛樟菇,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,住宿,民宿,飯宿,旅遊,美容,美髮,整形,造型,美容,美髮,整形,造型,美容,美髮,整形,造型,美容,美髮,整形,造型,美容,美髮,整形,造型,美容,美髮,整形,造型,美容,美髮,整形,造型,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA,住宿,民宿,飯店,旅遊,美容,美髮,整形,造型,設計,室內設計,裝潢,房地產,進修,在職進修,MBA,EMBA

Anonymous said...

專業合法驅除白蟻 除白蟻 白蟻防治 跳蚤 除跳蚤 跳蚤防治 蛀蟲 除蛀蟲 蛀蟲防治 白蟻 除白蟻 白蟻防治 跳蚤 除跳蚤 跳蚤防治 蛀蟲 除蛀蟲 蛀蟲防治除蟲除蟲消毒消毒

Anonymous said...

借錢 票貼 借錢 借貸 借貸 借錢 當舖 借貸 當舖 當舖 票貼 借款 借貸 借錢 票貼 二胎 週轉 融資 借錢 借款 當舖 二胎 票貼 借貸 借錢 借貸 票貼 當舖黃頁 借錢黃頁 貼現黃頁 借錢黃頁 借貸黃頁 借貸黃頁 當舖黃頁 貼現黃頁 票貼黃頁 二胎黃頁 融資黃頁 借錢 借貸 票貼 借貸 借錢找星光 借貸找星光 票貼黃頁 借錢 當舖 票貼 借錢 借貸 借款 貼現 貼現

Anonymous said...

借錢 票貼 借錢 借貸 借貸 借錢 當舖 借貸 當舖 當舖 票貼 借款 借貸 借錢 票貼 二胎 週轉 融資 借錢 借款 當舖 二胎 票貼 借貸 借錢 借貸 票貼 當舖黃頁 借錢黃頁 貼現黃頁 借錢黃頁 借貸黃頁 借貸黃頁 當舖黃頁 貼現黃頁 票貼黃頁 二胎黃頁 融資黃頁 借錢 借貸 票貼 借貸 票貼 借錢優質黃頁 借貸優質黃頁 票貼黃頁 借錢 當舖 票貼 借錢 借貸 借款 貼現 貼現 當舖聯盟網 當舖聯盟網 當舖聯盟網 借錢 票貼 借貸 當舖 票貼 借貸 借錢 當舖聯盟網 當舖聯盟網 網站分類 網站搜索 網站搜尋 網站黃頁 網站名錄 網址目錄 directory 網站登錄 網站目錄 交換連結 台灣網站指南 網站指南 借錢 借錢 借貸 借貸 票貼 借款 借貸 借貸 借錢 借貸 借錢

Anonymous said...









Anonymous said...

gucci replica handbags
men gucci shoes
Gucci men sneakers
Gucci men moccasins
gucci women sneakers
gucci women boots
Gucci men boots
Gucci shop
Gucci bags
Gucci shoes
wholesale gucci shoes
cheap Gucci handbags
Gucci ON sale
Gucci Belts
Gucci small accessories
Gucci hats & scarves
Gucci wallets
Gucci Handbags
Women Gucci shoes
Men Gucci shoes
discount gucci shoes
cheap Gucci shoes

Anonymous said...

逼真按摩棒,振動按摩棒 ,

Anonymous said...


aiya said...

Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft word
Office 2007
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office 2007
Office 2007 key
Office 2007 download
Office 2007 Professional
Outlook 2010
Microsoft outlook
Microsoft outlook 2010
Windows 7

Anonymous said...

Microsoft Office
Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010
Office 2010 key
Office 2010 download
Office 2010 Professional
Microsoft outlook
Outlook 2010
Windows 7
Microsoft outlook 2010

Boris kreiman said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading what you all have to say

real estate law
how to buy a house
first time home buyer programs