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Jason Grote on THE UNEXPECTED

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Jason Grote vs. DOME DOLL

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Jason Grote on a panel from MACHINE MAN (1978)

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A brutality so extreme as to border on black comedy.

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“So! They laugh at my boner, will they?”

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“Right now I’d wash my face with the sourest milk in the world!”

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Calling All Boys!

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“I must wear a different-colored Batman costume each night!”

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“So hurry up already!”

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No Swimming!

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“I bet this frisbee flips out Veronica on her birthday!”

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“Did you have any trouble rescuing me?”

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“Let’s hit the cobbles — and rap!”

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“Why are you standing while eating, Lois?”

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“Batman’s doing his best to sound gay, but…”

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“Robin — what have I done to you?”

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Frederick Wertham wasn’t wrong…

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