Thursday, March 30, 2023

Strange Sports Stories Baseball

Baseball is back!

What better way to celebrate than with a couple of comic books.

What do comics have to do with baseball?

Well, here's a few Strange Sports Stories involving baseball from a five issue run in Brave and the Bold, just before the title moved from super-hero premieres to super-hero team-ups.

Challenge Of The Headless Baseball Team

Here, in Brave and the Bold #45 (December-January, 1962/1963) by Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella, you have an odd case, where the uniforms were strong enough to play without the players!

It was invading aliens from another dimension that fielded a team to go against Lefty Clark and the Jets.

Gorilla Wonders Of The Diamond

It was a different type of game in Brave and the Bold #49 (August-September, 1963) by Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella (with a cover by Infantino/Anderson), where scientist John Emerson finds a way to evolve apes up the evolutionary ladder, but they have designs on more than winning baseball games.

John Emerson has to stop the apes from reducing humans to mindless beasts.

The best part of these stories, is that they were also collected in two issues of DC Special (#7 and #9, both with covers by Murphy Anderson) in 1970.  But, don't you wonder, who would have won...the uniforms or the gorillas if they had played each other?

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