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« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2005, 10:09:22 AM »

I direct your attention to The New Adventures of Superboy #7 (1980), wherein Clark is hassled by recurring nemesis "Bash" Bashford, "the original kick-sand-in-the-face bully!" (pg 5).  Clark is rescued by Willy Mason and then gets involved in a plot involving aliens replacing Willy's parents to lure Clark to their planet.

Bash was apparently an invention of the 70s/80s Superboy team, including Cary Bates and Julie Schwartz.
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« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2005, 05:28:36 PM »

I suppose one possible out that's both realistic and consistent with Clark's projected image is to suppose that Clark tended to run away from any fights that he couldn't avoid otherwise.  That would be in keeping with his cowardly image.

Even Action Comics #1 had Kent backing down from an outright challenge to a fight.

It's not a stretch to suppose the best a bully really wanting a piece of Clark could get was seeing his retreating backside as he ran away.

Then, in a small town where everybody knows everybody else (I've lived in one so I know first-hand), word would get around to the bully's parents and other authority figures and they'd come down on him so it wouldn't happen again.

Yeah, it's not so contrived now that I think about it.  And Clark would know with his superior senses and speed when he should try the rabbit approach.
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« Reply #42 on: October 05, 2005, 08:55:30 AM »

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I suppose one possible out that's both realistic and consistent with Clark's projected image is to suppose that Clark tended to run away from any fights that he couldn't avoid otherwise.  That would be in keeping with his cowardly image.

Even Action Comics #1 had Kent backing down from an outright challenge to a fight.

http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=7

What's notable to me is that Lois slaps the thug who wants to dance with her, and the thug then challenges Clark(!) even after he was pretty much meek and accomodating.  Even with 1930s sensibilities, I'd think the thug would react toward Lois who slapped him.  How meek do you think Clark would be if the thug slapped or slugged her right back (which would seem to be more what I'd expect out of a 1930s thug sort)?
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« Reply #43 on: October 05, 2005, 04:01:42 PM »

I don't know. My impresion is that back then slapping a woman around was considered lower than low. Really low. I mean yeah, the guy is a thug but I think even thugs didn't go there if they could help it, at least not out in public.

This is also why when Superman confronts the wifebeater in the apartment he yells "YOU'RE NOT FIGHTING A WOMAN NOW!" before tossing him at the wall.
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« Reply #44 on: October 05, 2005, 05:11:05 PM »

That may be a misperception on our part of that era.

IIRC, James Cagney playing a hoodlum did push his hand into a woman's face in one of his old movies from that era.
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« Reply #45 on: October 05, 2005, 05:46:00 PM »

The name of that movie is on the tip of my tongue! ARGH!

EDIT: WHITE HEAT! HAHA! In which he played Arthur 'Cody' Jarret.
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« Reply #46 on: October 05, 2005, 06:52:36 PM »

I suppose its possible that the thug would have reacted to Lois, but I can remember a time in college when a woman I was with jumped on a parked motorcycle, and tipped it over and broke the turn signals...the dude who owned the cycle dealt with ME... Cheesy
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« Reply #47 on: October 05, 2005, 08:52:13 PM »

'Course, if your GF is bigger and tougher than you are, that would make the biker come after you instead ... j/k

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