In this issue, “The Sad Story of Willie The Weeper” (a henchman who can’t stop sobbing–it’s unexplained and bizarre), we get to see Joker’s ride. I’m fairly certain that Denny O’Neil and Irv Novick didn’t invent the Joker Mobile in this issue, but I love the look.
It inspired me to make a list of my personal favorite stupid superhero cars. But that’s really only for fanatical nerds, so you’ll have to hit “more” to see it.
THE TOP 10 WILDEST SUPER VEHICLES
They aren’t the best or worst, just the most imaginative and my personal favorites.
AKA the flying bathtub: Not a stupid concept, but a stupid design by any account. I was torn between this or Goblin’s Glider. Either one was a good choice.
9. THE LEGION OF DOOM’S FLYING BASE
Assembling evil in a giant Darth Vader helmet. That takes balls.
Why Superman needs a flying car with fists is beyond me. But I know I want one.
The only thing odder than a jet for a guy who can fly is a car for a guy who lives in Manhattan and can swing over rush hour traffic. And then in the one issue where he needs it (#267: The Commuter Cometh), he’s riding the train. Still, it can stick on walls and looks groovy.
6. THE MYSTERY MACHINE
Okay, it’s from a cartoon not a comic. But it’s boss as hell.
5. INVISIBLE JET
You can see her in it. How does this help stealth? Still, it’s one of the first ones that popped into my head so you can’t say it wasn’t memorable.
4. BLACK BEAUTY
I was never a huge Green Hornet fan, but a tricked out Mustang with guns? Awesome. Better than the Batmobile.
3. THE CARRIER
Created by Warren Ellis, this was the interdimensional base for The Authority.
2. TANK GIRL’S TANK
Just look at it.
My absolute favorite: Fantomex’s external nervous system and partner, created by the brilliant Grant Morrison.