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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sheep Review: Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? by Brian Cronin + Give Away

Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?: And Other Amazing Comic Book Trivia! [Paperback]
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Plume (May 29, 2012)

Outrageous, fascinating and bizarre facts from every corner of the comic book universe

What comic book artist was the recipient of an on-stage thank you from Paul McCartney and an on-air apology from Johnny Carson? What superhero got his powers by being bitten by a mongoose? What popular NPR host was forever immortalized as a "bad boyfriend" in a notable comic book? In Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?, author Brian Cronin will answer those questions and more by revealing the most obscure, wacky and surprising facts about comics—from the characters and creators, to the TV shows, movies and merch. Cronin has teamed up with some of the top comic book writers and artists of today to present 100 trivia lists, including:
·        Nine Celebrities That Guest-Starred in Comic Books…without Their Permission
·        Seven Bands That Got Their Names from Comics
·        Ten Crazy Items Found on Batman’s Utility Belt
·        Five Comic Book Inventions That Eventually Became Real
·        Five Stupidest Superhero Origins
·        And much, much more!

From Batman to Spiderman, Aquaman to the X-Men, each list in Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? will entertain and inform whether you’re a hardcore geek or a casual fan.

What is it about trivia and lists? I don’t know much about the whole Superhero comic book world and the rivalry between DC and Marvel baffles me, but even I found this volume of comic book trivia fascinating. It gave me a new respect and appreciation for the history and culture behind Superhero comics.

The book separates the trivia into different subjects like Comic Book Characters, Storylines, Writers and Artists, and even a section about the ads that use to appear in comics. (Kalpar: Wouldn't you care for a Hostess fruit pie?) There is a good mix of funny, entertaining, historical, and informative trivia. Some of my favorites where:

Five “WTF?” Moments in Comic Book History

Five Most Iconic Panels in Comic Book History

Top Twenty-five Marvel (also DC) Comic Book Characters

Five Stupidest Superhero Origins

There is no way to really review or rate a trivia book.  If you are a Comic Book trivia genius you probably won’t get much from this book, but if you appreciate pop culture and comic books you will find this book entertaining and you will feel a little bit smarter around all your nerd friends. This would make a fun gift for anyone.

5 “Quiet, or Papa Spank” Sheep (do you know which comic book hero said this to a woman?)

SharonS (edited by BAK)

Brian Cronin is the writer and producer of the Comics Should Be Good blog at Comic Book Resources ( He has been writing the online column “Comic Book Legends Revealed” since June 2005. He has a JD from Fordham Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar. For more legends about the world of sports and entertainment, check out
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I am giving away my review copy! Leave a way to contact you in the comments and tell me
which superhero you would like to date or be?
*double entries for followers


  1. Hmm ... I guess I would date Superman.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. Sounds interesting. furntats at yahoo dot com

  3. I would date superman because I love his cool suit.

  4. I'd pick Batman.

    I follow the blog via email.


  5. oh, Wolverine--even before Hugh Jackman. I've always loved Wolverine. This book is certainly on my list--first for me then for my comic lovin' brother. :)

    lizziestarr (at)

  6. Batman...check out that car ;o)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I'd like to date.. Batman or Superman..:)
    darkworld_cutie at yahoo dot com

  8. I would like to be batwoman, the modern version:)

  9. Lol, now I want to know why he has shark repellant with him!
    I would date Iron Man, I loved his movies!

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com
    And yes, I am a follower of the flock

  10. Hmm..My favorite is Iron Man. Love him! Though, that could be because of the movie, hes hot and i love his attitude. He always makes me laugh! :) Thank you!

  11. I guess I'd like to date Superman.

    I also follow you via GFC

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  12. thats tough.. emma frost is awesome, rogue is too.. dating... wolverine obvs.. iron man (robert downey jr for the win!) or namor.. could you imagine what underwater treasures he could bring you??

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  13. Gosh, so many cool ones. Guess if I was single, it would be Batman, as he was my favoritr superhero since I was a kid.

    Jedimistressdragon13 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  14. I'd date either Hal Jordan [Green Lantern] or Oliver Quinn [Green Arrow]
    *not entering*

  15. OK ONE.. OK.. this is an ENTRY.. PLASTIC MAN (for the obvious dirty reasons, sorry I Smell Sheep I must be honest) AND Rorshach because I have a thing for BAD BAD BAD BOYS with self esteem issues (I would cook for him, bake cookies, and force him to smile under his mask for me ... plus that mask? GENIUS! I could self analyze while we.. instead of looking at the ceiling! I would have picked Capt. Marvel, but that is a BOY who shouts SHAZAM and turns into a man, that would be.. wrong on so many levels despite the stellar reports from my bedroom from him!

    1. you are a naughty piece of bacon Kriss...;)

    2. awww Sharon! *tackles you* The Bacon Walker stamps you as SLAVE TO THE PIG approved!

  16. This contest is now closed! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. Lots more going on right now and loads to come.

    The winner is: Abby

    Abby, I've sent you an email so make sure to respond. Let's keep the party rockin everyone! Baaaa!