So, while on our respective lunch breaks, we were all trying to figure out whether Aaron Burr held a position in Jefferson's cabinet, and being the Paragon of Information of my workplace, I went immediately to Wikipedia, and of course this jumped out at me:
Leave it to comics to make history more awesome than it already is. And thank you, Wikipedia.
Are you as surprised as I am that Hal actually knew what year Aaron Burr died?
How often to you see something historical in a comic book today? Comics today seem to exist in a cultural bubble: I'm not sure what world the characters live in. I know they live in the U.S., becuase pop culture references get dropped every now and then. Because I'm just one of those people that likes to learn random things, I kind of miss the "educational" value that comics had in the Silver Age. Even if they got the science wrong in a Flash comic, at least they were trying. And there were those little articles in between the stories that were somehow related to the stories: an article about astronomy in Mystery in Space, for example. I think reading a comic would be a little richer if some knowledge was added to the mix, and if those little informational columns came back, they could be an incentive to buy single issues, assuming they aren't printed in trades.
Well, if you consider going on a power trip and prompting the aliens' western territories to secede from the Union, well, then sure, I guess he succeeded.
While I don't need an overtly-historical story like this one to make me happy, I'd like a little mention of something I could use to win Jeopardy someday. Maybe the Flash rogues were the ones really responsible for stealing The Scream, for example?
My favorite panel. Too bad this didn't happen in real life. In the sequel to this story, Hamilton shows up and is all awesome and finishes what the monster started. Okay, not really, but that would be cool.