Superman & the TRS-80 Whiz Kids: The Computers that Saved Metropolis

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  • RunDevilRun007  - Really?
    First time in my life I ever got first comment.
    How did that happen? O_o

    Good review linkara!
  • Fargo294Z
    Comment paradox or comment inception?
  • Yeahwhatever
    And since there are no more comment voting boxes for the general majority of viewers to downvote you to hell and back, I'm no doubt sure that you must be pleased as piss about that.
  • GreenLantern
    Hey you said roof right!Good review Linkara these comics would be hard to take with a lesser reviewer but you manage to make them interesting.
  • Draggonslayer26  - This comic
    im sorry but if superman showed up at my school i would have locked my eyes on him they entire time he was there... also please tell me linkara was kiding in a previws review and there is isnt actully a twilight comic.

    aso alic or however u spell it needs to be hitup side the head also linkara as to why superman is so concerned witht his class my theory he is haveing an affair with this
  • Flaregun  - reply to Draggonslayer26
    "also please tell me linkara was kiding in a previws review and there is isnt actully a twilight comic"

    I have no knowledge of whether or not there might be a comic tie-in to the "Twilight" series of sparkly vampire books (seems unlikely, though), but I think what you actually might have heard was Linkara making a callback to last week's review of a comic based on the old 60's "Twilight Zone" Sci-Fi TV series.
  • ArtticWitchica
    Yes. There is a manga sadly. I cried when I saw it in stores.
  • Super Driver
    Sadly, there is a Robert Pattinson comic.
  • SpeedyEric
    I love it whenever you talk about the Whiz Kids, Lewis. I wish there was a crossover where the Power Rangers would give a good beating to these product endorsing twits, because they are more subtle. Am I right?

    12:06- I'm guessing since this is one of the worst developed schools in America in the universe this comic takes place in, they can only have 1 dozen students in a class.

    I love your "Apollo 18" and "The Shining" jokes.

    14:40- Honestly, WHO THE HELL FINDS THIS INFORMATION ENTERTAINING!? Comic books are for entertainment perposes. If I want to learn about the history of computers, or how the hell they're made, I'll read a history book or watch an educational video. Also, WHY THE HELL IS SUPERMAN TEACHING THESE TWATS ABOUT COMPUTERS!? Couldn't they just have a computer expert of a Radio Shack employee come in and teach this crap? What was the staff at Radio Shack smoking when these comics were made?
    Val Kilmer- "It just raises too many questions."

    19:00- Or Major Idiohstuperific.

    20:46- OMG, This is too funny for me to comprehend. I'm gonna need a minute to laugh this off.

    23:24- Clark was able to solve this problem in micro-seconds in the Season 7 premire of "Smallville."

    26:02- BORING! (click) What else is on?
    Out of all the Whiz Kids comics reviewed on this show so far, this one is the most stupidest.

    I can see that The Entity is effecting the end credits more. ...Either that, or the Commodore ads are trying to downgrade my computer back to the stone age.
  • KingKaor555
    Yeah, looks like the Entity is getting more powerful...... you have to remember, it DID just absorb Pollo........ we miss you, Pollo
  • SpeedyEric
    10:45- Uh-oh. He's gonna go "Man of Steel" on their asses.
  • Kaibaman
    Yes Their is sadly a Twilight Comicx.x but more accurately a Manga or Graphic me I couldn't believe it either.

    Now for my comment
    I am with Linkara at the beginning of the Comic it did feel like more to a Twilight Zone thing then the actual Twilight Zone Comic you reviewed last week.

    Though even though The Disaster Master did what he did with Kryptonite...even though they were small...Supes should still die regardless due to well....KRYPTONITE IN THE FREAKING BRAIN...

    Though whats the show were Linkara put out to the joke of The Digital Watches scene...that looked cool but well kinda creep-ed me the hell out...I don't know why but it did...

    Also from seeing your "That's all I'm saying" series on your blog I picked up Static #1 recently...and the ending to it PISSED ME OFF,I'm a Static fan because of the series on then Kids WB I loved the show...but how Static got owned in the end of the issue(I won't spoil it) PISSED ME can DC do that to Static for after he get's his powers back thanks to the original Barry Allen with Flashpoint...Virgil can't seem to catch a break.
  • Cheshire Kitten
    I think the Digital Watches thing was from a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adaption.
    Anyway, great review, Linkara!
  • trlkly
    Yip. The 80s TV show on BBC. There were six episodes. They're old enough that you can probably find them on Google.
  • Flaregun
    And despite having the production values of an especially low-budget 70's Doctor Who ep, it was still a great show that was way, way, *way* better than the 2005 Hitchhiker film on every conceivable level.
  • BooRat
    You gotta love the fact this villain done something Lex Luthor has been trying to do for YEARS but insted of using it on a leathal leval he chose to use t on the same leval as giving some one an inner ear infection or a muscle relaxer.
    Also, if Superman needed any one to help him calulate to use his powers based on physics I'd think Batman would've been a beter bet than the creepily/asshole-like kids he seems to be stalking.
    You can tell too this comic was written and drawn in the 70s before it was finnally released because of the one kid's afro and the others all wearing bellbottums and disco attire! they all look like they're fixing to go out dancing after school.
    Shouldn't those kids be scared when Superman comes crashing threw the floor? Also that's destory the foundation of the biulding!
    "Mrs.Lang"!? As in Lana Lang? Wait she was the teacher? or was he talking about some one else?

    Finnally I would like to request you do a review of another oddball Superman comic from a few years befor this one, but is infamious! Superman #300: Superman 2001(1976)
    It's like an early Elseworld title, but before the Elseworld banner came along. It's a What if...? style title about what if Kal-El's came to earth in modern(76) time and insted of being raised by the Kents he was raised by the US government as a weapon against the USSR. Now why this comic was famious was he actually predicted the fall of communism and kind of predicts 9/11/01!
    What do you think?

    "I'm Beatiful"
    Is it a chick? Gozer!?

    "Am for the flattop!"
  • Draggonslayer26  - that show
    im pretty sure that was hitchhikers guide ot the galzy but i could be wrong
  • Jellygear
    Nice creepy text in the credits, good to know the fuzz is on purpose.
    On another note, would the rebooted wiz kids be the apple or pc wizkids nowadays?
  • BooRat  - Relaunched TRS-80 Whiz Kids!
    A gritty reboot or relaunch for the TRS-80 Whiz Kids would or should be a lot like the one they did for Wonder Dog, Marvin, and Wendy in Teen Titans.
    If you don't know what I'm talking about read this Cracked article: article/151_5- superheroes-rendered- ridiculous-by-gritty- reboots/ judging by what all else is mentioned in this article i'm sure Linkara already has read it!
  • Karxrida  - Obvious Joke and My Email


    It'd be nice if you checked any emails sent to you on 8/21 regarding Aliens and Dark Horse Comics.
  • DiscoStue  - I love LINKARA
    Good job!
  • HarryCane
    The Tandy computter whix Kids everyone!

    They make geeks and nerds eveywhere feel ashamed of their computing heritage,

    Great review linkara, top notch. As always =)
  • ladydiskette
    I have to say the only "WTF" moment for me watching this review was seeing the stark character 180 with this Alex kid.

    Its so wierd after watching him in "Fit to Win" being this whole goody two-shoes "teacher's pet I wanna be the best for my school and be the leader of tomorrow" kind of kid and then you see him later on as this slacker class clown jerk. I really wanna know what life-affirming moment he had to suddenly be the kid protrayed in "Fit to Win".
  • ladydiskette
    [q]Maybe he encountered the Entity[/q]

    Well if that is the case, I know a few smartmouth little shits that could certainly use a confrontation scare by the Entity.
  • Konton
    I'm glad that dealing with the .... children of the Tandy didn't drive you mad. I'm also interested by the bit with the credits with the words "I AM BEAUTIFUL" flashing in static during the Tandy commercial. I have but one question did the In-universe Linkara set that up or is it yet another sign of something sinister?

    EDIT: First page comment, I'm surprised I got that
  • FullofQuestions
    Ugh, I still can't believe this exists. The last two Whiz Kids issues have somehow managed to be more irritating than the first one.

    1:26 Well, I can't believe that I can say "When I was little, I couldn't use the phone and the internet at the same time."...I'm sixteen.

    8:11 Good point, and I thought Junie B. Jones got away with too much.

    18:40 That's actually dumber than a certain MacGyver villain wanting to wipe out Mac in only a way that was "creative".
  • Divide By Zero
    It's beautiful? This thing grows more disturbing by the episode.

    Anyone got a running list of the quotes so far?
  • Minion of Yahtzee  - One question
    HOW MANY MORE OF THESE THINGS ARE THERE??? Good job, and I can't wait for October, where hopefully you will review the last three Silent Hill comics that suck.
  • Rents  - Major Dumbass
    So...the simple plan of murdering Superman is too obvious? He could have at least used a combination of the brain scrambling kyrptonite and the regular kind to Superman weak AND unable to accurately control his movements, anywho another nice review!
  • Zilchtastic
    But wait, even if the kids told Superman exactly the speed he needed to go, how did he know he was going that speed? Does he have a little speedometer in a... *gasp* DIGITAL WATCH?

    ...I'm putting too much thought into this, aren't I.

    Great quips in a fun review. My night has been made better. :D
  • trlkly
    The same way he also knew the exact speed and angle of the airplane.
  • FallingStar
    Lol Roof, it's cute the way you say that.
  • SlyDante
    Soooo...According to this comic, Superman's brain is on par with that of a 1980s PC. Dude, this is sadly why Miller always makes fun of you.

    Also, glad to see that after three of these damn comincs, you finally got around to making the obvious "WarGames" joke. XD

    So instead of killing Superman, Major Disaster decided to just screw with Superman's mind while he dealt with disaster he more than likely would've easily survived anyway due to his super-strength. Wow. I agree with SpeedyEric, Major Idiohstuporiffic suits him better.

    All in all, damn good review, man! ^_^
  • darkness shade sonata
    okay... I will just say what we are all thinking... what kind of SUPERHERO tasks children with saving metropolis? or the world for that matter
  • TheDVDGrouch
    Anyone else catch "I Am Beautiful" at 27:25? very creepy stuff even for what I can only guess is The Entity.
  • mrskippy
    he's been putting those messages in the credits for a while...makes me wonder if the Entity is connected to the Magic Gun.
  • pinky75910
    Woah, that sounds sinister. Always wondered where he purchased that. What's your theory?
  • rowdycmoore
    Tandy/RadioShack is based in my hometown of Fort Worth, TX. Yeah, this comic series makes me SO proud of them.
  • Shanetefilmmaker
    Great Review, hard to believe that computers really improved over the years. It seemed only yesterday when I was playing with an old fashioned window's 95 laptop. You're Rod Serling impression is terrifyingly accurate, though I kinda thought the opening narration would fit Law and Order better. Though it has made me wonder what would happen if Twilight Zone did an episode based off one of their comics. Though I would be mad at this kid for ignoring Superman as well, I kinda understand what he is going through. He represents the audience doesn't give a crap. He sees the worlds powerful superhero he would think. "Oh Cool." But if that same superhero preaches something unrelated he doesn't care. Still if I was the kid sitting next to him I would dope slap him for it.

    The day I see a computer do Vacuuming would be when hell freezes ov---- oh crap I forgot about that self moving vaccum. lol.

    As easy as using a typewriter. Depending on which one they are talking about Keys have been known to jam.

    Still the Kryptonite air particles is pretty clever despite the dumbass approach to it. What better way to get Superman than by the air he breathes.

    What kind of moron would cause a meltdown. It may have been before Fukushima, but they were still cleaning up Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. What is wrong with these comic writers?

    Nice job on the cred--what the hell Entity, you interrupted the credits just to say "I am Beautiful?" I knew the thing was creepy but I never expected it to be vain.
  • Mucca
    Semi-related to video, am I the only one who thinks it's weird that Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way, considering one of his creators is a Canadian?
  • Shanetefilmmaker
    No not really. I am surprised that an alien reprsents the American way despite being created by a Canadian and an American. That aside, with the exception of Kandor, The Fortress of Solitude and Kara Zor-El, there is not much left of Krypton to represent. Before he knew of his alien heritage he was raised no differnt than any other human and was instilled the values his adoptive parents gave him. As Red Son Superman has proven they could be depending on where he landed. However because of he is not a citizen of Earth and his home nationality has ceased to exist, he could live where ever he wants. He has a farm in Kansas, an apartment in Metropolis, A summer getaway up North and a all purpose getaway orbiting earth.
  • Goat Boy
    The truth and justice came from him, and "The American Way" from the other guy.
  • WhatIfThereWasARaptor
    Huh. I'm pretty sure I've seen the "detonate kryptonite particles in the atmosphere to make the air slowly poison Superman" in the Amalgam Comics issue of Super-Soldier, but this predates it by more than a few years. Good on them for having a clever idea, even if it is buried under a MOUNTAIN of bad ones.

    Out of curiosity, did these comics also include programming instructions for kids to write in basic? I have dim memories of something like that in a Tandy Whiz Kids comic.
  • Tsubasaga
    Wow so Alec has a normal boy until Shana and Superman turn him into whatever the hell has in the Fit to Win comic. Also at some point you made a Wargames reference?
  • pinky75910
    Greetings Professor Falken.
    Would. You. Like. to. Play. a. Game?
  • bobynoxr
    Is your avatar of the Hyrule king from the Zelda CD-i games? They sucked some major ass.
  • jagarcia0705
    Strange game. The only winning is not to play. Wouldn't you prefer a good game of chess?
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