Comic Cards Project: Day 28 • Snapper Carr

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Comic Cards Project: Day 28 • Snapper Carr

In 1960, following a resurgence of superheroes, the most popular of DC Comics’ costumed characters banded together to form the Justice League of America. During their first mission, a regular teenager named Snapper Carr helped out and he was unanimously elected an honorary member.

“Snapper” was his nickname because he was always snapping his fingers. As if this wasn’t annoying enough, he also used the most ridiculous hipster slang—dialogue that sounded as if it had been written by middle-aged men who had never met a teenager. Oh wait—it probably was.

Although he represented an obvious ploy by DC to make the Justice League more relatable to readers, Snapper only occasionally participated in their adventures. He still appeared in nearly every issue but in a non-active role—often with the heroes recounting their escapades to him in their secret headquarters. Sometimes he acted as their secretary, documenting the team’s latest exploits while the reader listened in.

Snapper was finally written out of the series in 1969. With no costume, no super powers, and an irritating personality, it’s amazing he lasted that long.

Illustrating one playing card a day using characters found between 1957-1967 in DC Comics. Tomorrow: Mercury, another one of the Metal Men.

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