Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

§ February 17th, 2011 § Filed under superman § 14 Comments

1. Drivers are going to have to stop waaaay back from this traffic light statue in order to see the lights change. Or they’ll have to strain their necks to see what’s goin’ on way up there.

2. I don’t know that I’d want to put my trust in a spring-wound traffic light.

3. Now I assumed that this seemed like an awful lot of effort to control traffic on a single-lane road, but maybe it’s simply there to frighten off anyone approaching from miles away.

4. I hope this statue ends up making an appearance in the series finale of Smallville.



image from Superboy #96 (April 1962) by Robert Bernstein & George Papp

14 Responses to “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”

  • Chris G says:

    Does the one eye turn out to be green kryptonite, and the other red kryptonite? Because if I were Lex Luthor, that is totally what I would do.

    The Smallville finale should include this, as well as Clark baking a giant cake for everyone in town.

  • William Sims says:

    Does he have eyes in the back of his head for traffic coming the other way?

  • Jack says:

    I always wondered where the lone and level sands were. Who knew they were in Smallville?

  • A.L. Baroza says:

    Having to look up at a 60 foot-high traffic light can’t be the safest thing to do when you’re on the road.

  • Nat Gertler says:

    Wind-up Superboy can x-ray read 3-D comics from hundreds of miles away.

  • Sarah says:

    When they do the remake of Fargo set in Smallville, I expect this statue will take the place of Paul Bunyan. And be even creepier.

  • philip says:

    Hand-lettering that giant sign must have been a chore.

  • Kyle says:

    I remember a Superboy story where he gave the local barber a barber’s pole (the red and white striped thing) and every month he would come by and give it a super-spin. Did Smallville not have electricity?

  • Sleestak says:

    Terrifying. That statue needs to be adapted into someone’s Halloween costume.

  • Nimbus says:

    …and on the other side of town, a Supergirl version of this traffic signal was erected. For some reason, this second exit from Smallville was much more popular. Though also more prone to accidents as cars passed underneath.

  • Rob says:

    There’s no yellow light! Maybe his crotch flashes a soothing goldenrod as a gentle reminder to slow down before the stop light comes on.

  • Plastic Soul says:

    I just realized the super-traffic statue isn’t even at an intersection. It’s a stop light on like half a mile of clear road.

  • Ron Hogan says:

    Years later, driving through Smallville, Spider Jerusalem was inspired to design a pair of sunglasses.

  • Josh says:

    Ron Hogan ftw.