Today’s topic is Bibbo Bibbowski. Bibbo is usually depicted as one of Superman’s biggest fans. When Bibbo first became a fan of Superman, he did so because Superman was the strongest. That was what Bibbo valued: strength. Thus, things weren’t always great for Bibbo when stronger villains came along to beat up Superman.
But, like Jimmy Olsen, Bibbo’s arc is one of being improved by learning from Superman. Over time Bibbo came to realize that it isn’t Superman’s strength that makes him great. It’s what he does with it. We live in a society where, unfortunately, people with power don’t often enough use that power for the benefit of others. Superman needs to show why that’s the wrong way to use one’s powers, whatever they happen to be. And Bibbo can be a great example of that in the stories.
In the original comics where he appeared, Bibbo was very poor until he won the lottery and went on to buy a bar down by the docks. This gave some of the characters a place to hang out apart from the Daily Planet, which is great. In other media he has occasionally be depicted as owning the bar without starting off poor, but I like the idea that he has suffered and come through. I also like that he is nearly always depicted as a “low-class” sort. He’s been a punch-drunk alcoholic boxer, a dumb dock-worker, and an lowlife informant for Lois Lane. I like that he can be all these things and still be, ultimately, a good guy. It’s a good message to send that you don’t have to be a hoity-toity type to be a friend of Superman.
It took longer than I expected, but I am in my new apartment, complete with power and Internet. Let’s see how this goes. I notice that while I was away we made it to the last of the scheduled SecGov pages. I will likely take a week or two of a break from that, then we’ll start getting back to that. The goal is still have it completed by the end of the year a date which, unfortunately, continues to approach.
I didn’t have a post scheduled for this week and I am in the process of moving. So here’s this single image which, I am sure, is worth more than a thousand words.
Jimmy can be a real monster sometimes.
I should mention that I’m moving. I have been at the same apartment for fifteen years, give or take some months, so it is kind of a big deal for me. Granted, I’m not moving far. I’m basically across the street from where I was. But still, it does feel like I’m going to be leaving my home. Hopefully the new place can live up to the old place’s lifespan. And hopefully my financial situation will improve as a result.
Today was the first day I’ve slept in the new place. I don’t have Internet, or even power there yet, though. Luckily, I’ve got possession of both places for September, which makes it easier to get all my stuff from one to the other. I can say this, though: Books are heavy.
Unfortunately, I’ve not go the whole power/internet thing worked out yet, so that’s the current priority.