From the legends of Brino and Bantam

(Mostly just silly, or chicken-oriented, but there are two interludes involving male genitals and sex between men, so not suitable for kids or the sexually modest.)

Today’s Wayno/Piraro Bizarro, in which a superboy swings with a miniature superchicken:

(#1) Wayno’s title: “Wardrobe Choices”(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are only 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

Interlude 1: I have a poem for this:

Brino the seabird seeks a mate

lonely horny Robin
advertised for a Batman
to be his Dark Cock
– with a Louisville Slugger dick
– with velvet black wings to
— envelope him
— take him by air to
— a sex nest and
fuck him

the letters got scrambled
Robin got a
– little chicken with a
– little dick and a
trapeze act who
– tried to
– teach him
small is

The chickens. From NOAD:

noun bantam: 1 a chicken of a small [20-25% of the size of a standard chicken] breed [actually, a collection of breeds], the male of which is noted for its aggression. … ORIGIN mid 18th century: apparently named after the province of Bantam in Java, although the chicken is not native there.

(#2) Three breeds of banties

The chickens are grown for their eggs and as pets.

Interlude 2. From my 3/19/18 posting “I Was a Cock-Teaser for Roosterama!”, about a Firesign Theatre sketch with that title (from their 2001 album Dear Friends), in which the speaker is paid to enrage bantams (among other things):

The sketch begins, from out of the blue:

I came out of twelve years of college and I didn’t even know how to sew. All I could do was account [with a degree in accountancy, presumably].

He couldn’t even account for himself. This leads somehow to chicken-clucking noises and so to cock-teasing at Roosterama (the speaker boasts that he enraged bantams), and then to bear-baiting (unsubtle allusion to masturbating), then bear-hating, and on to the unpleasant habits of untamable bears.

The ideas tumble past in free association, fresh ones every few seconds.

We can only speculate about what all goes on at Roosterama, with its name incorporating the libfix -((o/a)r)ama ‘display, spectacle, something really major’ — except that teasing cocks and enraging bantams, flagrantly, are on the menu.

In the sketch, it’s a man who teases cocks at Roosterama, so the actions are heavily gay-tinged.

(There is no company named Roosterama, by the way.)

Comic poultry bonus. From Wikipedia:

Chickenman was an American radio series created by Dick Orkin that spoofs comic book heroes, inspired by the mid-1960s Batman TV series [with its camp sensibility]. The series was created in 1966 on Chicago radio station WCFL, and was then syndicated widely, notably on Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War. According to the public radio show This American Life, “Chickenman first soared the radio airwaves from 1966 to 1969; nearly every day there would be a new episode. The episodes are each about one or two minutes in duration. The program’s distribution spread to over 1,500 radio stations

… In the series, Benton Harbor, a shoe salesman at a large downtown Midland City department store, spends his weekends striking terrific terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere as that fantastic fowl, Chickenman. Or, at least, that’s what he tells everyone. In reality, he mostly hangs around the Police Commissioner’s office and irritates the Commissioner’s secretary, Miss Helfinger.

Each episode begins with an overly-dramatic theme, a four-note trumpet sound echoed with Benton Harbor’s “Buck-buck-buck-buuuuuck” chicken call, which is followed by a rousing cry of “Chicken-mannnn!” and voices shouting, “He’s everywhere! He’s everywhere!” This tagline became a memorable catchphrase, especially because it’s repeated again at the end of each episode, two and a half minutes later.

You can watch an animation of episode 1 here.

Chickenman in the series is elaborately white-feathered. An alternative conception: this fantasy art from the Superhero Wiki:


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