Our Daily Bleg: Holy Comic Quotations, Batman!

Our resident quote bleggar Fred Shapiro, editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, is back with another request. If you have a bleg of your own — it needn’t have anything to do with quotations — send it along here.

I would welcome suggestions of what are the most famous quotations of all time from comic books or graphic novels. These could be not only one-time quotations, but also recurring catchphrases.

Flame on!!!
The Human Torch


It's a bird, it's a plane... it's Superman!


Hulk Smash!

Lee B

Who watches the watchmen?


"Superman exists, and he's American"
"I never said 'Superman exists, and he's American. ' I said "God exists, and he's American.' "
-Said about Dr. Manhattan, in Watchmen




"Jiminy Jillikers!"

-Fallout Boy from Radioactive Man

Hooser Paul

"Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story!"

Toby Fee

It's Clobberin' Time


"Less then a thimble-full of iodine divides the intellectual from the imbecile. Of which phenomenon I shall forthwith attempt a demonstration."
-Dr. Gull, From Hell

The trouble with this is that catchphrases are pretty well known, but it's hard to think of too many passages from actually good comics where the dialogue is memorable enough to pop out. There must be something good in Jimmy Corrigan, but without that great pacing the comic provides, it probably just comes out sort of dry and mopey




"We have met the enemy, and he is us" - Pogo (Walt Kelly)


Holy [insert noun], Batman!! -Robin


"With great power comes great responsibility." - Spiderman


"Wonder twin powers - ACTIVATE!" (Well, OK, technically from a cartoon show...)

"Any view of things that is not strange is false." - Sandman


"I'm the best at what I do" - Wolverine

"Avengers Assemble!" - the Avengers

"With great power comes great responsibility" - Spider-man's Uncle Ben

Joe Smith

"All your base are belong to us"


With great power comes great responsibility.

--Spider-Man, modified in later comics from the original "WITH GREAT POWER THERE MUST ALSO COME - - GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!"


"With great power, comes great responsibility"


"I'm the best there is at what I do, and what I do isn't very nice." -- Wolverine, I think originally in the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller miniseries.


With great power there must also come... great responsibility.
-Amazing Fantasy #15 (Spider-man)

"Because there is good and there is evil and evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I will not compromise in this."

"Surrender? SURRENDER? You think this letter on my head stands for France?"
-Ultimate Captain America

Torsten Adair

- 'With great power comes great responsibility.' (Spider-Man)

- 'Tandoori to go. That's all they went out for, these people... Tandoori to go.' (Watchmen)

- 'Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.' (Watchmen)

- 'Merv Griffin! Merv Griffin! Merv Griffin!' (Milk and Cheese)

- 'Never play an ace when a two will do.' (Bone)

- 'I made it by being tougher than the toughies, and smarter than the smarties. And I made it SQUARE!' (Uncle Scrooge)

- 'Oh, So?' (Donald Duck)

- 'I'm just a poor lonesome cowboy, a long, long way from home.' (Lucky Luke)

- 'These Romans are crazy.' (Asterix)

- 'Spa Fon' (EC Comics)

- 'Squa Tront' (EC Comics)

- 'Great Caesar's Ghost!' (Perry White)
[I prefer the more modern, 'Great Shades of Elvis!'] (From the motion picture, "Superman")

- 'Klptzyxm' (Superman comics)

- 'This looks like a job for... SUPERMAN!'

- 'Hoka Hoka Gunkledunk! Hoka Hoka Hey!' (Tales of the Beanworld)

- 'Kimota' (Marvelman/Miracleman)

- 'Humor in a jugular vein' (MAD Magazine)

- 'What, me worry?' (Alfred E. Neuman)

- 'It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide' (MAD Magazine)

- 'By the hoary hosts of hoggoth.' (Dr. Strange)

- 'And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on.' (Sandman)

"Criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot." Batman

SHAZAM! (Captain Marvel/Shazam)

Up, up, and AWAY! (Superman)

Avengers Assemble! (Avengers)

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power -- Green Lantern's light! (Green Lantern)

I'm the best there is at what I do . . . (Wolverine)

Flame on! (Human Torch)

It's clobberin' time! (The Thing)

Holy moley! (Captain Marvel/Shazam)

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound ... It's SUPERMAN! (Superman)


Face it, tiger ... you just hit the jackpot! (Mary Jane Watson)

Titans Together! (Teen Titans)

Keep on truckin'. (Robert Crumb)

Stupid, stupid rat creatures! (Bone)

There are numerous quotations from comicstrips, but Mr. Shapiro did not request those. #1 is "Good Grief", #2 is the above quote from Pogo.