Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tales From The Quarter Bin--Comics I'm Too Lazy To Translate For You!

Look, it's a lazy Sunday, and sometimes a Quarter Bin find fills the bill...

Oh, man!! An Italian comic?!?

Let's be honest...I'm far too lazy today to run all of this through Google Translate. Anyone more motivated than I, have fun...

As near as I can make out, this story is an Italian all original, based on a story idea from Karl Kessel...or maybe it's based on an actual published story? I don't recognize it, I was out of comics at the time...

Anyhow, without my doing much actual work, I can present to you the Italian Joker, who looks a bit like Jay Leno...
A major subplot involves Jimmy Olsen trying to get and publish a picture of Batman, to "prove" he actually exists, while James Gordon tries to convince him that the public knowing Batman is just a guy in a Clooney suit would be disastrous:

Meanwhile, a couple of brothers, for reasons I just couldn't be bothered to translate, have set loose the inmates at Striker and "Manicomio Arkham," and for reasons I couldn't quite comprehend, there's a bit of a turf war running through the streets of Gotham. For example, Bloodpsort vs. Deadshot!

Or Poison Ivy vs Metallo!!

Plus..the Joker attacks Jimmy Olsen with a baseball bat!!

But don't worry--help is arriving!!

Wait...let's look at Italian Superman again:

Damn, what a smug bastard!

Anyhoo, Italian Azrael whops Metallo, because Italian Azrael rocks!!

And Superboy and Robin team up to take out Ivy...

Jimmy gets his picture...

But he has his "Ben Urich" moment, and erases it...

Lois dances with Alfred...

And Clark and Bruce have one of their "I do things my way, you do things your way, and together we make the world a better place" scenes (well, I assume they do...once again, too lazy to translate):

FINE, indeed, mysterious Italian comic book I don't truly understand. Fine indeed!

From Superman Nuova Serie #6 (2000)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New York To Wonder Woman: DROP DEAD!!

The Freedom Fighters have come to Earth-1. But, as so often happens, they're framed as terrorists!!

What a helpless little town like New York City supposed to do? Fortunately, Wonder Woman herself has taken up residence there lately.

So, the district attorney, the police commissioner, the mayor's chief of staff, and the chief of police have formed a committee to press Wonder Woman to take those Freedom Fighters...                                 

So how will this august group try to convince Diana, ambassador from Themyscira, a founding member of the Justice League Of America, to aid them in their time of need? Surely calm reasoning and gentle cajoling will prevail!

Somehow I don't see them using the same tactics on Superman or the Flash...

So what's Diana going to do? Oh. man, I can't wait to see her reaction to these idiots...

"None you can argue with?!?!?!"

Come on, princess!! They could use these same "arguments" anytime they want anything from you!! "Look, young lady, we don't have to let you live here, so get out there and clean up Central Park!!"


Still, at least Diana can use the power of her body to make them uncomfortable:

Oh, Wonder Woman...

From Freedom Fighters #4 (1976)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Night Fights--Merecenary Style!!

Given the end of Goblin Nation this weekend, I thought it would be fitting to use this week's Friday Night Fights to remind ourselves what happened immediately after one of the previous times Spider-Man put an end Norman Osborn's hijinks.

Most people, you see, don't remember what happened immediately after Gwen Stacy's death.

Yeah, yeah, there was Harry working himself up to be Goblin 2.

Yeah, yeah, the Jackal started showing up, there was a Man-Wolf story, Kangaroo came back, there was that Doc Ock/Hammerhead story.

But evryone forgets that the very issue after the Goblin "died..."

...JJJ decided that Spider-Man was guilty of Osborn's murder and hired recently debuted Luke Cage to kill the wallcrawler!

Yes, that happened. Here, let me remind you...


SPOILER ALERT: Later in the issue they fight again, have a calm and rational discussion of their differences, bury the hatchet...and as a result?

Spacebooger wonders how often Luke and Peter reminisce about this first meeting at Avengers gatherings...

Old school SMASH and CRUNCH and KRAK are brought to us by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane and John Romita (artists) and J. Romita and T. Mortellaro (inkers) in Amazing Spider-Man #123 (1973)

Now is the time for you to go and vote for my fight. Why? Hey, I was sick last week--you don't want me to relapse, do you? DO YOU? So go vote!!!