Sunday, November 30, 2008

What, No Terra-Man?!?

So, in Superman #682 (Triangle #6 of the Meet the New Krypton, Same As the Old Krypton saga), Supergirl, her parents, and a bunch of other Kandorians have made a decision in the wake of Doomsday's attack:

After our brush with Doomsday, we wanted to know we were safe from others who might attack us to get to you. Your foes are no longer something you have to deal with.
So they dash around gathering up Superman's foes, from prison, from Arkham, from just hanging around...and plop them into the Phantom Zone.

I have no real problem with the general concept. But you know what bothers me? Look at what we get:

Even Metallo or the Kryptonite man would be better than this bunch...From bottom left clockwise we've got Parasite, Silver Banshee, Bizarro, Toyman, and Prankster surrounding Mon-El.

This is what Superman's rogues' gallery has come to? Really?!? I mean, seriously, we barely even rise to the level of Spider-Man's deadly foes here. Prankster and Toyman?!?

(Note--since Luthor and Brainiac are both held by a secret military agency wanting to destroy Superman, they're no doubt shielded from the Kandorians' senses. Still, you'd think that given their experiences with Brainiac, they'd storm the Pentagon et al until they found him...why wasn't he goal #1??)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again--Superman has the lamest rogues' gallery out there.

Special note--after this panel, where a band of Kandorians breaks into Arkham to seize Toyman:

So much for the Battle For The Cowl, eh?I'm going to be really cheesed off if Batman doesn't get involved in this rigmarole rather quickly with his secret stash Kryptonite...oh, wait, we're supposed to pretend that we believe Batman's dead, aren't we...)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Art Adams' Avengers Babies

Things I did not realize, example #370: Apparently, Ms. Marvel is only 10 or 12 years old.

What a cute liddle baby!!Oh, wait, I guess not:

Must be the unstable moleculesBaby-faced yet gravity-defying Carol Danvers brought you courtesy of Red Hulk #8 and Art Adams

Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Night Fights--CHUGGA-RRUMPH Style!!

If we are to present bombastic battles bursting with scintillating sound effects, we need go no farther than Walt Simonson and his rapturously riotous run on The Mighty Thor.

Case in point: Loki, lord of lies and god of evil, has managed to tap a great power source and transform the God of Thunder in an Asgardian amphibian, to wit: A FROG. However, much to Loki's chagrin, Thor the frog has regained Mjolnir, and has been transformed into THE FROG OF THUNDER!!

Still much cooler than the SentryFear not, Marvel minions, this will be no quick battle, as Loki's malevolent magicks are quite capable of sound effects of their own:

You know why Dr. Strange comics never succeed? Not enough sound effects!!To no avail, however, as the transformed Odinson show why no one--NO ONE--may trifle with the Thunder, even in frog form:

Simonson's sound effects should come with a pronunciation guide
THRASAKK is my favorite B-52s song
GREATEST. WORD. BALLOON. EVER.Meanwhile, the valorous Volstagg has been questing for the source of Loki's new found power. And, in what was surely a well-planned attack, the Lion of Asgard destroys the engine of evil with the most cacophonous avalanche in history--and it all starts with a "splic!"

Nobody rocks like Volstagg!
Speaks for itself, reallyHow will this effect the Asgardian anura?

Great, now Thor's been transformed into Bazooka Joe!!All back to normal!! "Shkrrasspp!" indeed!!

Yet all evidence of Loki's perfidious plot is now destroyed!! How shall the newly restored Thor deal with his sinister step-brother? Why, by giving him exactly what he wants, of course!!

KCUNK is Asgard's country radio stationAnd lo, thus ends another of Loki's sinister schemes--not with a bang, but with a KCUNK!!

Even Spacebooger must tremble at the fury of the Frog of Thunder (although he surely won't admit it!!)

True believer, the amazing action you've seen (and heard) here is courtesy of Thor #366 (1986)--written, drawn, inked, and probably personally delivered to newsstands by Walt Simonson, master of onomatopoeia!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rapturous Joy

From Dan DiDio's interview at Newsarama today:
The big question is where Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are going. They will be doing Superman: Secret Origin as a miniseries coming up later in the year...They’ll be doing the definitive origin of Superman as we’ve seen it all take place, and incorporating the changes that we’ve seen or suggested since Infinite Crisis.
Because the world hasn't had enough origin and early life of Superman stories yet...especially "secret" ones.

But if Johns ties in the various colors of kryptonite into his "emotional spectrum" theories, I might be on board.

On a conspiratorial note: interesting that DiDio calls out the changes "since Infinite Crisis." Hmmm, no mention of Final Crisis, eh? Should we infer that means there are no continuity changes coming as a result of FC?

We Interrupt This Broadcast

Can't post, busy cooking...

Allez cuisine!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bold Fashion Choices--Robin!!

From the center of Batman #259 (1974):

Uh-oh, this can't be good...

Oh boy, user-generated content that we can use free of charge to pad out our page count!! These 100 pages issues can be tough to fill...

Well, let the carnage begin...lets see what a "modern 'teen-age' image" looked like as portrayed by kids in 1975:

Remember kids--condoms can break!!

What if Robin became an Aquaman villain?!?

Entirely too happy...

Looks like a rejected Miracleman character.


VERY disturbing...

I especially like Dick's porn star moustache in this one. Way to go, Carol!!

Still, I think we can agree, they're all better than this:

or this:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Manic Monday--Exclesior!!

For those who need the numbers, click for the readable version:

Stan's Soapbox, the complete collection of Stan Lee's columns from the Bullpen Bulletins pages through the years, is out...available from your local comic book shoppe or your finer online comics retailers.

I mean, you probably don't really need this, but it's published by Hero Initiative, which means the proceeds are going to a fine cause. And you must know someone that would enjoy this as a Christmas present...

I'm no salesman....we'll let The Man talk for himself.

So face forward, True Believers, shell out those shekels, and wallow in the mists of nostalgia.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Quiz Time

Actual quiz from the pages of Batman #262 (1975):

Ha ha, drive you Bats!! Get it?!?

You know,it's the 21st century...shouldn't the GCPD get, I don't know, Bat-texting, or Bat-IM's??

How many damn circuses were travelling through Gotham in those days??

I gotta say, I would plunk down money right now for a tale of Mr. Batzptlk!

Ace is the place with the helpful hero hound??

Of course, there's been another since then...but I was out of comics at that moment, so I have no idea of the title of her debut story...

Wow, DC really did assume that readers didn't know a damn thing about Batman, didn't they?

I make this pledge publicly--when I win the lottery, I'm going to build an exact replica of the 60s TV Wayne Manor, complete with Shakespeare bust that opens a bookcase and batpoles to the basement.

Well, I hope you passed the quiz. And there's no send off I can give you as appropraite as the one they used in the comic:

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Comics I Wish I Had--Lois Lane #96

October, 1969:

Really, it just didn't pay to get out of bed somedays in the DC SilverJust look at that!! Look at the villain's get up!! Check out Lana's mini-skirt, and Lois' faux-1920s hideous mini-skirt get-up!! The gambit of making the potential reader guess what the "girls" are saying!! The above-the-logo teaser asking you to "Weep for Lois Lane's Baby!" Of course, there's no way the comic could live up to such a great there? (...unless it's secretly a ploy by Kal-El to set up a little menage a trois with the LL girls...)

Oh, what are the ladies saying, you ask? I'm thinking that it went a little something like this:

AgeWhy don't we have an internet channel dedicated to live action re-enactments of Lois Lane comics books?Too bad, was nice knowing you.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Night Fights--Groinatological Style!!

Well, if you guys know me, then you know there's no way we're getting through a whole bout of Friday Night Fights without a little bit of Master of Kung Fu action.

I'm sure we've all been in this situation--you're wandering through the Swiss Alps, when a crazed sumo wants to have a word or two with your hot secret agent girl friend:

Instead of fighting, you could wait to see who dies of exposure first...Well, this is gonna go down just like a Street Fighter match between Ryu and E. Honda, right?

Try the Sheng Long!!
Master of hitting a brick wall, is more like itUhhh....not so much.

Alec, who was the owner of the San Diego Padres?Time to make a stand, and go to plan B. The stand:

That's sort of the idea, Shang...And what's plan B?

KWUD--your local NPR stationOUCH right in the baby-maker!!

Master of Cheap Shots is more like itOh, Shang-Chi, that was so cruel. And how do you finish off the chump? With a CHUMPT!!

Next time wear proper clothing!!Remember--just because you're named "The Rising and Advancing of a Spirit" doesn't mean that you can't smash an evil sumo in the gonads. You are still Fu Manchu's son, after all...

But don't try that move on Spacebooger--because his are made of iron!!

Painful-just-to-read scrotum attack from Master of Kung Fu #46 (1976) from Moench, Gulacy, and Pablo Marcos.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Things That Make Me Smile--Taureau!!

It was a pretty crappy day at work...So what do I turn to for a smile? That's right...

Only way it could be better? if he were fighting BatrocTaureau the Minotaur!! He wears a beret!! He has a mime as a sidekick!! In the catacombs beneath Paris!! He asks people riddles!!

Ah, my day is better now!!

Taureau and company from the still surprisingly-good Doctor Who: The Forgotten #3. Thank you, Tony Lee and Stefano Martino, for making us love again!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Born in Arizona?!?

From DC's February solicits:

If ever a batman story called for a hawkman crossover...BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #26 Written by Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis Art and cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez & Kevin Nowlan From the late ’60s Batman TV show comes King Tut making his first comic-book appearance in Gotham City ever in part 1 of a 3-part arc! A trail of murders involving museum executives and the mysterious riddles left behind lead Batman to suspect an old foe is back at work. But the Riddler is safely locked up – and not too happy that someone has stolen his M.O.! On sale February 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Do you know how happy this makes me? I'm thinking it'll go a little something like this:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's Like Christmas In February!!

Ha ha ha, because it is!! Check out the new Marvel solicits for February, wherein after being absent for more than two months, an actual issue of Fantastic Four is being solicited. And look, it's a Christmas story--being published in February--maybe!! Ha ha ha!!

So...this kind of proves that it's the old Invisible WOman from the future who's going to die, doesn't it?
FANTASTIC FOUR #564 Written by MARK MILLAR Pencils & Cover by BRYAN HITCH Dear Readers, you have our word that nothing this lame happens inside this very special Christmas issue. Yours sincerely, Mark and Bryan. Part 1 (of 2).

So, let's check our scorecard. Millar promised that the FF wouldn't run late. Back in August of 2007 he told CBR, "I just handed in our tenth issue last week and Bryan is just finishing the fourth. So, we're in good shape." And people actually believed that.

So...August of 2007...the claim is 10 issues written, 4 penciled (or, rather, "just finishing").

Reality check. November 2008. #561 will (in theory) hit the stands tomorrow, a mere two months late (the Marvel November solicits called for issue #563 to be out by now...). This will be the 8th issue of their run published, and they've already skipped two months. Despite having 4 issues penciled 15 months ago, apparently Hitch has only been able to get 4 more done in the intervening time?!?

Let's start the wagering, shall we? What's the over/under for when #565, part 2 of the "very special Christmas issue," actually appears? I'm willing to bet June...or maybe I'm being to optomistic...