Daily Scans - March 14th, 2009
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Even Tony Stark has fallen on hard times.|
( It's a living )
Tags: char: iron man/tony stark, in-joke: context is for the weak, medium: advertisement
Gotham's original bondage Boy Wonder... Bowery Billy!|
Years ago, when still a novice at this interwebs thing I was trying random word searches as part of my contribution to mankinds insatiable quest for porn... (Hey at least I'm honest about it)
One of the things to emerge was that there's nothing new under the sun... Case in point, some of the earliest examples of "Plucky streetwise hero in peril" I could locate, these dating back to the "Dime novels" of the late 1800's and early 1900's.
So let me introduce you to... "Bowery Billy" written by, as every single cover tells us "John R Conway, PRIVATE DETECTIVE"
Tags: char: bowery billy, in-joke: bondage
Invincible #60 Preview|
Bruce Takes in Four New 'Orphans'|
In which Batman and Robin break the law and break up the Beatles.
Obligatory out of context panel:
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Tags: char: alfred pennyworth, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, creator: irv novick
An old letter from the Green Arrow letters page on Grell's treatment of women|
Current Mood: depressed
Tags: creator: mike grell, title: green arrow
The Jungle Batman!|
Current Mood: silly
Tags: char: batman/bruce wayne, char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, creator: bob kane, publisher: dc comics
When Wondy was Awesome, part 8 (Hawks and Half-Breeds)|
Diana's no Batman, with five different books devoted to her adventures at any one time. She's not even a franchise like Green Lantern, despite how awesome a regular title devoted to Artemis or Nu'bia could be*. But she is and has been an occasional guest in setting books like Action and a staple of team books like Justice League in many incarnations, and many of her better stories are from those titles rather than her own.
* Well, if it wasn't written by WML. Now let's never speak of Requiem again.
This one's from 1995, during the Era of Three Hundred Justice Leagues. Diana was head of the JLA and had been for some time - a position she is supremely suited to by nature, but was only intermittently suited to by portrayal, given that writer turnover was worse than League membership turnover at the time, and many of her authors simply didn't get Diana. And by that I mean either her personality or the fact that she could beat her entire League at once with one hand tied behind her back (well, maybe she'd need both hands for Flash), and how that needed to be reflected in group combat.
Unfortunately Gerard Jones was among them, and he was on JLA duty during this arc. But this story is a crossover event, and the other two writers involved - Beau Smith on Warrior and Messner-Loebs on Hawkman - had a better idea what they were doing. Overall I wasn't sure whether to include it, because it's not really a Wondy story, but there are a couple of moments here that I truly love, so here we go, once again, into outer space.
( 90s Image-influenced art warning. Prepare your goggles now. )
Next time: Artemis finally becomes a likeable character, and we get to see Cassie when she still was. Plus Etrigan rhyming, Neron gloating, and Byrne killing Diana off. (Spoiler: It doesn't stick.)
Tags: char: green lantern/warrior/guy gardner, char: hawkman/carter hall, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: william messner-loebs, group: justice league of america, series: when wondy was awesome, series: world of wondy
Super Steph Series pt 4- The Robin 80 page giant!|
Now for the Robin 80 page giant! It's a very Steph-centric little tale, and in it we see her first meeting and team up with Black Canary (and Wildcat) Lots of nice moments, but bleh art, and an important milestone for Steph and Tim.
Basically, this takes place when Tim's stepmom, Dana and Dad, Jack are getting ready to get married.
Tags: char: black canary/dinah lance, char: robin/red robin/tim drake, char: spoiler/robin/batgirl/steph brown, char: wildcat/ted grant, creator: chuck dixon, creator: eduardo barreto, series: super steph series, title: robin
Pre-Crisis: General Zod speaks on crime and punishment.|
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Current Music: slutburger " sound refracted"
Tags: char: superman/clark kent, char: zod/dru-zod, creator: rick veitch, creator: steve gerber
Why use a good name only once? (and today's mystery photo)|
This is Alex Schomburg's cover for MYSTIC COMICS# 6, October 1940. The Destroyer was fairly successful for a Timely character (their big three of the Human Torch, Captain America and Sub-Mariner overshadowed any other heroes in sheer exposure). The Destroyer was American war correspondent Keen Barlowe, who had been given a variation of a super-soldier serum and went on to fight as a saboteur in Germany itself. The striped pants are debatable as a fashion statement but the full-face mask is a nice eerie touch. Roy Thomas re-introduced him in the 1970s series THE INVADERS and I think he's been revised and tweaked any number of times since then. But why use a good name once when you can hitch it up to the wagon a few more times? In addition to this character, Marvel has also had a Destroyer who was an obscure mediocre villain from an early Human Torch story in STRANGE TALES, an animate suit of super-powered armor created by Odin, a revenant monomaniac created by Jim Starlin to harass Thanos (and thus being a sort of lesser-Orion to the lesser-Darkseid). But if you ask your average fan of adventure stories about the Destroyer, you are most likely to get a reference to the very good series of paperback novels started by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir back in 1963 and still being published. Oh, and someone might mention the KISS album too, you never know.
( who is that guy? )
This author wrote the stories of a famous character who is not originally from comics but who has been published by a half-dozen comics companies.
Tags: era: golden age