Daily Scans - August 21st, 2009
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The secret origin of Nuke!|
The character Nuke was first introduced during the end of Frank Miller's Daredevil arc "Born Again." Besides a BA-related What If? issue, Nuke didn't make any more appearances for a while.
Then he returned in the beginning of Daniel Way's Wolverine: Origins series, where we discovered his origin.
Tags: char: nuke/frank simpson, char: wolverine/logan/james howlett, creator: daniel way, creator: david mazzucchelli, creator: frank miller, creator: steve dillon, publisher: marvel comics, title: daredevil, title: wolverine origins
Catching up with Thanagar|
A couple of panels from the Hawkman story in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD# 42, June-July 1962. Art by Joe Kubert, story by Gardner Fox. It's a tradition in science-fiction to use advanced alien civilizations to show how our own progress might go. Let's see how Fox did.
Wellll, we're still not flying around our towns wearing anti-gravity belts and big artificial hawkwings. No "central cooking" delivering meals by pneumatic tubes, either. The closest to that might be if you're residing in a hotel and order room service, but dumbwaiters have almost vanished entirely and instead an employee brings you your order. The "identi-cards" are on target, though. I don't think debit cards existed all in 1962. By the late 1970s, there were such things but not in common usage. (Thanks for the exposition, Katar. Do you explain everything like that everywhere you go? "As you know, after we digest food, we have to eliminate it from our intestines. This is what I intend to do now. Excuse me for five to six minutes.")
Of course, Earthwomen are not interested in fashion and would not want to go shopping for clothes after being away six months. I don't know where Fox got such an idea, except maybe to show how odd Thanagarian culture is. It sure looks to me like Shayera is shopping online; although she might just be watching a show, the caption uses the word shopping in quote marks, so it's ambiguous. Then we see the Hols lounging about and watching the news which was recorded for them. We actually are ahead of this ourselves, what with YouTube and NPR archives. I do like the way Shayera is nibbling on a grape (or whatever) and that they seem to be watching a Mad Scientist.Then there's the Weather Control. This was a popular prediction in old school sci-fi. Nope, we haven't got that yet. The best we're doing is producing global climate change and that wasn't exactly a project we undertook consciously.
Tags: char: hawkman/katar hol, creator: gardner fox, creator: joe kubert, era: silver age, publisher: dc comics
Blackest Night: Superman--James Robinson and Slang|
Current Location: Seattle
Current Mood: sick
Tags: char: superman/clark kent, event: blackest night, publisher: dc comics, title: blackest night superman
Hey! It's the X-men! I haven't seen you guys in YEARS!|
From CBR's preview of X-men Forever #6.
X-men Forever has been a blend of boggling and pure squee. But for me, this is the most recognizable the characters have been in years.
And what finer way to celebrate that than with an X-man tradition?
Written by Chris Claremont with art by Paul Smith and Terry Austin. It's like 1982 all over again.
Tags: char: cyclops/scott summers, char: gambit/remy lebeau, char: nightcrawler/kurt wagner, char: shadowcat/kitty pryde, creator: chris claremont, creator: paul smith, creator: terry austin, genre: previews, group: x-men, publisher: marvel comics, title: x-men forever
"Batgirl: Year One" Motion Comic on iTunes|
Apologies for pimping again but I just found this and thought there might be some interest especially with the debut this week of Steph!Batgirl.
Tags: char: batgirl/oracle/barbara gordon, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, creator: chuck dixon, publisher: dc comics, title: batgirl
The trial of Lex Luthor!|
Tags: char: lex luthor, char: superman/clark kent, creator: mark waid, creator: tom grummett, publisher: dc comics, title: action comics
Batgirl fights the crime|
Tags: char: batgirl/oracle/barbara gordon, publisher: dc comics, title: batgirl
Preview for Beta Ray Bill God Hunter #3|
CBR has the preview for Beta Ray Bill: God Hunter #3.
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: REM - End of the World As We Know It
Tags: char: beta ray bill, char: galactus, char: silver surfer/norrin radd, char: stardust
Edit: The image links to a bigger size.
Tags: char: batman/bruce wayne, char: batman/terry mcginnis, publisher: dc comics, title: superman/batman
The Superhuman Defense: A Moment In Astro City Legal History|
or: Another take on " Perhaps it was my Evil Clone who did that bad thing there? "
( This one's brought to us by a more desperate defense attorney, and in the Astro City courts. )
Current Music: B'z - Love Phantom
Tags: char: spider-man/peter parker, creator: brent anderson, creator: j. michael straczynski, creator: kurt busiek, creator: mike deodato, publisher: marvel comics, publisher: wildstorm, title: amazing spider-man, title: astro city
By request: Phantom Stranger!|
Current Music: Pere Ubu ~ "Cloud 149"
Tags: char: animal man/buddy baker, char: etrigan/jason blood, char: green lantern/alan scott, char: immortal man, char: phantom stranger, char: solomon grundy/cyrus gold, creator: chas troug, creator: doug hazelwood, creator: geoff johns, creator: grant morrison, creator: paris cullins, creator: steve montano, publisher: dc comics, title: animal man, title: solomon grundy
The Walking Dead #64|
Current Mood: hungry
Tags: creator: charlie adlard, creator: robert kirkman, title: the walking dead
Legion of Super-Giffen, Prologue II|
First, I would like to apologize. I am absolutely humbled by the depth of Legion knowledge that I've seen on this board. Never expected that. Ya gotta admit pre-Zero Hour LSH continuity is a little obscure at this point.
So, yeah, there are people here who know their Legion.
That said, I still don't feel like exhaustively explaining every little thing in the art below -- that's a lot of typing. Giffen's LSH is the densest storytelling this side of the Silver Age.
No, I just want us to look at the pictures right now. We'll get to the themes later.
So once again I present you with the art of Keith Giffen,
Tags: creator: keith giffen, creator: larry mahlstedt, creator: paul levitz, group: legion of super-heroes, title: legion of super-heroes
Tags: in-joke: context is for the weak, theme: dogs
Fill Your Fingers - The 'Free' Lantern Ring Collection|
(x-posted from ns_d)
The Black Lantern ring giveaway to kick off the Blackest Night event was an immense hit, with demand booming for these chunky stylish collectable black plastic fingerwear, and a call for similar rings to match the different Lantern colours seen in the series went out. And DC listened.
So for every 25 copies of Doom Patrol #4, Booster Gold #26, R.E.B.E.L.S. #10, Outsiders ‘24 and your retailer orders, they can order a bag of fifty Sinestro rings, Agent Orange rings, Indigo Tribe rings and Star Sapphire rings respectively.
And for every 50 copies of Justice League of America#39, Blackest Night #5 and Adventure Comics #4 sees you with a bag of fifty Red Lantern rings, Green Lantern rings and Blue Lantern rings, also respectively.
What do you guys think? It'll get me an orange ring in the bag easily, but I'll have to buy R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 to get the ring I really want (who's got something positive to say to sell me on it?). The only part that really bugs me is the way the rings are being every two weeks, so they won't all be in till the end January, and by then won't most of the relevant issues be outdated?
Tags: event: blackest night, genre: solicitations, publisher: dc comics, title: booster gold
Cable & Deadpool #31: The godly endowments of Hercules|
Since this came up:
Tags: char: cable/nathan summers, char: deadpool/wade wilson, char: hercules/marvel, event: civil war, title: cable & deadpool
Astro City 0.5 - "The Nearness of You"|
Just because I wanted to, a few pages from one of my favorite bittersweet stories ever. This one gets me choked up no matter how many times I read it.
Tags: creator: brent anderson, creator: kurt busiek, publisher: wildstorm, title: astro city
Katar and Shayera know ALL your dirty little secrets|
Some bits from 1961 and 1962 issues of THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. Script by Gardner Fox, art by Joe Kubert.
One of the most off-beat but underused aspects of the Silver Age Hawkman strip was that Katar and Shayera Hol had prepped for their arrival by using a device called an Absorbascon to transmit all memories and knowledge from the brains of Earth people. (There has to be a limit to the depth and type of information fed into the Hols' brains, I think. Probably they started with intake of language, geography, history, that sort of thing and cut off before they started getting into what size shoes Trotsky wore or how to make haggis. But you never know. The text says "everything" and perhaps the information was stored in compressed form in their brains, sort of like cerebral MP3s.)It was a slightly eerie touch that made our Hawks seem "other," not just everyday humans in costumes. They would sometimes sit in the dark and concentrate to try to bring out just the bit of knowledge they needed. One limitation was that (as I recall) they only did this Absorbascon process once. So if a Mad Scientist invented a reverse evolution ray while the Hols were here, they wouldn't have any information on it. Whether they would know about Green Lantern's weakness or Alfred's collection of antique keys is debatable. On the other hand, they would be great to have around when trying to do the SUNDAY TIMES crossword.
This last page doesn't relate to the Absorbascon, but I wanted to show off some Joe Kubert art. He often drew Hawkman and Hawkgirl at night, making them seem more mysterious and even ominous. Kubert also drew regular human bodies, something of a lost art. Shayera is not Jenna Jameson, Katar is not Lou Ferrigno. They're normal people in good athletic shape and that's enough.
Tags: char: hawkgirl/shayera hol, char: hawkman/katar hol, creator: gardner fox, creator: joe kubert, era: silver age, publisher: dc comics, title: the brave and the bold