Daily Scans - September 4th, 2009
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Michael Jackson wanted to buy Marvel|
Everyone is freaking out about Disney, but it could have been worse.
Michael Jackson apparently approached Stan Lee about buying Marvel
I know some of you don't like me posting the articles here, but I thank you for supporting them and appreciate those who have given feedback.
Making it legal..
Tags: char: betty brant, char: j. jonah jameson jr., char: spider-man/peter parker, creator: stan lee, creator: steve ditko, in-joke: shameless plug, publisher: marvel comics
Greetings I bring you novelty and entertainment!|
I come bearing two webcomics. The first is presented without context for we are so strong that we don't need it. Right?
Current Location: beside the power of grayskull
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: The futurama theme
Tags: creator: greg dean, in-joke: context is for the weak, in-joke: wtf, medium: webcomic, title: menage a 3, title: real life comics
"...and Call My Lover MODOK!"|
This is also from Strange Tales #1, but since I only posted two pages before I'm not going over the limit.
Tags: char: modok/george tarleton, creator: nick bertozzi, group: advanced idea mechanics, publisher: marvel comics, title: strange tales
Secret Six Preview|
The Newsarama has the preview for Secret Six #13. JOY!!!!
Exquisite panel preview of humor and horror behind the cut.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Muse: Uprising
Tags: char: bane, char: catman/thomas blake, char: deadshot/floyd lawton, char: jeannette, char: ragdoll/peter merkel jr., char: scandal savage, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: gail simone, creator: nicola scott, genre: previews, group: secret six, publisher: dc comics, title: secret six
More Disney/Marvel cartoons|
Cagle.com has a lot of Disney/Marvel cartoons at their site.
Tags: publisher: disney, publisher: marvel comics
Tags: creator: mark waid, creator: peter krause, publisher: boom!, title: irredeemable
The Whizzer : "Are you my daddy ?"|
In response to the previous Whizzer post here is one from the point in time when Frank thought he was Wanda and Pietro's father...
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Current Music: 209 " I will pant this room with your blood, two coats"
Tags: char: blue diamond/elton morrow, char: master man/wilhelm lohmer, char: whizzer/robert frank, era: bronze age, publisher: marvel comics, title: avengers, title: invaders
The Halls of Fate, Part Two|
(Now with 30% more ranting!)
In the first chapter of our story, Doctor Fate was reincarnated as someone several of the older JSA members knew well. In this chapter, we get a quest, a resurrection, and some nice, old fashioned WTF. Forty pages spread out over JSA #8-#46.
Tags: char: black adam/teth-adam/theo adam, char: captain marvel/billy batson, char: dove/dawn granger, char: dr. fate/kent nelson, char: dr. mid-nite/pieter cross, char: flash/jay garrick, char: green lantern/alan scott, char: hawk/hank hall, char: hawkgirl/kendra saunders, char: hawkman/carter hall, char: mister terrific/michael holt, char: mordru, char: nuklon/atom smasher/al rothstein, char: sand/sandman/sandy hawkins, char: silver scarab/dr. fate/hector hall, char: stargirl/courtney whitmore, char: wildcat/ted grant, creator: geoff johns, creator: leonard kirk, group: justice society of america, publisher: dc comics, series: halls of fate, title: justice society of america
Dick and Babs: Awkward!|
Tags: char: batgirl/oracle/barbara gordon, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: joker, char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, char: starfire/koriand'r, creator: joe bennett, creator: marc andreyko
More Titan Dance|
Inspired by the comments on Vic's and Dick's "dance numbers" from this post (btw, we forgot Kory, she's also dancing on the first left panel on page 20!) I have another one for you:
And just because he can...
Tags: char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, creator: george perez, creator: marv wolfman, group: teen titans, in-joke: context is for the weak, publisher: dc comics, title: teen titans, title: tiny titans
The real source of the X-Men|
Every comic book, cartoon and movie featuring the X-Men should in all fairness have a credit on it somewhere, "Inspired by the 1945 'Baldy' stories of Henry Kuttner and Catherine L. Moore."
I'd read some stories by Henry Kuttner that I thought were clever and amusing (the Hogbens series, the one about Gallagher the drunk inventor) and some that seemed tedious and lame (those uninspired Elak of Atlantis epics). But until I found myself lost in MUTANT, I didn't quite realize how astoundingly good Kuttner (and his wife Moore, usually collaborating to some degree, here as "Lewis Padgett") could be. This is the real stuff, genuine pulp style science fiction. It's full of inventive details and clever plot twists, with a strong premise that today seems to have a even stronger appeal for readers than it did back then..
Created by atomic radiation, a new race of bald telepaths fights a desperate secret war between their two factions of the sane and the paranoid mutants. The paranoids (who at one point are mockingly called "Homo Superior" as compared to Homo Sapiens) see themselves as godlike supermen inevitably destined to conquer and rule the pitiful normal humans. The sane mutants are struggling desperately to keep knowledge of even the existence of the paranoids from become known, fearing that vastly more numerous normals will massacre them all. It's not a simplistic struggle between pure good and evil, as even the sane Baldies resent being forced to submit and bow their heads, keeping a low profile in the hopes that their children will be fully assimilated.
(Did Stan Lee ever mention in the letters columns that he and Jack Kirby had enjoyed the 'Baldy' stories by Kuttner? Certainly, they both had read a lot of pulps back in the 1940s, Kirby even illustrating some of them. As Jewish men alive during the Holocaust, did the 'Baldy' stories have special resonance for them?)
All the mutants are born completely hairless, but in an attempt at blending in and going unnoticed, most of them wear fake eyebrows, eyelashes and wigs. At first, the more defiant and unruly mutants go around natural (I'm bald and I'm proud!), but widespread lynching dampens that trend. We as readers following the Baldies can see they are mostly honorable and discreet, would never use their telepathic abiities unfairly and in fact go out of their way to do useful constructive work in their careers. Still.... you can see how just knowing there are people out there who can literally read your mind without your knowledge or consent would be seen as threatening. And who doesn't have dirty little secrets and vices they want to keep hidden? (Put your hand down, you in the back. You're as bad as the rest of us.)
Although they can communicate freely with each other, the Baldies can only read a normal human's surface thoughts; it's a real effort to put a thought into a person's mind, and there's no sign that Baldies can mentally coerce anyone, let alone brainwash or control someone's actions. This makes them still dangerous but much more vulnerable and recognizable than Marvel mutants who can blast destructive rays from their eyes or make Army tanks fly apart. In addition to the tension of the desperate underground war going on unsuspected by the normal humans, the "Baldy" series also has an intriguing backstory that is gradually revealed.
[An incredibly lengthy review of the "Baldy" stories can be found over on my Retro-Scans site, for those who are interested. One more indication of how Lee and Kirby were deriving the X-Men from the "Baldies" is shown in how Magneto also had telepathic powers in the earliest issues. He was not as capable as Professor X, but he could scan minds and astral travel. This was quickly dropped, but it is an echo of Kuttner's vision of two groups of telepathic mutants warring with each other over humanity.)
Tags: char: magneto/erik magnus lehnsherr, char: marvel girl/phoenix/jean grey, char: professor x/charles xavier, creator: jack kirby, creator: stan lee, publisher: marvel comics, title: uncanny x-men
Clark kent is the lion king.|
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Tags: char: superboy, in-joke: context is for the weak, publisher: dc comics