Daily Scans - March 17th, 2009
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He's got dark hair, blue eyes, fantastic legs and shows a whole lot of skin... who could THAT be? :)|
Now anyone who has been reading my posts would start to think that I was obsessively interest in the heroic career of young Mr Grayson of Gotham City to the exclusion of all others... This is, of course, far from the truth. I am attracted to well toned, blue eyed, dark haired heroes who are very confident in their masculinity without the need for macho posturing. (And another coincidence here is that they have similar looking little brother's (adopted or actual) who followed in their footsteps!)
But such heroes only come along every... oh, let's say a thousand years! Good thing for me we have the Legion of Superheroes!
( Magentically attractive near naked guy under cut! )
Tags: char: cosmic boy/rokk krinn, creator: jeff moy, group: legion of super-heroes
Harvey Birdman, The Early Years|
Apparently, to work his way thru law school, Harvey Birdman used to work part-time as a superhero.
( A-WELL, THE BIRD-BIRD-BIRD, THE BIRD IS THE WORD )
Tags: publisher: dell comics
Gotham City Sirens, Who They Are and How They Came To Be, Part 1: Poison Ivy|
With the upcoming series starring Gotham's three most prominant bad girls, I figured I'd spotlight each of them in current DCU continuity, their origins, motivations, what they have in common and what sets them apart. We'll start with everyone's favorite psychotic eco-terrorist, Dr. Pamela Isley, aka Poison Ivy.
Poison Ivy was introduced during the Silver Age, and was typical of the gimmick villains of the time. Her original origin was she was a botanist who assisted Marc LeGrande in stealing ancient Egyptian poisonous herbs. He attempted to kill her with them, but she survived and discovered she was immune to all poisons and diseases. She was a femme fatale with a plant theme.
After Crisis of Infinite Earths, many characters and series had their continuity rebooted or revamped. In Ivy's case, the revamping for the new era was done by a then up and coming writer named Neil Gaiman.
Needless to say, the result was a more complex, not to mention much darker, Poison Ivy.
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Current Music: Brian Eno - "Deep Blue Day"
Tags: char: abigail holland, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: black orchid, char: floronic man/jason woodrue, char: harley quinn/harleen quinzel, char: joker, char: mad hatter/jervis tetch, char: poison ivy/pamela isley, char: riddler/edward nigma, char: robin/red robin/tim drake, char: swamp thing/alec holland, char: two-face/harvey dent, creator: greg rucka, creator: neil gaiman, publisher: dc comics
Wonder Boy, the sidekick other sidekicks... wait, huh?|
Towards the end of his run (and I'm talking the tail end, folks), Phil Jimenez introduced a new supporting character in Wonder Woman, a young boy pretty clearly intended to be a Wonder Boy. But much like that whole awful "unknown soldier" thing at the end of Bill Willingham's run on Robin, hints at later creators picking the character up were meant with a resounding "yeah, right." And it's not hard to see why, given that even the original creator can't do much more with the idea than "Wondy shreds, dawg!"
By the modern era, the "like X, but a girl!" thing had pretty much run its course and nowadays you can't get a Batwoman or a Supergirl off the ground without some new spin (or a whole lotta nostalgia). So, given that you already had Wonder Girl and Troia fulfilling the same function, there wasn't much reason to do "like Y, but a boy!" Plus, Diana, skateboard. If John Byrne were here, that'd earn him a depowering and a beatdown, sight unseen. But I like sharks, so here's some selected scans from the Wonder Boy that Wasn't.
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Tags: char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: phil jimenez
The Return of the GREEN AVENGER on St. Patrick's Day|
Once upon a time there was a superhero webcomic called the GREEN AVENGER, which won the WCCA award for best action/superhero webcomic in 2006. It's been on hiatus for a while...unfortunately.
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Tags: char: the green avenger, medium: webcomic, title: the crossoverlord
Pre-Crisis Cap. Boomerrang ( he actually had his act together)|
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Current Music: Loyalist thugs " the soul of a woman was created bellow"
Tags: char: captain boomerang/digger harkness, char: captain cold/leonard snart, char: the privateer, group: secret society of supervillains
The Many Faces of Barbara Minerva, part 2 (William Messner-Loebs)|
Ah, Messner-Loebs. I have some serious problems with his run, which are only exacerbated by the repellent atrocity that is the later Deodato pencilling. But one thing I've got to credit him with, he did some good work with Diana's rogues.
The thing about Diana is that she's too practical and effective for the Joker Problem. She kills monsters and she saves victims, and she's really good at both. Run into her two or three times, and she either cuts your puppet strings, converts you, or decides you're too dangerous to live and sends you the way of Drakul and the khunds. You can't really sustain "can't be reformed" around Diana.
So there's only three real ways to do a lasting Wondy rogue. One, you make the villain flat-out more powerful than her. Circe's a good example. She's a freaking god, and not the chump kind like Phobos and Deimos either (moly weakness notwithstanding). No matter how much of a danger she is, Diana's not killing her unless Circe lets her. But that's incredibly hard to write - how do you defeat a more powerful foe without diminishing that foe or looking stupid or pulling a deus ex? Perez and Jimenez were awesome at it, but not everyone can be.
The second way is to make rogues who aren't actually malicious or even necessarily dangerous. A genial, swashbuckling gentleman thief, for example, who would never dream of actually hurting anyone. Then you have the problem of explaining why someone on Diana's field of play should *care* - Angle Man seems like a shot at this, but it's hard to justify Diana giving a crap about some petty theft when she's routinely embroiled in actual wars and armageddon events. At her power level, it's actually harder to write a believable amiable rogue story than a well-done conflict with a Circe or Darkseid. (A Mxy-like magical prankster who doesn't ever quite understand the consequences of his "harmless" jokes could actually work quite well, though, adding humor and giving her a regular opportunity to showcase her wisdom and diplomacy; really, why doesn't she have one of those already?)
The third way, somewhat tricky to establish but relatively easy to maintain, is to complicate the fuck out of Diana's relationships with them. Make them her friends, make her owe them or need them or feel responsible for them, make sure that "can't be reformed" is close enough to true that the enmity never ends, but is also a conclusion that Diana's constitutionally incapable of coming to. This was WML's go-to method, and he was actually pretty good at it (...at least, on the conceptual level).
( As usual, I apologize in advance for the 90s Imagesque art. )
Next up: Deals with demons and yet another indistinguishable Generic White Cop with a Crush on Wondy, as we move onto Cheetah as perceived by ye olde John Byrne.
Tags: char: cheetah/barbara minerva, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: mike deodato, creator: william messner-loebs, series: many faces of barbara minerva, series: world of wondy
Earth 2 Huntress makes her first apperance !|
This outfit Is SO hot. Most other artists just don't do it justice.
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Current Music: Rubbish tranies " I fuck at right angles"
A scan and translation of "The story of a mother"|
Repost from old scans-daily, which now follows the new rules.
Peter Madsen have illustrated H. C. Andersen story The story of a mother When I saw the story in a book shop, I took a look at it, with really no intention of buying it. I looked at some of the pages, and then I bought it. And which I have then scan-translated, to the best of my English abilities,
( pages from Peter Madsen comic )
Tags: creator: peter madsen
MYSTERY OF THE LEPRECHAUNS|
Leprechauns and Mary Marvel.
What more do you want? (besides some green beer..)
( HAPPY ST PAT'S DAY )
Tags: era: golden age, status: public domain
The Gorilla Boss of Gotham City!|
Tags: char: batman/bruce wayne, char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, publisher: dc comics
Safe Area Gorazde|
Before I start getting entirely drunk on Mojitos, I thought I'd share with you one of my favourite graphic novels.
Safe Area Gorazde was written and illustrated by journalist Joe Sacco after he spent four months embedded in eastern Bosnia between 94-95. Years back it was on our list of journalism related books to read in one of my uni classes.
Picking it up, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. My two loves -- comics AND journalism -- in ONE? I think I had a nerdgasm. It was truly like something I had never seen before -- comics non-fiction (Well, then again, I'd read Maus the year before and even though it IS comics non-fiction, the people are mice/cats/frogs/pigs). I don't think I'd understood up until that point a story could be told by a journalist in this way.
Anyways, Safe Area Gorazde won an Eisner award in 2001. It's lengthy (230 pages!!!) but well worth it.
proteus_lives, wherever you are, being a fellow journo, I'm sure you'll appreciate this :-)
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Tags: creator: joe sacco
Wonder Woman, Pandora, and Gaea|
In a couple of other threads, we discussed the potential of a conflict between Wonder Woman and Poison Ivy. They're both mystically connected to the Earth Mother. That's an aspect of Diana that hasn't been touched on in a while, so we'll revisit a story from the classic Perez run.
Perez used the classic Greek myths heavily during his Wonder Woman run. One myth he used tied in so perfectly to Diana's origins one would think Marston had to have had it in mind when he created her, except... He never mentioned a connection to Pandora.
Like many classic mythological figures, Pandora's stories have a lot of contradictions as the myths were modified over time. The version we're most familiar with is the woman molded from clay, gifted by the gods, and sent to Earth with a box... Or was it a jar?
However, an earlier version of the Pandora myth had her a nature goddess ("Pandora" translates to "all-giving") who embodied the fertility of the Earth, the giver of fruits and grains.
So, which version of the myths, in this series, was the true one? The answer, in true Perez fashion: Both.
And doesn't she look very... familiar?
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Tags: char: athena/dc, char: hermes/dc, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, char: zeus/dc, creator: colleen doran, creator: cynthia martin, creator: george perez, creator: jill thompson, creator: mindy newell, group: amazons, publisher: dc comics, series: world of wondy