[Recent Entries][Archive][Friends][User Info]
Below are the 14 most recent journal entries recorded in the "Daily Scans" journal:
The unfortunate side of Plastic Man's powers|
Looking over some of the great Jack Cole's work on Plastic Man in the 1940s, something occurred to me.We see Plas eating and drinking occasionally. So when he pulls a stunt like this:
Well, wouldn't the natural digestive gases found in the intestines be forced out through their logical exit? And wouldn't this be much like squeezing a whoopee cushion, with similar attention-drawing noises? ("Did youse mugs hear that? It means Plastic Man's here!" "No, boss-- that wuz me, I had chili for lunch.")
Tags: char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, creator: jack cole, era: golden age
JLA: Age of Wonder - Book 2 of 2|
( 13 pages out of a book of 50 or so )
Tags: char: batman/bruce wayne, char: lex luthor, char: lois lane, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: superman/clark kent, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, genre: elseworlds, publisher: dc comics
Dead Ted, Batman, and Neil Patrick Harris|
Tags: char: aquaman/orin/arthur curry, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: blue beetle/ted kord, char: captain marvel/billy batson, char: firestorm/ronnie raymond, char: green arrow/oliver queen, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, medium: fanart
For the Book club|
This post is to simply provide the scene central to the discussion for the book club thread. It is from JLA 46 and is the League discussing what to do with Batman, whose plans to disable them was used by Ra's against them. For comments that deal with the content of the scans, I encourage people to take part in the book club discussion instead posting them here. Link to the Book Club post is :
Tags: char: aquaman/orin/arthur curry, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: flash/kid flash/wally west, char: green lantern/kyle rayner, char: martian manhunter/j'onn j'onzz, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: superman/clark kent, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, publisher: dc comics, title: jla
Justice League of America #35|
( No respect, no respect at all )
Tags: char: doctor light/kimiyo hoshi, char: firestorm/jason rusch, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: red tornado/ulthoon/john smith, char: vixen/mari jiwe mccabe, creator: eddy barrows, creator: len wein, creator: ruy jose, title: justice league of america
Comics you really should read...|
I'm in the process of dredging up a couple old recommendations of mine.
First on the list is JLA: The Obsidian Age. This was the crowning point of Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke's run on JLA, a few years before Infinite Crisis. A mega-arc so big it took two trades to complete, this story could have been even better than it was. A little more refinement, a little more thought during the writing process, and Kelly would have crafted a masterpiece.
*sigh* Ah, well. Even the flawed version that we got was tons of fun.
Time travel, sorcery, and a substitute JLA (consisting of Nightwing, Green Arrow, Major Disaster, the Atom, Hawkgirl, Jason Blood, Zatanna, and others) stepping in to deal with a present-day crisis while the 'regular' JLA was dealing with a threat in 1000 B.C...that period's version of a Justice League (hereafter dubbed as the "Ancient League"), based out of ancient Atlantis, and acting under the impression "our" JLA intended to destroy the world. I'm just going to post the beginning...
( JLA v3: 7 pages from #66, 7 pages from #67, one from #70, two from #72. )
Tags: char: batman/bruce wayne, char: flash/kid flash/wally west, char: gamemnae, char: green lantern/kyle rayner, char: manitou raven, char: martian manhunter/j'onn j'onzz, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: rama khan, char: superman/clark kent, char: tezumak, char: whaler, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: doug mahnke, creator: joe kelly, group: justice league of america, title: jla
The horrified bystander|
Lately, I've been getting a different aspect of "the horrified bystander" from old comics, movies and TV. You know, it's a brief gag used thousands of times. Something goofy is going on. A character is dressed like a gorilla or a devil; a dog is driving a car; or someone is invisible and is carrying an object around. You know the scene, and an innocent bystander sees this and does a convulsive double take, eyes bugging out and dropping whatever they're carrying. Or in its classic form, the gag has a blotto old drunk see what's going on and throw their bottle of whiskey away after giving it a resentful glare.
This page is from "Plastic Man Products," in PLASTIC MAN# 17 from May 1949. Of course it's the mad genius of Jack Cole. (As an aside, if Cole had ever gone for a straightforward, quasi-realistic style, I think he would have been just as great. Look at the way he uses shadows and background objects to show it's nighttime.. good work.) Anyway, this page's panel four has two good examples of the horrified bystander. There's the woman in bed (her feet sticking out from under the covers) who looks up to see an immensely long flesh-colored THING coming in one window and out the other. A giant pink serpent? The super-penis of her feverish dreams? Who knows? And I love the way the police officer spins himself almost into a tangle at seeing Plastic Man, although his word balloon seems rational enough. Back to the concept of the Uncanny Valley again. A lot of horror comes from seeing something that is like the human body, but altered or distorted in a way that just seems wrong. Seeing a solid object like an animal or a person (even one who is a super-hero) change shape while you watch would trigger all sorts of alarm bells in the mind. Remember John Carpenter's THE THING? Imagine a person right in front of you, melting and stretching and turning into different shapes in a blink. I think someone who actually witnessed Plastic Man in action would suffer nightmares for years and maybe experience a breakdown. It would seem wrong in a way that just witnessing someone float down from the sky or walk around carrying a car overhead would seem, because it would touch that Uncanny Valley response.
Tags: char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, creator: jack cole, era: golden age, publisher: dc comics, title: plastic man
Three perfect moments by Grant Morrison|
Now I am a great fan of the Justice League established by Grant Morrison, or the League of Gods as it often referred to, and there are so many awesome moments during the first three runs of the big creators, so it felt natural to post one of those moments, as others have already been shown. These are from Morrison's Ultramarines arc and highlight Plastic Man, Superman and of course, Batman.
Tags: char: batman/bruce wayne, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: superman/clark kent, creator: grant morrison, creator: howard porter, series: one perfect moment week
One Perfect Moment: Wonder Woman |
Tags: char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: mark waid, series: one perfect moment week
One Perfect Moment: Batman|
JLA #65 focuses on Plastic Man and Batman; at the beginning of the issue, Plas asks Batman for his help dealing with the son of an ex, a kid who's fallen in with a gang. Specifically, Plas asks Batman to scare the kid straight.
It may come as odd that in an issue that's one of the closest things to "one perfect issue" I've read, I'm choosing one of maybe the smallest moments here. Maybe it raises more questions than it answers, as well.
Tags: char: batman/bruce wayne, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, creator: joe kelly, group: justice league of america, series: one perfect moment week
Gee, our light-hearted adventures got gruesome all of a sudden|
Woof. VENUS started out as a chipper romance comics, playing up the glamor angle with its star literally being Venus, Goddess of Love. Then it got into science-fiction and then outright horror (That second cover is by none other than Bill Everett) at the end. This happened quite a bit to titles after WW II ended and super-heroes fell away.
Tags: char: captain america/steve rogers, char: captain marvel jr./freddy freeman, char: captain marvel/billy batson, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: venus, era: golden age
Per Degaton your my hero er, VILLAIN ! part 2|
Say what you want but the man knows how to pick his minions...
( Read more... )
Current Music: clubfoot kitty "my mother was inverted'
Tags: char: atom/al pratt, char: liberty belle/libby lawrence, char: per degaton, char: phantom lady/sandra knight, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: shining knight/justin arthur, char: solomon grundy/cyrus gold, char: spectre/jim corrigan, group: all-star squadron, group: justice society of america, publisher: dc comics, title: all-star squadron
Per Degaton you're my hero er, VILLAIN !|
( Read more... )
Current Music: Ladytron " Keepler's law of deminissing returns"
Tags: char: per degaton, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: shining knight/justin arthur, char: solomon grundy/cyrus gold, group: justice society of america, publisher: dc comics, title: all-star squadron
Green Lantern #115 - One Scan|
1) What on earth are you wearing, Booster?
2) Plastic Man needs to read the JLA handbook.
Tags: char: booster gold/michael jon carter, char: green lantern/kyle rayner, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, publisher: dc comics, title: green lantern