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September 26th, 2009
11:39 pm


Godzilla versus...
After hearing that this guy was a character from the old Godzilla comic, I had to look him up.


A smattering of images from the 30-page Godzilla #1, circa 1977.


Suggested tags: publisher: marvel comics, creator: doug moench, creator: herb trimpe, creator: jim mooney, title: godzilla, char: godzilla/gojira, char: nick fury, char: dum dum dugan, char: jimmy woo, char: dr. yuriko takiguchi

Current Mood: giggly
Current Music: Go Go Godzilla
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September 11th, 2009
08:45 pm


Detective skills for super-heroes

See, this sequence is the sort of thing I would like to see Batman stories emphasise more. Observation and deduction are skills essential to solving mysteries and catching criminals. You don't see much of this lately, partly because it's harder for the writer to come up with than fight scenes and gore, but also because CSI-type gadgetry and doubletalk has taken over. One great aspect of the Doc Savage pulps was that (having been trained since infancy by experts),he was a multi-skilled genius with Olympic-level physical prowess ("Sherlock Holmes in the body of Hercules"). In one story, he ran up stairs with a full-grown man under each arm, then glanced into a ransacked room and could tell it had been searched twice-- because spilled liquids which dry at different rates were equally gelled. (This is one reason his fans say, "Doc Savage: adventure hero or THE adventure hero?").

This sequence is from Marvel's black & white DOC SAVAGE magazine, second issue from October 1975. Story by Doug Moench, art by Tony DeZuniga. Most of the story is a wild yarn about a huge cavern civilization of Reptilian people, a Mad Viking, lost treasure, that sort of thing. But to learn about this, the Man of Bronze casually shows some impressive detective ability. It's exactly the sort of engimatic clue that Lester Dent used to toss around in the pulps. What is that strange coin?

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August 26th, 2009
09:57 pm
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Clothing optional
Another addition to the martial arts week and again with Batman. Hey, we all have our single-minded obsessions, don't we? And that was a serious question. Anyway, this is a just short fight scene from the mind-blowingly excellent Prey storyline by Doug Moench, in which he provides a re-imagined version of Dr. Hugo Strange. Somewhat ironically it was originally meant to be a non-canonical story, but it was so good and popular that it became the foundation for the canon Hugo Strange. I would highly recommend the story to anyone, as it is worth it. Now it had a lot of good action sequences as well as excellent character moments, including an extremely brutal mental attack against Bruce, but I'm just posting this one scene as it doesn't require knowledge of the rest of the storyline to understand how awesome a scene it is.

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August 25th, 2009
08:55 pm


Shang-Chi vs. Razor-Fist

We can't have Martial Arts Week without a little Shang-Chi action. From Master of Kung-Fu #30, story by Doug Moench, art by Paul Gulacy & Dan Adkins:

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August 16th, 2009
05:51 pm
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Batman and Superman spend the night together.
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June 12th, 2009
08:49 pm
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The rise and fall of Prince Zorba

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May 1st, 2009
11:35 am


Catwoman's Origin: Also Multiple Choice (but some choices are better than others)
Recently, the issue of Catwoman's origin came up. Specifically, the post-Crisis Y1 retcon that she was a prostitute, inspired by "real man" Batman to dress up like a loony and follow in his footsteps, or something; the subsequent Zero Hour retcon to something much better; and the innumerable other retcons that ignored the Zero Hour retcon in favor of Miller's take, only more XTREEM, adding rape, underaged victimization, etc etc.

And since everything is more clear with scans, I thought I'd post those two different takes, so everybody can see the contrast for themselves.

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