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A discussion over on File 770 led me, circuitously, to the following thought.

In the original X-Men, the Beast was the heavy hitter - the team's Tank, in gamer terms. After the team broke up, he went solo and became even more powerful (although less human-looking). Then he joined the Avengers - where he was a B-lister. I'm not sure that's a step up.

(The prompt for this was a mention of Fabian Stankowitz, originally a schlep with a grudge against Marvel Comics' Avengers. After three rather pathetic attempts to wreak vengeance, he decided to go after the second-stringers, who were appearing on the David Letterman Show. He was defeated again... by Letterman, wielding a giant doorknob. The Avengers involved were, as I recall, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, the Beast, and one other - can't recall who now.)
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This is pretty cute: reimaginings of actors from the golden age of Hollywood, as DC and Marvel superheroes. I particularly like the Batman/Catwoman, Supes/Lex/Lois, and Dr. Strange/Clea posters. (The Power Girl poster is kind of an obvious choice....)

Sadly, some of the actors' names are misspelled.

Connections

Feb. 3rd, 2015 08:56 am
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Rob Hansen, commenting on Making Light (#25 in The joy of continuity), writes:
"I think it was Nick Lowe who called the Marvel and DC universes the largest fictional constructs in human history."

Which suddenly makes me identify Ovid's Metamorphoses as an attempt at rebooting the Greco-Roman franchise....

Guardians?

May. 20th, 2014 10:38 am
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
I'm an old-timer WRT comics; when I hear the phrase "Guardians of the Galaxy", I think of Vance Astro, Nikki, Charlie-27, Yondu, Starhawk, and... wossname, the crystal guy. On hearing the name applied to the newer team - several of whose members didn't exist when I quit reading comics, and the other two having died - I was pretty skeptical.

Still, I've seen both of the trailers that have been released, and the film looks like it might be fun. I'll have to think about this. (I mean, really. A talking raccoon? An ent? Drax, who was created to fight Thanos but missed out on the big showdown, then moped around uselessly until his own daughter killed him? (Granted, he was aiming to kill her, but she kinda deserved it....) Gamora, whose spirit should still be trapped in the Soul Gem with Adam and Pip? And... who the hell is this Starlord?)

Ziggzagg

Jul. 13th, 2013 08:45 am
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I am astonished.

This Ziggy cartoon makes a (feeble) joke involving the Cyrillic alphabet - and gives the Cyrillic letters their correct values! (Well, I don't recognize the second vowel in the transliteration of "crackle" - perhaps it's from some non-Russian version of the alphabet? - but other than that, it's fine!)
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This is kind of cute: Mike Sterling's vision of the Fantastic Four, as written by H. P. Lovecraft.
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I don't read "The Phantom"; my hometown newspaper doesn't carry it, and the few glimpses of it I've gotten haven't impressed me much. But the Comics Curmudgeon drew my attention to today's strip, and I have to admit I'm a bit boggled.

Here we have the white hero, making notes with a quill pen by candlelight, when his native friend - I assume from Wikipedia that he is a Bandar pygmy - comes running in to tell him what he just picked up on the Internet, said friend's rig including an enormous widescreen monitor, pretty good speakers and a triple-width server case (so says one of CC's commenters; I wouldn't know). Way to subvert convention, Mr. DePaul!
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In "Calvin and Hobbes", Calvin's female nemesis was named Suzie Derkins; Suzie is presumably short for Susan.

Calvin.

Susan.

Does anybody else suspect Watterson may have buried yet another in-joke in there?

"Bonk"?

Jun. 10th, 2008 09:13 am
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Take a look at panel four.

I don't know about you, but I don't think "BONK" is the sound effect I'd use to describe a tyrannosaur stomping repeatedly on the head of an armored alien. On the other hand, I'm not Jack Kirby, so what do I know?

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