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After seeing a couple more young heroes struck down I thought it was appropriate to post this again. While wrapping up his run on Plastic Man artist/writer Kyle Baker decided make his feelings on the post Identity Crisis DC Universe known. What's kind of remarkable about this book is that Baker was ruthlessly skewering plot points from Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis while Identity Crisis had just came out and trade and Infinite Crisis was being full-on hyped. Oh and I made a post on my tumbler on this...

The Funeral of Billy Batson )

Given the current environment of comics this will never stop being funny.

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Ernie O'Brien wants nothing more than to be taken seriously as a grim 'n' gritty crimefighter. Too bad his dad's Plastic Man.

7 1/3 pages from OFFSPRING #1, a one-shot... )
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Here's a cracktastic PLASTIC MAN moment. I only knew about it because Dr. Forklift has a "blink and you'll miss it" cameo in JLA/AVENGERS #3 on the same panel early in that issue where the Masters of Evil are imprisoned.

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After having just finished watching UNDER THE HOOD, which was simply awesome in my opinion, I realized the current theme week requires more Joker, who had some of the best lines in the movie. Especially the 'Oh Bats, you do think about me' was simply golden on so many levels. After going through so many possible scenes to do a post about here, I concluded on a scene that doesn't even directly feature the smiling man, but which I still love. Two pages from the LAST LAUGH 5, written by Chuck Dixon.

The Bucket List )
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Well, it's less than 10 minutes (local time) until the 6th of January, Twelfth night, the Feast of Epiphany when it is traditional to take down Christmas decorations, so I just have time to slip this in under the wire. A couple of DC's official invitations to their annual Christmas party.

As you might hope, these are a little more creative than many such invitations

Now who could THAT be holding the "tree" together?
Merry Saturnalia Judeo-Christian heroes! )

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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.")
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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 : http://community.livejournal.com/noscans_daily/167617.html#cutid1

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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. )
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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.


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