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This is sort of cheating the theme a bit - the Ventriloquist isn't really my favorite comic-book villain today, but he was the first one I ever developed an obsession with, so I thought it fitting to pay a small tribute to him today.

Here are some pages from old Arnold Wesker's debut story, courtesy of John Wagner and Alan Grant (the two-part storyline was in fact their very first Batman story, which is quite impressive; not many writers create an instantly memorable villain on their first try). Even now, rereading it gives me a surreal sense of vertigo. It's not easy to believe that such a silly-seeming villain had so much violence surrounding him.

Don't ever ask him for a gottle 'a geer. )
[personal profile] lego_joker
Later this month, I hope to post some sweet Joker-y goodness for the current theme. However, for now, we'll have to make do with the issues I have on hand. Like this one: Batman #471.

Waylon Jones has never really been the top Bat-villain in threat level or popularity, but like just about any other character, there are always a few diamonds in the rough to be found. The one I bring to you today is one that (I believe) served as the inspiration for the BTAS episode "Sideshow"... and is, IMO, far superior to said episode.

A requiem for a killer, behind the cut! )
[personal profile] lego_joker
So... the Penguin. What a wimp, right? Some writers make him one of the smartest Batman villains to make up for it; others portray him utterly pathetic on all fronts and ride it for every laugh it's worth.

And some writers just say nuts to all of that. Like Alan Grant, circa 1989's Secret Origins Special. A cut above most of Grant's work, if I do say so myself - but that might just be a result of the wonderfully moody art, which I find to be only enhanced by the poor paper/ink quality.

One page from the Bumbershoot Bandit's past, behind the cut! )


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There seems to be quite a bit of Alfred appreciation going on lately, so I submit this gem from Shadow of the Bat Annual #3, straight from the supposedly grim-n-gritty 90s.

(The story itself was kinda forgettable - as were most of Alan Grant's stories after Norm Breyfogle left - but it was nice to see Grant try to accommodate, rather than totally pave over, Ivy's previous Neil Gaiman-penned origin. And the art by Brian Apothorp was pretty nice, too.)
One page behind the cut! )
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Been collecting scans for this for a while, but the reappearance of a certain character in this week's Judge Dredd pushed me to get my act together and finally post.

Brothers of the Blood was the TPB collection that tipped me over the edge from a casual Dredd reader to a major fan. Since a lot of my love for it springs from the way it builds on decades of past continuity, I thought I'd collect some scans from earlier stories for context. Then I figured what the hell, collected the follow-up stories too, and the whole thing snowballed into an epic three part history of Dredd's relationship with his family of clones.

Around 17 pages of scans and a fair bit of waffle lie beneath the cut. (NB: these stories were mostly published in six page instalments, so two pages max from any individual prog.)

Brothers of the Blood: The Background )

In part two: two more clones join the family Dredd, and Vienna returns.
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So I was going to finally start getting Profile posts up for Resurrection Man today (his new series came out last week), but digging through my collection and trying to organize things, I came across a Batman one-shot title I had long seen the cover art for, and always wondered what it read like. Hold on to your hats, dear readers, as we travel back in time and space to 1998 Cardiff, Wales Scotland.

Freeeeeeeeeeedoooooooooom! (has little to do with this tale of revenge) )

Dial-up warning: 22 and 1/3rd pages from 68 pages of Batman: Scottish Connection.
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...There was "Action Comics Weekly", DC's first attempt at a weekly comic book. It was an anthology comic somewhat on the model of 2000 AD, several continuing stories each week, with seven page chapters (and a two-page Sunday comics spread for Superman.) There were several interesting projects done during this run--I especially liked the new Secret Six they had. Sadly, sales and logistics reasons meant that the experiment lasted less than a year.

Love that Kirby art, though I think this might have been an inventory piece DC had lying around. 2 1/3 pages from each of the seven-page storiesin Action Comics Weekly #638 (2/7/89), one double-page spread, and a special treat!

Remember relevance? )

Your thoughts, questions and comments?
(http://skjam.dreamwidth.org/19423.html --see my fiftieth birthday approaching!)
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So I thought I was done with the Bloodlines/New Bloods posts for a while but I remembered I promised to post some of this Spring Break Special for [livejournal.com profile] werehawk who wanted to see more of Layla. Can't blame him she was pretty fun.

So here's her appearance in the issue.

And this'll be my last Bloodlines and related posts for a while since I'm running out of material rather quickly. Probably hunt for more when I go to another con.

3.5 pages from a 22 page story.

She might not be Lobo but she'll still get the job done... )

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Last part of this event we saw what happened when a Parasite struck Metropolis while it was protected by Steel. This issue we see how Batman fares in Gotham against one.

Time to meet a new Gotham hero, Joe Public!

18 pages from a 56 page story.

The Greed of Gotham )

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As per the lazyreader's request (how do I put a person's name as a link anyway) for some 80's and 90's events I bring you all the first part of the Bloodlines event that ran in 1993.

For those completely unacquainted with the event it basically was a series that ran in every DC annual at the time and introduced one or more new characters in each story these members were called the New Bloods. After running in each annual the series concluded in a two part mini in Bloodbath.

But I'll explain a little more in depth in the issue itself so as to not give away the entire idea of the event and these new characters.

Here in Lobo's annual we meet purple haired spaceship Captain Toronga Layla.

18 pages plus the cover from an over sized 56 page story.

It came from outer space! )


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