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Hi folks!

One of the traditions of Marvel annuals (and DC annuals, but that's for another day) is introducing new characters who then fall down the memory hole. If they're lucky, perhaps they might show up in a crowd scene, and if unlucky, as a kill for some new villain the creators are trying to give a "push."



Please pardon the image, the cover of my copy is in terrible shape. Eight pages of twenty-five from the first story in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27.

Prepare Yourself for...Annex )

The issue is filled out with a Black Cat/Solo team-up, the trial of the Lizard, and a John Jameson adventure, finishing off with a Maximum Carnage cover gallery. Let me know if you want to see any of those.

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In a previous post, we looked at the June Moone Enchantress' origin, in which she was basically a Sailor Moon type magical girl warrior in 1966, some decades before Naoko Takeuchi came up with the concept. Sadly, DC failed to realize what a cash cow this idea could turn into, and after three short stories, sent the character into limbo. So, how did the Enchantress go from magical girl to the insane witch we see in Justice League Dark? Here's the first step in that process.



Four pages of twelve from the lead story in Superman Family #204 (December 1980).

The Earthquake Enchantment )

Your thoughts and comments?
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Dig that great Aparo Two-Face, eh? I have a deep-rooted fondness for Aparo's turtleneck!Harvey.

While the story I bring you today is sadly not drawn by Jim Aparo, it's a fascinating one nonetheless: Two-Face's canon origin from 1977-1987, as seen in DC All-Stars #14: Secret Origins of the Super-Villains. The key twist to this take is the revelation that Harvey Dent wasn't Maroni's real target when the acid was thrown!


See for yourself in... The Secret Origin of Two-Face: Double Take! )


It's an interesting take only because it gives Harvey full cause to see himself (and by extension, everyone else) as pawns in the hands of destiny, and he's cool with that. The "vengeance" mentioned in the teaser image doesn't seem to matter to him either way. He's calm, sometimes even joyous in his madness: a common take on the character, especially in the Bronze Age up to the post-Crisis era, and this story gives it a sensible enough foundation.

However, it's precisely this take which makes Two-Face a character who only works as a supporting figure to make others react. He himself is almost a non-character, because action reveals character, and this Harvey makes no action unless the coin tells him so. One could say this applies Two-Face in general, but smart writers know how to subtly reveal character in other ways, which I'll explore in future posts.

This is why Two-Face was (and to many, still is) an under-loved character: because he was less of a character than a foil. As a result, the Bronze Age which brought Two-Face back into comics is also what kept him from becoming one of the greater presences in DC until the post-Crisis era. Yet even now, some writers go back to this take, which is frustrating. It can make for good stories of other characters, but it doesn't make Harvey himself an interesting character.
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Homage or tasteless cash-in? You decide!

This is from a 12 page story in Detective 484 in July 1979 (written by Jack C Harris, with art by Kurt Schaffenberger and Frank Chiaramonte), and dates to the time when Dick was a student at Hudson University, back before it was decided that Robin going to college was uncool..
But don't worry, there's no studying here! )

tags: char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, title: detective comics, creator: jack c harris, creator: kurt schaffenberger, creator: frank chiaramonte
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[personal profile] colonel_green's post on Wonder Woman tweaked a childhood memory. Giant spacefaring silver snake, a la 1979!

from WW Vol. 1, #252, 1979

Astarte! Empress of the Silver Snake! )

Thank you Kurt Busiek, for suggesting this to Gail! ^__^v


suggested tags: char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: jose delbo, creator: jack c. harris, creator: ross andru

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