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Justice League of America #224 was one of the first comics Kurt Busiek ever wrote - he was 23 at the time - and it's a great little done-in-one. The villain has a cool power, and the Justice League comes across as smart and strategic.

Plus, that cover has Red Tornado's dismembered torso.

7 of 23 pages after the jump:

Read more... )
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Recently, I was reading Moore's run on Swamp Thing, and the issue which reprinted the first Swamp Thing story (adding the Alex Olsen Swamp Thing to the Alec Holland Swamp Thing's mythos), and the framing story, featuring Cain and Abel got me to thinking about the pre-Sandman existences of some of the major characters...after tracking down their earlier appearances, it occurred to me to share the first appearances of the ones I knew of... (I'll be ignoring most of the superhero characters and John Constantine, since, with one exception, they only had roles in one arc, aside from The Wake. (Or, in the case of Wesley Dodds was barely a cameo in either of his appearances, even if they were in different arcs.))

Thus this post. )

So, there we go...hope you enjoyed.
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I was a weird kid (this is harldy news I know, but even so), when I watched Star Wars back in 1978 a part of me asked very mundane questions - What WAS a moisture farmer? Were they respected? On a desert world, I guess they would have had to have been, to some extent or another. Presumably, without them, the population would die of thirst... and if so, what happened to Lars and Beru Owen's farm after their unfortunate encounter with the Empire and Luke heading offworld?

It would seem I wasn't the only one, to at least some extent.

This is from the Star Wars 10th Anniversary 3-D Special (reprinted in the Star Wars - Wild Space Omnibus, which reprints a lot of odd stuff like the UK only Star Wars stories (There are two by Alan Moore I'd have loved to post, but 1/3 of 5 pages just plain wouldn't work) and which I would thoroughly recommend getting hold of a copy of.



Not in 3-D though... )
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Yes, I know it's been ages since World of Wondy was ever a thing, but to tell you all the truth, it was one of my favorite attractions on this site, and what eventually convinced me to give Perez's Wonder Woman run a second go-round after I gave up somewhere in the middle of Challenge of the Gods.

Having now read up to the first annual (according to some, the best Perez's run is ever going to get), my general thoughts are still kinda on the ehhh side. I know that this run was a godsend compared to what poor Diana had to deal with for the forty or so years after Marston's death, and Perez brought an endless fountain of Legitimately Cool Ideas to the table, but the execution struck me as ridiculously stuffy and dry compared to what Byrne's Superman and Miller's Batman were up to back then.

Until I hit issue #20. At which point I started bawling like a baby.

Okay, so I might be in something of a minority when I saw that I unabashedly love Myndi Mayer. The half-dozen people on the Internet who still remember she of the giant forehead generally have opinions ranging from apathy to outright dislike, which was probably Perez's intent from the start, but all I saw was the funnest member of the cast. She was kind of an asshole, yeah, but rarely (if ever) an asshole about being an asshole. And in a setting where all the other good guys are Mature, Responsible (And Very, Very Boring) Adults, that goes a long way toward making an impression.

And for the record - I knew her days were numbered long beforehand. Browsing covers on Comicvine will do that to ya, and Perez was not in the general vicinity of fucking around when he drew this one.

Cover for Wonder Woman #20 (1988)

I knew she was going to die. I even knew how she was going to die. And reading that issue was still like a kick to the teeth.

So here's something of a tribute to this most underrated part of Wondy's supporting cast, that you all might understand why I loved her so much. Or point and laugh. Either one.

Warning: blood, drugs, and lots of 80s-tastic fashions. )
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"What has surprised me about writing Ozymandias is how much we actually DO NOT know about him, despite all the back-story he supposedly provided in the original series. I'm having great fun filling that in." - Len Wein

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Jae Lee
Colorist: June Chung

8 out of 25 pages

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For those who don't know, Two-Face was set to appear in the old Batman television show. Harlan Ellison even wrote up a treatment for it. Unfortunately, it never saw the light of day. There's more on it here.

Recently however DC has published the story in comic format using Ellison's original treatment as the basis. Four pages from it are below.

Images under the cut... )
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Hi folks!

You may have noticed in the occasional requests threads that I have been making requests for scans of Jademan Comics. I finally found one of my own issues.



For those of you are younger, or missed them when they were around, Jademan Comics were an attempt by entrepreneur Tony Wong to bring his successful Hong Kong comics to an English-speaking audience. They had a decent spread of genres, but he decided the market was best for kung fu comics.

These tended to be long-running soap operas filled with dozens of characters, who solved all their problems with martial arts. (Martial arts was also often the cause of all their problems.) Jademan was an early adopter of computer coloring, so often had some interesting effects.

Unfortunately, Mr. Wong got caught doing something illegal with money (the details are lost to my memory), went to jail, and the company's overseas ventures collapsed.

Eleven pages of thirty-three--I'm unsure of the copyright status of Jademan in the U.S., but some of the licenses were picked up by other Hong Kong comics companies.

In the Soul-Lock Prison ----- Bloody Duke )

Your thoughts and comments?
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Two and a bit pages of an eight page story, in which Nightwing is Nightwing, and Batman trolls Two-Face

From legendary writer Len Wein, and Spanish artist Victor Ibanez we see the...

Flipside )
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I don't know if I'd say that Storm is my favorite female character (mostly because I'm not sure I'd say I have "favorites" per se) but she's certainly up there. And since there were requests for Storm scans, I'm going to share some scans of her very earliest appearances, so you can know she was awesome from the very beginning. I'll also be interspersing it with other scans from the same issues that amuse me.

Onward! )
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I confess I can't bring myself to take entire umbrage with the concept of "Before Watchmen", and it's not a subject I'm going to discuss in this posting as it's been explored in depth elsewhere. It's had some good titles and some titles which left me disappointed or cold, but what I don't think anyone can deny is that, for better or worse, it's had some VERY impressive creators.

Case in point

Len Wein and Steve Rude on 'Dollar Bill' )
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S_D'er [profile] liekomgwtfbbq asked for "some of DC's mystic characters doing what they do" over in the latest requests post, and mentioned Phantom Stranger and Traci 13 specifically. Traci I've got none of except the Blue Beetle appearances, but I have got a Phantom Stranger issue, #25, coming to you from 1969 and the pens of Len Wein and Jim Aparo. This is a standalone issue dealing with voodoo and a serpent cult. If any of those three key words are triggery for you, beware of what's below the cut.

Sometimes, what the Phantom Stranger does is...not very much, beyond issuing the standard Mysterious Asshole Warnings, then standing back and letting his warn-ee's own character lead them to their own mystical fate or not, as the case may be, rather than intervening proactively on their behalf. This is one such case, in which jerkass filmmaker Jim Colter - travels to tropical Costa Roja to film, and mightily disrespect, the cult and its legendary Dance of the Serpent.

It does not go well for him, and after being royally dissed more than once by Colter, PS is ready to leave him to his fate. He ends up with a curse on his head courtesy of the High Serpent Priest -

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the union of the snake is on the climb )
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From AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #176, Peter Parker wakes up after a fight with the Punisher and the Hitman resulted in a bullet wound in his arm.

Amazing Spider-Man V1 #176 - Page 5

Peter has healing powers, meaning he rarely has to explain any bruises from his tussles with bad guys. But is it really "I just need a good night's sleep to heal from a bullet wound" level?

Landlady Mrs. Muggins was a somewhat important supporting character from AMAZING #139 (when Peter moved into her Chelsea building) to AMAZING #300 (when Peter and Mary Jane moved out). She often griped how Peter was late with his rent, his odd hours, and the occasional super-villain attack.
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Another "Accentuate the Positive" post, one which I have posted bits of before, and had posted on s_d 1.0, but which I've checked and I haven't posted on here, which surprises me, but any excuse, as we venture into a story where we discover that it must have been one HELL of a party last night for Robin..




Walt Simonson on art... you need MORE of a reason? )
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...according to current DC lore, it's the birthday of Dick Grayson! ("Robin" being his mothers pet name for him, since he arrived on the first day of Spring.... That makes more sense when you're American, as your robins are associated with Spring, whereas in Europe they're associated with Christmas and winter.

But first, a word from our stalker... SPONSOR



So with that recommendation... here is a summation of Dick's pre-Crisis origin as shown in the first attempt to summarise a complete history of Batman and his cast - "The Untold Legend of the Batman" from 1980, in this case issue 2 (Five pages from a 21 page story)

Jim Aparo beneath... and that's a GOOD thing )

Some other fols take on m'boy... )

And some fun fanart from DA... )

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