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[personal profile] joetuss  requested the OHOTMUDE entry for Spider-Man. Alas that's four pages and the 1/3 rule would make trimming that more trouble than it was worth, so I'm sort of side-stepping the request by using it to showcase something else the Handbooks did magnificently - Technobabble explanations for comic book science. And one of the best examples was

Spider-Man's Web Shooters )
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CAPTAIN AMERICA #401 is a "cool down" issue after Operation: Galactic Storm. Cap is in a sulky mood after half the Avengers executed the Supreme Intelligence for using the Nega-Bomb as a genocide weapon on the Kree.
I've posted pages from this issue before, and these pages reflect the friendship between Steve Rogers and Clint Barton. It is a friendship that (it seems) won't get reflected in the Marvel Cinema Universe and seems to have been largely ignored over the decades.

Wish the Falcon would get back )
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There has been a lot said, and rightly so, in praise of making the Flash's Rogues less of a bunch of competing villains (a la Gotham), and something closer to a criminal fraternity.

However, they weren't always like that, and it was William Messner-Loeb who pretty much started that trend in 1989. That last one in particular is a "Villains being Awesome" post in it's own right.

Some years before that though, back in 1985 to be exact, over in the Marvel Universe another set of villains became something more than the norm.

From Serpent Squad to Serpent Society )
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This is moment from Quasar issue 24 during the Cosmos in Collision event. This moment was the first thing I thought of when I heard villains being awesome.

Thanos while wielding the Infinity Gauntlet gets a visitor )
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When I think of an alternative to the hysterics of Mark Millar's Civil War, this is what I think of:

Read more... )
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Another excellent scene from Mark Gruenwald's run on Captain America, taking place after Operation Galactic Storm, with Cap beginning to doubt his own values and his ability to inspire heroes:

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OK, so there was a lovely storyline during Mark Gruenwald's run of Captain America where the good Cap fought a villain called Superia, bent on destroying all men and rule the world with women in power. For that purpose she invited all the female villains of the MU to join her. Captain America, together with The Paladin, infiltrated her HQ and tried to stop her. It was a strange story:

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We always suspected the Red Skull was into it, but I always had him as a top not a bottom; well, surprise, surprise:

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Boy I've been posting a LOT this weekend haven't I? And I'm not quite done yet.

August 12th is two sad anniversaries for comics fans; (Postscript - Having just heard of the passing of the legendary Joe Kubert today, that's THREE sad anniversaries for the 12th August)

Mark and Mike RIP )

And the meat of this post. DP7 #1 )
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In the past, I've mentioned that the Flash's "Rogues Gallery", only really became the bunch of... if not exactly friends, then vaguely companionable allies, in a retcon when Wally became the Flash.

However, I do love the concept of criminals not all being monstrous, antisocial loners, and of course, this being comics, someone else did it earlier.

And better yet, the group I have in mind debuted in a story featuring not only Ben Grimm, the ever lovin' Thing, but one of my favourite C-list superheroes (here depicted in chibi mode by the redoubtable Katie Cook)



STINGRAY! :)

Marvel Two In One - An unappreciated title )

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Found this in one of my longboxes and having fond memories of the insanity it contained, thought I'd share.

"Marvel Two-In-One" (with regular star The Thing) was a sort of companion title to "Marvel Team-Up" (regular star Spider-Man) and both were sort of an answer to "The Brave and the Bold" (regular star Batman) and "DC Comics Presents" (Regular star Superman).

Take a widely known, ground level hero and add lesser known (or one not noted for solo aoppearances) hero, add plot, sit back and enjoy.

MTiO produced some excellent stories under regular writer Mark Gruenwald, notably the Project Pegasus Saga, the debut of the second Serpent Squad (Which would later grow into the Serpent Society) and others, but this a fun, done-in-one little romp, featuring a guy made of rocks, and a guy with wings, fighting armoured attackers after a night at the disco...



So from October 1980, welcome to

DISCO'S AND DUNGEONS! )
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Mark Gruenwald was an underrated Captain America writer. He did a quick look at Cap's ways compared to the more popular heroes of the early 1990s in CAPTAIN AMERICA #401. Cap was sad over some of the Avengers executing the Supreme Intelligence at the end of Operation: Galactic Storm.



When I posted this two years ago, a debate about WWII violence vs. Crime violence/hypocrisy debate started. Was 1990 society really more violent than what Cap had known in Great Depression and World War II?
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Greetings True Believers!

Here is another tale of Balder and Karnilla. This time Karnilla goes too far in her obsessive quest for Balder's affections.

Also, the first appearance of Balder's white hair, Loki and an amusing punishment and one Thor page gloriously out of context.

Decades before the meme, Thor already knew about the connection between his hammer and his manhood. ;)

Enjoy!

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