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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 went back and re-read those issues and remembered Kole had asked one of the other characters a question that when answered would have been extremely controversial at the time. For various reasons, that storyline went in a different direction, so I never had the chance to explore it, but now I could. So we see Kole pretty much asking the very same question, but now we get an answer. It may not be as controversial as it would have been in 1984, and I decided not to do something different just because I could, so because of the nature of Convergence, I got the chance to do the story the way I originally wanted." - Marv Wolfman

Read more... )
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These days the words "Comic Book Event" tend to fill me with dread, and not in the good way.

IMHO it translates as somwehere between "Desperate Marketing Ploy" and "We hope you believe that this one WILL have lasting consequences" with subtle tones of "We're also dragging in other titles to derail them completely for marginal returns, so tough luck if you're a fan of secondary titles".

Now they're not ALL bad, many have at least one good tie in, and "Necrosha" did bring Cypher back, but personally I haven't followed an "Event" with anything better than cautious distrust for about 20 years.

So picking one as my spotlight was a little tricky, and my mind kept going back to the beginning, and in some ways, the one that started it all...

World's will live... World's will die.. )
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This should surprise no one who's familiar with my posts in this community, nor, really, anyone who pays attention to my username.

I. Love. The. Joker. Always have, probably always will.

Now, I'm fully aware of the "Batman/the police/some civilian should totally kill this asshole Villain Sue!" sentiment on many corners of the Internet, and I can understand them. Hell, in some ways, I emphasize with them. For the last ten or fifteen years, the man who once proudly called himself the Clown Prince of Crime has been headed down a pretty steep slide into mindless, humorless violence (interspersed with those obnoxious events that shove themselves in our faces and scream "SEE! SEE? THE JOKER IS BATMAN'S #1 VILLAIN AGAIN! HE'S NO LAUGHING MATTER NOW, BABY!"), and if anything, the DCnU and Scott Snyder have only exacerbated it.

And yet... and yet, no matter how low his low points get, they can never quite cancel out the highs. Perhaps those high points will never return, but even if that's so, he's already got plenty under his belt for us to peruse at our leisure.

Besides, I just can't hate a face like this.



The Best of the J-Man, behind the cut! )
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So while I still plan on sharing some of the spooky stories that appear in the first handful of Spider-Woman's apperances, some questions I got both on and off the site about my last post, have prompted me to do something else I've wanted to for a long time: Compare her original origin to the one crafted by Brian Micheal Bendis. This was a sore spot for me when Bendis re-introduced the character, though there is no denying we wouldn't even have Jessica Drew comics right now if it wasn't for Bendis. I've been wanting to make a show similar to Atop the Fourth Wall, and would love to delve into this in more detail, but right now I present with minimal commentary of part one of Bendis vs Wolfman, and Goodwin...

(7 pages of Spider Woman Origins #1, 4 Pages 1 Panel of Spider Woman vol 1 #1, 6 panels of Marvel Spotlight #32)

Wundagore )
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Trigger Warning for Suicide



So Jessica Drew has been getting some bad press as of late, so as one of her biggest fans it lies to me to to share some of her exploits of yore. So as Halloween approaches I think I'll share some early issues of Spider Woman, when the comic had the catchphrase "To Know Her is to Fear Her," and focused a lot on supernatural, and horror elements (Really Hydra was only a small part of her backstory at this point).

Thing's are starting to go pretty well for Jessica at this point, for the first time since she left the High Evolutionary's Mountain stronghold of Wundagore she's found someone to love, Jerry Hunt, and things are looking up for her... So why then is she willing to die for a stranger?

Read on fearless spideretts, and hear the tale of the Man Who Could Not Die )
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So... the Joker. Annoying lout illogically inflated to a supervillain-level threat by a combination of Popularity Power and the DCU's overly permissive good-guys, right? Totally irredeemable murderous douchebag, right? Batman should just go ahead and kill him, right?

All entirely accurate statements, which I cannot and will not contest in regards to today's Joker. Buuuuut...

*Puts nostalgia cap on*

There was a magical time when the Joker had more to him than just mindless cruelty, godlike competence levels to facilitate said cruelty, and an entire line of cheerleaders harping on about how "dangerous" and "unpredictable" he is. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I refer to none other than that magical decade... the 90's!

The Joker: murderer, terrorist... child protector? )

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