Mar. 27th, 2009

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Back in the summer of 2001, DC kicked off one of their many epic, universe-spanning Crossover Events with an issue of SUPERMAN in which Pluto goes missing. Yes, Pluto, the planet astral body. This Crossover Event was "Our Worlds at War," and it was not particularly well-received by fandom. Which makes sense; the plot was needlessly byzantine and, as ever, there was a lot of c-list fodder happening, particularly with women, surprise surprise. I find it fairly mediocre standard crossover fare myself, but '01 was quite a while before ICk and Shamazons, so I don't know if that's just a calibration issue and maybe it was pretty bad for the time.

But I will say this for it: despite being, ostensibly, Superman's crossover (his badguys, mostly his book, his long-term plot threads), the impact on and contribution from Diana and her corner of the DCU was significant, which is something you don't usually see - major impact on Diana's obviously not unheard of, but contribution in proportion to that impact is much rarer and worthy of note and approbation - and it had one of the greater Wondy moments on record, which is what we'll be looking at today.

Next time: The League is imperialist and Diana pretty much singlehandedly justifies every statement Clark or Bruce have ever made about hating magic.
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I've been on this rant before, but if you only know Popeye from the cheap shoddy cartoons cranked out after the Fleischers studio stopped making them (pretty much anything where he's wearing the white sailor suit rather than black shirt and captain hat), or from the uninspired filler printed in the comics since 1938 (nothing against Bud Sagendorf, he's just no Segar), then you really have only seen a pale washed-out shadow of the character. E.C. Segar was one of those cartoonists who caught exactly the right facial expression and body pose to convey glee or rage or despair or disinterest. His storytelling ran a full range from one-page gags to recurring situations to full-blown epics where Popeye and his friends went on adventures to match any serious action strip.It's December 1933. An old friend that Popeye hasn't seen in twenty years turns up, "Salty" Bill Barnacle, and he has an offer to go looking for Plunder Island. ("We'll have some fun. Plenty of danger and adventure, aye! Plenty- we may get murdered an' we may come back with gold - pirate's gold- rubies- and pearls the size of eggs.") Popeye is fed up with running his restaurant, watching Wimpy mooch hamburgers and dealing with Olive's contrary ways, so he's all for it. ("I hankers for the sea- I loves danger- So le's go.")But neither knows at this point that they will be crossing paths with the dreaded Sea Hag and her awful slave the Goon...

This'll ruin me repitation )

Do you believe in evil spiriks? )

I mean, well DAMN. Imagine being ten or eleven years old back then and reading this just before you're sent to bed. Alice the Goon and the Sea Hag, unseen, peering through windows and over fences, and even Popeye is uneasy around them..

Well, today's mystery writer-artist. Umm, she's a woman. I don't think you folks need any clues, to be honest.

Definitely not John Buscema )
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This is a pretty short chapter, because Byrne spent 90% of his Wonder Woman run on guest stars rather than established Wondy characters. But that, in and of itself, is significant; of all the foes Diana faced during Byrne's run, the only actual currently extant member of her rogues gallery that made his cut was Cheetah (apparently the fans clamored for her). That Byrne would give even three issues to her that he could have spent on fake!Doomsday or Morgaine le Fay or Wally West or Etrigan speaks volumes about her significance.

And look, pretty pretty Garcia-Lopez art!

Next up, I do my best to piece together the utter confusion of Jimenez' Sebastian Ballesteros plot. I may have to do a quick Fury rundown first just to get all the context out there. Oh, Jimenez...
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Those from the original scans_daily might remember how I'd post The Walking Dead each month. For obvious reasons, I won't be posting half the issue anymore, and four scans alone is hardly enough to recap an entire issue (which was probably the point).  So what I *might* do from now on is post one scene from the latest issue as-is. Maybe this way is the best--rather than 'catching up' through my posts instead of the actual issues, as some people have done, they'll only catch a brief glimpse of what's in store, which will hopefully provide more incentive to buy it. It's easily one of the best titles out there right now.

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I bring you a scan from a very funny webcomic called Wasted Talent, which title makes sense in a strange way as the artist seems to have a very complicated job designed for terribly smart people and only draws for fun.

And here's my personal little rant about the loss of lj!scans_daily, feel free to ignore.

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So, before Crisis on Infinite Earths restarted the DC Universe in the 80s, whenever a new editor/writer took over a book they had to "explain" any changes they made. For example, when Superman was taken over in 1971 by editor Julius Shwartz after years and years and years of Weisinger's crazy, Silver Age crack, he had to come up with REASONS that the new Superman was less powerful, why kryptonite wasn't a problem anymore and why Superboy's parents were suddenly younger... WAIT. WHAT?

Yes, the 1970s Superboy had young, hip parents rather than bespeckled grandparents-- the "WB-Smallville" approach, if you will. I actually like the design of the new Kents and I agree with the overall idea. The problem? The STUPID reasoning they came up with for the change.

EDIT: rab62 has informed me that Murray Boltinoff was actually the editor for Superboy during this period. My bad; I thought Shwartz took over editing the whole Super-book family! *bows*

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It occurred to me recently that some of you might not be familiar with the early webcomic works of Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. If this is in fact the case, then this is a sad thing. A thing which should be remedied. Here are a few old favourites.


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