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In two months, we're going to enter the ugly era of the DCnU, but there's at least a last gasp of quality before that. This month and the next, DC's putting out their "Retro-Active" project, a bunch of one-shots that celebrate their comics of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, a.k.a. before Dan Dildo and his merry band of inbred morons came in, a.k.a. before they ruined everything, a.k.a. when DC Comics actually had integrity. The oneshots are done by actual creators from those eras and designed to read like untold stories from those periods.

Not sure it's a good idea for the Powers that Be to remind fans of DC's better days and remind everyone of what a mess they've made since coming to power, but hey, nobody ever accused them of competency.

Here's four pages from Retro-Active: The Flash - The 70s. It's written by Cary Bates, who to this day still has the longest run on the character (1972-1985).

It turns out Grodd also put a little Barry Allen DNA in the mix, in the hopes of giving the tyke super-speed, but it's causing him to rapidly age.

Date: 2011-07-26 07:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tacitoz
Somehow this really seems interesting.
And I love the part when old Darok and iris sit there and talk.
The memories they can never make! D:

Date: 2011-07-26 09:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I think referring to creators as "a bunch of inbred morons" is probably skirting rather close to our rules about no personal comments about real people.

Good story here,

Have to say though that, much as I admire Cary Bates, (and I do, I read the Flash comic fairly steadily back in the day, though I wasn't always sure why) I will remember him as the man who introduced "Captain Invincible" (in reality, Captain Darryl Frye, Barry's boss at the Lab, who somehow channelled power from his pacemaker to make his unfit self super-powerful) and whose stories, such as "The Trial of Barry Allen" that took over a year, also oversaw the decline of the Flash to the point of near-cancellation (As I understand it, one reason killing Barry in Crisis was viable).

Still, it's nice to be reminded of his glory days (And at his peak they were pretty glorious)

Date: 2011-07-26 02:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aeka
"Not sure it's a good idea for the Powers that Be to remind fans of DC's better days and remind everyone of what a mess they've made since coming to power..."

Oh I've been WAY ahead of them in reminding myself that DC had a lot of good things going in the 70s, 80s, and 90s when I started rereading some of their comics from those eras. I am still sad that a lot of these good things will be retconned again a month from now.

The one retcon I'm still pretty upset about is Barbara's past history as Oracle no longer being relevant. if What Dan DiDio said at SDCC is correct, DCnU Babs' career as Oracle will be considerably shorter than it has been in the last two decades and not long enough to form the BoP team. Talk about flushing 20+ years worth of character development down the drain.

Anyway, I'm done ranting now, thanks for posting this. I quite like the art in this story and the colouring is especially impressive. Should I be surprised to actually see shading when most comics from this era had relatively simpler colouring?

Date: 2011-07-27 05:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] btravage
There's actually not any true shading in this story, that would require a gradriant which didn't really become widespread until the 90's. What you see here is (a representation of) the same technology used for single-colored forms. Which was possible in the 70's, just very cost prohibited and rare.

Date: 2011-07-26 02:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chocochuy
Wow, Cary Bates still has the power of writing an insane yet awesome plot. Reading this really does remind me of the non-preachy stuff that was done on the 70s. The art looks similar to the one of Carmine Infantino. This story rocks!

I don't know if somebody has been the solicitations for these retro-stories but I think that the 80s Green Lanter story will deal with him been Parallax, which I think isn't chronologically correct.

Anyhow, as much as we despise what Didio and his cronies are doing, we should reduce ourselves to their level by insulting them. We are way better than those trolls.


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