But all serious superhero relationships hit that one stumbling block: when one of you has to run out of a party to fight a super-villain.
( Tuna fish, succotash and 8 by 10 glossies )
Len Wein, the influential comics writer who co-created Marvel’s Wolverine and DC’s Swamp Thing, and who helped revive the “X-Men” series in the 1970s, has died, his friends and industry colleagues said Sunday. He was 69.
The cause of death was not immediately known, but since March, his Twitter feed has detailed several health issues, including a spinal surgery and an abscess on his heel bone. His most recent surgery was Thursday, according to his feed, which included jokes wishing Wein had Wolverine’s quick-healing power.
Wein introduced Wolverine with artists John Romita Sr. and Herb Trimpe. The Canadian mutant debuted in “The Incredible Hulk” number 181.
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:
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( Thus this post. )
So, there we go...hope you enjoyed.
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.
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. )
"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.
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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 )
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