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After over four decades reading comics, I've read a lot of series which went in one eyeball and out the other, others which I'm not sure made it as far as the eyeball, and others which I can still quote chapter and verse one without having to think about it.

One of the series in that last category is the original run of Power Pack.

I mention, and repost this, now because episode 12 of the podcast "Unpacking The Power of Power Pack" (Think of a "Jay and Miles Xplain the X-Men" or "Titan up the Defence" approach to Power Pack) scored quite the coup is having, as their first ever guest interview, none other than artist and co-creator of Power Pack, June Brigman.

I've heard Louise Simonson discuss it in some detail, but this is the first time I've ever heard the other half of the creative duo speak. You can listen to it on I-Tunes, Stitcher etc or download it on their website. I would strongly recommend this episode in particular as listening to creators discuss their process is always fascinating, and June Brigman is a delight.

For those unfamiliar with the titles it's the adventures of what have to count as the youngest team of superheroes ever, their shapeshifting living spaceship and their magical alien sea-horse who thinks Earth should survive because of "Alice in Wonderland".

From 1984, and a longbox it took me a while to find, comes, issue 1 of...



(Approximately 12 pages from a 36 page issue, and three panels from #3)

Saving their parents - and the world - in their jim-jams! )
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Back in 1988, Marvel ran a competition to create a new mutant character, with the prize being that they would feature in a Marvel comic... sort of like a low rent version of the 1980's "Dial H for Hero" (Which I must make a post on soon). There were Junior and a Senior sections.

The Senior winner was Tom "Alchmey" Jones, who showed up in an X-Factor story (with art by Art Adams, and about gold-greedy trolls trying to use his transmutation powers for their own ends) and the Junior winner (in a story with art by Sal Velluto) is this character....

The debut of... Lighttrakker! )
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Well, we've had some serious stuff on here lately, and that's fine and dandy of course, but I believe in leavening that mix with some fun, and in this case, it's the adventures of what have to count as the youngest team of superheroes ever, their shapeshifting living spaceship and their magical alien space horsey who thinks Earth should survive because of "Alice in Wonderland".

From 1984, and a longbox it took me a while to find, comes, issue 1 of...



(Approximately 12 pages from a 36 page issue, and three panels from #3)

Saving their parents - and the world - in their jim-jams! )
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Feeling in the mood to post more Bloodlines since it's probably one of my favorite things to come out of the 90's.

Last issue we met Layla the space exploring Captain from L.E.G.I.O.N as she teamed up with Lobo.

This story we have the team-up of Steel and a man named Tom soon to be known as Edge, the "blade-hurling community hero".

One thing I loved about Bloodlines was how time specific it was to the DCU. At the time it was published Superman was still "dead" from his battle with Doomsday. Batman had his back broken and was replaced by Jean-Paul. Slade was less of a villain and a anti-hero and so on so it was fun to see a story showing Steel being a hero when he first showed up filling in for Superman alongside the other three Supermen.

18 pages from a 54 page story.

So without further ado Bloodlines hits Earth! )

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I'm indebted to [personal profile] proteus_lives whose scans of these from a posting way back were easier to find on my hard disc and edit than digging out my copy of New Mutants #60. There are just over 5 pages from a 40 page issue here.

Summation of events to date... Sunspot and Warlock had left the team after Bobby had run away from school after accidentally nearly crippling Sam, and Warlock had left with him to make sure he was okay (Why Warlock would leave Doug and co like that is never adequately explained, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LIKE Louise Simonson's writing on other titles, her Power Pack was awesome, but her New Mutants issues just plain never worked for me). They end up joining the Fallen Angels gang for a while, but eventually leave to come back home.

Meanwhile, bereft of his selfsoulfriend (and also his protection in battle situations), Doug is on something of a downer, his inferiority complex kicks into high gear, and even his somewhat unexpected relationship with Rahne is suffering because she is spending all her time fussing around a new friend "Birdbrain", humanoid bird creature who they helped release from captivity. He's basically having a REALLY shitty few months..

But it's still better than what it so come )

char: cypher.doug ramsey, char: warlock, char; cannonball/sam guthrie, char: sunspot/roberto dacosta, char: wolfsbane/rahne sinclair, char: mirage/dani moonstar, title: new mutants, creator: louise simonson, creator: brett blevins, event: death week



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