Good Book Readin'!

Here is were I will be reviewing a variety of comic books in my own inimitable style. Which hopefully is good.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Seasoned Greetings!

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No comic book nonsense today. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Offensive Weaponry?

And here we have, at last, incontrivertible proof that the Micronauts' arch-foe Baron Karza and Jughead's appetite's arch-foe Miss Bernice Beazley are indeed related.

Panel 1 found in Micronauts #26 (February 1981); Written by Bill Mantlo, Drawn by Pat broderick and Armando Gil

Panel 2 found in The Jughead Jones Comics Digest #7 (December 1976 or '78. The printing's a little rough around the edges.); Writer and artist unknown. Any ideas?

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Dimension Beyond Sight, and Sound . . .

Ah yes, the Twilight Zone. Rod Serling, cigarette in hand, tellin' ya a spooky ol' story. Our pal Rod also hosted the long running Gold Key Series, albeit in a less tobacconal manner. That's him up on there on the cover. And here he is again, regaling us with a twisty turning yarn.

However, as time went on, Roddy found himself working on other shows, and simply didn't have enough time for his baby. Which I assume is why the next story was guest-hosted by

Tom Jones!

all this jazz is out of Twilight Zone #64 (July 1975) writers and artists unknown

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Man Without Fear . . . of being a jerk!

Just a quick one today. It's about Daredevil. Always seemed like a decent guy, all-round stand up fella, y'know? Treats everybody with the respect they deserve.

Except former russian spies. Those are just objects of fun.

Panel found in Daredevil #120 (April 1975); Written by Tony Isabella, Drawn by Bob Brown and Vinnie Colletta

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Origin and Powers of the Legion of Super-Heroes

So promises the title of this little back-up feature in Adventure Comics #365. And sure enough it starts off with a brief summary of the Legion and what they're all about. This is followed by a series of portraits of Legion members and associates that range from straightforward to misleading to downright obscure as to what their actual powers are. Apparently it's up to us to figure them out. Here are some of my favourites:

1 - Phantom Girl

Has the power to perform table dances

2 - Duo Damsel

Stunning ability to give boys way better dates than they expected.

5- Bouncing Boy

Bounces. This one's real, but come on, that never stops being funny.

8 - Cosmic Boy

Creates parking spaces where there were no parking spaces before.

9 - Chameleon Boy

Uncanny power to have speech and thought balloons when no other legionnaires can. Seriously, this is the only one they thought needed that extra explanation so as not to confuse the readers. Certainly not

10 - Saturn Girl

With her superhuman talent for waving at passing dragons.

13 - Superboy

Snaps oddly placed chains using only his chest and shoulders. Super! I'm also assuming he put those there himself, because nobody else would.

14 - Light Lass

Makes roots explode.

15 - Star Boy

Obviously fireproof. (For those of you unfamiliar with the Legion, he actually makes things heavy. That's right. Nothing to do with fire. Hurm.)

16 - Mon-El

Loves shiny rocks!

17 - Ultra Boy

Can melt guns when they can't see him. Sneaky . . .

18 - Matter-Eater Lad

Well, yeah. See Bouncing Boy.

21 - Element Lad

Uses finger-ray-beams to stack bricks. He's really good at Jenga.

25 - Dream Girl

Develops a headache whenever rocket-ships fight in front of a cloud.

26 - Princess Projectra

Can make one out of two men to drop his gun.

27 - Ferro Lad

Is, clearly, fantastic!

28 - Insect Queen

Amazing power to be really icky.

29 - Kid Psycho

What is he doing, watching future-TV? And what the hell is a guy named Kid Psycho doing on such a wholesome team. Also I've never seen him in any Legion comic book. Who is this guy? What is his deal?

Anyhow, after the Legion of Substitute Heroes (too awesome to show here) there are two text pages that actually do explain everybody's deals. But by that point the damage has already been done, and the Legion of Super-Heroes is forever rendered hilarious in the eyes of others. Mainly me.

Source: Adventure Comics # 365 (Feb. 1968) Writer unknown, Art looks like Curt Swan and George Klein . . ?