Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Night Fights: Power Punch - Round 9: Atom vs. Zappa!



After a few weeks hiatus, I'm back for another round of Friday Night Fights: Power Punch, and I'm featuring the villainy of....Zappa.




No, not that Zappa.


This one.




Tonight's mother of inventive embroglios comes from Justice League Of America#86, written by Denny O'Neil and Mike Friedrich and illustrated by Dick Dillin and Joe Giella. Synopsis: Industrialist Theo Zappa has used a device he stole called a Re-Memory Machine, a device that can rewrite peoples' memories according to the wishes of its user, to gain great fame and fortune. One day, an alien from the planet Kalyarna (not to be confused with comics blogger Kalinara) makes Zappa an offer: The transfer of all Earth's plankton to Kalyarna in exchange for anything Zappa desires. You see, the alien planet has advanced technology that uses magic as a power source (sound familiar, Snell?), but unfortunately said magic also produced pollution that's killed all their plankton. Unfortunately, what Zappa desires is to use the plankton transfer to blackmail both planets.


The JLA split into teams to thwart the plankton theft. They ultimately fail to stop the transfer, but Batman and the Atom follow Zappa back to Kalyarna with the stolen plankton, where...





And Zappa gets zapped!


Tonight's fight music and musician seems kind of appropriate for both tonight's fight and, well, current headlines.




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Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Night Fights: Power Punch - Round 5: More Cowbell!




Tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Power Punch, we're getting a little....spiritual, courtesy of DC Comics Presents#24, written by Len Wein and superbly illustrated by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez.


Synopsis: Government scientist Alex Atley invented a device called the Cardialink to try to stabilize his erratic heart and extend his life by synching his heartbeat with Earth's pulse. Unfortunately, the link is flowing the wrong way, causing massive earthquakes. While Superman locates the half of the device at the Earth's core to shut it off, Deadman enters Atley's body to help him stave off dying, and gets some resistance from the Grim Reaper himself.



Ok, so technically, you may not be able to "knock out" Death, but that punch did drive him away.


Tonight's fight music is....what else could it be?




And as a special bonus, I give you another treat from that same issue: Garcia-Lopez' Dr. Jenet Klyburn.





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Friday, December 09, 2016

Friday Night Fights: Power Punch - Round 4: Whirlwind Knockout!




Welcome to Friday Night Fights: Power Punch, where our host Spacebooger requires each round end in a knockout punch. Tonight's cyclonic KO comes from a surprise source, courtesy of Avengers#139 by Steve Englehart, George Tuska, and Vince Colletta, and it will leave you spinning.


Synopsis: With Wasp in the hospital in a coma, Whirlwind makes repeated attempts to kidnap her and kill her husband Hank "Yellowjacket" Pym, leading Hank to turn the tables and confront the spinning supervillain. Trouble is, Pym still has a microbe in his bloodstream that causes him intense pain whenever he uses his size-changing powers for too long. Which, Hank being Hank, he does here.




But just as YJ is about to get squashed....





.....it's Beast time!


The fight music for tonight's rotational round comes from Wire Train.




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Friday, November 25, 2016


Welcome to the second round of our host Spacebooger's latest bout, Friday Night Fights: Power Punch. This bout has one new rule to it: Each round must feature a KO punch. And tonight, I'm providing this bit of gridiron glory from Amazing Spider-Man#153 by Len Wein, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito.


Synopsis: Dr. Bradley Bolton, former Empire State University star quarterback and currently a top computer scientist, has a problem: His daughter has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom by some criminals led by a man named Paine, who demands the good doctor hand him a valuable computer component in exchange for Bolton's daughter's return. The meet goes as planned in ESU Stadium until Paine pulls a last-second double-cross which Bolton does not take well.




And off Dr. Bolton goes.




Meanwhile, Spider-Man, having shadowed Bolton earlier, suddenly arrives at the stadium only to find...





So Spidey has cornered Paine and is about to inflict some of the man's namesake on him when...




Tonight's fight music for this round of pigskin power punching is this selection from Queen.




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Friday, November 11, 2016

FNF Prize Fight: Not Quite Alive And Kicking!




Welcome to Spacebooger's special Prize Fight round, titled "FNF: Karate Kicks", where the special rule our host has given us is: Every fight should have multiple kicks resulting in a KO!


You want multiple kicks, Fred? I'll give you multiple kicks, courtesy of this entry from Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu#24, written by Chris Claremont and beautifully illustrated by Rudy Nebres.


Synopsis: Danny Rand aka Iron Fist has journeyed to Hell to save the life and soul of the woman he loves, Jade, from the clutches of the evil Dhasha-Khan, who plans to use it to remake our world. The fight has taken them back to New York City. Unfortunately for Danny, he's already been killed and, as a result.....






...is a mere ghost of his former self.




How does Danny extricate himself and Jade from this predicament? By figuring out a special feature of the power that gives him his superhero codename.




And.....




Ok, that was technically multiple kicks, but I'm not stopping until the KO.








And here comes the KO.




Well, in this case "KO" is short for "Killing Off". But it still counts.


Tonight's prize fight music is by INXS.



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Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Night Fights: Karate Kick - Round 12: Dracula On Ice!




Tonight is the final round of the Friday Night Fights: Karate Kick bout. Our host Spacebooger has given us one special rule: Each entry needs to include a fight scene from a comic between 2 or more characters where one of them kicks another. This round is taking place on the weekend right before Halloween. Combine those two facts and really, the only fight I can post that fits both themes is this bit of vampire-vanquishing from Planetary#13, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by John Cassaday.


Synopsis: In 1920, a 20-year-old Elijah Snow, while tracking a global conspiracy, has used a secret map of the world to locate a special home in London housing one of the co-conspirators, one Sherlock Holmes. However, unbeknownst to Elijah, Holmes has a....special guest.




"It".


Elijah seems to be in trouble here, but luckily, he's learned to....play it cool.




VERY cool.



OUCH!


Tonight's frigid fight music is by Don Dixon.





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Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Night Fights: Karate Kick - Round 11: Batgirl's Bag Of Kicks!



Since our humble host Spacebooger scored a previous round victory using the Stephanie Brown Batgirl, I figured I'd give it a shot with the original herself, Barbara Gordon. Better yet, I'm having her bring the Kane Pain tonight, courtesy of Detective Comics #389, written by Frank Robbins and illustrated by Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson.


Synopsis: Barbara answers an ad from airline hostess Darlene Dawson to dress as Batgirl at an awards ceremony in Darlene's stead, since Darlene claims she has to celebrate her grandfather's birthday the same evening. Unfortunately, it's a set-up: Darlene is actually double-crossing her gang of jewelry smugglers by keeping some jewels they smuggled for herself and her accomplice, dear old Grandpa, and setting up Barbara to be killed by the gang in her place. (Notice the gang in question is dressed in a Justice League motif.)




What a pickle! How will Babs get out of it?


Answer: Like this!







And for our fight music, here's Babs' very own theme song.


      
 



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Friday Night Fights: Karate Kick - Round 11: Batgirl's Bag Of Kicks!



Since our humble host Spacebooger scored a previous round victory using the Stephanie Brown Batgirl, I figured I'd give it a shot with the original herself, Barbara Gordon. Better yet, I'm having her bring the Kane Pain tonight, courtesy of Detective Comics #389, written by Frank Robbins and illustrated by Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson.


Synopsis: Barbara answers an ad from airline hostess Darlene Dawson to dress as Batgirl at an awards ceremony in Darlene's stead, since Darlene claims she has to celebrate her grandfather's birthday the same evening. Unfortunately, it's a set-up: Darlene is actually double-crossing her gang of jewelry smugglers by keeping some jewels they smuggled for herself and her accomplice, dear old Grandpa, and setting up Barbara to be killed by the gang in her place. (Notice the gang in question is dressed in a Justice League motif.)




What a pickle! How will Babs get out of it?


Answer: Like this!







And for our fight music, here's Babs' very own theme song.


      
 



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