Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 12: Mongul-Mashing!





For the final round of Friday Night Fights: Wildcat, I'm going with one of my all-time favorite super-skirmishes courtesy of Superman#32 by Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill, and Dennis Janke. Synopsis: After exiling himself into space, the Man Of Steel has found himself captured by Warworld, where he is forced to engage in a fight to the death with the reigning champion Draaga. Supes defeats Draaga but refuses to kill him, incurring the wrath of Warworld's ruler Mongul, who attacks and defeats our hero and brings him back to the royal palace. Superman breaks free from his bonds, and the rematch is on.











WHOOM!


Now here's tonight's ferocious fight music from Thin Lizzy.




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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 11: If You See Them Getting Smaller....



With the recent news of the leaked Suicide Squad movie preview, I thought I'd feature an issue from the John Ostrander/Kim Yale incarnation, namely Suicide Squad#62, written by Ostrander & Yale and drawn by Geoff Isherwood & Robert Campanella for tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Wildcat.


Synopsis: The Micro/Force is a group of government spies who went rogue and tried to recruit Ray (the Atom) Palmer---by killing the alien tribe he was living with in the jungle, including his love, Princess Laethwen. In retaliation, Palmer tracked down all the agents and....shrunk them to six inches tall (except for their leader Bailey, whom he shrunk to three inches tall), leaving them stuck at that height indefinitely. They went on to work for a mystery group called the Cabal who sought Palmer for his size-changing secrets. With the help of Captain Boomerang, they kidnapped Ray's replacement, Adam Cray (who had succeeded Ray as the Atom after Ray had apparently died), thinking he was Palmer. Cray broke free of them, only to be stabbed to death with a nail by the Micro/Force's mercenary assassin, Blacksnake.


Let's see what happens next.






Yes, he can, apparently.




The gentleman in yellow above is the costumed insect-themed villain Sting, a would-be heir to the Bug-Eyed Bandit.


Or....is he?




Oh, it is ON!





He actually does come back to get Blacksnake from the microverse, although how he finds him at that size is anyone's guess. It's comics, just roll with it.


Tonight's fight music is this shrinking sonnet by Jimmy Webb -- even though, in the case of this fight, Blacksnake saw Ray Palmer getting bigger as he was leaving.




Spacebooger wishes Adam Cray was in the new Suicide Squad film.



Friday, July 03, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 9: Dueling Patriots!




For last year's 4th of July I posted a special patriotic round of Friday Night Fights featuring Captain America as the winning fighter. This year, I'm going with a different patriotic-themed hero for this year's red, white, and blue ruckus, namely Uncle Sam himself. But Cap is still involved in this year's flag-wavin' fight....or rather, a villainous analog of him is. Freedom Fighters#8 by Bob Rozakis, Dick Ayers, and Jack Abel.


There's an interesting story behind the genesis of this particular all-star altercation: Back around late 1976, Rozakis had an interesting idea: He had arranged for the Freedom Fighters to fight an analog of the Invaders, who starred in a team book that Roy Thomas was writing at Marvel during that same time. Knowing this, Rozakis speculated on the idea of Roy having the Invaders face off against a Freedom Fighters analog team, also called the Crusaders. Bob's editor, Tony Isabella, suggested it to Roy and the rest was history. (See more details here.)


Anyway, here's Sam fighting a Cap analog called the Americommando (who is, unbeknownst to the Freedom Fighters, their arch-enemy, the Silver Ghost).




Tonight's firework-filled fight music comes from Madness.





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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 8: Thunder And Lightning!



For tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Wildcat, I'm bringing the Thunder...and the Lightning.


Tonight's thunderous throwdown comes from Superman#303, written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Curt Swan and Bob Oksner. Synopsis: Superman tries to stop two new villains named Lightning and Thunder from stealing some S.T.A.R. Labs meteorological equipment so their boss, the Whirlicane (just roll with it), can use it to unleash a massive monsoon squall in Metropolis (again, just roll with it).




(SPOILER: Lightning and Thunder are the same guy morphing into each persona.)


Thunder attacks and Big Blue demonstrates why Curt Swan is one of Superman's most revered artists.




TRAAAKOWWW!


Tonight's fight music is this tempestuous tuneage by Thin Lizzy.




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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 7: Flash BANG!




This past week I bought the "Chain Lightning" arc of The Flash. Spoiler: It was amazing!


So for tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Wildcat, here's one of my favorite super-speed skirmishes from the arc, courtesy of The Flash#148, written by Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn and illustrated by Paul Pelletier and Vince Russell. Synopsis: Cobalt Blue aka Malcolm Thawne aka Professor Zoom's ancestor aka Barry Allen's evil secret twin brother (just roll with it) has implemented his plan to destroy all past, present, and future Flashes by dispatching a powerful magic gem to his descendents, who use it to target all subsequent Scarlet Speedsters. The reigning Flash at the time, Wally West, has assembled his speedster allies to travel through time and warn those Flashes and help them fend off the Thawne's descendents' attacks. Meanwhile, Wally has tracked the gem and wants to steal it away. Unfortunately for Wally, so does Zoom.




THWAM! And down goes Zoom!


Tonight's flashy fight music is by Steely Dan.




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Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 6: They Call Him "Bruce"!




For tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Wildcat we begin with a glimpse into the lifestyles of Gotham City's rich and famous, courtesy of Batman#287, written by David V. Reed and illustrated by Mike Grell and Bob Wiacek.




And here is our hero in his playboy persona.



But an uneventful exit is just not in the cards for Gotham's favorite one-percenter and...




Bruce checks out the disturbance and finds his suspicions confirmed....



and decides this is a job for....


.....Bruce Wayne????








You know you've just witnessed a 70's Mike Grell beating when the losing combatant's back is knocked into a...very painful position!


Bruce...uh,..I mean brace...yourself for tonight's appropriately-named fight music by Rick Springfield.





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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 5: Cowboys And Vampires!




For tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Wildcat, I'm giving you a matchup you don't see every day: Cowboys vs. vampires!


Tonight's fanged funfest is brought to you by Dracula Lives#17 by Tony Isabella and Tony DeZuniga. Synopsis: An aging ex-sheriff-turned-bounty-hunter has been hired by a rich old man to hunt and kill the vampires who killed the old man's son. The trail leads the bounty hunter (identified in this story as only "The Marshal"), straight to Castle Dracula. After dispatching some vampire flunkies and the beautiful vampire the son had been pursuing, the Marshal turns his attention to ol' Vlad himself. But then Drac surprises the Marshal (and us) with some cunning legalese:




The Marshal pauses to reflect upon the Lord Of The Vampires' legal advice...





...before deciding to do this.







Wait, is he turning his back on ol' Drac?






Eat silver buckshot, Count!


Turns out, the Marshal had found a little legal loophole of his own.





In honor of tonight's vampiric vanquishing, tonight's fright music comes courtesy of the Arctic Monkeys.



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