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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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 4: Bowled Over!



A few weeks ago I purchased the Daredevil: Born Again trade by Frank Miller (who also gave us 300) and David Mazzuchelli for a steal on Comixology. This trade had a lot of great fights in it. For tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Wildcat, I'm featuring one that should be right up your alley and hook you immediately.


Synopsis: After learning Daredevil's secret identity through information provided by a heroin-addicted (she eventually goes cold turkey in this story) Karen Page (who at one time was DD's answer to Lois Lane), the Kingpin uses this information to strike back with an elaborate frame-up of Matt Murdock which manages to pin corruption charges on him. Disbarred with his assets frozen by the IRS, Matt's life goes quickly into the gutter. Meanwhile, Matt's best friend and law partner Foggy Nelson is Christmas shopping with Matt's ex-girlfriend Gloriana O'Breen when they run into some foul play.





The would-be thief tries to take Glori's purse and split.....




....but Glori balks at that idea.






Foggy recovers enough to devise a desperate plan of action....







Uh-oh. Foggy will have to work fast to spare Glori's life.




 But that's just how Foggy Nelson rolls!




That's one purse-snatcher who's going to need his jaw reset.


Tonight's fight music is this bowling-themed bonanza by Camper Van Beethoven.




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Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Wildcat - Round 2: Getting Metal!



For tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Wildcat, it's time to get metal, courtesy of Metal Men#48, by Gerry Conway, Martin Pasko, and Walt Simonson. Synopsis: Eclipso is trying to resurrect the ancient sun god Umbra. Doc Magnus and his Metal Men take..uh..umbrage with that plan and try to stop him.




I always thought Eclipso needed more Iron in his diet, anyway.


Tonight's fight music is this metal missive by the London Suede.




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