Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Ghost - Round 2: The Bigger They Are....




Tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Ghost features a bit of a "David vs. Goliath" situation. This imbalanced embroglio comes from Wonder Woman#175, written and drawn by Phil Jiminez and inked by Andy Lanning(?). Synopsis: Circe has cast a spell that has transported every male superhero and villain on Earth to New York City and transformed them into strange creatures. She has also brought in an army of supervillainesses who end up either (a) hunting the transformed men, or (b) generally rampaging and looting across the city. Circe's archenemy Wonder Woman, in turn, has assembled a team of superheroines to rescue the men and restore order. (It's a contrived premise, but the story is a lot of big dumb fun nonetheless.)


A few of those heroines have just run up against a very BIG problem.




The girl with the plan is none other than Cassie Sandsmark aka Wonder Girl.







What is Cassie's plan? Let's take a look.




Look, that's Monster Girl from the 90's series Young Heroes In Love alongside Empress from Young Justice. The woman being clocked is The Sylph, whose chief weapon is....lots of fabric. Three fun characters whom the Nu52 ran out of continuity.




Ok, back to Cassie.







She's kind of got a point, Giganta. You should've seen that coming from a mile away. Especially since a mile away is significantly less distant at your size.




TIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMBEEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!


Tonight's fight music by Jimmy Cliff is also about hard falling.




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Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Ghost - Round 1: (Bat) Boot To The Head!





For the opening round of our host Spacebooger's new Friday Night Fights bout, "Ghost", I've decided to commemorate this week's new-look Batgirl comics debut by showing you a classic adventure involving our favorite Dominoed Daredoll from Batman Family#5, written by Cary Bates and Elliot S! Maggin and illustrated by Curt Swan and Vince Colletta. Synopsis: Our heroine and Robin thwart the criminal organization MAZE's attempts to assassinate a visiting princes through some fancy footwork.






Nice moves, but how will Batgirl stop the assassin from shooting them from so far away?




Oh, that's how. 


In honor of tonight's long-distance boot to the head, our fight music is by the The Frantics.





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Friday, September 26, 2014

FNF Presents: "Boogaloo's Dance" - Prize Fight: Dancing The Robot!



For this special prize fight round of Friday Night Fights: "Boogaloo Dance", our host Spacebooger has given us one very special rule: Every entry must be a fight scene featuring a fight with some kind of dance or dance moves. Some of the other fights tonight may feature fast-paced disco or jitterbug moves, I'm slowing down the tempo with tonight's bit of waltzing warfare from one of the most memorable (and, in retrospect, one of the creepiest) Superboy stories of my childhood, a story from 1977's DC Super Stars#12 called "Don't Call Me Superboy!" written by Cary Bates and illustrated by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson.


Synopsis: Clark Kent has a crush on a cute new girl named Misty at Smallville High and has asked Lana Lang to pass her his note proclaiming his interest. Lana thinks Clark doesn't have a chance in hell with Misty, but to her (and Clark's) surprise.....




And who else shows up but the Super-Teacher From Krypton, a robot from Kal-El's home planet whom his father Jor-El programmed to test his son's mastery of his powers? After testing Clark's worthiness to be Superboy when he was twelve, the robot has come back as Clark is turning eighteen to test his worthiness to be Superman and is even willing to resort to some extremely inappropriate and creepy methods (we'll get to that later) to do so.




Also, anyone notice something strange about the above fight?


Well, Clark does.




Technically this fight does include some kind of dance move: Clark was actually waltzing with Misty for the entire duration of his imagined super-brawl.


In keeping with the above motif, tonight's fight music is this classic by Johnny Rivers which came out the very same year as tonight's comic.





Bonus: Remember how I said this was one of the creepiest Superboy stories of all time?


Here's why:


After the dance, Clark takes Misty back to her house, where she shares with him the fact that she's figured out his secret identity. Fireworks ensue.




But wait, here's the absolute next panel.




Ok, those above three panels by themselves aren't what makes this story creepy. It's the fact that they're combined with THIS:




........!


..............!!!



..................!!!!!!!!!!


Oh, Cary Bates!




Uhhhh, I'm thinking maybe Jor-El should've spent just a little more time programming the concept of "consent" into his robot's databanks. Just sayin'.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Boogaloo - Round 12: Eye Of The......Oh, You Know!



For the final round of Friday Night Fights: Boogaloo, I wanted to present some classic Marvel kung fu action, but I didn't want to work Snell's side of the street with a Shang Chi post. So instead I'm opting for a classic '70's team from the House Of Ideas, namely the Sons Of The Tiger. Tonight's martial arts mayhem comes from Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu#19, written by Gerry Conway and beautifully illustrated by Dick Giordano. Synopsis: Three martial arts students named Lin Sun, Bob Diamond, and Abe Brown who trained under Master Kee later find that a team of assassins has killed Kee and attempted to kill all of them. They team up, each wearing different tiger amulets that their late master has bequeathed to them, and seek revenge on the assassins. Here's how that works out for them.







Tonight's fight music is....come on, what else would it be?




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Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Boogaloo - Round 11: Harbinger Of Doom!




After last week's round of old-school robot-smashing, I thought I'd make this week's round of Friday Night Fights: Boogaloo a little more...cerebral, courtesy of Harbinger#5, written by Joshua Dysart and illustrated by Khari Evans and Matthew Clark. Synopsis: Escaped mental patient Peter Stanchek, an immensely powerful psionic, had taken the offer of an also-immensely-powerful psionic named Toyo Harada to join the Harbinger Foundation, an institute that trains psiots. In exchange for Peter's cooperation, Harada offered to take care of Peter's lifelong junkie friend Joe. Unfortunately, Harada's method for "taking care of" Joe really meant killing him with a forced overdose. Now, after Peter has found out Joe's true fate, he heads back to the foundation to confront Harada and the Foundation students.




Hmmm....a room with a weakened ceiling. Now how can a man with telekinetic powers possibly exploit that?


Well, one way is by....




....bringing the roof down!


Tonight's fight song is this brilliant bit of mental hopscotch by Missing Persons.




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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Boogaloo - Round 10: Breaking The (Master) Mold!



For this week's round of Friday Night Fights: Boogaloo, I'm opting for a good old-fashioned man vs. machine conflict, courtesy of Incredible Hulk Annual#7, written by Roger Stern, John Byrne, and Bob Layton, who were an ideal late 70's Marvel creative team back when I was a young lad. Synopsis: Our titular Green Goliath gets kidnapped, along with the Angel and Iceman, and trapped in the asteroid headquarters of the Master Mold, a sentient 100-foot Sentinel robot. After escaping their prison cells, Iceman tries to get Hulk's aid in sneaking up on their robotic captor.


But sneaking isn't how the Hulk rolls.








At this point, ol' Moldy falls into a classic villain trap: He lets Iceman goad him into telling his origin. Worse, he gets rattled when Angel disputes that origin. All of which give a certain Green Behemoth some needed recovery time, and....




Which he does.




Looks like ol' Jade-Jaws could give Magnus, Robot Fighter a few pointers.


Tonight's fight music is this cybernetic singalong by the Alan Parson Project.




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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Boogaloo - Round 9: Aliens And Nazis And Amazons, Oh My!



Tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Boogaloo is another rebuttal to people who think a certain Amazon Princess' adventures don't make her worthy of her own movie or TV show. It comes from World's Finest#248, written by Gerry Conway and illustrated by Mike Vosburg and Dick Giordano. This is one of my all-time favorite WW stories. After all, how often do you get to see a story where Wonder Woman teams up with Sgt. Rock and Easy Company to fight Dr. Psycho and the Nazis AND a group of aliens who have formed an alliance with the latter two?


Here is tonight's Amazon/Axis/Alien altercation.







And that is why you always hold the door open for Wonder Woman.


One Nazi---down. Now for the alien.




Uh-oh. What does that alien gadget do?


This.






Who says Diana needs a sword, anyway?


Tonight's fight music is this electric selection from Lou Christie.




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