Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Night Fights: G7 - Round One: Electric Feel

Welcome to Round 1 of Friday Night Fights: G7!

Why is it called "G7"? Long story short, here was the inspiration. The gist of it is that it involve the use of fight music. Music and "Friday Night Fights"? These are a few of my favorite things!

Spacebooger explains the rules as follows:

"Every entry must relate in some way to a song or lyric.Example: “LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out” associated with a KO punch, “Ballroom Blitz” for an image where one person is taking out a whole group, or just using a specific lyric from a song."

How about this scene featuring Spider-Man vs. Electro from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.... the tune of MGMT's "Electric Feel"?

"Shock me like an electric eel.....Turn me on with your electric feel......"

Special thanks to Dial B for Blog.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

What do Archie and I have in common?

Here's a clue:

It involves a gold ring, and it ain't joining the Sinestro Corps.

Answer: Each of us has recently proposed to a beautiful brunette and both of us are now engaged. (My lady said "yes", too.*)

Yes, it's true. Unlike Archie, I didn't propose this week, but rather a few months ago. I really haven't said much about it so far in this blog, or even formally announced it here, for that matter. But I did leave a few clues here and there.

So there are many things about I've learned prenuptuals that Archie has yet to experience. Well, Arch, let me tell you: You're in for a wild ride. But a fun one.

(Not always: There's this little thing called the bridal registry that you have to deal with. By the end of that, I was pretty much in an autopilot "scan-CLICK!-scan-CLICK!" mode.)

I'm looking forward to my upcoming trip to the altar with anticipation. I couldn't ask for a better travelling companion. But I also have to admit, I haven't been this nervous since I rickrolled Ragnell.

You're going places I've been to, my red-headed brother! May we both have a wonderful journey. And I know once we arrive, the road is just beginning.

(*Despite being brunette, my fiancee is actually more of a Betty than a Veronica.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A "Buffy" movie without Whedon, Xander, Willow, and Sunnydale ? Really?

According to this article in The Hollywood Reporter, we could be seeing a new "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" movie. However, it will most likely be without Xander, Willow, Cordelia, Angel, Spike, or even the TV series mastermind Joss Whedon.


"Buffy" creator Joss Whedon isn't involved and it's not set up at a studio, but Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working with original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel.

The new "Buffy" film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching "Star Trek."

Which brings me to a segment I like to call:


Really, Kuzuis? You're going to do a movie called "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" but with none of the popular elements of the TV show, like the supporting cast, the creator, the "Big Bads", or even the show's setting, Sunnydale? Because, gee, that worked out so well the first time!

And really? You're going to adapt a popular TV show to the big screen, without virtually everything that made the TV show popular? Yeah, that'll really pan out for you. Who's the head of your marketing department, Joe Quesada?


Friday, May 22, 2009

Has it really been 2 years already?

As of this past Wednesday, it has.

Scary but true.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"Joy of John Stewart" Week

Looks like Sally's got another theme week going, and this time the focus is on the Zen Lantern himself, John Stewart. Sally's posting some of John's coolest moments throughout the decades.

I've got to admit, I've liked John much better over the past few years than I did in the 70's and 80's, especially the late 80's where John was, for want of a better term, a champion fuckup. I think the thing that turned me around on Stewart was the wonderful GREEN LANTERN:MOSAIC#5, where John psychically kicked Hal Jordan's arrogant ass. (This was on the heels of Hal's dickishness toward Guy Gardner after winning their fight, so it was particularly satisfying.)

Here's a more recent display of John's awesomeness from Justice League of America#32. The backstory: Black Canary officially disbanded the JLA back in issue#31. It didn't take. The remaining JLAers decide to keep things going until Canary returns. John gets offered the leader role and refuses.

That's some good strategic thinking on his part, but it gets better, as he provides an interesting analysis of not only Black Canary's leadership style, but the styles of the Big Two as well:

John absolutely nails it. And you've got to love his healthy ego here, where he is aware of his own greatness, but is not afraid to think that Dinah is better suited to the position than he is. Happy Hal could never do that.

Also, don't you think John and Mari would be 100 times better as a couple than Roy and Kendra were? And 100 times better than Ollie and Dinah are now, for that matter?

Friday, May 08, 2009

Friday Night Fights: One Panel of Pain - Round 12: Little Things Hurt A Lot

Well, it's our final round of One Panel of Pain. Many of my fellow contestants are undoubtedly planning to go big for our grand finale.

Me? I'm going in the opposite direction.

Tonight's round focuses on the original shrinking superhero of comics. Before Ray Palmer, Hank and Janet Pym, Scott and Cassie Lang, Salu Digby, Adam Cray, Jay Abrams, the Ritas (Farr and DeMara), Stacy Taglia, Ryan Choi, and Eric O'Grady, there was Darrell Dane, a.k.a. Doll Man.

Here we see the Diminutive Daredevil practicing his Moe Howard impression, with two-bit hood Tippy Graham standing in for Curly. The image above comes from Quality Comics' Doll Man Quarterly 16 (1948), from the story "Death Is My Hobby", drawn by John Spranger.

(The thing that always cracked me up about Doll Man's early stories is that he always gets described in articles as a six-inch-tall superhero, but, as you can see above, apparently nobody ever told the series' artists this little detail, because practically every golden age panel I've seen has D.M. being anywhere from 1 foot to 2 feet tall. I've even seen panels where he looks about 3 feet tall.)

Spacebooger knows it's the little guys you've got to watch out for.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Friday Night Fights: One Panel of Pain - Round 11: The Science Round

Here at Friday Night Fights: One Panel of Pain, we like to mix a little education with our head-bashing.

That's why tonight we have a special science trivia question:

"This English physicist wrote the bestseller A Brief History Of Time and has appeared on both "The Simpsons" and Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell". Who is he?"



This science trivia lesson comes to us from JLA: World War III and was brought to us by Professors Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, John Dell, and Drew Geraci.

Batman knows his science. Especially the sweet science.