They Got Polanski!
As someone whose niece turns 13 in less than two years, my official reaction to the news of Roman Polanski's arrest is:
Stars And Garters
Don't judge my madness by your sanity.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
They Got Polanski!
And suddenly millions of impressionist comedians are smiling....
Bob Dylan is considering recording a GPS voiceover.
Admit it. You're thinking about the impression even as you read this:
"TUUUURN LEEEEFT in OOOONE MIIIIILE."
You know you are.
Monday, September 28, 2009
One Mind-Fry At A Time
Holy friggin' crap.
I was reading about McKenzie's Phillips' interview on Oprah last week, and Richard Roeper's article in today's Sun Times explained the situation best:
There are three possible scenarios for what happened.
None of them are pretty.
When I think about this story, a lyric from a song keeps running through my head.
It's not anything by Phillips' father's band, The Mamas and the Papas.
It's "Black Swan" by Thom Yorke:
"This is fucked up, fucked up...."
Friday, September 25, 2009
Friday Night Fights: Feet of Fury: Round 3: Beware My Power - Green Lantern's Feet!
For Round 3 of Friday Night Fights: Feet of Fury! , here's a reminder:
For all the pictures we've seen of Hal Jordan taking physical abuse....
....we should always remember.....
....that Hal can also dish it out!
This example of Hal's fancy footwork comes to us from Green Lantern#45, "Prince Peril's Power Grab", by John Broome, Gil Kane, and Sid Greene.
Spacebooger knows how to deliver the "Kane Pain".
(Special thanks to Sea of Green.)
Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday Night Fights: Feet Of Fury! - Round 2: Charlie Vs. Harley
Time for Round 2 of Friday Night Fights: Feet of Fury! And you know what that means....
You got that right, Misfit!
Tonight's KO kick comes from Birds of Prey#106, by the supreme team of Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, and Doug Hazelwood, in which the Birds square off against the Secret Six.
Spacebooger loves his Dark Vengeance.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
And speaking of shitstorms, I wonder why this didn't cause more of one...
I picked up JLA: Cry For Justice last week and noticed one little scene. Prometheus explained how he'd been staking his claim in Europe the last few years, killing off various Global Guardians. And he comments on the "bearskin" rug in his living room.
Which turns out to be the late Tasmanian Devil. Prometheus goes on to add: "Idiot named himself after an endangered animal anyway. " Ha ha. You can view it here on Dorian's site.
The whole Cry For Justice mini has had a few questionable moments, from Hal's whining to the Huntress/Lady Blackhawk throwaway line to Ray Palmer being reinvented as "the Incredible Shrinking Jack Bauer". And, oh yes, "Justice!" - WE GET IT!!! I loved James Robinson's work on Starman, and I think he's killin' it on Superman, even without the lead character in the book. But here, he seems to be....how can I put it nicely?.....letting his "hack flag" fly.
While many people may have viewed Tasmanian Devil as just another third-stringer (I last saw him in JLA CLASSIFIED 3) , I can see how it could be a much bigger hit from Dorian's perspective. You see, Tazmanian Devil was gay.
It's a huge understatement to say I have more superheroes who are in my demographic than Dorian does.
Think of all the heroes who are straight males like me. I could list them all one by one and run out of character space before I even got started.
Now expand the criteria to only straight white males like me. Still an enormous list.
Now expand it even further to include only straight white males with brown hair like me. The list is still considerable. There's Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Richard Rider, Hal Jordan, Jay Garrick... hell, I can name several members of the Legion of Superheroes alone in that group.
Now imagine being a gay comic reader, and look at how few gay superheroes there are, and you can see how killing off even one gay male character, especially for the sole purpose of a cheap laugh, can sting.
Amazing Spider-Man#605: Shitstorm Averted...
...although there are still a few flurries.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Yadda yadda yadda...real Peter escapes...Yadda yadda yadda... Spidey foils Chameleon's scheme....yadda yadda yadda....
He insults parapelegics and dips people in acid too.
Many of them were male.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Friday Night Fights: Feet of Fury! - Round One: Fleet Feet!
Welcome to Round One of Friday Night Fights: Feet of Fury! According to our gracious host, Spacebooger, each fight entry must contain one K.O. kick.
Well, then, how about three K.O. kicks?
Delivered at the same time?
By the same guy?
To the same guy?
Here at Stars And Garters, I aim to please!
Back in the Bronze Age, Oliver Queen wasn't the only best friend of Hal Jordan's who kept beating the living crap out of Hal. There was also Barry Allen, the Flash.
And while Barry didn't beat up Hal nearly as often as Ollie did, his beatings were much more systematic and savage. And much cooler visually.
Case in point:
This Hal Jordan smackdown at the hands..er, feet.. of his old pal Barry takes place on the cover of Flash#282, rendered by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano. The interior story was written by Cary Bates, who back then was DC's undisputed craziest writer who wasn't named Bob.
Spacebooger says: "Think fast!"