Stars And Garters
Don't judge my madness by your sanity.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Friday Night Fights: Fair Fight Free For All - MARCO!!!...POLO!!!
Welcome to Friday Night Fights: Fair Fight Free For All, the final prize fight in the Free For All bout. The ground rules? Anyone who won a previous round has to enter a new entry for this prize fight featuring a fight scene from a comic between two or more characters who are somewhat equally matched. The grand prize? An advance signed copy of the graphic novel Harbor Moon.
Last week I won Round 12, so that means I'm eligible for the grand prize in the final round. That also means I'm bound by tradition to post a Legion of Super-Heroes related fight for this round. In the most tenuous (but still valid) Legion connection yet, this round focuses on honorary Legionnaire Jimmy Olsen. (Don't believe me? Here's the proof.)
This fight comes to us from 1973's Jimmy Olsen#163, in a story titled "The World That Came Before",written by Leo Dorfman and illustrated by Kurt Schaffenberger.
Synopsis: Jimmy is being honored at the dedication ceremony of the S.S. Mercy, a hospital ship whose construction Jimmy raised money for. Through a series of circumstances, Jimmy is exposed to light from the Star of Cathay, an alien jewel which had prevoiusly transported him into his past lives as such historical figures as Marco Polo and Spartacus. Yes, that's right: Jimmy Olsen is the reincarnation of both Marco Polo and Spartacus. (Just go with it.)
This time, the star transports Jimmy back to the 13th Century, where he's Marco Polo again. This time, he meets and befriends the Emperor Kublai Khan. Here, Jimmy/Marco and Khan are out hunting. Unbeknownst to them, Khan's enemies have shot Khan's hunting leopard with a powerful drug which causes the leopard to fly into a rage and attack the first human he sees -- Kublai!
Jimmy springs into action, using his crazy-mad martial arts skills.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Friday Night Fights: Free For All - Round 12: Green On Green, Part Tres!
Our final round of Friday Night Fights: Free For All is also the final "Green On Green" round of this bout. A "Green On Green" round is one where a Green Lantern fights a Green Lantern. I've featured Guy Gardner vs. Kilowog and John Stewart vs. Hal Jordan in prior "Green On Green" rounds, so tonight I'm shifting the spotlight onto Kyle Rayner. And who is Kyle's emerald-clad opponent in this round?
Well, the Parallax part of himself, anyway.
Tonight's fight comes from Tales Of The Sinestro Corps: Parallax#1 by Ron Marz, Adriana Melo, and Marlo Alquiza. Synopsis: Parallax has taken control of Kyle Rayner and trapped Kyle in a prison in his own mind. Parallax-as-Kyle decides to gloat by visiting Kyle in his prison. Kyle squares off against Parallax, first as Ion and then as Green Lantern, and gets defeated both times....
...leaving Kyle powerless.
But here are some facts to keep in mind about Kyle Rayner:
1. Just because Kyle has no chance of stopping someone doesn't mean he won't fight them anyway. With any weapon he can find, because.....
2. Kyle is very imaginative.
3. Threatening one of Kyle's loved ones, particularly a woman? Big mistake!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Election Night On Bizarro World
Welcome to American Election Night 2010 on the Bizarro World. We're going to take a special look at the Bizarro American citizens' thought processes:
"Me vote to punish President in election year that he's not on ballot."
"Me mad about high taxes, so me vote to punish President that just gave me highest tax cut ever."
"Me worried about growing deficit, so me vote to punish President who just reduced deficit by 103 billion."
"Me mad that me getting ignored as voter, so me not vote. Me also mad that Republicans have too much power, so me stay home and, as a result, hand them more power."
"Me dissatisfied that change not come fast enough over last two years, so me replace Speaker who was instrumental in getting changes over last two years with Speaker who worked to block all changes over last two years."
"Me think President is Muslim whose beliefs were shaped by his Reverend Wright."
"Me think not getting dropped by insurance company for getting sick is bad thing."
"Me mad about current economic mess, so me vote back in party that caused current economic mess."
"Me mad about lack of jobs, so me vote in party who blocked jobs bill."
Oh, wait. That wasn't the Bizarro World America . That was this America.
Oh, I hear ya, buddy!