Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Night Fights: Marvelous Marvin - Round 2: If She Had A Hammer...

Welcome to Round 2 of Friday Night Fights: Marvelous Marvin! Tonight I demonstrate how size doesn't always matter with my featured fight from Micronauts#20, by Bill Mantlo, Pat Broderick, and Armando Gil (who also inked Round 1's winner - hint, hint.).

Synopsis: The Micronauts meet an evil insect-obsessed chemist named Odd John, who uses his mutagen gas to mutate Bug and render the rest of the Micronauts unconscious. Marionette is the first one to wake up, only to find herself facing overwhelming odds.

What a predicament, True Believers!

Q. How will this lone, powerless six-inch-tall woman manage to save her lover?

A: With the help of a normal Earth hammer...


And down goes Odd John!

Now, that's one dangerous little lady!

Tonight's fight song? What else?

For more micro melees, click here. And don't forget to vote, or Marionette will lay the hammer down!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Night Fights: Marvelous Marvin - Round 1: "WWBD?"

Welcome to Spacebooger's brand-new bout, entitled "Friday Night Fights: Marvelous Marvin", named for boxing great "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler.

Our first marvelous melee of this bout comes from Green Lantern#58, "Peril Of The Powerless Green Lantern" by Gardner Fox, Gil Kane, and Sid Greene.

Synopsis: The Guardians decide Hal Jordan needs to take a vacation and take away his ring in the meantime. They think this will keep him out of trouble, but remember, this is Hal we're talking about here. So naturally he finds himself taking on an entire criminal gang sans his ring.

How does Hal handle these bad guys singlehandedly without his ring?


Eat your heart out, Sally P !

By asking himself "WWBD".......

...which is short for....

"What Would Batman Do?"

And that's what Batman would do.

Tonight's fight music is this "powerless" tune by Nelly Furtado.

For more examples of "WWBD", click here. And don't forget to vote. It's what the Caped Crusader would do.

(Special thanks to Dr. K's 100-Page Super-Spectacular.)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Question For My Fellow Twitterati

What's happened to Twitter in the last few days? I haven't been able to post anything, nor can I read any tweets other than the most recent ones. I can't check my settings, reply to anyone else, or even log out.
It's almost like I'm locked out.

What gives?

And more importantly, how do I fix it?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Penn State University Child Sex Abuse Scandal Pop Quiz


Please answer the following multiple-choice questions:

QUESTION 1. You are a graduate-assistant coach at for the Penn State University football team. You walk into a locker room at night and see your team's former defensive coordinator in the process of raping a 10-year-old child. Your reaction is to:

A.) Intervene to stop the rape immediately regardless of your personal safety, beating the living crap out of the child rapist Hooded-Justice-style if possible. Then immediately call the police.

B.) Don't intervene, but still immediately call the police.

C.) Walk away without either stopping the rape or even calling the police. Wait one day before telling your father, who advises you (erroneously) to tell the university's head coach instead of the police, which you do. Do not follow up with said head coach or see to it that he called the police. Continue to coach for the same university, moving up through the ranks to eventually become the receivers coach, without breaking your silence until someone else files charges years later.

QUESTION 2. You are the head coach for the Penn State University football team. One of your young graduate-assistant coaches reports witnessing your former defensive coordinator raping a 10-year-old boy in the school locker room. Your reaction is to :

A.) Contact the police immediately and have the young assistant coach tell them the same thing he told you. Then keep following up with them on their investigation.

B.) Report what the young coach saw to your immediate supervisor and not to the police, then keep following up with said supervisor to make sure he contacted the police and to learn what the police are doing. If said superior hasn't contacted the police, do so yourself. Then follow up.

C.) Report what the young assistant coach saw to immediate superior and not to the police, and don't bother following up with either said supervisor or with the police. Don't discuss the matter with anyone outside of university officials for years until someone else brings charges. Essentially, cover your own ass. Because, hey, you did your part, right?

QUESTION 3. You are in charge of campus security for Penn State University. You learn that one of your former employees, whom you've still allowed keys to university buildings and access to university resources, has been using that access to sexually assault boys as young as 8 or 10 years old on school property. Your reaction is to:

A.) Contact the real police immediately, because this monster must be stopped before he can claim any more victims. Then keep following up with those real police on the status of their investigation.

B.) Conduct a quick initial internal investigation, then contact the police and tell them everything you know.

C.) Do not contact the police at all. Do not alert anyone outside of other university officials. Instead, contact the perpetrator and take away his keys. Not at our school, right?

QUESTION 4. You are a Penn State student. You learn that your extremely popular head football coach has just been fired because he covered up for a pedophile who molested 8 boys, some of whom were as young as 8 or 10 years old, and some of whom would not have been victims if not for said cover-up. Your reaction is to:

A.) Join fellow students in protesting in outrage at the university's cover-up.

B.) Join fellow students in a candlelight vigil expressing sympathy for the 8 young victims.

C.) Join fellow students in a riot in outrage at the firing of your "poor" pedophile-protecting coach.


If you answered "C" to any of the above questions, you FAIL. As a human being.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Friday Night Fights: Prize Fight - "Fight Of The Century": Reed's Got The Magic!

Welcome to Friday Night Fights: Fight of the Century, the final Prize Fight of Spacebooger's "Smokin' Joe" bout! The rules for this fight are simple: A battle royale between two arch enemies.

And it doesn't get any more "arch" than my two featured combatants: Reed Richards and Dr. Doom. Yes, it's true that Doom is the arch enemy of the entire Fantastic Four, but let's face it: It's Reed he hates the most. And after the countless attacks by Doom on him and his family and friends, the feeling is mutual on Reed's part. Tonight, it's down to these two guys. But neither of them are using their traditional powers/weapons of choice for this round. Tonight, they're both throwing science to the wind and going with something more...arcane.

Tonight's sorcerous slugfest comes from Fantastic Four#500, the conclusion of the "Unthinkable" story arc, written by Mark Waid, pencilled by the late, great Mike Wieringo, and inked by Karl Kesel and Lary Stucker.

Synopsis: Doom has bargained with three demons for sorcerous power and knowledge, both of which he uses to attack the Fantastic Four. He kidnaps Reed and Sue's daughter Val, banishes their son Franklin to Hell itself, and kidnaps and tortures Sue, Ben, and Johnny while imprisoning Reed in an arcane library. He's also captured Dr. Strange who, in his astral form, points Reed to a mystical weapon with the power to defeat Doom.

Trouble is, Reed has no idea what he has to say or do to utilize this magic power. Finally, he figures out that the key is to put his ego aside and admit that magic is beyond his comprehension. And keep doing so.

Which he does...

.....with a great deal of self-flagellation.

Unfortunately, Doom catches on to Reed's "magic words" ploy, and institutes a mystical "gag order".

How is Reed going to get out of this one???


Like THIS!

But did you really think I would have a "Fight Of The Century" round with no punches thrown?

Au contraire!

Say it, Reed!


And down, or rather UP, goes Doom!

Tonight's fight music is this little magical number by 70's one-hit wonder band Pilot.

For more Prize Fight "magic", click here. And don't forget to vote!