Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Thunder - Round 2: Colossal Clobbering!

Since my last round of Friday Night Fights: Thunder involved the Atom, a little guy, I thought I'd swing to the opposite extreme this week with a big guy, courtesy of Legion Of Super-Heroes#301, written by Paul Levitz and illustrated by Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt.

Synopsis: An enemy ship has just blown up the Legion's cruiser and is now moving in for the kill on a seemingly helpless Colossal Boy.

BIG mistake!

Tonight's fight music is this larger-than-life song by Wolfmother.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Thunder - Round 1: Calculate This!

Welcome to the first round of our host Spacebooger's latest bout, Friday Night Fights: Thunder. Tonight's round of mathematical mayhem comes from the backup story in Detective Comics#463, written by Bob Rozakis and drawn by Mike Grell and Terry Austin, which features the debut of the Calculator. Before he went on to become Oracle's evil counterpart, ol' Calc used to dress up like this:

His M.O. was to steal things on the day they would be worth the most valuable. Here, he attempts to steal the life of Ray Palmer's old friend Professor Richard Bagley on the day he's announcing his greatest invention, the Quake-Breaker, a device designed to channel the power of earthquakes for constructive use. This leads to a showdown with the Atom. Unfortunately, in the course of the battle, Bagley is swallowed up by a chasm caused by the sudden appearance of a freak earthquake and dies, thereby making Calculator's theft a success.

Needless to say, the World's Smallest Superhero is PISSED.

Our button-pushing Big Bad would go on to face Black Canary, Elongated Man, Green Arrow, Hawkman, and finally Batman throughout the course of this six-issue arc. After being defeated by each Justice Leaguer, he would push a special button which would "inoculate" him against being defeated by that same foe ever again. Because....magic science, I guess? (Rozakis could match his fellow Bobs Kanigher and Haney in Bronze Age wackiness and then some.) Anyway, other than the bad fashion sense,  I never got why this period Calculator was thought of as lame in the more modern stories, because his abilities here were pretty baller.

For tonight's fight music, since I've already used Kraftwerk in the past, I'm going with this "number" by Regina Spektor.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Phantom Punch - Prize Fight: Phantom Fist!

Welcome to tonight's special Friday Night Fights: Phantom Punch Prize Fight. Our host Spacebooger has one special rule: The fight should feature an unseen assailant.

Fortunately, I have something that fits the bill: A specual jungle jam-up from Namor: The Sub Mariner#15 by John Byrne. Synopsis: Namor discovers a mysterious disease has been making the citizens of his home city of Atlantis sick. He tracks the source of the problem back to the Savage Land and goes there to investigate himself. Unfortunately for our Sub Mariner, he is being stalked by an unseen threat. 

And now the mysterious stalker's fist starts glowing. Could he be....?

And Namor is down for the count! But who is his unseen assailant?

Could it be.....

Iron Fist?

(Well, yes and no, actually. He has the appearance of Iron Fist, but he's actually a disguised Super Skrull.)

Tonight's fight music is by Coheed and Cambria.

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Friday, January 02, 2015

Friday Night Fights: Ghost - Round 12: Martial Arts Schooling!

For the final round of Friday Night Fights: Ghost, I offer special piece of advice:

When Black Canary comes into your martial arts studio and says she knows judo?

Believe her!

Denny O'Neil and Alex Toth deliver this and other sage advice in Adventure Comics#418.

Tonight's fight music is a special bird song by Annie Lennox (remixed by Utah Saints).

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