Tuesday, December 12, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 273: Gonna burn you, gonna make you swell / Mongul on a hard sell

Mongul, intergalactic despot and poor man's Darkseid, enjoys it when heroes resist him. There's a technical word for that.

Panels from Trinity (2016 series) #5 (March 2017); script, pencils, inks, and colors by Francis Manapul ; letters by Steve Wands
(Click picture to Mongulnormous-size)

...Dumbass.


365 Days of Defiance, Day 272: The Repeated Mistakes of Baron Zemo II

Hey, remember when Captain America fought and defied Baron Zemo (Senior) only a little while after he got dethawed, eventually defeating Zemo so succesfully that Zemo died and never came back? Sure, we all do!

Well, you woulda thunk the second Zemo (Franz Gruber, historical composter of the song "Silent Night" — it's true! Look it up!) would've learned from the first Zeemster's battles with Cap-Meister that bad guys never prosper against the American spirit, as shown in Tales of Suspense #99!


Panels from "The Man Who Lived Twice!" in Tales of Suspense #99 (March 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Syd Shores, letters by Artie Simek

But how did it all end? you may ask. (And that's a very good question.) Well, since this was indeed the final issue of Tales of Suspense...the world will never know.

365 Days of Defiance, Day 271: The Day Marvel Studios Refused to Meet Robert Downey's Salary Demands

How do you think Tony Stark is going to die? Sure, we've all thought a lot about it. Personally, I believe he'll probably die laying on a pile of money with many beautiful women, but this What If? issue gives us another suggestion. Stay tuned for the classic story we just had to call "What If Tony Stark Did Not Die Laying on a Pile of Money with Many Beautiful Women?"


Panels from What If? (1989 series) #55 [What If The Avengers Lost Operation: Galactic Storm] (November 1993), script by Len Kaminski, pencils by Craig Brasfield, inks by Frank Turner, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Janice Chiang

Nope, he's actually lying on a pile of Ronan the Accuser with many powerful self-destruct devices! He's defiant to the end and twice as explodey. To be fair, not as fun as the many beautiful women, but Thor would have sung many beautiful songs about either death.


Huh. Well, so it's over then.



To be continued?!? What kinda What If? story is this?!? What If Marvel Couldn't Wrap Up a What If Comic in 27 pages?

365 Days of Defiance, Day 270: World War Batman

Earth-2 Batman...stalking Nazis! This can only mean one thing...it must be a Roy Thomas story!


Panels from The Brave and the Bold (1955 series) #167 (October 1980), pencils by Dave Cockrum, inks by Dan Adkins, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Ben Oda, and script by...




Oh. Maybe not.

You can tell it's Earth-2 Batman because he doesn't have a yellow circle around his chest emblem. And that the cars are from the 1940s. And that5 his parents died after the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks version of Zorro, not 1972's The Erotic Adventures of Zorro.


Meanwhile also minutes later...the Blackhawks! Hey, it's a Mark Evanier script! Oh wait, it isn't.


But what was the Nazi's evil plan?


OH NO THEY BLEW UP DOC SAVAGE

365 Days of Defiance, Day 269: Honey for the Beehive


Panels from JLA #37 (January 2000), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Howard Porter, inks by John Dell, colors by Pat Garrahy, separations by Heroic Age, letters by Ken Lopez

365 Days of Defiance, Day 268: Lots of rebellion but not a single space raccoon in sight


Panels from Guardians of the Galaxy (1990 series) #1 (June 1990), script and pencils by Jim Valentino, inks by Steve Montano, colors by Evelyn Stein, letters by Ken Lopez

365 Days of Defiance, Day 267: No, you stop resisting yourself! Why are you resisting yourself?





Panels from Black Panther and the Crew #1 (June 2017), script by Ta-Nehisi Coates, pencils by Butch Guice, inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Dan Brown, letters by Joe Sabino

365 Days of Defiance, Day 266: Chelonaphobia


Panels from Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4 (February 2017), script by Matthew K. Manning, pencils by Jon Sommariva, inks by Sean Parsons, colors by Leonardo Ito, letters by Shawn Lee

365 Days of Defiance, Day 265: The Captain of Her Heart

Even when he's not fighting garbed in red, white, and blue, and even when he's known as just plain The Captain instead of Captain America, Steve Rogers still puts up not only a good fight, but the best fight.



Panels from The Avengers (1963 series) #290 (April 1988), co-plot by Mark Gruenwald, co-plot and script by Ralph Macchio, breakdowns by John Buscema, finishes by Tom Palmer, colors by Christie Scheele, letters by Bill Oakley

365 Days of Defiance, Day 264: "My name is Blackagar Boltagon, king of the uncanny Inhumans, son of Agon and Rynda, guest star in Fantastic Four comics. Father to a mad son, husband to a wife having a really great hair day. And I will have my comic book series, in this life or the next."

Gladiator combat! It's all the rage this season for Kirby-created characters! But don't make black Bolt thor...when you throw him in the ring and tell him to kill his defeated opponent, there's only one thing Mister Boltagon is gonna say, and that's "..............." Oh wait, he can talk now.


Panels from Black Bolt #2 (August 2017), script by Saladin Ahmed, art by Christian Ward, letters by Clayton Cowles

Man, they shoulda used this for the TV series!

But as one of the great philosophers of our time has opined, that trick never works! And B.B. is tossed back into the cells, whwre he and his better-not-turn-your-back-on-'em temporary allies are prepared to get out of Dodge! Because jailbreak! It's all the rage this season for Kirby-created characters!



Next issue: The Great Escape! It's all the rage this season for...eh, you know the rest.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 263: Oppor-tuna-ty knocks for Aquaman

Aquaman's mad as halibut...


Panels from Aquaman #23 (Late July 2017), script by Dan Abnett, pencils by Scot Eaton, inks by Wayne Faucher, colors by Gabe Eltaeb, letters by Pat Brosseau

...he's not gonna take it any moray!


Panels from Aquaman #24 (Early August 2017); script by Dan Abnett; pencils by Scot Eaton and Philippe Briones; inks by Wayne Faucher, Philippe Briones, and Scott Hanna; colors by Gabe Eltaeb, letters by Pat Brosseau

Walleye'm outta here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 262: Well, I think I'm going out of my head

The ("All-New," but they're the same ones that're in the movie, so shut up Marvel) Guardians of the Galaxy are "borrowing" something (that's trash panda language for "stealing") from the base of Taneleer Tivan, the Collector (hey, Benicio del Toro! Let's all give him a big hand! Here' you can have one of Thanos's.) Unfortunately for them, the Collector protects his preciousssss items by using the William Conrad Fridge Alert an alien race called "Ghosts" who corkscrew into your brain, psychically link their victims together, and then turn up their personal terror dial to eleven. Hey, judging from how bad Groot looks here, possibly up to twelve.


Panels from All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (July 2017), script by Gerry Duggan, pencils by Aaron Kuder, inks by Aaron Kuder, colors by Ive Svorcina, letters by Cory Petit

So who do you think is the Guardian with teh mist willpower and the darkest secrets inside their brain who can resist the Ghosts? That's right...Mantis! I mean Drax.


Whatever's inside there, that's a secret that Drax ain't gonna share with these a-holes. Aw, I bet it's that he's a big fan of embroidery. DEATH-EMBROIDERY.


Monday, September 18, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 261: *Striking Hypervillains In an Expanded, Lumped-together Dimension



Panels from Bruce Wayne, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.* #1 (April 1996), script by Chuck Dixon, pencils by Cary Nord, inks by Mark Pennington, colors by Steve Buccellato, color separations by Malibu, letters by Richard Starkings

Sunday, September 17, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 260: He's told us not to blow it 'cause he knows it's all worthwhile


Panels from 1st Issue Special [Starman III] #12 (March 1976), script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Mike Vosburg, inks by Mike Royer

And then we didn't see Mikaal again for nineteen years, so let's just assume he kept on keepin' on defying all that time. Okay?



Panels from Starman (1994 series) #3 (January 1995), script by James Robinson, pencils by Tony Harris, inks by Wade Von Grawbadger, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by John Workman

Oh. Oh, crap.

Does Starman-Blue get better? Does he live once more to fight and defy again?



Panels from Starman (1994 series) #8 (June 1995), script by James Robinson, pencils by Tony Harris, inks by Wade Von Grawbadger, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by John Workman

Why, of course. Yes, he did.



Shine on, you crazy blue diamond!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 259: She dresses incorrectly, no-one told her how / Seventeen, she not keen on being like anyone else

Jubilee (one of my favorite good guys!) has been captured by Bastion (boo, hiss! He's a bad guy). He's torturing her psychologically: working to convince her the X-Men are dead or captured.


Panels from Generation X (1994 series) #27 (May 1997), script by Scott Lobdell, pencils by Chris Bachalo and Pop Mhan, inks by Al Vey and Scott Hanna, colors by Marie Javins and Dr. Martin, letters by Richard Starkings

Does Jubes crack and break? Well, what do you think? She's an X-Man.


Gosh, I love this girl.


Also in this issue: Jubilee makes pancakes, but that's not important right now.

Friday, September 15, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 258: Arthur Dent: Who He Is and How he Came to Be



Panels from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1 (DC, 1993); original story by Douglas Adams, script adaptation by John Carnell; pencils by Steve Leialoha; inks by Steve Baskerville, Art Nichols, and Steve Leialoha; colors by Lovern Kindzierski; letters by Todd Klein

Thursday, September 14, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 257: Marvels


Panels from Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell one-shot (November 2017), script by Margaret Stohl, pencils and inks by Brent Schoonover, colors by Jordan Boyd, letters by Joe Caramagna

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 256: A Never-Ending Battle for Truth, Justice, and the American Way

Wouldja believe that some people objected to these panels of Superman saving illegal immigrants from being shot?



Panels from Action Comics #987 (Early November 2017), script by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Viktor Bogdanovic, inks by Jonathan Glapion and Jay Leisten, colors by Mike Spicer, letters by Rob Leigh

This is just to remind you: those people are wrong.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 255: Quién es más macho? Batman es más macho.

Batman's always been pretty awesome, but I pinpoint his current "absolute master of strategy" portrayal as debuting in early issues of Grant Morrison's JLA, where Bruce Wayne proves exactly how worthy he is to stand along his super-powered Justice League teammates by taking out a group of SPOILER without breaking a sweat.




Panels from JLA #3 (March 1997), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Howard Porter, inks by John Dell, colors by Pat Garrahy (?), color separations by Heroic Age, letters by Ken Lopez

The cover of this issue asks the musical question: WHO CAN SAVE YOU NOW?


Panels from JLA #3 (March 1997), pencils by Howard Porter, inks by John Dell, colors by Pat Garrahy (?)

And the answer is of course

na na na na na na na na Batman