Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Using a Power Ring: Even a Cave Man can do it?

It's Halloween! Time to have some good, scary fun, eat lots of candy, watch monster movies, and hang around with scary, creepy things like ghosts, goblins, mummies, zombies, vampires, werewolves, Godzilla, and politicians. And, of course, it's always fun to dress up and transform into someone or something else for Halloween.

Speaking of werewolves and transformations, when people get transformed into other things, it's always interesting -- and often scary. And is anything scarier than a transformed super-hero? I mean, super-villains don't always transform heroes into comparatively harmless things (like chimpanzees and puppy dogs) to get 'em out of the way. Sometimes heroes get transformed into things that are downright startling. Not only that, such transformations don't usually stop the more stubborn heroes from trying to use their super powers. Take, for example, Neanderthal Green Lantern here:

Oooooh, Hal Jordan, you silver-tongued devil, you. The ladies just love it when you use baby talk. "OOGAGA OO-GAH" to you, too, sweetie. Now put down that power ring before someone gets hurt!

Yeesh. Even Parallax never looked THAT scary. Plus this was one of the few times in Hal's life when his hair looked bad. Poor guy. Well, at least this transformation didn't last long.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Green Lantern Monster Mash

Ah, there's nothing like a good old-fashioned Silver-Age monster battle. One problem with monsters, though (especially the big ones) is that you never quite know how they're gonna behave even after being directed to tear one another to bits. Case in point with the following two monsters, conjured up by GL Hal Jordan and the evil magician Myrwhydden:

My, that pink monster certainly seems to be... er... FOND of that orange monster.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Super-hero Ray Palmer (The Atom) is from Indiana?

According to writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, Silver Age super-hero the Atom, a.k.a. Ray Palmer, is from Indiana – or at least he once lived in Indiana. In the following sequence from DC: The New Frontier, Adam Strange visits a pre-Atom Ray Palmer in the “Indiana suburbs.” The houses do look like typical Indiana houses from the mid-to-late 1950s. Judging from the hills in the background, the suburbs in question must be in a town in the southwestern part of the state. Terre Haute? Spencer? Regardless, I always appreciate it when a super-hero is given some Hoosier connections.