Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Being a sexy super-hero ain't easy, PART 7

Please note that this is no mere TRAP Batman is walking into. Nosiree, it's a MAN-TRAP! The narrative box says so.

Getting whacked in the back of the head with a blackjack is bad enough, but then there's that guy going for Batman's crotch --
er -- belt!

I guess Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan ISN'T the only super-hero to have that sort of problem with bad guys.

Dark Carnival, 2008!

The Dark Carnival Film Festival, devoted to horror films and everyone who loves horror films, was recently held in Bloomington, Indiana, and it's a bash that seems to be growing bigger and bigger every year.

Anyone who makes their own horror films or is interested in making their own horror films should really check out Dark Carnival because in addition to be a really great party, it is a FABULOUS way to get your work out there where it can be truly appreciated.

I'm so happy for my friend Dave (yes, his real name), because Dark Carnival is definitely a labor of love for him, and so many people have shown their appreciation for the festival. It's nice when someone has a chance to work on something they love and then have that something become successful.

Here are photos from this year's bash (posted with permission!):

Eek!

Double eek!

Oh, LOOK, it's a ... bearded lady fire-eater ...?

Another EEK!

A REALLY BIG EEK!

Fans (victims)!

Dave with actor and musician Ari Lehman:

The Carny Award, for festival film award winners, designed by artist Phil Velikan. Apparently, some of these are sitting right next to Emmy awards in filmmakers' homes:

Dave with actor Ken Foree:

Sammy Terry! Sammy Terry (shown here with willing victim) hosted a late-night horror film show in central Indiana for years and years and years. It's thanks to this man that I discovered things like Godzilla movies and Attack of the Giant Leeches:

Dave with "Scream Queen" Tiffany Shepis:

Monday, September 29, 2008

Why does everyone in the DCU think Batman can handle anything?

He really can't, you know, despite what Jay Garrick might think here:

Jay, you couldn't be more wrong. Here's the proof:

With one SWOK, it's Sandy = 1, Batman = 0. At least Jay has the decency to seem a little embarrassed.

Wonder Woman is apparently no help, either. She might as well be hopping up and down crying, "Oh, what do we DO?! What do we DO?!"

And what the heck kind of sound effect is SWOK, anyway?

Farewell, Paul, and thanks


Growing up in Indianapolis, Indiana, I was first aware of Paul Newman as one of the celebrities who often showed up for the Indianapolis 500, along with James Garner, Florence Henderson, Jim Nabors, and native son Steve McQueen. I didn’t actually see Paul Newman in a movie until I was in my late teens. That movie was The Sting, which remains one of my favorite movies.

I always liked Paul Newman, even before seeing any of his movies. He had an easy charm to him, and his beautiful eyes always seemed to have a wink hidden in one corner, as if to assure people that they shouldn’t take anything he did too seriously -- even when he undertook such brave acting roles as Cool Hand Luke. Whenever I heard Mom and her female friends get into one of those debates about who was more attractive, Newman or frequent co-star Robert Redford, I always thought the women who chose Redford were out of their minds. Newman, to me, was far more ruggedly handsome, and his characters always appeared, well, smarter than Redford’s characters. That air of intelligence is probably what made Newman so believable as the smooth con man in movies like The Sting and The Hustler.

As a comic book reader, I can’t say I was disappointed when I first learned that artist Gil Kane originally based his design of Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan on Paul Newman. (And Carol Ferris was based on Elizabeth Taylor. Kane must have been a fan of the movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.) I can easily see the young Paul Newman in Kane’s early drawings of Hal Jordan.

These days, most people probably know Paul Newman best from the rows of “Newman’s Own” salad dressing at neighborhood supermarkets. Given that a big chunk of the money earned by that salad dressing goes to charity, I have to state that Newman certainly could have left behind much worse legacies. Besides, it’s darned good salad dressing.

Actor, entrepreneur, car racing enthusiast ... Paul Newman was all these and more, and it was a heck of a lot of fun to be part of his audience. Farewell, Paul, and thanks.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Green Turtle added to banner ...

Green Turtle's been added to the banner, and I resaved it as a PNG file (thanks for the tip, Carnivac!). More obscure green heroes to come!

(Just FYI -- The Green Turtle's face was almost ALWAYS hidden in those old stories.)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Playin' with the layout

A couple of weeks ago I posted a poll for a new banner design for this blog. A banner featuring "obscure green heroes" won the most votes, so I've been working on one. The one posted right now is kind of a work in progress -- especially since the only hero featured on it right now is my FAVORITE obscure green hero, the Green Lama. More to come (I'm thinkin' the Green Turtle HAS to be on the banner somewhere), hopefully soon. I also HAD to fit an image of the state of Indiana on the banner somehow. Hey, despite my current obsession with super-heroes, this IS primarily a Hoosier blog, after all.

I also had to play with the blog layout a bit to make the new banner work. Sorry about that -- I know readers hate it when something they're used to seeing on a regular basis changes appearance.

Now I better go find that Green Turtle story that I've stored somewhere ...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Mighty Mite sez, "It's time to dress for FALL!"

... at least, if you live in the northern hemisphere. ;-)

(Hey, things are ugly out there. Here's hoping a photo of a cute and happy baby will cheer SOME people up.)

Kilowog, the Undead Lantern

Googum at Random Happenstance recently brought up the topic of, just HOW was Kilowog brought back to life after Hal Jordan (possessed by Parallax) killed him during Emerald Twilight? For those of you who don't know, here, in a nutshell, is what happened. Brace yourselves for typical comic-book nuttiness:

Kilowog was FIRST brought back via black magic by a bunch of ex-Lanterns who were REALLY ticked off at Hal Jordan/Parallax and wanted to wipe every trace of him out of the universe. Kilowog was resurrected as their tool of revenge, and he cruised the universe for a time as an undead critter known unofficially as the "Dark Lantern." And, let me tell you, Kilowog as an undead Lantern was scary as hell:

For a brief time, the main object of Kilowog's wrath was a little kid named Marty Jordan. Initially, everyone THOUGHT Marty was an illegitimate son of Hal Jordan (and, really, given Hal's track record with women, there was no reason to suspect otherwise). However, Marty actually turned out to be the ring energy that was left behind after Hal died while reigniting the sun. The ring energy adopted the form of the "son of Hal Jordan" (named, of course, after Hal's father, Martin) and sought help from Hal's old friend, Tom Kalmaku. (See the trade book, The Last Will and Testament of Hal Jordan, for all the gory details.)

With "Marty's" help, Tom Kalmaku managed to recreate OA -- after which, Kilowog abandoned the Vengeful Wrath business and instead resided on OA. Later, Kyle Rayner, after acquiring the powers of Ion, brought Kilowog completely back to life.

What I want to know is, is the undead Kilowog what Geoff Johns & Company have in mind for the "zombie" Lantern Corps for the upcoming Blackest Night story? If so, then I'm thrilled. Like I said before, Kilowog as an undead Lantern was scary as hell. Seeing an entire Corps of "Dark Lanterns" like that would be terrifying and thrilling.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Green Lantern Corps: Grossest super-hero comic?

Ever have something staring you right in the face but you never really pay attention until someone else points it out? That recently happened to me when Rachelle at Living Between Wednesdays commented that Green Lantern Corps currently holds the title of "Grossest Superhero Comic."

Now, I don't usually visit comic book forums, so I have no idea if GLC being the "grossest comic" is a common claim among current readers. But Rachelle's comment struck something of a chord with me because I'd been kinda wondering why I'm much more fond of the main Green Lantern title than of Green Lantern Corps -- aside from my lifelong and completely irrational crush on Hal Jordan, that is. After reading Rachelle's comment, though, it FINALLY hit me -- "Yeah, I guess the Green Lantern Corps title IS kinda gross!"

(Yeah, I admit I DO have moments of general brainlessness. It must be why I like Hal so much. Anyway ...)

Mind you, I think I may have read grosser super-hero comics. In particular, some old Spectre and Deadman stories come to mind. However, I have to admit that I don't remember any Spectre comics presenting readers with an image of dead bodies and body parts raining down on a planet.

Here are a just a few visual treats that GLC has presented to readers, and these are actually quite TAME compared to other images that have appeared in the comic:




Even when presenting the readers with beefcake (as super-hero comics are traditionally wont to do), it's beefcake covered with blood and gore:

I'm not squeamish by any means, but I admit I think GLC may go over the top a little too often with the grossness factor. Of course, the main Green Lantern title has also had its disgusting moments -- images of attacks by the Shark, and of Hal and Kyle messily bursting out of Parallax come to mind. But Green Lantern doesn't present readers with a relentless barrage of disgusting images, like GLC does.

However, GLC, even more than Green Lantern, IS about an intergalactic police force dealing with various monsters and aliens. And, in popular culture, monsters and aliens ARE pretty much expected to be on the icky side more often than not.

But does GLC take it too far? I think for me, at least, it does, and that's what keeps GLC from being one of my favorite comics (it takes a rather distant back seat behind Green Lantern, Fables, Justice Society, Captain Britain, and others). However, the grossness factor is not enough to keep me from reading the comic completely. At least, not yet. I'm still WAY too interested in keeping track of what's going on in the Green Lantern universe to give it up.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Man Without Fear

Hal Jordan isn't the only clumsy Green Lantern

Hal Jordan tends to get criticized (or laughed at) a lot for being a rather clumsy Green Lantern, what with the number of times Hal's been smacked in the head or has run into things. Granted, most of the other Lanterns don't seem to be nearly as clumsy. John Stewart certainly isn't clumsy. Neither is Guy Gardner, really.

However, Kyle Rayner has been known to have his moments. Case in point:



This is about the time Green Arrow decided Kyle wasn't such a bad guy after all. Yep, Ollie was probably thinking, "Awwwwwww ... Kyle's so STUPID and CLUMSY ... That's the way a Green Lantern SHOULD be!"

Friday, September 19, 2008

Super-hero spoof: "Batman & Sons"

If you've never seen Black Cat's online comic "Batman & Sons," you're missing out on one of the funniest ongoing super-hero spoofs out there -- at least in the opinion of this blogger.

Here is a sampling of panels from the latest issue, "Rivalry":

AND ...


... AND ...


... and my PERSONAL favorite:

To read "Rivalry" in its entirety, click HERE to go to Black Cat's gallery at deviantART. Click on the image labeled "Rivalry Page One." THEN click on the comic page itself for a version that's large enough to read.

To scroll through the pages of this particular issue in correct order, keep clicking the BACK arrow/button (NOT the FRONT arrow) to keep reading.

If you run into an advertisement or black blank page, just go to the upper right-hand corner and click on "Click here to continue to deviantART" to skip over it and keep reading.

Have fun, kids!

Name That Hero! 2nd Edition

My apologies, folks. I'm still having WAY too much fun with this:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yes.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? None of your business.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Can’t even remember the last time I wrote anything.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? I don’t really have a favorite.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? God, I hope not.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Absolutely.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Not a lot.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? I think so.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Sure, but it seems kind of boring.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I don’t really eat cereal.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I guess so.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? My will is pretty strong, yes.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? I don’t eat much ice cream.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? I notice women before I notice men.

15. RED OR PINK? Green.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Nothing comes to mind.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Dad.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Hell no.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Green boots.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Steak.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Salaak yelling at me over my ring com.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Green.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Burnt rubber and tarmac, and jet fuel.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Ollie.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I’m gonna get you for this, Kyle.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Boxing and baseball.

27. HAIR COLOR? Brown.

28. EYE COLOR? Brown.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I suppose. My mask sort of generates lenses to cover my eyes.

30. FAVORITE FOODS? Steak.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? “Scary” movies are stupid.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? An old rerun of The Dawn Patrol.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Green, black, white.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer.

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Both. And add more to that list.

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? I don’t really have one.

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Guy, just to piss me off.

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Bruce.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Don’t have a computer.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST? The news.

42. FAVORITE SOUND? F110-GE-132 turbofan at maximum thrust.

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beach Boys.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? I couldn’t even begin to say.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I’m a damn good pilot.

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? California.

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? I just want this over with.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Name That Hero!

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Well, I’m named after someTHING, not necessarily someONE.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? When I got poked in the eye with a metal tentacle last evening.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Gee, no one’s ever asked me that before!

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Salami.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Depends on whether or not they’ve been retconned, or something.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Oh, yeah. I need all the friends I can get.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Only when someone’s trying to beat me up. So, YES, all the time.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Depends on who’s asking.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Daily if it weren’t such a tame activity.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Ask Kellogg’s. They know. But they never paid me.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes, but I have to tie them together so I can find them later.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Odor questions are rude.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Rocky road.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Whether or not they’re trying to kill me.

15. RED OR PINK? Red! Red, red, red, red, red. And blue.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I need to change clothes FAR too often.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? The guy who dodges the most.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? I don’t know how they could if they wanted to. It’s not like I use a Bat signal or anything.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Red with thin black lines.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Some guy’s fist.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Screaming cab drivers.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Red. Red, red, red, red, red. And blue.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? What did I say earlier about odor questions?!

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Desk sergeant at the local NYPD branch.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Don’t know who sent this to me. But I like EVERYBODY – when they aren’t trying to kill me.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Jaywalking.

27. HAIR COLOR? I have hair?

28. EYE COLOR? Red, since I got poked in the eye the other evening.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Ooooooh, yeah. They’re HUGE. So big that they don’t actually fit IN my eyes.

30. FAVORITE FOODS? Whatever I manage to snag that will keep me from starving.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings, of course. We need more of those.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Iron Man. They gotta be kidding.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Red. Red, red, red, red, red. And blue. Oh yeah, and a little black.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Spring.

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Kisses. Upside down.

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Kisses. Upside down.

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? A really obnoxious newspaper editor who’s always out for my hide.

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Oh, c’mon now – WHO would I send this to? Really?

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? How To Win Friends and Influence People. No, actually, most of my reading material these days consists of billboards.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Are you referring to the computer accessory or the size of my apartment?

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST? I don’t have a TV. Can’t fit one into my mouse pad.

42. FAVORITE SOUND? Thwack. Preferably to someone else.

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Who?

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Do you mean ON planet or OFF?

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Yes, my rapier wit and ability to duck.

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Science lab. In a way.

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? My friend the doctor. The one who made me cry (see Question #2).

So, what number did YOU get to before you figured it out? (Blame this one on Mr. Sea.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Twenty Questions (well, okay, forty-seven)

Awright, awright ... Some of you bloggers have sent me one of those e-mail questionnaires that I'm supposed to fill out and forward on to five other people, etc., etc., etc. ... If it's all the same to you, I'm just gonna go ahead and post it here on my blog instead. Anyone who wants to is more than welcome to copy these questions and supply their own answers:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My real first and middle names are the first names of two famous actresses from the 1960s.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Saturday, while watching The Hawaiians on Turner Classic Movies.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Heck no! That's why I like computers!

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Hard salami

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yep! Mighty Mite!

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Dunno. I can be rather standoffish.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Oh, hell no! ;-)

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yeah, though they did their best to rebel against me when I was at university.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? If I wanted to, I would have done it already. Ah, but have YOU ever been whitewater rafting? ;-)

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? ... Cereal? I don't eat cereal. Give me an English muffin (crumpet) any day.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? What, buy shoes with laces? And give up my sandals and Merrills? You must be joking!

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? As strong as I need to be.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Mint chocolate chip.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Eyes.

15. RED OR PINK? Green!

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My feet.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My group of buddies from university.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Only if they want to.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Right now I'm barefoot. Earlier, I was wearing black sandals.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A hot dog with LOTS of mustard.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Listening to my old geezer dog, George, snore.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Yellow green.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Lavender, lilac, and popcorn - NOT together!

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Mr. Sea, my hubby.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Sure!

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Winter sports, and American football!

27. HAIR COLOR? Brown. Still.

28. EYE COLOR? Brown.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Not yet!

30. FAVORITE FOODS? Cheese, and anything with cheese.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy happy joy joy happy happy joy joy ...

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? DVD of The Forbidden Kingdom, with Jet Li and Jackie Chan. LOVE seeing the two of them together.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Right now, gray, with a big ol' New Hampshire logo printed on the front. Don't ask me why. I've never even been to New Hampshire.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter. I hate hot weather.

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Both!

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Cheesecake.

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Dunno. I can't predict what any of these people are gonna do!

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? See previous.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I'm currently editing seven books for my publishing company. That's about all the book reading I have time for at the moment. That's the drawback of being a book editor -- I rarely have time to read what I want. That's also why comic books are so wonderful -- they're quick reads!

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? My publishing company's logo.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST? An old rerun of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The pilot episode, which my mother refers to as "the one where the jellyfish fall in love!"

42. FAVORITE SOUND? Typical Indiana night sounds: chirping frogs and crickets, owls and whippoorwills, a light breeze through the leaves and fields ... *Sigh.*

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? BEATLES! BEATLES! BEATLES! That's where my nickname comes from, after all: Sky of blue/Sea of green!

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Vaasa, Finland (Suomi). Or Lanai'i, Hawaii. I've never measured the distances. One's west and one's east, and both involve godawful plane trips. At least the tail end of the Lanai'i trip is on a boat!

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Define "special."

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Indianapolis, Indiana. Yep, lived here most of my life. For some reason, the more I see of the rest of the world, the more fond I become of my hometown.

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? Hey, this is fair game for EVERYONE.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Even Darwyn Cooke likes to pick on Batman

Thanks to DC Comics' December solicitations, and the cover for the last issue of Ambush Bug's current run, we now know that artist Darwyn Cooke can't resist picking on Batman -- even though Cooke is known to LOVE Batman:

Just look at Hal and Ollie, in particular, yucking it up back there. Shameless, I tell you. Shameless!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Rick Jones is a Green Lama fan?

Apparently, when he was a (smaller) kid, fictional fanboy and all-around, all-purpose Marvel sidekick, Rick Jones, found a barrel full of old comic books that he read until they fell apart (Avengers #92, 1972). And, apparently, in addition to old Marvel standbys like Captain America, Sub-Mariner, and Human Torch, Rick Jones was a fan of the Green Lama -- or at least Rick Jones's floating, glowing head was a fan of the Green Lama:

See? There's the Lama, right there in the lower right-hand corner! And in the opposite corner is the Fighting Yank. Well, waddaya know!

Reckon Rick Jones is reading Project Superpowers these days? ;-)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

One last fwop

Okay, I think Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan has been smacked around enough this week. Time for HIM to get in the last shot. There are tons of examples of Green Lanterns smacking each other, and themselves, around (in fact, I suspect they ENJOY it), but I'm gonna post THIS example simply because there's beefcake involved:

A special thanks to Sally for hosting Whack-a-Lantern week -- it was so much fun! It certainly kept a lot of us bloggers busy for a while. :-)

For more examples of Whack-a-Lantern tomfoolery, check out these sites:
Green Lantern Butts Forever!
Comic Overload
Fanwank!
Giant Boogers from Outer Space
Pai
Random Happenstance
Stars and Garters

And, of course, we can't forget Sleestak's legendary Hal Jordan Head Injury Project.

I hope I haven't missed anyone!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Newest member of the Green Lantern Corps

All week long, people have been complaining about the polar bears at a zoo in Japan turning green. Maybe it's just me, but it seems pretty obvious what's probably, really going on.

Hmmmm ... Maybe giving a power ring to a polar bear isn't such a good idea.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oh, for the love of hockey!


Heh, heh, heh ... Sorry, I just HAD to post that picture. It's a classic that's been on the Internet for quite some time, but it always cracks me up.

Anyway -- HOCKEY! Oh, hockey! I used to go to hockey games all the time. Indiana has had its share of hockey teams, y'know: The Checkers, the Racers, the Ice ... Haven't been to a game in years, though. *Sigh.*

Why all this nostalgia for hockey all of a sudden? Well, Rachelle at Living Between Wednesdays recently described her love of hockey and issued an irresistable challenge for drawings of super-heroes playing hockey. I told my hubby, Mr. Sea (an incurable doodler), about it, and he's been having fun coming up with sketches. Here you go, Rachelle!

Spidey:

Colossus:

Human Torch:

Guy Gardner and Kilowog:

Salaak:

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Let's watch Jimmy Olsen smack Green Lantern around

Now THIS is just downright embarrassing. Not many super-heroes can claim that they've been beaten up by Jimmy Olsen -- not that they'd want to!



Poor Hal Jordan. But, hey, if it makes anyone feel any better, Jimmy Olsen also beat up Batman immediately afterward.

On an unrelated note: THANK YOU to everyone who voted in my "What should be featured in a new banner for this blog" poll. Technically, there was a TIE between having a banner showcasing obscure Green super-heroes, and a banner showcasing "all of the above" in the poll. Well, quite frankly, a banner featuring obscure Green heroes will be easier to do, so I'm going to get to work on one. :-) Hopefully I'll have the new banner up in a week or so. Thanks again, everyone!