May 2009 News Posts (21)

Scorecard for the 1990s DC Universe

In 1997, DC Comics offered this interesting image as bait to get people to subscribe to their books. Compare this image with the DC Universe of today, and there's been a lot of changes. Many of these "fresh new faces" have been kicked to the curb, resigning their legacy titles to their ancestors. And as for the bigger characters, they've had some changes too. With that in mind, I offer up a scorecard of the 1990s DCU which shows how certain stars have risen…

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Added by Lumbering Jack (M'odd-R8-Tr) on May 30, 2009 at 5:48pm — 5 Comments

Superman #688 bletherings

Holy Seventies Flashbacks, Mon-El has Supergirl's on-again, off-again super-powers. It turns out that Brainiac 5's cure for Daxamite-on-Earth lead poisoning is actually a bit rubbish, and he'll be dead within 18 months. Darn. Luckily his partner-in-Superman's-title The Guardian is going to teach him fisticuffs and swimming, to lessen his chances of dying in an off moment.



Apart from the powers revelation, the other big moment this issue sees our heroes rescue time-displaced Legion of… Continue

Added by Martin Gray on May 30, 2009 at 3:15pm — 4 Comments

Justice Society of America #27 ramblings

'Ghost in the Darkness' is a fill-in prior to the new creative team coming on board, but if we're going to have guest creators, I'm always glad to see writer-artist Jerry Ordway help out. The All-Star Squadron and Infinity Inc artist here revives the latter team for a flashback and it's great to see them again. Ordway focuses on two of their alumni here, Atom Smasher and Obsidian.



Atom Smasher presents no problem, as his Geoff Johns-created character arc looks to be a straightforward… Continue

Added by Martin Gray on May 30, 2009 at 3:14pm — 9 Comments

Wonder Woman #32 - witterings

What I like about this issue is that writer Gail Simone has Diana cut loose against the monstrous Genocide. It's about time, the corrupted corpse of Wonder Woman has been on the loose for too long.

I liked the no-fanfare cameo by DC debutante hero the Shield, aiding the rescue operation as Washington crumbles mid-battle.



The art, by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan is superb, clearly showing the parry and thrust of battle, the emotions felt by Diana, Genocide, Nemesis and Prof… Continue

Added by Martin Gray on May 30, 2009 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Comics 6-3-2009



AGENTS OF ATLAS #6 DKR

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #596 DKR

ANGEL NOT FADE AWAY #2

ANITA BLAKE LC NECROMANCER #2 (OF 5) (MR)

ASTONISHING TALES #5

ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK THREE #2 (OF 4)

ATOMIC ROBO SHADOW FROM BEYOND TIME #2 (OF 5)

AUTHORITY #11

BANG TANGO #5 (OF 6) (MR)

BATGIRL REDEMPTION TP

BATMAN AND ROBIN #1

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA FINAL FIVE #3 (OF 4)

BETTY #180

BETTY & VERONICA… Continue

Added by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on May 29, 2009 at 4:35pm — 11 Comments

Give your opinion

I put a survey in the tabs at the top of the page. Registered, non-registered, lurkers...all are invited to take part, but please do so only once.

This survey will be open for some time, so there's no rush. Wait until you've really solidified your opinion of the new site.

Thanks!

Added by Rich Lane on May 29, 2009 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

Advice for the non-collector on selling comics

If you're a trying to sell some unwanted comics -- perhaps after a loved one's death or because your kid abandoned them at your house -- here's my advice for the novice seller.

Just click the link below for some ideas ...

SOME SIMPLE TIPS FOR SELLING

Added by Lumbering Jack (M'odd-R8-Tr) on May 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Best of Babylon 5, Part One

6a00e54ee394bf883300e553ff77458834-800wi 510ZEB88ZBL._SS500_ While I’m on leave, the “Fluit Notes” column is taking a bit of break

as well. Instead of writing about comics, I’m taking a look at

some of my favorite science-fiction shows. For the past two…

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Added by Chris Fluit on May 28, 2009 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Running Man

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



May 26, 2009 -- He launched the superhero revival in 1956, which continues to this day. He ran for 30 years as the Fastest Man Alive, in his own title, in the Justice League, as a guest star and on TV. He’s been gone for 23 years, after having died heroically in a cosmic crisis and replaced by his own protégé.…



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Added by Captain Comics on May 28, 2009 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

My First Issue of Superman

(Originally presented October, 2007.)



My First Issue of Superman

Superman #261

February 1973




The first Superman story I ever read has the same cover date that I do: February, 1973. Of course, cover dates being what they were back then, that means the issue is actually two months older than I am. This was one of about 70 comics that were at my paternal grandparents’ house until grandma decided to send them… Continue

Added by Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) on May 28, 2009 at 12:58am — 5 Comments

My favorite run of comic books







The Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and John Romita Sr. – (Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #1-100 roughly)



By the early 60s, Stan Lee was pretty much sick of comic books. He had been working in the industry since he was a teen and the monster and romance books held little meaning to a man entering middle age. Then, in 1961, he wrote the comic he wanted to write figuring that if it didn’t work, he… Continue

Added by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on May 27, 2009 at 8:16pm — 2 Comments

They took my wim-away!

"In the jungle, the mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight.

In the jungle, the quiet jungle

The lion sleeps tonight.



Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh..."

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens



I had my vasectomy this morning.



Or should that be vasectomies? After all, there are two tubes that they sever. Not just sever, either. Both vas deferens had a section taken out, the split ends were moved away from each other, and two of the open… Continue

Added by Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) on May 27, 2009 at 5:34pm — 4 Comments

Why the Change to a New Site?

Lumbering Jack asked this on the old boards:



" In what respect(s) do you think this site's failure to "keep up" has hurt us, and how will the new site address these perceived problems?



{I'll admit my bias, here. My wife has recently become addicted to Facebook (mostly for purposes of playing Pet Society). All I can see from my exposure to that "social networking" site is a vast sea of people, bound together by nothing more than vague chains of acquaintance, twitteringTM…
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Added by Rich Lane on May 27, 2009 at 1:30pm — 22 Comments

Google ads

I love how the ads take the words in the blog posts and discussions and give sometimes really strange links. It's a bit fascinating.

Habidasher...

Added by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on May 27, 2009 at 9:09am — No Comments

Snikkity-Snickt

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



April 28, 2009 -- X-Men Origins: Wolverine, premiering May 1, seems a straightforward concept. The X-Men movies were popular, and Wolverine was the most popular character, so make a movie about him.



But there’s really nothing straightforward about the history of the feral X-Man – and the movie won’t make it any simpler. Let me X-plain:…



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Added by Captain Comics on May 27, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Heading to the Tower

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



May 12, 2009 -- Marvel’s Dark Tower: Treachery has topped the New York Times graphic-novel best-seller list for two weeks, and there’s a reason for that: It’s really, really good.



Treachery continues Marvel’s history of Roland Deschain, the protagonist of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” novel series, that began with the first two best-selling DT graphic novels, The Gunslinger Born and The… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on May 27, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

To Boldly Reboot...

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



May 19, 2009 -- As Star Trek continues to soar effortlessly at the top of the box office, it’s obvious that auteur J.J. Abrams has figured out how to stretch the franchise’s appeal beyond the hard-core fans. And yet, the new movie also appeals to the Trekkers (or Trekkies, or – as I call ‘em – “my peeps”).



How’d he do that? By being very, very smart.



For example, more than a few new fans… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on May 26, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

First Blog Post

Okay, so I registered (how I hate that word, such negative vibes, probably from reading all those Claremont X-Men issues all those years ago!) and now I'm testing the blog area.

I like the fact that we can change 'skins' of the site. We can chat in real time, if we want. A lot of good stuff! I think this site will work out a lot better and we may even draw MORE people than we had at the other site.

Good job all around!

Added by Mark Stanislawski on May 26, 2009 at 9:24am — No Comments

So If I Wanted To Add Content To The Front Page...

...I could?

For the love of Grodd, have you thought this through, man?

Added by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on May 26, 2009 at 12:18am — 4 Comments

Well, what do you think?

I guess another good way to test things out is to try out the comments section of this blog area. Cap, the Commander, Chris, heck, anybody we want can post a blog here and folks can comment right at the bottom of it. This would eliminate the need for separate forums for the comments to them on the board.

So let's give it a shot: What do you see as the benefits of using this site? What would be the disadvantages?

Discuss!

Added by Rich Lane on May 25, 2009 at 11:11am — 22 Comments

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