Comics Ate My Brain

May 30, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: avengers, batman, captain america, friday night fights, justice league, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 11:57 pm
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

If an intercompany crossover gets scrapped after 21 pages are pencilled, do Batman and Captain America really fight?

Now, that’s not entirely fair. After all, when JLA/Avengers was eventually published, it made the original 1983 plot one of the teams’ “annual meetings.” Therefore, from a certain point of view, it did happen.

It was in an alternate reality, of course … but aren’t they all?

Bahlactus has all the answers!

[From the unpublished first meeting of the Justice League of America and the Avengers, planned for publication in 1983. Plot by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, pencils by George Perez. Reprinted in Avengers/JLA Compendium, 2004.]

May 11, 2008

Sunday Soliloquy

Filed under: avengers, sunday soliloquy — Tom Bondurant @ 11:57 pm
It’s Mother’s Day — how about a little Celestial Madonna?

According to reliable sources, after leaving the Avengers, Mantis next “appeared” during Steve Englehart’s Justice League run (in an issue which was one of Young Tom’s favorites) and went on to have her baby in Englehart’s Scorpio Rose.

However, we like to think that her particular phraseology inspired a certain Paul McCartney song….

[From “The Reality Problem!” in The Avengers vol. 1 #130, December 1974. Written by Steve Englehart, pencilled by Sal Buscema, inked by Joe Staton, colored by Bill Mantlo, lettered by Joe Rosen.]

November 10, 2007

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: avengers, friday night fights, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 12:12 am
Why is the Kree-Skrull War considered a classic?

Sucka-punches all around, of course!

No wonder Bahlactus ate the Skrull homeworld….

[From “This Beachhead Earth,” The Avengers vol. 1 #93, November 1971. Written by Roy Thomas, pencilled by Neal Adams, inked by Tom Palmer, lettered by Sam Rosen.]

October 21, 2007

Sunday Soliloquy

Filed under: avengers, sunday soliloquy, superman — Tom Bondurant @ 7:57 pm
You may think it’s cheating to feature a possessed Scarlet Witch as this week’s Halloween-themed soliloquy. After all, the Spectre’s pretty much a ghost, but I’d feel bad about using him. In my defense, though, it’s not Wanda speaking, it’s Chthon:

Chthon goes on for the better part of three flashback-filled pages about being an earth-spirit who’s ended up bound to Wundagore Mountain. Along the way she ties in her story with the High Evolutionary, Morgan le Fay, and Wanda herself. That brings us to the bottom of page 22:

I think it still works as a soliloquy, even without all the exposition, but I can tell you’re skeptical….

Oh, okay, fine; here’s a page worth of Bizarro feeling inferior to Frankenstein:

[Avengers scans from “The Call Of The Mountain Thing!” in The Avengers vol. 1 #187, September 1979. Plot by Mark Gruenwald and Steven Grant, written by David Michelinie, pencilled by John Byrne, inked by Dan Green, colored by George Roussos, lettered by Jim Novak.]

[Bizarro scan from “Bizarro Meets Frankenstein!” in Superman #143, February 1961; reprinted in black-and-white in Superman From The Thirties To The Seventies. Written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Wayne Boring, inked by Stan Kaye.]

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