Comics Ate My Brain

October 25, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: doom patrol, friday night fights, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 12:01 am
You know, if I’m up too far past my bedtime, I get a little cranky.


Sleepwalk, though, gets violent.


So, let me think … do you have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat her, or are you better off waiting until later in the day, when she’s more likely to be awake…?

It’s a puzzler, that’s for sure —

— but no one snoozes on Bahlactus!

[From “Labyrinth,” Doom Patrol vol. 2 #28 (December 1989). Written by Grant Morrison, pencilled by Richard Case, inked by John Nyberg, lettered by John Workman, colored by Daniel Vozzo.]

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October 17, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, meme, wonder woman — Tom Bondurant @ 11:28 pm
Wonder Woman is a born warrior, trained in unarmed combat and the use of a wide range of weapons, and given powers by the gods and goddesses themselves — but even so, she never stops learning.


Kind of puts the lie to any thoughts of towel-snapping locker-room scenes on Themyscira too, I suppose….

Don’t tug on Bahlactus‘ cape!

[From “Bird Of Paradise/Bird Of Prey!” in Wonder Woman vol. 2 #16 (May 1988). Written by George Perez and Len Wein, pencilled by Perez, inked by Bob Smith, colored by Carl Gafford, and lettered by John Costanza.]

September 27, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: black canary, friday night fights, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 12:05 am
Hey, Black Canary is fighting a bad mother — shut your mouth!

No, really, the goon here actually does belong to a bad mother, who’s thrown her planet into an horrific crisis of overpopulation. So yes, I’m just talkin’ about Mother Juna.


Bahlactus can dig it!

[From “Death Be My Destiny!” in Green Lantern vol. 2 #81, December 1970. Written by Denny O’Neil, pencilled by Neal Adams, inked by Dick Giordano, lettered by John Costanza.]

September 12, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, manhunter, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 10:23 pm
[Postponed from last week….]

No Jon around, but here’s Kate Plus Eight!


… or, wait a minute, maybe there’s nine. Ten? Aw, heck. With Multiplex, who can tell?

Anyway, we can’t get enough of Bahlactus!

[From “Forgotten Part 4,” in Manhunter vol. 3 #34, November 2008. Written by Marc Andreyko, drawn by Michael Gaydos, lettered by Travis Lanham, colored by Jose Villarrubia.]

August 29, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, justice league, meme, new gods, wonder woman — Tom Bondurant @ 9:50 pm
The Fourth World takes on the future as the 853rd Century’s Justice Legion A invades the Justice League Watchtower!

In case you can’t read the captions, Wonder Woman’s bracelets are named Harmony and Charity. Harmony, Charity …


… meet Mega-Rod!


This isn’t the only fight, of course; but by the time we check in with these combatants, it’s pretty much over.


A particle cannon (with Kirby Dots (TM), even!) might seem like cheating, but hey — it’s not like Wonder Woman didn’t know who she might run into, back in the mists of history….

It’s always the right time for Bahlactus!

[From “Prisoners of the Twentieth Century” in JLA #1,000,000, November 85,271. Written by Grant Morrison, pencilled by Howard Porter, inked by John Dell, lettered by Ken Lopez, colored by Pat Garrahy.]

August 22, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, meme, star wars — Tom Bondurant @ 11:59 pm
For someone who described her home planet as “peaceful” and “hav[ing] no weapons,” Leia Organa sure is good in a scrap.

Of course, she also famously declared that “someone has to save our skins!”

Bahlactus decrees Ladies’ Night, even in a galaxy far, far away!

[From “To Take The Tarkin!” in Star Wars #52, October 1981. Written by David Michelinie, pencilled by Walter Simonson, inked by Tom Palmer, lettered by John Morelli, colored by David Warfield. Scan from the reprint in Star Wars: A Long Time Ago … Volume 3.]

August 15, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, meme, supergirl — Tom Bondurant @ 11:21 pm
Someday, several years from now, when Olivia Bondurant and her dad sit down to talk about Supergirl — as, inevitably, we will — she’ll bring up the Maid of Might’s less popular fashion choices. She’ll list the headband and perm of the ’80s, the bare midriff of the ’90s and ’00s, and the hot pants of the ’70s.

And I will reply that yes, these were all rather unfortunate to one degree or another; but through it all, Supergirl could still serve up a beatdown.

Strike a pose, Bahlactus!

[From “The Other Side Of Doomsday!” in Super-Team Family #11, June-July 1977. Written by Gerry Conway, pencilled by Alan Weiss, inked by Joe Rubenstein, colored by Jerry Serpe, lettered by Bill Morse.]

August 1, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: birds of prey, friday night fights, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 11:05 pm
This time around, it’s Ladies’ Night! Bahlactus commands that at least one combatant must be female … but hey, look what I just happened to pull from an unorganized stack:


That’s right, it’s the classic throwdown between Barbara “Call Me Batgirl” Gordon and Katarina “Spy Smasher” Armstrong!


The stakes? How about control of a little ad hoc group of superfolk no one dares call the Birds Of Prey?


“But Tom,” you say, “Babs is in that wheelchair for a reason!” Yes, and that’s why Manhunter zapped Spy Smasher in the leg.


Although really, I tend to think it’s so that Barbara wouldn’t hurt her too badly….

Naturally, the multi-page spread which follows this bout shows that none of Babs’ operatives will go with Spy Smasher under any circumstances — but this isn’t called “Friday Night Friendships,” now is it?

[From “Whitewater Epilogue,” Birds Of Prey #108, September 2007. Written by Gail Simone, pencilled by Nicola Scott, inked by Doug Hazlewood, colored by Hi-Fi Designs, lettered by Travis Lanham.]

June 27, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: dracula, friday night fights, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 10:08 pm
I could set this up with some clever comment, but really — it’s Dracula versus Jack Russell, Werewolf By Night. How much more do you need?


The idea that Dracula thinks he can control Jack, just like any other dumb animal, is a nice touch.

Dracula still wins, of course. You think he’d go out to someone named Jack Russell? Charles “Kite-Man” Brown will defeat Batman before that happens….

I saw Bahlactus drinkin’ a Pina Colada at Trader Vic’s — and his hair was perfect–!

[From “Enter: Werewolf By Night,” in The Tomb of Dracula #18, March 1974, reprinted in Essential Tomb of Dracula vol. 1. Written by Marv Wolfman (no relation … or is he?!?), pencilled by Gene Colan, inked by Tom Palmer, lettered by John Costanza.]

June 21, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, superman — Tom Bondurant @ 12:31 am
“Newspapers are dead,” we hear. Still, history shows they can be smart, vital, and (yes!) more powerful than a locomotive:


Yeah, I know, Superman has shaken thugs out of cars before — but it doesn’t get old, now does it?

Bahlactus has even more good news!

[From the McClure Syndicate’s Superman newspaper strips of September 22, 23, and 25, 1939. Written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster, Paul Cassidy, and Wayne Boring. Collected as part of “Royal Deathplot” in Superman: The Dailies 1939-1940 (Kitchen Sink Press and DC Comics: 1999).]

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