Saturday, June 20, 2009

Separated at Birth: Well, it's a marvelous night for a moondeath

UXM #137/Exiles #4
L: [Uncanny] X-Men #137 (September 1980), art by John Byrne and Terry Austin
R: Exiles v.1 #4 (November 2001), art by Mike McKone
(Click picture to Blue-Area-of-the-Moon-size)

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 171

X-Man #59
Cover of X-Man #59 (January 2000), art by Mike Miller

Saturday Morning Cartoon: Star Trek: Kelvin

Fan-made CGI opening credit sequence for a Star Trek: Kelvin TV series (2009), created by Emil Karlsson of DragonWhelp Productions

Way cool! I think I know what's going to happen to the Captain and his first officer in the final episode, though...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Favorite Beatles Songs of the Superheroes

Hey, Wolverine!
What's your favorite Beatles song?

Giant Size Wolverine #1
Panel from Giant-Size Wolverine #1 (December 2006), script by David Lapham, pencils and inks by David Aja, colors by Jose Villarrubia, letters by Joe Caramagna

This has been another installment of "Favorite Beatles Songs of the Superheroes." Join us again next time when we sing along with that popular Fab Four favorite "Hey, Beta Ray Bill, what did you kill, Beta Ray Bill..."

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 170

FF #227
Panel from Fantastic Four #227 (February 1981), script by Doug Moench, breakdowns by Bill Sienkiewicz, finishes and inks by Bruce Patterson, colors by George Roussos, letters by Jim Novak

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Because sometimes you just have to post a panel of the Silver Surfer in a bathrobe...

Silver Surfer #12

...enjoying a steamin' hot Lipton Cup O' Soup.

Silver Surfer #12
Panels from Silver Surfer #12 (January 1970), script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Dan Adkins, letters by Sam Rosen

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 169

Marvel Knights 4 #24
Panel from Marvel Knights 4 (really? that was its title?) #24 (January 2006), script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, art by Mizuki Sakakibara, colors by Dan Kemp, letters by David Sharpe

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tales of the Spoiler (or, Bruce Willis was a ghost!)

Greetings, humans! It is I, Ardu, second cousin to Uatu and member of The Watchers, our ancient race which observes the goings on of the universe! Each Watcher is charged with but two tasks: to observe and to never interfere.

But that's boring. Like all other Watchers, I see all! I know all! But, unlike my boring brethern, I tell all...for I am...The Spoiler!

The Spoiler

Strange Tales #46Today, I shall spoil for you some silver age Marvel science fiction comics, "Strange Tales" where no plot is too bizarre and the strange turns that fate has in store for ordinary men shall be revealed by...The Spoiler! In other words, what Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby slaved to make surprising to you mere mortals, I shall spoil by revealing the secret O. Henry-esque twist ending of each tale, thus decreasing your surprise and shock upon reaching the conclusion of the story! Also, I have removed these comics from their hermetically sealed plastic cases, thus spoiling their future resale value. Hah! Prepare for these stories to be spoiled, humans!

The alien spaceships were actually alive!

Strange Tales #101

All along, it was the car who was the killer!

Strange Tales #101

All along, it was the car who saved their lives!

Strange Tales #103

He was actually the descendent of...Gulliver!

Strange Tales #103

Those weren't really giant frogs after all!

Strange Tales #104

Those weren't alien creatures after all...those were time travellers from the future!

Strange Tales #102

Those weren't alien creatures after all...those were...ah, um...transmuted humans changed into weird forms after touching the alien gold!

Strange Tales #106

The man who ran to sea to escape solitary confinement...was Robinson Crusoe!

Strange Tales #105

Those weren't really magic paints...he's a hypnotist!

Strange Tales #106

Those really were magic paints!

Strange Tales #104

So there you go, beings of Earth! Classic science fiction tales from the Marvel comic magazine you call Strange Tales rendered rather less strange by...The Spoiler! I do, in fact, think it would be more apt to call them...Spoiled Tales! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Now I, The Spoiler, must take my leave of you, and let me leave you with this story-wrecking spoiler...

Red Hulk is Gwen Stacy

So, humans, farewell from...The Spoiler!

(Also, that Planet of the Apes? It was Earth, all along.)

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 168

Secret Wars #8
Panels from Secret Wars #8 (December 1984), script by Jim Shooter, pencils by Michael Zeck, inks by John Beatty, Jack Abel, and/or Mike Esposito, colors by Christie Scheele, letters by Joe Rosen

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille

Around and About Park Slope: My subway stop and Dizzy'sI like to consider myself a little stuffed bull who's involved in his neighborhood, so I enjoy pedalling my Big Wheel up and down the streets of Park Slope, Brooklyn, waving at everybody, stopping in at the fabulous new location of LaBagel Delight to cry "I'll have a chocolate croissant!" when one of the guys behind the counter shouts "Next!", or peering in through the window of Little Things to see what new toys have arrived, or excitedly hopping on the number 67 bus, popping my Metrocard in the slot, and journeying down to see my pals Tom and Amy at my fave comic book store, Bergen Street Comics. Hooray, always so much fun! When I'm out and about around the Slope, I even keep my eye out for the guy who rips down all the flyers that people put up on poles. He woulda had his work cut out for him this week, tho', because Park Slope's been blanketed by these flyers:

Where is Lucy?

These signs are everywhere. Wow, Lucy must have really made an impression on this guy Karl. Also, he must have terrible, terrible jokes. And, he must live in the 1970s if part of his conversation includes the question "Hey Lucy, what's your sign?"

And hey, Karl, if you walked her home, why are there posters all over the Slope, and not just around the area you walked her home in?

Where is Lucy?

Well, Karl, I do happen to know Lucy, and I've got both good news and bad news for you. The good news is...I happen to know Lucy. Oh wait, I've already told you that. Okay, how about the bad news? Karl, let me break it to you gently, man: you really don't want to date Lucy. She's rude, abrasive, cranky, sarcastic, selfish, hostile, and sometimes outright violent. In fact, you might even call her a fussbudget! No, take it from me, Karl...if I were you, I'd run far, far away from Lucy.
Where is Lucy?

Lucy's no prize girlfriend, let me tell you that. She'll insult you at the drop of your blanket:
Where is Lucy?

She'll take over your life, because she just loves meddling in your personal business:
Where is Lucy?

And don't think that you can charm her over with those jokes that she didn't laugh at. Lucy is very critical of any sort of attempt to entertain her!
Where is Lucy?

Why, Lucy's so spoiled that you won't impress her with an informal date at a local Park Slope eatery. She wants diamonds, pearls, black tie and grand formal dances to entertain her:
Where is Lucy?

But truth to tell, she's pretty boring on a date:
Where is Lucy?

Don't think she'll be pleasant and cheerful, oh no no no no. The girl does love to bellyache!
Where is Lucy?

And in the end, Karl, I'm sorry to tell you...Lucy is brutally violent:
Where is Lucy?

So, Karl, Karl, Karl. Take it from your friendly neighborhood little stuffed, don't walk, away from Lucy. She'll be a bad girlfriend who will take advantage of you at every moment, and what's more, she'll psychoanalyze you at every drop of a nickel. Now, I know your sad, sad story sounds like it comes straight out of a viral campaign for an online series of indie film shorts, but you and I both know the heartache of unrequited love. (Sigh). So all I can tell you is buck up there, pal...there's plenty of fish in the sea and turnips in the garden and tire change shops down on Fourth Avenue and there's a great Greek restaurant on the corner of...oh wait, where was I?

Forget about Lucy, Karl. She'll break your tender, aching heart. And besides...she's already got a boyfriend.
Where is Lucy?

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 167

FF SE #1
Pin-up page from from Fantastic Four Special Edition #1 (May 1984), art by John Byrne

Monday, June 15, 2009

Admiral Ackbar's Vacation Resort Reviews

And now it's time for another installment of

Admiral Ackbar's Vacation Resort Reviews

Looking for paradise? You've found it in the beautiful tropical land of San Marco, where fun, adventure, relaxation and delight are only a barefoot step on a crystal beach away. Basking in the balmy breezes of the South American Pacific coast, San Marco boasts over three hundred miles of pristine waterfront coastline, none so beautiful as Fiesta Quay, home of La Casa Fiesta, San Marco's premiere—and only—Michelin six star resort. A mere puddle jump from all major US airports, La Casa Fiesta's friendly and helpful staff are smiling to welcome you to the ultimate'll feel so relaxed, you may never want to leave!

Admiral Ackbar's Vacation Resort Reviews

La Casa Fiesta features an ultra-modern seventeen-hundred room high-rise western-style hotel rising above the sapphire-blue waters of the Pacific, ranging from simple but elegant single bedrooms to our exotic and breathtaking El Fiesta Honeymoon Suite, a mutli-roomed paradise featuring your own personal valet and chef on call 24 hours a day. Want an omelette at 3 AM? Just ring for Pierre, and let him know what kind of cheese you want in it—we have over three hundred varieties in our kitchens!

Speaking of food, La Casa Fiesta boasts eighteen world-class restaurants ranging from the formal La Barque, presided over by head chef six-time European Culinary Crown winner Marie Yvonne Coulais, to our poolside snack bar "Funnybones"! In fact, every one of La Casa Fiesta's six Olympic-or-larger sized pools is equipped with bars and restaurants, including the ultra-romantic under-the-waterfall Misty Cavern Lounge.

You can bask all day by the pools or on the beach, or if you're more athletic, take to the high seas on any of the available paddleboats, jet skis, SCUBA equipment, or if you're more of a turf type, La Casa Fiesta's award-winning eighteen-hole golf course, designed by twenty-time PGA Tour-winning pro Greg Norman. Greg spends two months out of the year at La Casa Fiesta, so be sure to enquire if he's available for personal golf lessons!

Admiral Ackbar's Vacation Resort Reviews

But if you want to "get away from it all," La Casa Fiesta also offers private beach cabanas to give you that real-world "castaway" experience...bask on your own private stretch of beach in utter privacy. Go ahead, take off your swimsuit...nobody's watching!

It's only a short jitney hop (jitneys run every twenty minutes from six points throughout the resort) to the gorgeous and festive San Marco City Center, where you'll find delightful local artisans' shops, authentic South American cuisine, bars ranging from the raucous to the sophisticated, and even the latest European fashions in the top shops that line "La milla de oro," the ultimate shopping experience. Leave your shopping bags at home...any shop is happy to deliver directly to your room at the resort, or ship back to your home in the States for a nominal charge!

After the sun sinks down over the Pacific, party through the night at one of La Casa Fiesta's three nightclubs, or try your luck at our internationally acclaimed casino, featuring over seventy gaming tables spread out across three expansive decks overlooking the sea. Baccarat, world class poker, roulette, blackjack, craps, plus the widest variety of slot and electronic gaming machines in South America, and all the up-to-the-minute sports and race books!

Yes, La Casa Fiesta, the six-star resort that caters to your every whim...for relaxation, excitement, a vacation you'll never forget, book a holiday to San Marco's most prestigious and acclaimed resort...once you're here, you'll understand why the natives say the only time to go home is always...mañaña!

So, Admiral Ackbar...what's your review of La Casa Fiesta in San Marco, please?

Admiral Ackbar's Vacation Resort Reviews

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 166

FF #49
Panel from Fantastic Four #49 (April 1966), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott, letters by Sam Rosen

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ten of a Kind: Good old-fashioned nightmare fuel

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 165

FF: World's Greatest Heroes
Still from the animated cartoon Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes "Trial by Fire" (2006)

Say, whoda thunkit?: this is my 1700th post on this blog! Thanks for readin', folks!