And now, just in time for vacation-planning season...the Vanaheim Chamber of Commerce happily presents you with this
Authentic Map of Asgard!
But book your holiday in the Nine Worlds earlytourist reviews on Expedia and Priceline report there's a wait of up to one hundred and seventy minutes to go on the "Giant Bust of Odin" ride. (Especially if Volstagg is in line in front of you.) And don't forget: The Museum of Heroes is closed on Thorsday! So enjoy yourself in Asgard, but when you're heading for the Asgardian Shopping Center (newest additions: Victhoria's Secret, Build-a-Balder, the Iðunn's Apple Store, and Chik-Fil-A), remember to bring your Visa. Because Heimdall woin't allow you entrance over the Rainbow Bridge until you've slain the Mighty She-Bear of the Northland Forests of Umulak...and he doesn't take American Express.
"Map of Asgard" from Journey Into Mystery Annual #1 (1965), written by Stan Lee with art by Jack Kirby (Click map to Skurge-size)
Also, kindly do not give this map to Norman Osborn or any agents of H.A.M.M.E.R.* during the events of "Siege." Remember: loose lips sink Sif!
Unless you've been living under a rock today (and if so, how do you get cable?), you'll have heard that Steve Jobs introduced a device which is going to change all our lives, making information and entertainment more accessible for our busy lives out and about, hither and thither, and on-the-go. No, sorry, it's not the Librarian Helper Monkey 3000 (Out in time for Christmas 2012 for sure!) but rather the Apple iPad, which will bring you infographics and datagrams from around the wikisphere at the speed of Thomas Edison spinning in his grave, where ever and when ever you are! (Offer void to time travellers.) But hey, Steve Jobs: don't be too proud of this technological wonder you've constructed...as we can see by checking in on the Twitter account of our old pal, that ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing, Benjamin J. Grimm! Note: big brain Reed Richards has invented a device to reverse the usual Twitter sequence, so just read along from the top to the bottom! If you can't read the fine print, just click to embiggen!
Who's the black Power Man who's a love machine to Jessica Jones?
That dude Cage is one bad m...
Watch yo' mouf!
I was just gonna say that Luke Cage is bad at Monopoly! Sheesh.
Anyway, I think we are all in agreement: Luke Cage, Power Man, rocks every world he's in. Even if he's not in his classic ultra-seventies costume...and all he's wearing is a pair of tighty-whities and hoppin' around on one foot in front of a client. Now that's something Spenser never did.
Panels from Power Man and Iron Fist #111 (November 1984), script by Jim Owsley, pencils by Greg LaRocque, inks by Jerry Acerno, colors by Julianna Ferriter, letters by Janice Chiang
No wonder Hugo Strange is mopping his brow...that's just too much Luke Cage for the normal mind to comprehend.
Of course, we all know it don't matter whether our cool-handed pal Luke has pants on or not...because really, he's not fully dressed until he puts on his headdress:
So, whether you're Power Girl in the DC Universe...
...or Power Man in the Marvel Universe...
...it apparently don't hurt your career to unbutton a few buttons on your shirt. Thank goodness that's not true of Professor Power, huh?
Panels from Ultimate X-Men #1 (February 2001), script by Mark Millar, pencils by Adam Kubert, inks by Art Thibert, colors by Richard Isanove, letters by Richard Starkings and Wes Abbott
(Click picture to ultimasize)
For a technology nut, it's always a great time to hang around the Fantastic Four. Why, Reed Richards invents more before breakfast than can be contained in your average issue of Wired magazine! (Holiday gift issue not included.) Give that man a problem and he won't just solve it, he'll invent a machine that will make it more complicated and then solve it! Why? Why, you ask? Because that's the way Doc Rick rolls.
So, let's drop in on superherodom's kookiest kouple to see what just rolled off the drawing board:
So. Reed Richards has invented...the telephone. And he's made it bigger and bulkier. Granted, it's a visiphone...but with no visible screen.
And he's using it to contact a furniture store. "You know, Reed, we have a regular telephone.." "Quiet, you!"
Ah well. Let the man invent his little rubbery heart out, won't you? After all, it's not rocket science.