Saturday, February 27, 2010

Separated at Birth: Pick a card, any card

Best of DC #5/JLA #1

L: The Best of DC Digest #5 (May-June 1980), art by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano
R: Justice League of America v.2 #1, cover "B" (October 2006), art by Ed Benes, Mariah Benes and Alex Sinclair

(Click picture to wide-a-size)

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 58

Avengers #180
Panel from Avengers #180 (February 1979), script by Tom Defalco, pencils by Jim Mooney, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Denise Wohl

Mind the Credibility Gap

Over at his blog, Benjamin Birdie—artist on The Rack and a big Green Lantern fan—has come up with an idea so brilliant, a design mashup so triffic that I wish I'd thought of it first (That green glow you see about me isn't a Lantern Ring, it's jealousy, folks!): the Lantern symbols as New York City Transit signs.

Pretty cool, huh? To which I can only respond:

Station: Bananaman


Saturday Morning Cartoon: X-Feld: The Vacuum Cleaner

X-Feld: The Vacuum Cleaner, an X-Men/Seinfeld mashup by YouTube user GadgetWK

Friday, February 26, 2010

Let's Talk Trash About the Superheroes: Iron Man

Iron Man gives his fans crappy souvenirs.

TOS #41
Panel from Tales of Suspense #41 (May 1963), plot by Stan Lee, script by Robert Bernstein, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Dick Ayers, letters by Marty Epp

A couple months later in 1963, a piece of that cannonball was melted down and made into bullets, one of which killed John F. Kennedy. How does that make you feel about Iron Man now?!?

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 57

X-Men Origins: Beast
Panel from X-Men Origins: Beast one-shot (November 2008), script by Mike Carey; pencils, inks, and colors by J. K. Woodward; letters by Rus Wooton

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Let's Learn Portuguese with Mary Jane Watson!

PortugalPortugal! Our friendly neighbor to the North! Home of the diggeridoo, fine mustard yards, beautiful beaches and hand-rolled cigars, the world's finest chocolates and cuckoo clocks, ruled over by Victor von Doom and headquarters of the JLP...The Justice League of Portugal!: Grande Boca, Crânio, Tia Biquíni, Churrasco, Sabonete Líquido, Voleibol, and Portuguese Man-of-War! Yes, this country has a rich, exciting culture of the sort generally only seen in 1960s View-Master reels. Because of the Portuguese UN sanctions of 1968, you and I can never visit this secretive, closed country, but we can enjoy its hearty native foods like cravinho, guarda-chuva, and verniz de unhas! Of course, on December 2, everyone in the friendly and bustling Little Portugal communities in every major US city gather to celebrate the Feast of Nelly Furtado, and it's a grand time for all until the last of the traditional nine thousand fireworks have gone off.

Yes, we here in America obviously know pretty much everything about Portugal! But do you know how to speak Portuguese? Why, I'm betting you don't know anything more than the few basic words it takes to communicate with the Portuguese squid fisherman who shares your carpool each morning. Be sure to greet him with a hearty slap on the back and a friendly feliz Páscoa! each and every day as he slides into the Toyota Camry alongside you. But for those of you longing to learn more conversational Portugeuse, perhaps to impress former Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, why not do what I do...

Learn Portuguese with Mary Jane Watson!

Why, it's as easy as tarte de natas to learn this romantic language with the help of the Marvel Universe's most vivacious, outgoing, energetic and frequently retconned-out-of-existence redhead. All you need is a copy of O Homem-Aranha, available at any good local Portuguese corner store. (Pick your favorite artist: Estêvão Diitko, João Romita, or even the artist known in Portugal as ''Todd McFarlane". I've chosen for the example today a copy of O Homem-Aranha #167, which I purchased for a mere eight-eighty thousand Portuguese escudos. (The exchange rate is really good over there!)

O Homem-Aranha #167

Now, we could consult special Portuguese to English dictionaries or perhaps phone up our pal, Portuguese-American actress Danica McKellar (formerly "Winnie" on the hit TV show The Wonder Years and now the superheroine 'Math Maiden' of the Philadelphia Avengers). But translation is easy when you pull from your own collection the corresponding issue of the American Spider-Man this case, Spectacular Spider-Man #220!

Cover of Spectacular Spider-Man #220 (January 1995), art by Sal Buscema

See, comparing these two comic book covers makes it simple to read Portuguese! The word Peter, or, as we say in English, Tiger, is easy enough, and comparing the highlighted words in red we can detect that the word "papai" means "news." Hence, I would imagine the Portuguese J. Jonah Jameson would work on a "papai-papel." I bet he is shouting for Parker to take him photographs of cork oaks all day long!

The rest of the phrase immediately falls into place: "você vai ser" can be translated as "here, please accept this" or "O am happy to present you with," or, most colloquially, "catch!"

Therefore: Peter, você vai ser papai! can be translated as Tiger, do I have news for you! Why, thanks, Mary Jane...or as we say in Portugal...muitíssimo agradecido, María de la Iva!

Hey, girls! Got a Portuguese boyfriend? (Sure you do!) Surprise him tonight when he comes home by tossing your arms around him and declaring happily "Você vai ser papai!" That look of shock and surprise on his face is pure delight that you've taken time to learn his romantic, old-fashioned language!

Tune in next time when we learn Norwegian with Namor the Sub-Mariner!

Special bonus: Spider-Man in Portuguese!

I think they're arguing about ham.

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 56

X-Men #15
Panel from [Uncanny] X-Men #15 (December 1965), script by Stan Lee, layouts by Jack Kirby, pencils by Werner Roth, inks by Dick Ayers, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 55

New X-Men #40
Panel from "Endangered Species" back-up in New X-Men v.2 #40 (September 2007), script by Chris Yost, pencils by Scot Eaton, inks by Andrew Hennessy, colors by Raul Trevino, letters by Joe Caramagna

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Extreme Makeover: Rahne Sinclair

New Mutants GN
from Marvel Graphic Novel #4: The New Mutants (1982), script by Chris Claremont, pencils and inks by Bob McLeod, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Tom Orzechowski

New Mutants Annual #3
from The New Mutants Annual #3 (1987), script by Chris Claremont, pencils by Alan Davis, inks by Paul Neary, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by Tom Orzechowski

And then, Rahne discovered Hot Topic:

New Mutants v.2 #9
from The New Mutants v.3 #9 (February 2004), script by Nunzio Defilippis and Christina Weir, pencils by Carlo Barberi, inks by Wayne Faucher and Juan Vlasco, colors by Ian Hannin and Rob Ro, letters by Dave Sharpe

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 54

Defenders #127
Panels from The [New] Defenders #127 (January 1984), script by J. M. DeMatteis, layouts by Sal Buscema, finishes and inks by Alan Kupperberg, colors by Paul Becton, letters by Janice Chiang

Monday, February 22, 2010

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 53

Defenders #128
Panels from The [New] Defenders #128 (February 1984), script by J. M. DeMatteis, pencils by Alan Kupperberg, inks by Mike Mignola, colors by Paul Becton, letters by Janice Chiang

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ten of a Kind: One day I'm feeling down on the ground/Then I'm up in the air

This post is dedicated to my pal Kevin Church. Enjoy, it, Mister C!

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 52

Mutant X #28
Panels from Professor X and the X-Men #28 (November 1995), script by Fred Schiller, pencils by Jan Duursema, inks by Rick Magyar and Mike Sellers, colors by Matt Webb, letters by Pat Brosseau