Saturday, September 16, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 259: She dresses incorrectly, no-one told her how / Seventeen, she not keen on being like anyone else

Jubilee (one of my favorite good guys!) has been captured by Bastion (boo, hiss! He's a bad guy). He's torturing her psychologically: working to convince her the X-Men are dead or captured.

from Generation X (1994 series) #27 (Marvel, May 1997), script by Scott Lobdell, pencils by Chris Bachalo and Pop Mhan, inks by Al Vey and Scott Hanna, colors by Marie Javins and Dr. Martin, letters by Richard Starkings

Does Jubes crack and break? Well, what do you think? She's an X-Man.

Gosh, I love this girl.

Also in this issue: Jubilee makes pancakes, but that's not important right now.

Friday, September 15, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 258: Arthur Dent: Who He Is and How he Came to Be

Panels from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1 (DC, 1993); original story by Douglas Adams, script adaptation by John Carnell; pencils by Steve Leialoha; inks by Steve Baskerville, Art Nichols, and Steve Leialoha; colors by Lovern Kindzierski; letters by Todd Klein

Thursday, September 14, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 257: Marvels

Panels from Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell one-shot (November 2017), script by Margaret Stohl, pencils and inks by Brent Schoonover, colors by Jordan Boyd, letters by Joe Caramagna

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 256: A Never-Ending Battle for Truth, Justice, and the American Way

Wouldja believe that some people objected to these panels of Superman saving illegal immigrants from being shot?

Panels from Action Comics #987 (Early November 2017), script by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Viktor Bogdanovic, inks by Jonathan Glapion and Jay Leisten, colors by Mike Spicer, letters by Rob Leigh

This is just to remind you: those people are wrong.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 255: Quién es más macho? Batman es más macho.

Batman's always been pretty awesome, but I pinpoint his current "absolute master of strategy" portrayal as debuting in early issues of Grant Morrison's JLA, where Bruce Wayne proves exactly how worthy he is to stand along his super-powered Justice League teammates by taking out a group of SPOILER without breaking a sweat.

Panels from JLA #3 (March 1997), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Howard Porter, inks by John Dell, colors by Pat Garrahy (?), color separations by Heroic Age, letters by Ken Lopez

The cover of this issue asks the musical question: WHO CAN SAVE YOU NOW?

Panels from JLA #3 (March 1997), pencils by Howard Porter, inks by John Dell, colors by Pat Garrahy (?)

And the answer is of course

na na na na na na na na Batman

Monday, September 11, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 254: He's kinda like Ghost Rider, but he's evil and racist, so let's punch him

In this issue of Marvel Premiere, the Black Panther is not only fighting the Ku Klux Klan, but the Klan's supernatural villain, the Soul Strangler.

Panels from Marvel Premiere #53 (April 1980), script by Ed Hannigan, pencils by Jerry Bingham, inks by Al Gordon, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Diana Albers

Ooh, this doesn't look good...

...for the Klan.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 253: Deep underwater is where I left my love

Where are Batman and Robin this week? Gotham City? Blüdhaven? It's Markovia, right? I bet it's Markovia.

Panels from "Atlantis Goes to War!" in Batman (1940 series) #19 (October-November 1943), script by Don Cameron, pencils and inks by Dick Sprang, letters by George Roussos

AW HECK NO it's Atlantis! So you just know that Batman's gonna meet Aquaman. Or maybe Sub-Mariner. Wouldja believe Mark Harris?

But actually no! With his usual Batluck, he's meeting Nazis! Hey, have you ever seen Batman do a double-take? Study this panel carefully!

And hey, it turns out that the Prince is a double of Robin! Yes, this is the story where Robin dies and the Prince of Atlantis takes his place for the next 40 years! Naw, I'm jus' foolin' ya. But this is a Prince and the Pauper riff. With Nazis!

Robin strikes back against Atlantian Centurions! (Hey, why doesn't that armor rust?) Also: a face-off with his double! This is the scene where he and the Prince fight and Batman has to decide which one of them to shoot.

Dick knocks out the Prince and impersonates him in order to save Batman, who's about to be executed. But the Nazis prove to be treacherous scum. (Of course.)

Batman is freed and Atlantis shakes off the duplictious Nazis thanks to the decrees of the Atlantean Princess, with whom Dick Grayson has fallen in love!

Aw, don't mope, Dick. I'm sure there'll be another princess for you to fall in love with coming along in a dec ade or four.

Anyway! Punch Nazis, on the ground and under water.