Tuesday, January 27, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 27: That's Snow Jedi

Uh oh! Luke Skywalker has flown directly into the Northeast/New England area! Brrrrrrr!



Panels from the "Iceworld" storyline in the Star Wars comic strip (October 4-November 14, 1982), reprinted in Classic Star Wars #12 (September 1993), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils and inks by Al Williamson, colors by Ray Murtaugh

What is it about Luke Skywalker nearly dying every time he sets foot on an ice planet? Oh, wait, yeah. He came from a desert planet. I forgot. At home, he's probably always bugging Mara Jade about who turned down the thermostat. "Geez, Luke, just put on a sweater!"

Anyway, Luke and Threepio have some thrilling space adventures and then get rescued.



Panels from the "Iceworld" storyline in the Star Wars comic strip (October 4-November 14, 1982), reprinted in Classic Star Wars #13 (October 1993), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils and inks by Al Williamson, colors by Steve Buccellato

The super-secret twist ending: this is the origin of the Rebel Base on Hoth, as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. Or, as Luke was heard to sing:

Oh my God, I was wrong
It was Hoth all along
You've finally made a wampa
(Yes, we've finally made a wampa)
Yes, you've finally made a wampa out of me!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Missing in Action (Figures): Black Widow

Check out Luke Brown's fine article over at Comics Alliance on the upcoming Funko assortment of Avengers: Age of Ultron toys. Luke, as befits the Force-sense of his Star Wars namesake, cannily points out the complete absence of a Funko figure portraying Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers founding member Black Widow in the set.


Um, hello, Funko? Who doesn't want a super-deformed big-eyed Scarlett Johansson sitting on their desk? As proof of concept, here's Skottie Young's take on the idea of Mini-Natasha. CUTE!


Variant cover of Black Widow (2014 series) #1 (March 2014), art by Skottie Young

(Fairness in disclosure: Yes, Funko did issue a Natasha figure to coincide with last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Sundance Kid movie, but that's long since vanished from the shelves. I know the character is going to be in Avengers 2...why omit her this time?)

Anyway, my point...and I do have one: I'm reminded of my recent visit to The Disney Store, which, among the Mickeys and Elsas and Lightning McQueens and Pocahonti, carries a small variety of Marvel superhero clothing and toys, especially those directly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You know, like the movie that starred these guys?:


That's one of several dozen figurine playsets the Disney Store sells, ranging from their classic movies to modern Pixar films. Please note there are exactly five figures in this set, and one of 'em ain't Black Widow. Really, guys? I know it's "traditionally" boys who buy action figure sets, but A) do you think they're going to avoid a set like this because it has one woman in it, and B) this is the ferschluggin' Disney Store. With all those members of the Princess Pantheon, young girls are your target market. Is it maybe because you can only fit five figures in the case? Hmmmmm?


Nope. Not only does the Incredibles figure set fit its the entire team in the same size box, plus the baby, and Frozone, not to mention the villainous Syndrome. Admittedly, I did not weigh these two sets, and maybe Hulk weighs too much for them to have profitably added a sixth figure to the Avengers set. But seriously, Disney Store? Do you want to make the point that action women aren't collectible or fun to play with? What's next, a Star Wars set minus Princess Leia?

I know, I know, the first rule of business: "never assume ill-intent when profitability is probably the real reason." But like Funko, for Disney to omit featuring a truly kick-ass hero like Black Widow is dangerously setting a trend for toys and collectibles.

I'm reminded of this politically incorrect but still funny cartoon by B. Kliban.

Hands off, bitch! That's a MAN'S hairspray!
Cartoon from Two Guys Fooling Around With the Moon and Other Drawings (March 1982), by B. Kliban

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 26: Old Yeller


Panels from "Thank the Maker" in Star Wars Tales #6 (December 2000), script by Ryder Windham, pencils and inks by Kilian Plunkett, colors by Dave McCaig, letters by Steve Dutro

Sunday, January 25, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 25: Thus was the Chewbacca bobblehead invented


Panels from "An Empty Galaxy" in Star Wars: Chewbacca #4 (April 2000), script by Darko Macan, pencils by Dusty Abell, inks by Jim Royal, colors by Dave Nestelle, letters by Vickie Williams

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Psylocke Psaturday: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Madripoor

Welcome to Madripoor!


from Marvel Atlas #1 (January 2008), art by Klaus Janson

Yes, Madripoor! The island nation so full of vice they named it twice! (Truth in disclosure: they did not name it twice.) In the Marvel Universe you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, except perhaps for that T.G.I. Friday's in downtown Doomstadt, Latveria. Madripoor, home of the world's weirdest hot air balloons!:


from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine one-shot (December 2004)




Today in Comics History: J'onn J'onzz writes in his My Little Pony diary


Text page segment from Justice Leagues: Justice League of Aliens one-shot (March 2001), writer unknown

Today in Comics History: Barbara Gordon puts a mark on Batman's permanent record


Text page segment from Justice Leagues: Justice league of Arkham one-shot (March 2001), writer unknown

Today in Comics History: Diana steals Wil Wheaton's stationery


Text page segment from Justice Leagues: Justice league of Amazons one-shot (March 2001), writer unknown

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 24: This is not a trick question


Panel from Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye #3 (April 1996), script and inks by Terry Austin, pencils by Chris Sprouse, colors by James Sinclair, letters by Steve Dutro

Friday, January 23, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 23: Lego My Jar Jar


Panels from Lego Star Wars comic, creator and date unknown

Thursday, January 22, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 22: Chewbacca has a bad feeling about this


Panels from Star Wars: Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika #1 (December 2000), script by Mike Kennedy, pencils and inks by Carlos Meglia, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Steve Dutro

Today in Comics History: In the future, everyone gets a free purple bathrobe


Panel from 100th Anniversary Special: X-Men one-shot (September 2014), script by Robin Furth, pencils and inks by Jason Masters, colors by James Campbell and Verto Gandini, letters by Cory Petit

Today in Comics History: Protestors demand Scott Summers' birth certificate


Panel from 100th Anniversary Special: X-Men one-shot (September 2014), script by Robin Furth, pencils and inks by Jason Masters, colors by James Campbell and Verto Gandini, letters by Cory Petit

Today in Comics History: Emma has a bottle of Ambien


Panel from 100th Anniversary Special: X-Men one-shot (September 2014), script by Robin Furth, pencils and inks by Jason Masters, colors by James Campbell and Verto Gandini, letters by Cory Petit

Today in Comics History: The Right to Peaceful Idiotic Protest


Panel from 100th Anniversary Special: X-Men one-shot (September 2014), script by Robin Furth, pencils and inks by Jason Masters, colors by James Campbell and Verto Gandini, letters by Cory Petit

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 21: The sarcasm force is weak with this one


Panels from Star Wars: Vader's Quest #1 (February 1999), script by Darko Macan, pencils and inks by Dave Gibbons, colors by Angus McKie