Saturday, December 16, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 278: Every day is our D-Day

Panels from "Declaration" in Dark Reign: New Nation one-shot (February 2009), script by Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman, pencils and inks by Stefano Caselli, colors by Daniele Rudoni, letters by Cory Petit

365 Days of Defiance, Day 277: Where hate's a dream and love forever stands / Or is this a vision in my mind?

As we saw yesterday, when you get yourself a J. M. DeMatteis comic, you don't merely get an exciting super-adventure, you get food for thought Sometimes even second helpings in the same story!:

Panels from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #129 (May 1983), script by J. M. DeMatteis, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Diana Albers

365 Days of Defiance, Day 276: Is he tough? Listen, pup! The Spider-Man never gives up!

Panels from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #129 (May 1983), script by J. M. DeMatteis, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Diana Albers

Nice, Spidey, nice! Now, put your (lack of money) where you (covered by a mask) mouth is and finish him. Finish him!

Tomorrow: another cool declaration of defiance in MTU #129, this time from Spidey's visionary team-up partner!

365 Days of Defiance, Day 275: Darkseid Is.* *Defiable.

Beware the serpent-tongued words that tell you you are better than the others, not matter how much honey drips from it. Also, don't eat honey off of a serpent's tongue, okay? Yuck.

Panels from The Forever People (1971 series) #3 (June-July 1971), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by John Costanza

Instead, summon your own inner power to fight against the falsehoods!

Because you never know who might be the power behind the deceptive words.

This message has been brought to you as an allegory and fable and not necessarily a direct connection to Donald Trump being used like a puppet by Vladimir Putin. Although Putin and Darkseid have both been known to wrestle bears and ride shirtless on horseback. Hmmmm...

365 Days of Defiance, Day 274: Do you remember the fifties / When Emperor Claudius died?

Flashback! A black ops group gets together and does the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen thingee, teaming up Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, Victor Creed, Namora, Kraven the Hunter, Ulysses Bloodstone, and the first Silver Sable into the all-new, all-different, definitely sexier Avengers '59! They fight all the villains of the 1950s: communism, payola, jumping over sharks, and, hey, it looks like also Nazism in all its forms. How do you think that Sabretooth will solve the problem when faced with an ersatz Red Skull?

Panels from New Avengers (2010 series) #12 (June 2011), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and inks by Howard Chaykin, colors by Edgar Delgado, letters by Joe Caramagna

Now that's how to get a-head in business.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 273: Gonna burn you, gonna make you swell / Mongul on a hard sell

Mongul, intergalactic despot and poor man's Darkseid, enjoys it when heroes resist him. There's a technical word for that.

Panels from Trinity (2016 series) #5 (March 2017); script, pencils, inks, and colors by Francis Manapul ; letters by Steve Wands
(Click picture to Mongulnormous-size)


Friday, September 29, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 272: The Repeated Mistakes of Baron Zemo II

Hey, remember when Captain America fought and defied Baron Zemo (Senior) only a little while after he got dethawed, eventually defeating Zemo so succesfully that Zemo died and never came back? Sure, we all do!

Well, you woulda thunk the second Zemo (Franz Gruber, historical composter of the song "Silent Night" — it's true! Look it up!) would've learned from the first Zeemster's battles with Cap-Meister that bad guys never prosper against the American spirit, as shown in Tales of Suspense #99!

Panels from "The Man Who Lived Twice!" in Tales of Suspense #99 (March 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Syd Shores, letters by Artie Simek

But how did it all end? you may ask. (And that's a very good question.) Well, since this was indeed the final issue of Tales of Suspense...the world will never know.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 271: The Day Marvel Studios Refused to Meet Robert Downey's Salary Demands

How do you think Tony Stark is going to die? Sure, we've all thought a lot about it. Personally, I believe he'll probably die laying on a pile of money with many beautiful women, but this What If? issue gives us another suggestion. Stay tuned for the classic story we just had to call "What If Tony Stark Did Not Die Laying on a Pile of Money with Many Beautiful Women?"

Panels from What If? (1989 series) #55 [What If The Avengers Lost Operation: Galactic Storm] (November 1993), script by Len Kaminski, pencils by Craig Brasfield, inks by Frank Turner, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Janice Chiang

Nope, he's actually lying on a pile of Ronan the Accuser with many powerful self-destruct devices! He's defiant to the end and twice as explodey. To be fair, not as fun as the many beautiful women, but Thor would have sung many beautiful songs about either death.

Huh. Well, so it's over then.

To be continued?!? What kinda What If? story is this?!? What If Marvel Couldn't Wrap Up a What If Comic in 27 pages?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 270: World War Batman

Earth-2 Batman...stalking Nazis! This can only mean one must be a Roy Thomas story!

Panels from The Brave and the Bold (1955 series) #167 (October 1980), pencils by Dave Cockrum, inks by Dan Adkins, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Ben Oda, and script by...

Oh. Maybe not.

You can tell it's Earth-2 Batman because he doesn't have a yellow circle around his chest emblem. And that the cars are from the 1940s. And that5 his parents died after the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks version of Zorro, not 1972's The Erotic Adventures of Zorro.

Meanwhile also minutes later...the Blackhawks! Hey, it's a Mark Evanier script! Oh wait, it isn't.

But what was the Nazi's evil plan?


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 269: Honey for the Beehive

Panels from JLA #37 (January 2000), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Howard Porter, inks by John Dell, colors by Pat Garrahy, separations by Heroic Age, letters by Ken Lopez

Monday, September 25, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 268: Lots of rebellion but not a single space raccoon in sight

Panels from Guardians of the Galaxy (1990 series) #1 (June 1990), script and pencils by Jim Valentino, inks by Steve Montano, colors by Evelyn Stein, letters by Ken Lopez