- Captain Carrot- He gains Superman-like powers from eating "Cosmic Carrots" (carrots effected by meteor fragments). These abilites last for roughly 24 hours (although exertion to a high enough level could speed it up the time limit) He has an alter ego as Roger Rabbit (later changed to Rodney for legal reasons), a cartoonist.
- Alley-Kat Abra- She is a magic user that uses her "Magic Wanda" (magic wand) to cast spells.
- Pig-Iron- He worked in a steel mill until a meteor fragment knocked into a vat of melted steel turning him into a giant metal version of himself with super strength and invulnerability.
- Rubberduck- He was a movie star, but a meteor fragment allowed him to become super stretchy.
- Yankee Poodle- She was a journalist, but got the ability to shoot force beams (shaped like stars and stripes) from the meteor.
- Fastback- He is a turtle that is ironically super fast now.
- Little Cheese- He was a mouse that got the ability to shrink into tiny sizes from eating a piece cheese from the moon (as opposed to getting them from a meteor fragment). He is now dead.
- American Eagle- He is really Johnny Jingo, a radio reporter. He has no powers, but uses Batman-like gadgets.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
What the Heck I am Talking About?
Due to the popularity of gorillas in forms of media such as King Kong, comic books had a large amount of stories featuring gorillas. Later, there was backlash against the "silly" plot device.
Oddly, in the Silver Age, gorillas were used as gimmicks to get people to buy comics. However, due to gag covers, rarely did the comic actually have more than few panels involving the gorilla story. There were a lot of brain-transplants and King Kong knock-offs. Several rumors emerged about the wide use of gorillas:
- Publishers thought that by simply putting a gorilla on the cover, it would increase sales.
- To not abuse the winning formula, DC Comics would only have 1 gorilla comic per month (except for "gorilla month")
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The following are actors commonly sited as beening victims of the Superman Curse. There are few more I didn't list, because the list was too long.
- The Fleischer Brothers- They made the classic Superman cartoons. After making them, they started to fight and lost money and had to sell their company.
- Kirk Alyn- Played Superman in serials and failed to find work else where.
- George Reeves- The first actor to play Superman on television. He was found shot dead.
- Danny Dark- Played Superman for the Super Friends cartoons and died of pulmonary hemorrhage.
- Christopher Reeve- Play Superman in the movie of the same name. He fell of a horse and his body became paralyzed from the neck down.
- Margot Kidder- Played Lois Lane and suffers from extreme bipolar disorder
- Mark Pillow- Played Supes in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and never starred in another movie
People Who "Escaped" the Curse
Despite the latter, the various actors who played Superman and members of his supporting cast, such as Brandon Routh, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jon Cryer, to name a few, led successful acting carrers
Friday, January 21, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
- Colossusus (Colossus)
- Creepy Crawler (Nightcrawler)
- Cyke (Cyclops)
- Shadowkitty (Shadowcat)
- Psychild (Psylocke)
- Shower (Storm)
- Sugah (Rogue) (I'm as clueless as you are)
- Wolvie (Wolverine)
- Boyo (Banshee)
- Charlie X (Prof. X)
- The X-Babies are a parody of the fad of creating younger version of popular characters also called "babyfication".
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
- The Teen Titans (in the event of 52) are shown to have a Big Barda-like member called Little Brada. Her connection to Big Brada is unknown.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Morpheus is the first Dream of the Endless and is much older. Despite usually appearing to be a tall, “bone-white” skinned man with black eyes and unusually colored pupils, his appearance is known to change 'depending on who's watching'. For example, while Mister Miracle saw him as a man, Martian Manhunter saw him as Lord L'Zoril, a Martian god with the appearance of a flaming alien skull. However, when many gods were meeting with Morpheus, he appeared in the same form. To confuse the matter more, Bast, goddess of cats, said "I much prefer you in cat form, Dream old friend". So, it’s unknown how this appearance thing works. He likes to wear a helmet that is made out of the skull of a now-dead enemy of his, which is also his sigil to the other Endless. His speech bubbles tend to appear wavy and black with white lettering in normal caps (as opposed to the other character’s block caps).
Despite ultimately being heroic and responsible, he does have some negative traits. He tends to be cold, selfish and unwilling to accept change. The most extreme example of this was in “The Kindly Ones”, where he lets various denizens of the Dreaming (the heart of Morpheus’ domain) including Able, Fiddler Green and Merv Pumpkinhead, die in gruesome deaths instead of trying to save them (although he later let himself die to stop the Kindly Ones ). He is also usually blind to his flaws, but he can confront them if someone points them out. If an Endless loves a mortal, it will end badly. As a general rule, all of Morpheus’ romances end badly.
Prior the The Sandman series, it’s implied he is even more of a jerk. In “Preludes and Nocturnes”, he is imprisoned for 70 years and his kingdom falls apart. He escaped and after getting back his bag of sand, helmet and ruby, he started to rebuild his kingdom. In “Season of Mists”, he allows Loki to walk the world free. In “Brief Lives”, he kills his son (who was begging to be killed as he is now a bodiless head). In “The Kindly Ones”, Lyta Hall (who thinks Morpheus kidnapped his son, though Loki did it) released the Kindly Ones on the Dreaming and they go on a rampage (they’re able to do so because he killed his son). After several of his servants and friends die, he allows himself to be killed to stop them.
Prior to becoming the new Dream, Daniel was the infant son of Lyta Hall. His father was Hector Hall, whose ghost was manipulated by Brute and Glob (two nightmares) to become the lord of dreams. They did so in a forgotten corner of the Dreaming. Morpheus came and imprisoned the duo, “killed” Hector and sent Lyta back to reality. He later dubbed Lyta’s son Daniel. Loki kidnapped Daniel, but Lyta thought Morpheus did the deed and sent the Furies after him. Morpheus sent Matthew (A man now transformed into a raven) and the restored Corinthian (a nightmare loyal to Morpheus) to save him (which they did). When Morpheus was toast, Daniel (because he was a “child of the Dreaming”) became the new Dream.
The new Dream was a mix of Daniel and the entity of the Dreams. Unlike Morpheus’ speech, his was mostly normal, except for his word balloons being wavy. Notably, Daniel is much more nice and gentle than Morpheus. However, he is also inexperienced in some matters. So, he relies on the advice of the raven, Matthew, who worked closely with Morpheus.
The Sandman TPBs
Sunday, January 2, 2011