Monday, July 23, 2007

Beat To The Punch

So Erik Larsen is releasing a line of comics featuring updated versions of public domain Golden Age characters. Read about it here.

Sigh. What are the odds? I mean, what are the odds other than pretty good?

I don't suppose I could get Mike Allred to draw my version of the Clock.

Oh well. Great minds, right? I guess I should take this as a sign that at least I'm thinking in the right direction. Still, if books featuring The Concordia, super champions of the European Union, the World's Smartest Monkey, or a Hawkeye/Top Dog team-up start showing up I'm gonna be pissed. Especially since I'm halfway through scripting the first arc of Prof. Simian and the Irregulars.

Speaking of which, anybody know any unemployed pencillers that want to draw monkeys, robots, hot chicks, classic cars and alien jungles?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Classic Cover of The Week

Yet another issue that I distinctly remember pulling from the spinner rack and reading on the spot before plunking down my hard earned 75 cents. How could I not? "Holy crap!! Spidey's got a new costume??? And it's black!!!"

Yeah, I spoke and thought with multiple explanation points in 1984. I was ten and I'd learned grammar and punctuation at the feet of Stan Lee and Steve Gerber. Excelsior!

Let's break for a quick aside here. The newsstand where I bought this comic had the "Hey Kids, Comics!" spinner rack and sold packs of Big League Chew but their primary hustle was cigars, chewing tobacco and adult magazines. The place had a perpetual cloud of cigar smoke pressing against it's yellowed drop ceiling tiles. Was I the last kid to buy comics from a cranky old man who'd roll his lit stogie from one corner of his mouth to the other as he took my allowance? Maybe.

Anyway, back to the action. We join our heroes as they regroup after an assult on Doom's fortress. Haggard and tired, Spidey's wishing that the Beyonder had also kidnapped a couple 3-packs of Hanes when he sees...

Now, my first thought is "That is Awesome!!!" Again, ten. On subsequent readings though, my brain couldn't help but come up with some legitimate questions. Did Thor use the same machine as Spidey?

"What If... Thor's hat and cape were evil symbiotes?" I must have missed that issue.

That leaves two other possibilities. A) Hulk and Thor knew what would pour out of that machine onto Spidey's hand and the two of them get together for a couple of beers and a chuckle every time Venom kidnaps Aunt May. B) The mystery aliens keep their sewing machines in the same room as their ectoplasmic containment units. Poor planning or a lack of storage space. Either way, that can't be childproof.

The more I think about it, the more I want to read about Thor's evil hat and cape possessing some poor schlub.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Luke Cage's Car

A hero's gotta represent, right? 300 lbs. of attitude and bullet-proof skin don't use a bus pass.

Google's not much help and his wikipedia page is shockingly missing this crucial information. Maybe it's because I'm hungover or maybe just because it's a Monday afternoon, but this might be the most important question on the internet.

We know how Cage rolls, but how does he roll?

Now, your first instinct might be the obvious answer. "Mike, Cage is hittin' the clubs in his pimped out 2009 Cadillac Escalade*. Black. Tinted windows. Gold custom rims. DVD in the back. GPS in the front. The AC and the T.I. both cranked to eleven." I have to disagree. That might be fine for punks like Night Thrasher or Rage, sweatin' their image, but not for my man, Power Man.

He wears a t-shirt and jeans to work. You think he cares what anyone thinks? Hell no.

That's why I've gotta think that he used the infamous $200 Doom paid him** as a down payment on this ride right here:

The 1978 Mercury Cougar RX-7. Aww, yeah!

Pristine condition and fully restored with a souped up engine. On the stereo? Either PE's "It's Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" or P-Funk's "Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow"

How's he lock up this sweet ride? 8-balls.

And in the back seat?

You're damn right it's rear facing.

And that's Luke Cage's car. Am I wrong? Dispute it in the comments section.

*2009 Escalade? He's a freakin' super-hero and he's in the Avengers. He could probably get his hands on a 2015 Escalade if he wanted.

**Plus, Luke Cage burned what? Several thousand dollars worth of FF pogo-plane rocket fuel in order to get in Doom's grill over $200? Damn straight he's gonna be particular about his wheels.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Groovy, Man

How can that not make you feel good? Well, unless you're a Sith Lord and you're lamenting the switch to open recruitment from fielding clones exclusively.

Time to get back to work on "Prof. Simian & the Irregulars" #2. The adventures of the world's smartest monkey aren't gonna write themselves, ya know.

Back From the Dead?

No, not really. I'm still only partially unpacked from moving into a new place this past weekend. In addition to the move, I also had to scramble to meet the deadline for the Disney/ABC Writer's Fellowship. A deadline that was on THE VERY SAME DAY as the day I had to move.

In between packing all of my stuff (an act in which I finally resolved to divest myself from the closet full of Star Wars toys) and writing a spec script for "How I Met Your Mother", something had to give.

So to all both of you that still check this site, I apologize.

Expect posting to resume a pace more frequent than never with each subsequent box that I unpack.

Classic Cover of The Week

Perez = Bad Ass. This is pretty much the perfect cover.

I loved this cover as a kid, picking up the last 4 or 5 issues of "Crisis" on the newstand after having missed the start of the series. I stumbled across it again yesterday at a friend's house, while leafing through his copy of the trade after gorging on burgers, dogs and various salads.

It's like someone kicked over my container of DC villain Heroclix and they're pissed.