Posts Tagged ‘Captain Marvel’

Blonds with Boobs on Death Battle

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

I sometimes find the match pairings from Screw Attack to be questionable.  I have no question why they’re pitting the Dragonball Z fembot character against Carol Danvers: they’re both chicks with boobs and blond hair.  It’s just sex. There’s nothing thematically interesting nor an organic narrative available.

I imagine the internet was hoping fM.90.msmarvelor this. I haven’t seen the demand.Android18








Naturally the result is this:


SHAZAM: The Art of the Deal!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

from the author/artist/cartoonist Mark Engblom:

One of my favorite comic book concepts has always been Captain Marvel and the power of SHAZAM. A clever synthesis of modern and ancient mythology, the story of Captain Marvel began in Whiz Comics #2 (1940) as orphan Billy Batson was drawn to a mysterious underground chamber. He was met by SHAZAM, a wizard who could channel the power of ancient heroes…all of whom were inscribed as a handy acronym on a nearby wall. Speaking the wizard’s name, Billy was magically transformed into the superhero Captain Marvel, who also possessed the abilities of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.

As cool as the concept will always be, that acronym of gods, heroes, and a Hebrew king continues to fascinate me. I love the child-like simplicity of its assumption that mythic figures would freely share their power with mortals…but my adult cynicism often kicks in and suggests another story behind the wizard’s consolidation of godly power. In other words, it’s…

SHAZAM: The Art of the Deal!



Chris Yost interview right before the Kang release

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Read with fascination Robot 6 interview with Chris Yost. Mr. Yost’s grasp of Marvel lore is quite impressive.
Note how he explains the Hawkeye dynamic.

you generally need one of the big three… (in order for it to be “‘really the Avengers'”) but honestly… In my mind, Hawkeye’s the fourth of the big three. To me, if the team is Black Knight, Sersi, Doctor Druid, Photon and Namor, I’m skeptical – and obviously I love those characters, I mean two of my top five are in there. But you could just as easily call them the Defenders or something. But throw Hawkeye in that mix, and it’s the Avengers again.He’s the guy you or I could be, if we worked hard enough. Iron Man is similar, but his armor is one step past reality. Not Hawkeye. He’s got the attitude…. he’s a normal guy, standing shoulder to shoulder with the gods, and he’ll get right in their faces. He’s the Han Solo of the team.

Mind you that in Hawkeye’s introductory episode he and Black Widow teamed up to knock the Hulk unconscious, so either Jade Jaws is either significantly weaker in this show than in the Marvel Comics (unlikely) or Hawkeye himself has his trick arrows slightly more beyond reality than in the comics.

It is also possible that he is simply name-dropping.  He also talks about the Avengers being “guides” in exploring the Marvel Universe as if this is a Marvel show.  There is also an explanation for why Captain Mavel is blue and not using his most awesome costume.

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is dead. Long live Captain Marvel!

The appearance is based on the Ultimate Captain Marvel, which I suppose makes sense to me, especially if at least four of your main characters are already pale-skinned blonde-haired males.

Ultimate Captain Marvel

One more bit of name-dropping but their enthusiasm for the material shows through their comic book series for Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

I really wanted to flesh out the world of the series, do some of the things we couldn’t do in the show for this reason or that, and just to have fun. We’ll have Batroc’s Brigade, Super-Adaptoid, Mad Thinker, the Winter Guard, Elders of the Universe… we just go for it. This is the Marvel Universe, and it’s full of amazingness. And working with Scott Wegener and Patrick Scherberger has been a blast and a half.

This stuff makes me think that the cartoon is in good hands.

One more thing must be mentioned. The upcoming episode features the greatest Avengers villain of them all, Kang the Conqueror. That was inevitable given the time traveler’s position as one of the top villains of the Marvel mythology, even if he is not the most marketable (he did get a Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars action figure in the 80s).

The cool thing is that the title of the episode is “The Man Who Stole Tomorrow”. Its namesake is obscure unless you are a literary fan and as a bibliophile myself I recognized it immediately. The source of the title was a science fiction prose novel that Avengers comic scribe David Michelinie penned for the Pocket books Marvel series. I have owned this book for nearly two decades. It must have been over ten years since I have last read it.

Not only is the book surreal and brilliant simultaneously but most of those prose books are canonical within the Marvel Comics universe! The then-contemporary character relationships were a lot of fun. I still have my favorite line memorized:

George Lucas would puke!

Ah, Hank McCoy….

I bet the Kang episode will more likely resemble a 1960s or 1980s Kang story than the novel’s plot, but you never know.

In any case, you should buy a copy.

After all of this I still have to ask… why does Iron Man have blue nipples?

Which do you think are the most significant Super-Heroes and are the number of the most important only seven?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Adherents has had a website dedicated to exploring the respective religions of various fictional characters for some time now and whenever I wander over there (which is very rarely) I find it fascinating.

One of their side pages is The Significant Seven: History’s Most Important Superheroes.

It is, for the most part, an excerpt from a book by Mike Benton that I never read entitled The Comic Book in America: An Illustrated History. So when I dispute adherents’ conclusions, I dispute Mike Benton’s ideas, but considering that at the end the site wants us to contact them if we find what needs correcting, I suppose we should contact them for the one thing I find factually incorrect in Mister Bention’s assertions. The rest is historical speculation, opinion, or genuinely correct.

I notice he limits himself to only comic book super-heroes, of course, as Batman and Superman have slightly limited originality if you count their pulp fiction fore-bearers. There is also only characters that are currently owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Although then the characters were genuinely significant Plastic Man and Captain Marvel were owned by Quality and Fawcett Comics respectively.
The Significant Seven are as follows:

Wonder Woman
Captain America
Captain Marvel
Plastic Man

My questions are not whether these characters are significant for they surely are and certain I can dispute just how much more significant they are than most other characters. Yet I wonder if they really are only seven significant super-heroes in the fashion that the author intended.

Superman is Superman, that which other costumed characters follow. Wonder Woman is the Woman, and regardless of the creator’s intent she is now the female super-archetype in comics for better or for worse (usually for worse). Batman is the peak human being; his presence is the indicator that one need not be superhuman to fight evil. So we have Super-Man, Super-Woman and Man-Man.

What they’re missing is Green Lantern.

For my point any Green lantern will do, from the original to the modern to the one that was simply in print the longest consistently.

Batman is a normal human being with no special powers beyond what a man can gain or obtain with extra-normal amounts of time and ambition. Leaving aside the factor of talent there are professional athletes that could be real life comparisons. Superman’s core attributes when it comes to sheer ability and power are beyond us mere mortals obviously but then comes Green Lantern. He is a mere mortal, a normal human like us, that wields the power of gods through an artifact, a mcguffin. Green Lantern is a man and not a god (although that really could be arguable). Superman would have to be someone else entirely to not be Super; Green Lantern just needs to remove the ring, not recharge the ring, or in the contemporary comics discharge the weapon completely. He possesses abilities but they do not come from him; they are not internalized. His identity like Batman is of a man but his abilities as a super-hero are separate because of his powered artifact, and those capabilities are closer to Superman than a mere mortal.

Green Lantern is the midpoint of Superman and Batman. That is precisely why he is Significant.

I also think the article should have the first hero that only has one power but I cannot say for sure who that is.

What are the concepts that don’t “work right” in a unified DCU?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I’ve come to the conclusion that as much as I like seeing the Shazam characters in the DCU, they really need to be their own universe. Captain Marvel needs to be in a world where Superman doesn’t exist, 11-year-olds have broadcasting careers and talking animals being a part of your circle are unquestioned. Where Mr. Mind is a cartoony worm whose significance is that he is a diabolical mastermind who looks ridiculous… instead of this mental parasite as he is in the DCU. More to the point, Billy Batson needs to be eternally the same age, and he simply does not work anywhere on the DCU timeline. Remember, the current Robin was *conceived* after 1986’s “Legends”, so Billy Batson should be 20 or older by now!

Stanley and his Monster, The Inferior Five, Angel and the Ape… they don’t really gibe with the rest of the DCU. The I5’s parents are carbon copies of the JSA, so somehow that superteam has to fit into DCU history. And I don’t really want Stanley forced to consume blood as part of his grandfather’s Satanic cult, or the Monster having a dark side that he doesn’t show Stanley. (Oddly enough, Phil Foglio was able to make his “Stanley” book totally gibe with “Sandman” without compromising the funny!)

The World War II books are OK, I guess. There’s just something odd about their happening in a world where, Spear of Destiny excuse be darned, the JSA should be able to tilt WWII’s balance of power.

What do you think? What are the concepts that should really be outside of the DCU’s one universe?