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Snark Free Corner for 12/17

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Snark Free Corner for 12/17

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

GREAT SUPPORTING CAST MEMBERS

Reggie Mantle inhabits a special spot where few supporting characters adequately reside – the antagonist to the hero who is still a friend of the hero.


Far too often, such characters end up going too far on one end or the other, like the way that Flash Thompson mellowed out during his relationship with Peter Parker.

Reggie has maintained the animosity between Archie and himself, but at the same time, he is not so evil that the two are not basically friends (and Reggie’s athleticism makes him perfect for sports stories).

In fact, I did a showdown between Reggie and Flash awhile back, and I’ll show you the results here, as I judged the two characters in eleven different categories, with the winner being the one with the most category nods.

Flash Thompson


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Reggie Mantle!!


Individual Success – Both of them are good athletes, but Reggie has won many OTHER awards, while Flash…well…is a good athlete. Reggie is destined to be a successful businessman – Flash is a gym teacher after bumming through different jobs for years. Reggie takes this one! Reggie 1, Flash 0

Sales Success – Reggie has had about three titles over the years, all of which were canceled. However, I think HAVING his own title is still something to be proud of, especially when you’ve had three!! Flash has never had his own title…ever! Reggie takes this one! Reggie 2, Flash 0.

Complexity of Relationship – Both relationships (Flash and Peter, Reggie and Archie) are interesting because in both cases, the rivals (Peter and Archie) hang out with them even though they are really, really big jerks. What’s up with that? Of the two, though, only Flash ever actually explored the paradox (in a Steven Grant story where Flash asks, “Why ARE we friends?”). In addition, the whole “President of the Spider-Man fan club while hating Peter Parker” thing is tooo much. Flash takes this one! Reggie 2, Flash 1.

Fighting Ability – Flash went to war. Reggie gets beat up by Moose a LOT. Flash in a cake walk. Reggie 2, Flash 2.

Intelligence – Reggie is actually a good student at Riverdale High. In addition, he often comes up with quite elaborate pranks which require a lot of thought behind them. Flash? Well, he’s a moron. Reggie takes it! Reggie 3, Flash 2.

Most Likely to be Mistaken as the Hobgoblin – In a surprise upset, Flash Thompson, who actually WAS mistaken as the Hobgoblin for awhile, LOSES to Reggie Mantle!! But really, when you look at it, it should not come as such a surprise. After all, Flash is a moron who loves Spider-Man. Is he really going to be the guy who is going to be a criminal mastermind who hates Spider-Man?! Reggie is JUST devious enough to have the thought be in people’s minds. Reggie 4, Flash 2.

Longevity – Reggie’s first appearance was in 1942. Flash’s first appearance was in 1962. Reggie in a walk. Reggie 5, Flash 2.

Most Open-Minded – Reggie only dates popular white girls, although he DID have an interesting friendship with a Korean girl once. Flash was with a Vietnamese woman AND an ex-crook! In addition, Flash was able to see through the Daily Bugle’s hype and know that Spider-Man was a good guy! Flash wins! Reggie 5, Flash 3.

Better Ladies Man – Reggie gets rejected by girls that would obviously date Flash, so Flash takes this easily. Reggie 5, Flash 4.

Musical Ability – Reggie played lead guitar on “SUGAR, SUGAR”!!!! Flash can’t play the triangle. Reggie easily wins! Reggie 6, Flash 4.

Cooler Current Status – Reggie is currently vying with Archie for Betty and/or Veronica (or whatever hot new girl is in town), playing lead guitar in the Archies, and generally living the cake life. Flash is currently brain damaged and coaching high school gym.

Advantage – Reggie.

Reggie 7, Flash 4.

Reggie rules!!

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Okay, so Longshot flips a coin and he needs it to land on tails. If Black Cat (back when she had powers) is trying to get it NOT to happen, what side does the coin land on – heads or tails? Or does it land on its edge?

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Find me a cover featuring Kyle AND Hal, only with no Parallax on the cover!!

Floating heads don’t count!! And those covers with “Every Justice Leaguer/Avenger ever!” don’t count, either!

Here is an example (which you can’t use! )….


Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

1. This character took a name inspired by another hero.
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2. This character had a costume that was similar to another hero (basically a reworked version of the same costume).
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3. This character is not currently a hero.
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4. This character had abnormal abilities, but is now basically a normal human being.
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5. This character has violet eyes, which is an important factor in determining her background.

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!