Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!
COOL COMIC THINGS
One of the things that I really miss about the portrayal of Hercules in comics, and that Mark Millar has returned, to a certain extent, is that intriguing balance between being a brash hero and just a buffoon.
Too often, the brash aspects are highlighted to the point where Hercules is just seen as a buffoon. Or, in the alternative, he is “rehabilitated,” to the point of bearing little resemblance to the original character.
Which is a shame, as I really enjoy the original character.
For example of the coolness of Hercules, here’s some scenes from a 1967 issue of Avengers (words by Roy Thomas, pictures by John Buscema).
First off, Quicksilver is showing off, and Cap is concerned, because he is afraid Pietro’s bragging will irritate Hercules, and Cap doesn’t want THAT…
See just how accepted it is? The guy is an Olympian god! Cap understands that.
That causes a problem, later, though…
See how in stride Cap takes it. Hercules is not painted as a cretin or an evil guy, just as a brash fellow.
The preceeding action sequence leads to the following….
See! Hercules is all right!
We see more of this later in the issue, where Hawkeye wants to invade Russia to rescue his estranged girlfriend, the Black Widow.
Note how difficult it is to convince Hercules to come along…
Nothing! “Invade Russia? Sure! That beats watching reruns of Get Smart!” That is why Hercules is awesome. He doesn’t sit around and think over things, he just goes out and DOES stuff.
And this bit while they’re on the plane is particularly precious, as Hercules tells Hawkeye how HAWKEYE is brash!!
Later, when they get there, Hercules doesn’t even remember what they’re THERE for!
But it doesn’t matter, as he just needs to be pointed in the direction of the bad guys. That is why Hercules is awesome.
And look…the bad guys have a Psychotron, that projects your worst fears…and look how bad Hercules’ fears are!!
Think about all the stuff he has in his head – all the scary stuff that has happened to him, but does he dwell on it? No sir! For Hercules is just about bashing the bad guys and having a good time.
And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that at all.
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 one who figures it out!
SNARK FREE CHALLENGE
Who is smarter – Batman or the current Mr. Terrific?
One cool point to the first person who can tell me which comic this Quantum and Woody cover is homaging!
COOL COMIC GADGETS
The mention of the Psychotron reminded me that I meant to congratulate Scipio, as The Absorbascon was used in the last issue of JSA Classified (the one starring Hawkman with the awesome Walt Simonson artwork)!
How awesome is THAT?
The Absorbascon, of course, is a Thanagarian machine that can absorb the electric signals from thought waves and transmit the collective knowledge from any world (languages, cultures, et al) to its wielder.
Pretty awesome, no?
Almost as awesome as Scipio’s blog, The Aborbsacon!
And that’s pretty darn awesome!
Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.
Hope you had fun!