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Snark Free Corner for 4/30

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Snark Free Corner for 4/30

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

Enjoy!

SNARK FREE THEME TIME

Today’s theme is “When some trick occurs to make it look like the villain won, but in reality, the villain did not win”!!!

1. The first one is Alan Moore’s classic Superman Annual – “For The Man Who Has Everything,” which showed the villain Mongul attempting to mess with Superman (on Superman’s birthday, no less! The indecency of some people!) by attaching a plant to Superman which gives the person their fondest wish, but also transfixes them into a vegetative state for the rest of their lives.

The day is saved, and Mongul finds himself trapped by the plant, as the end of the issue details Mongul thinking that he has won the day and killed lots and lots of people.

2. Next, we have the Giffen/DeMatteis era of the Justice League, and a pitched battle between the League and Despero. The League is hopelessly outmatched by Despero, so the Martian Manhunter has to use his “can only use one time” Martian gift of “mayavana,” which is basically like a Martian acid trip, where it tells your brain that the nicest thing ever has occured. This is usually designed as a present between loved ones, but J’onn is willing to use it FOR his loved ones (the League, natch) to trap Despero.

We see Despero reveling in destroying the world, basically.

3. When Manchester Black first showed up on the scene with the rest of his Authority-analogues, the Elite, Superman defeated them in such a manner that it APPEARED as though he had sunk to their level to stop them. But he had not. He tricked them into THINKING that he did.

Well, awhile later, Manchester Black returned the favor (in a variation of the theme), he tricks Superman into THINKING that Manchester Black killed Lois Lane. Superman freaks out, and is going to kill Manchester, when he pulls back – not willing to kil for any reason.

Manchester then reveals his plot – he was going to force Superman into killing him – and then reveal that Lois was still alive, just to mess with Superman’s mind…but, upon failing, Manchester just killed himself.

4. During the Twelve storyline, Professor Xavier needed to know that all the X-Men were themselves, and not Skrulls (as it had turned out that Wolverine was a Skrull at the time). So he devised a plan that forced all the X-Men to fight against each other and ultimately kill each other off, just to make sure no one was a Skrull.

5. Finally, in the last storyline before Grant Morrison took over – Eve of Destruction, Jean Grey and a ragtag team of X-Men tried to stop Magneto’s plans to take over the world (with an army of newly healed Genoshan mutants). At one point, it appeared as though Magneto killed Dazzler, but it all turned out that they had freed Professor Xavier, so that it was all in Magneto’s head.

And then Wolverine stabs him in the chest.

Nice.

Anyone have any OTHER comics to add to this theme?

Please do so!

COVER HOMAGE

Back to the old format for this week!

One cool point to the first person who tells me which artist this Pete Woods’ Amazons Attack! #1 cover is homaging.

SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Is Superman’s heat vision a blast of heat from his eyes, or does it just make stuff hot by looking at it? Basically, the question is, “Do people see red blasts emitted from Superman’s eyes?”

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! One cool point to the first person who guesses the right theme!

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WHO IS IT?

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

1. This creator was born outside the United States.
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2. This creator drew a number of issues of Amazing Spider-Man.
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3. This creator was the regular artist on Firestorm for a couple of years.
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4. This creator is a expert with bladed weapons, and also trains actors to fight for films occasionally.
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5. This creator is most known for his work drawing Conan (which he did recently for Dark Horse’s series).

Who is it?

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

Hope you had fun!

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