Snark Free Corner for 1/22

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



Nostalgia is interesting, as it is often a lot of fun to look back at events of the past. However, there is a whole separate fun adjunct to nostalgia, which is the interest in events BEFORE people were popular - to look back at the people we enjoy now when they were not as popular. The vast amount of TV shows using the concept of "Before They Were Stars" is proof positive of our interest in this topic.

Therefore, a really interesting comic for to look back now is the 1980s comic from DC, New Talent Showcase, to see some of the comic creators who made their debuts in that series.

The first issue features art from Scott Hampton AND Tom Mandrake!

An auspicious debut, wouldn't you say?

Later issues featured artwork by Norm Breyfogle, Steve Lightle, Mark Beachum, Shawn McManus, Karl Kesel (inks), Tom Grindberg, and Jim Fern (plus plenty more I forgot).

Plus Terry Shoemaker (as seen on this cover)...


Eric Shanower!

It certainly is cool to look back at these artists at a time when there was no difference to us readers between them and any of the other names of the artists in the New Talent Showcase.


If Cyclops can see something, does that mean he can hit it with his optic blasts? In other words, can Cyclops actually miss a target?


One cool point to the first person who can tell me what comic book cover this Supreme Power: Nighthawk cover is homaging?


John Byrne did a simply excellent job on Fantastic Four #267, an issue he wrote and drew.

The issue dealt with Sue Richards' second pregnancy which, like her first, came with a health scare.

The first time around, the rest of the team had to travel to the Negative Zone to find something to help Sue. This time around, Reed had to simply find a single man to help him. The problem? That single man happened to be Dr. Otto Octavius, otherwise known as Dr. Octopus!

First, Reed does a good job convincing Otto to help (Octavius was in the midst of a mental breakdown via a defeat at the hands of Spider-Man)...

However, a billboard mentioning Spider-Man causes Dr. Octopus to snap back to form, leading to a confrontation between Reed and Octavius, which Byrne draws beautifully.

Finally, with the two at a stalemate, Reed challenges Otto the best way he can - by appealing to his ego...

Reed agrees to let him keep his arms, so long as helps Reed.

They dash to the hospital, but what they find there...

And finally, in a great last page turn...

What a gripping comic book - with a perfect combination of words and pictures to achieve emotion.

A very good comic book (even if one disagreed with the idea of Sue having a miscarriage).


We know when most of our favorite superheroes made their cover debuts (almost always, it was on the cover of their first appearance), but how about some of the more notable SUPPORTING cast members out there? How long did it take for some of them to make their first cover appearance?

Let's see!

Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan were quite lucky, as far as supporting characters go, as their first cover appearances were not only in their first appearances period, but they even got HYPED on their first cover!!

One of Captain America's love interests, Sharon Carter, did not have to wait long for her first cover appearance, as she made her cover debut a mere issue after she first appeared...

Another one of Cap's love interests, though, had to wait about thirty issues before Bernie Rosenthal made a cover appearance...

Jim Rhodes didn't have to wait long for his cover debut, showing up only a few issues after he first appeared in the pages of Iron Man...

Mrs. Bambi Arbogast, however, Tony Stark's secretary, had to wait over a hundred issues before she graced the cover of a comic book...

That's nothing, however, compared to how long Edwin Jarvis had to wait, over two hundred covers of both Tales of Suspense (where he made his first appearance) and Avengers before he debuted on the cover of Avengers #197 (thanks to Bully for catching the tiny appearance of Jarvis on this cover that I, at first, missed - thinking his first cover was four issues later, in #201!).

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

Hope you had fun!

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