Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!
COOL COMIC THINGS
One of the advantages that comic books have over other written literature is its ability to get across a lot of information within one small panel.
The economy of this has never been more evident than in the work of Steve Ditko.
To examine his coolness, I will show you a few panels of his from Amazing Fantasy #15, where Ditko manages to create not only incredibly expressive scenes, but also dump a load of information upon the reader – all within a single panel.
First, we see the establishment of the loving enviroment Peter Parker is growing up in (Aunt May’s wheatcakes, of course, have since become an institution of their own).
Here, we see the establishment of Peter’s social situation, while introducing us to Flash Thompson in a way that shows us exactly what kind of guy he is.
Okay, this panel is just basic exposition – but Ditko still does it well!
Here, though, is a brilliant mixture of exposition and emotion, as the reader is told who this man is, but in being told, we see the shock and horror in Spider-Man’s face as HE realizes it, too!
Finally, talk about gripping emotion! And all this, while the slower readers have it spelled out to them – Spider-Man is responsible for the crook getting away from the cops and that crook just killed his sweet ol’ Uncle Ben!
Ditko is a master.
COVER THEME GAME
You know what, I’ve been having the Cover Theme Game be a bi-weekly thing, but folks seem to like it, I have fun putting them together, so why NOT just make it a weekly thing? So here it is – now WEEKLY!
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.
One cool point to the first person who figures it out.
SNARK FREE CHALLENGE
Which member of the Avengers who does not have his or her own ongoing title do you think could best support their own ongoing title?
Here’s how this one works.
I give you a cover, and you have to tell me a comic cover that homages this cover.
You get a cool point for each cover (one cool point per commenter, so one single commenter can’t just blow it all in one fell swoop), with double the cool points for any cover homage from five on
SNARK FREE THEME TIME
This week’s theme is “betrayal by one of their own!”
1. Quicksilver betrayed the Avengers in the mid-80s, as he blamed them for everything bad in his life, but ultimately, he could not destroy them, what with his sister being an Avenger and all.
2. Mockingbird was sort of a traitor when she worked with the world governments to dismantle the Vision. She did not know it involved dismantling the Vision, but she must have known it wasn’t going to be fun and games for the Vision.
3. Terra betrayed the Teen Titans to help Deathstroke.
4. The Thunderbolts had a fun twist when the “traitors” on their team were the ones who decided NOT to be bad guys.
5. The X-Men had a traitor, and it turned out to be Professor Xavier, whose mind had snapped when he mind-wiped Magneto (Magneto’s evil personality merged with Xavier, driving Xavier batty).
6. The Justice League’s official mascot, Snapper Carr, betrayed them to the Joker, for no real reason that I can recall.
7. If the Suicide Squad counts, then Boomerang betrayed them every other issue…hehe.
8. Hal Jordan betrayed the Green Lantern Corps when he was possessed by Parallax and forced to kill some Lanterns in his quest to gain the power of the Guardians (so he could fix Coast City).
9. Hawkman betrayed Justice League International when it was revealed that he was a spy by Thanagar.
10. Black Widow betrayed the Ultimates to help foreign interests take over America.
11. Tigra betrayed Captain America’s Secret Avengers team during Civil War.
Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.
Hope you had fun!
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