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Snark Free Corner for 9/18

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Snark Free Corner for 9/18

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

Enjoy!

COOL COMIC THINGS

Breaking the “fourth wall” of the comic logo is awesome, isn’t it?

Walt Simonson has often gotten credit for being the first to do so with a cover logo with his first issue of Thor, and while his is probably the most FAMOUS, it wasn’t even the first time SIMONSON had used the technique, as he used it a few years earlier on an Amazing Spider-Man cover.

John Byrne also messed with the Fantastic Four’s cover a couple of months before Thor…

and had messed with the X-Men’s cover before Simonsons’s Amazing Spider-Man cover….

Also, Ed Hannigan used a cover logo break to great effect earlier in the same year as Thor for an Amazing Spider-Man cover.

But AFTER Simonson’s Thor cover, suddenly the technique was used often, and I’m happy, because it’s really cool.

What are your favorite cover logo breaking covers (this might make for a cool future Top Five, no?)?

SNARK-FREE CHALLENGE

Which superhero has the silliest reasoning behind their costumes? Spider-Man 2099 (“I need something made out of unstable molecules, but the only thing I have is this spider-esque costume I got for the Day of the Dead celebration, and oh, those remnants of that glider would make for great webbing”), Green Lantern (“Let me just toss different clothes on, and make sure it all clashes horribly, the more garish I am, the more scared the criminals will be!”), Wonder Girl (“I know, a Wonder Woman T-shirts, shorts, a long black wig and goggles! Not only will I fool my mother, I will be the most fashinable hero out there!”) or do you have any even better choice?

COVER HOMAGE

One cool point to the first person who can tell me which cover this Thor cover is homaging!

SNARK FREE THEME DAY

Today’s theme is….

I WAS SO MUCH OLDER THEN, I’M YOUNGER THAN THAT NOW

An often used theme is that of age-regression.

1. One of the first prominent uses of age-regression was in the pages of Wonder Woman. The books had already begun telling stories about Wonder Woman when she was a girl, and even as a toddler!

Well, in one issue, they went even further, and had Wonder Woman actually be de-aged so that she could communicate with an infant!

Wonder Tot, indeed!!

2. Age-regression can be a fun tool to explain away a character’s age.

For instance, after Magneto messed around with this dude, Alpha the Ultimate Mutant..

he ended up being regressed to infancy.

When he was RE-aged later on, it was able to explain why he was in decent shape for a Holocaust survivor.

3. The same tool was used in the pages of Sensational She-Hulk, where She-Hulk’s supporting character from World War II was age-regressed (it was based, I believe, upon a very metafictional approach – the more the Blonde Phantom appeared in comics, the more she would be de-aged, just like how Batman and Superman have not aged, since they appear in comics a LOT).

4. In the pages of Green Lantern Corps, the same de-aging occured for Alan Scott, using the Starheart (the source of his powers) to explain it away.

5. Sometimes, de-aging is a result of bad guys, like was the case when the Legion of Superheroes nemesis, Glorith, de-aged a few of the characters in a major battle (she also AGED some characters, as well).

6. Also, during the whole Nanny and Orphanmaker storyline, Storm was de-aged.

7. Finally, a couple of years ago, Young Justice had a big storyline where Klarion the Witch Boy cast a spell that made every hero on Earth switch ages. If you were young, you were now old. If you were old, you were now young. If you were REALLY old (JSA-old), you were REALLY young.

Here is what happened to the JSA…

Ta da!

Feel free to share any other examples of this theme that you can think of!!

WHO IS IT?

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

1. This character has a prototypical Stan Lee-esque alliterative real name.
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2. This character’s motivation for becoming a hero was to clear his brother’s name.
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3. This character has been seemingly killed twice.
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4. This character currently works for the government.
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5. This character is a master of disguise.

Who is it?

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

Hope you had fun!

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