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Snark Free Corner for 9/24

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Snark Free Corner for 9/24

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

Enjoy!

COOL COMIC THINGS

Okay, as I have written in the past, for the most part, I really dislike restrictions placed upon writers. You know, “You can’t use this character, you can’t do this, you can’t do that.”

That being said, the great writers often work around these restrictions and the end results are often an example of this week’s “cool comic thing,” which is when cool characters get turned into cool “hot” characters.

When he took over X-Men, Grant Morrison wanted to use Colossus, but he was currently dead in the books, so Morrison instead gave Emma Frost a new power and used her instead, and the result was a transformation of Emma Frost from a background character to a character suddenly EVERYone wanted to use.

First off, she got her own comic book title for a year or so.

She was used by Brian Michael Bendis extensively during New Avengers and House of M.

Joss Whedon made her part of his hand-picked team in Astonishing X-Men.

Peter Milligan basically had her as a team member of HIS X-Men run, as well.

She was soon one of the most prominent X-Men in all the X-Titles!!

When Keith Giffen restarted the Justice League in the late 80s, he wanted to do a “Big Guns” lineup, but he was not allowed access to most of the “big guns.” So instead, Giffen took what was given him, and made characters like Blue Beetle and Booster Gold some of the most popular characters in the entire DC Universe.

The Martian Manhunter was a background character through most of his history (heck, he was out of comics entirely for quite a few years), but under Giffen and scripter JM DeMatteis, J’onn J’onnz ended up winning a poll by DC readers in the early 90s for characters readers wanted to see given their own series (I forget if he beat Death or not – he was either 1st or 2nd, in addition, I think Beetle and Booster may have ACTUALLY been #1, but DC discounted the votes because they were already planning a mini-series featuring the two – if someone can find the column by Michael Eury containing the vote results, I’d appreciate it).

Then J’onn went into the background for awhile again, although still being featured in Christopher Priest’s Justice League Task Force.

But when Grant Morrison did the JLA revamp, he wanted to do a book about the original seven members of the Justice League, and the Manhunter WAS one of those seven, so even though Morrison was not a huge fan of J’onn, and some fans have a problem with Morrison returning J’onn’s vulnerability to fire (heck, even I thought it was a bit annoying), the end result was making J’onn a popular enough character that he got his own ongoing title for the first time in the character’s entire history!!!

And I’ve already written in the past of the work Kim Yale, John Ostrander and Chuck Dixon did in turning Barbara Gordon from an afterthought to one of the most prominent DC Universe characters.

So yeah, watching creators turn background characters into feature characters is a real cool comic thing.

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 person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Since the “Five Years Later” Legion has already been retconned TWICE, why not just restart the title from where Levitz/Giffen’s last run ended?

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Find me a cover featuring the following Legionnaires on it – Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Shrinking Violet and Brainiac Five.

Floating heads don’t count!

Here is an example (which you can’t use!)….

Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

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

1. This character was thought dead for awhile, but as it turns out, lived (although physically in quite bad shape as a result of the incident that was thought to have killed him).
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2. This character had a powerful weapon which he named after a woman.
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3. This character had no powers himself.
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4. This character worked as a private detective.
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5. This character is related to a major Marvel villain.

Who is it?

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

Hope you had fun!

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