September 27, 2009

Quick Thoughts: Weekly Twitter for 2009-09-27

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  • RT @karlkerschl: Posted page 9 inks from my Flash story! It was fun to play with all of the different styles on this one. #
  • Interesting. Now it’s “Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con.” RT @WizardWorld: New Logo. #
  • Can’t choose between Stan Lee and Jim Lee? Meet both at the same time at Long Beach Comic-Con! #
  • One of the Flash’s Rogues must be on vacation in SoCal. Not sure I believe 103 degrees, but it is seriously warm. #
  • Bought this week: Wednesday Comics, Madame Xanadu, Farscape, Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance. Of the 4, I’m only caught up on Madame Xanadu. I’ve got some reading to do tonight! #
  • Funny Firefox easter egg: type “about:robots” into the location bar (via @Aeire & @IsobelWren) #
  • Has Marvel ever called a Spider-Man story “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” or “Last Dance with Mary Jane”? If not, how have they missed it? #
  • FlashForward: Sulu and Shakespeare team up to investigate a time-travel incident. #
  • Huh. I have 1,234 posts on Comic Bloc. #
  • Let’s just say I’m glad I only paid $1.75 to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. How do you make giant robots & explosions tedious? #
  • Eye See You! #
  • Apparently, you can now buy Squee! in a tube. #
  • 4 of the 6 whenever-it-comes-out comics I’m reading are just 1 issue from the conclusion. 5/7 if you include Ignition City. #

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Speed Reading: JLA, Drinks, Ridiculous Villains & More

Some weekend linkblogging…

News

Incoming Justice League writer James Robinson will include a speedster on the roster.

Yes. I’m talking to Geoff [Johns] about which one it will be. I just have to make sure that everyone at DC is happy with the choice. But there’s a definitely one I have in mind, and I think you’ll all find it an interesting choice.

Blackest Night editor Eddie Berganza contrasts Black Lanterns against Zombies.

The Flash: Rebirth team of Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver are both on the WonderCon 2010 Guest List.

Apparently Mark Waid isn’t evil anymore, judging by the new website www.markwaidwasevil.com.

Fan Commentary

High Five!'s Scarlet SpeedsterFlash drinkHigh Five! Comics has invented the world’s fastest drink: the Scarlet Speedster. In true Flash fashion, though, it’s not the first drink to ride the lightning! They’ve also put together a list of the top 10 “Most Ridiculous Villains We Could Think Of”. Two Flash villains — the Turtle and Double Down — make the cut alongside such classics as Starro the Conqueror, Polka Dot Man, and Turner D. Century. (I am not making this up.)

Titans Tower Monitor Room has put together a list of Top 20 Iconic Titans Covers.

Uni-Formz Flash GroupComics and Geeks is tempted by the Uni-Formz Flash action figures.

Fanboy Power Hour looks back at DC Comics Presents #1, the first half of one of the classic Superman-Flash races.

Update: Crimson lightning ponders Wally West’s Last Stand.

Update: Today’s random flashback post on my other blog is a scan of a rather hilarious public service announcement from the 1960s, BEM: Ladies’ Man.

September 26, 2009

Flash Smash Crash!

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Hmm, I wonder how many newsstands displayed these books next to each other:

Cover: Flash Comics #16 Cover: Smash Comics #16 Cover: Crash Comics Adventures #5

An explanation: A while back, I stumbled across a mention of Smash Comics, a series from Quality Comics that ran more or less concurrently with the more familiar Flash Comics. Just for kicks, I searched the Grand Comics Database (which is where I got the cover images) for Crash Comics, and found Crash Comics Adventures, which ran for 5 issues in 1940 before spinning off a series on the original Cat-Man. So the three books would have been on sale at the same time!

I couldn’t find any other books with the same pattern in the title. The GCD does substring matches, and “ash comics” only brought up variations on these three series. Though it did remind me that DC resurrected the Smash Comics title for one chapter of the 1999 The Justice Society Returns! event.

Originally posted at K-Squared Ramblings

September 25, 2009

Is There Demand for More Flash Archives?

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Note: The discussion is from 2007, and while the Silver Age material has gotten a fifth archive volume, three Showcase books and the start of a Chronicles line, the situation for the Golden Age Flash books has not changed.

Cover: Golden Age Flash Archives vol. 2Newsarama reports that during the Q&A part of the DC Nation panel at this weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con, a fan asked:

Are there more Legion, Flash or Justice League Archives coming? [VP of Sales Bob] Wayne said that when you get up to the issues that can be affordably bought by collectors the demand for the Archive Editions goes down.

Okay, this might apply to the Silver-Age material. The four Flash Archives books so far are up to Flash #132 (1962). When I was tracking down back-issues in the #133–140 range (the contents of a hypothetical book 5) around 2000 or so, I seem to remember finding reasonably good copies in the $5-15 range. (Better copies, of course, run into triple digits.) Note: Since this was originaly posted, volume 5 has been released.

But there’s still 8 years of Golden-Age material to cover, from 1942–1949: more than 75% of Jay Garrick’s solo run. And those books are much harder to find, with battered readers’ copies often selling for $40–150.

Moreover, those 8 years include the first appearances of every major Golden-Age Flash villain. Read the rest of this entry »

September 24, 2009

Flash Forward = Fantastic

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The FlashForward premiere was amazing. I’d been hoping it would be good, but it not only lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them! More thoughts at K-Squared Ramblings.

If you missed it, ABC is running it again Friday night. It should also be up on Hulu soon.

Flash Football

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The Beat writes about three promotional comics from Adidas featuring star soccer athletes (or, as the rest of the world calls it, football). The first cover, featuring a Jae Lee depiction of Emmanuel Adebayor, looked oddly familiar (and it seems I’m not the only one who sees a resemblance).

Cover: The Lightning Strika Blackest Night: The Flash

Okay, it’s nowhere near an exact match, but seeing it a matter of days after the Blackest Night: Flash #1 image was revealed made it hard for this Flash fan to miss the similarities. There’s even a lightning theme to it!

You can read the full comic on Adidas’ website.