Showing posts with label Superman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Superman. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

League Assignment- First impressions.

Another week, another assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers. This week, the topic is,

You never get a second chance at a first impression–what moment in pop culture had you saying “Now, that’s how you make an introduction!”

When I read the assignment, immediately I thought of this:

Like it says on the cover, this was the first issue in what would be a multi issue fight between Doomsday, Superman, and a bunch of other heroes. This issue was also the first Superman comic that I had ever bought in the wild. I was looking over the comics section at A&P, and the picture of this green suited and bound monster jumped out at me. I must have read that book dozens of times over the next couple of weeks.

I was hooked on the story from the very first page. There's an ominous "KRAANG" noise echoing through the valley. We're shown that it's coming from underground, and that this is the source:
Eventually, the green suited creature breaks out of its cell, and bursts out of the ground. "Doomsday is coming" is the only clue we have as to the creature's identity.

The main story of Man of Steel #18 really wasn't anything special. A boy named Keith needs Superman to save his mom from a bunch of renegade Underworlders. The Underworlders are plotting to steal Metropolis' electricity and then...well I'm not quite sure what they planned to do after that. They seemed to think they were going to take over the world above with their war machines, but Superman easily kicks their asses while barely breaking a sweat. While all this is going on, we see Doomsday, with one arm still tied behind his back, destroying everything and everyone in his path. 

There's one scene though, right after he breaks out of his cell, that shows us just how evil a creature Doomsday can be. He's standing there in a field, looking off into the distance, when a small bird flies up.

Seems touching, right? The large and obviously powerful being, appearing mesmerized by this tiny and fragile creature. It's almost as if he's giving the bird a place to rest before continuing on its journey. Unfortunately, the bird didn't know that Doomsday was created by cloning and killing a baby thousands of times, to the point that it grew to hate all living creatures. When you land on the hand of a being like that, there can only be one outcome.

Now that, is how you make an introduction.

What made an impression on my fellow bloggers?

Nerd Rage Against the Machine thinks Doctor Who makes the best introductions

jathniel truly believed a man could fly.

Newt got his quarter's worth on a Super Mario Bros. 3 arcade machine.

Geek Chunks has good taste in cartoon intros.  

Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks is on the move, Goodwill Hunting for Geeks is on the loose.

John at the Batcave Toy Room also believed a man could fly.

LeAnn at Retro Toy Safari wants to with Solo.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Young love

This week's assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is:

When I was a kid, my favorite ______________ was _____________.

You wouldn't think this would be such a tough question, but I've been racking my brain for the answer for the past week now. I wasn't kidding when I commented that my favorite thing changed on a weekly basis. Should I go with a toy, or a movie? How about a TV show? Finally, after much deliberation, I have an answer.

When I was a kid, my favorite comic book ad was for Kenner's Super Powers. Specifically, this one:

I seem to remember seeing this ad on the back cover of a Jemm: Son of Saturn comic. The sad thing was, I didn't see this ad until 1988 or 89, and Super Powers had been out of the nearby stores for a couple years by then. It was also after my Superman had gotten broken, and after my Robin got chewed up by our dog. Every time I looked at the back page of that comic, I missed those two toys more and more. I still had most of a Hawkman, Martian Manhunter and Doctor Fate, but that did little to lessen pain I felt over the loss of my two favorite action figures at the time.

It's probably one of the coolest ads I've ever seen, with the hand operated Superman action figure beating up an illustrated Lex Luthor. Thinking about the implications of that scenario gives me a headache. Not only did Lex Luthor stumble upon a photorealistic universe, he ended up in one where everyone is controlled by huge disembodied hands. That isn't a look of pain on his face, that is a look of complete and utter terror. Lex has seen behind the curtain, and he'll never be the same man again.

This advertisement is still effective, even today. It took me hours to write a few short paragraphs, because I kept going back and forth to e-Bay, trying to get my hands on another Hawkman or Superman. Dammit Kenner, even though you're gone, you've still got it.

Here are some of the other League members' favorites

That Figures' favorite Star Wars figure'll have to read it to find out.

Adventures in Gaming really loved his bicycles.

Random Nerdness was the Master of his Universe.

Goodwill Hunting for Geeks loved going on big adventures with little figures

Fortune and Glory (Days) shares some great childhood photos.

Tupa's Treasures has had a lifelong companion in the form of Winnie the Pooh.
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