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Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:14 am
by Garrett Gilchrist

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:29 am
by Garrett Gilchrist

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:50 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
“From time to time we receive letters from readers who wonder why there’s so much moralizing in our mags. They take great pains to point out that comics are supposed to be escapist reading, and nothing more. But somehow, I can’t see it that way. It seems to me that a story without a message, however subliminal, is like a man without a soul. In fact, even the most escapist literature of all – old time fairy tales and heroic legends – contained moral and philosophical points of view.
At every college campus where I may speak there’s as much discussion of war and peace, civil rights, and the so-called youth rebellion as there is of our Marvel mags per se. None of us lives in a vacuum – none of us is untouched by the everyday events about us – events which shape our stories just as they shape our lives. Sure our tales can be called escapist – but just because something’s for fun, doesn’t mean we have to blanket our brains while we read it! Excelsior!” – Stan Lee

Stan Lee's writing gave Marvel Comics its personality, even well into the 1990s when he still wrote "Stan's Soapbox" columns and addressed readers with phrases like "true believers" and "excelsior!" To an extent the man WAS Marvel comics and had a hand in creating countless beloved characters. He injected a little bit of reality into the comic book world, giving us heroes who struggled with real-world problems, at a time when DC was still more fantasy-based. At age 95 he'd seen Marvel characters take over the Hollywood box office and largely overtake their DC rivals to become some of the most popular heroes in the world. He himself appeared in every film, and even non-Marvel films like Mallrats and Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. Because why make a comic book movie without Stan Lee?

(I met Stan Lee once in 2007, and told him I'd made a film about one of his characters, She-Hulk. I don't have more of a story than that.)

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:16 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
Here's Stan Lee making fun of Rob Liefeld & Todd Mcfarlane in the 90s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmLFGWAyajU

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:05 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:40 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
For some reason, Marvel spent 1993 using Squirrel Girl as a punchline. She was introduced in 1991 as a one-off character, but maybe they were getting mail asking when she was coming back, or she'd become a weird inside joke around the office.

From the last issue of ALF:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2rIO2eU4AcqWdJ.jpg

https://www.cbr.com/squirrel-girl-marvel-making-fun/

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:37 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
In the 40s, Captain Marvel was about as popular as Superman, hung out with a talking tiger named Mr. Tawny, is a child whose superhero "family" also includes a disabled child, was nicknamed "The Big Red Cheese" and resembled Fred MacMurray. He's referenced in the first Spider-Man movie.

Eventually he wound up in DC's lineup - but they already had a Superman, and using the name "Captain Marvel" gradually became legally difficult due to the success of Stan Lee's Marvel Comics. He's now usually called "Shazam" (originally the wizard who gives him his powers) and drawn with a tailored, flapped costume different from Superman's, which the movie ignores.

Stan Lee's Marvel Comics then created various characters called "Captain Marvel" in order to make use of the name. (Such as Mar-Vell and Monica Rambeau, who only sort of appear in the Captain Marvel movie.)

The one that really stuck recently was Carol Danvers, formerly Ms. Marvel (and once a supporting character to Captain Marvel). It was a sort of promotion for her, as she was already a semi-popular character. Previously, Rogue (of the X-Men) stole Ms. Marvel's powers in a fight and kept them permanently, and Ms. Marvel as a character had a rough time of it for awhile.

The role of "Ms. Marvel" is now filled by a young Muslim woman with stretching powers, Kamala Khan.

"Carol Danvers" sounds very similar to Supergirl's current name "Kara Danvers." This is an apparent accident caused by combining two of Supergirl's usual names - Linda Lee Danvers and Kara Zor-El (A name also used by alternate Supergirl, Power Girl).

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:35 am
by Garrett Gilchrist
There's an epilogue now to the webcomic Homestuck, which like all Homestuck content since the comic ended has several credited writers (rather than the original writer). It has no illustrations and is presented as a piece of fanfiction. It's about 700 pages long. I'm not sure I'll bother to read it, as the intro felt nothing like Homestuck, and the online reactions have been like -- well, let me quote one Tumblr post from longtime Homestuck analyst BladekindEyewear:

"ive gone from shaking bodily about this and feeling nauseous (and feeling like i want to shout and having to shut my mind off from my thoughts every time i think of one of a handful of characters) to ACTUALLY, GENUINELY feeling close to throwing up now. seriously. im falling apart.

could someone reply to this post with spoiler-free advice on how not to feel absolutely and utterly sick about how all this turned out

i cant wipe it from my mind, i cant go back to the finale flash and pretend that was really the end of it all even with how THAT affected me, i remember this whole side of the epilogue story and thinking how things ended up for certain people is making me feel even WORSE than that EVER COULD

please help how do i distract myself

i feel like callie w/ the blinds drawn mocking up ridiculous fiction after ridiculous fiction on the walls to try and distract myself but ultimately knowing all of it is just obscuring this painful reality i cant get away from

FYI i took a hot shower and threw up and now i feel a bit better, enough to sleep anyway; think the panic attack is mostly over"

--

NOTE: The intro presents two choices for a meal: Meat, or Candy. Both lead to different epilogues. Obviously neither raw meat nor candy are an ideal or complete meal, and it's theorized that there is a third "vegetables" route not yet revealed.

(The same writer posted a long reaction, and the end to the Meat section reads as follows:)

"breathe boots breathe god damnit

okay reading, uh

a-all the action that matters f fuck i dsee the end of the page what thej fuck s how oculd it enduhyere XXXX has an enddless chase for her ff-fucking wife or while she’s being mind-raped by XXXX orasdf jklfdk adn dshes gonan be in a stupdi metal body or

im really

really gonna need that candy after this

reading that last few paragraphs SHIT"

"I need a drink. Fuck this I was gonna break for dinner but I’m continuing once I get a beer. I’m sweating and unhappy. Like I should be after eating this many pages of raw meat, shouldn’t I?"

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:11 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist

Re: Comics Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:50 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist