Comic Blogs Should Be Good – Estoreal
There are a lot of cool comic book blogs out there (see our sidebar for a list of a bunch of them), but I guess it is hard to pick which ones you think you’d like to read. So each week, I will feature a guest entry by a really cool comic blogger, and you all can then check out that comic blog after you see how cool they are from their guest bit. Today’s entry comes from RAB, of Estoreal, a fun blog where RAB writes interesting (and often humorous) essays about comic books and culture in general.
For his guest entry, RAB is sharing with us his particular brand of humor by satiring a comic blog schtick you folks might be familiar with. He calls it “Snark Filled Corner.”
SNARK FILLED CORNER for 8/30
WHO IS IT?
Name who it is, and what number clue gave it away!
1. This character is the most widely known superhero in the world.
2. This character has been featured as the lead in several television shows and movies.
3. This character was created by two young men in Cleveland who shared the same initials.
4. This character escaped the destruction of his home world aboard a rocket built by his scientist father and was sent to Earth, where he had powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men which he uses in a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.
5. This character has been written and drawn by the finest talents in comics over the years, including an All-Star title where his stories are being written by God Himself!
Who is it?
WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE #1
COMIC BOOK URBAN LEGENDS REVEALED!
This is the latest in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous entries.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: The new Batwoman was originally intended to be male and the world’s first transvestite superhero, but this plan was scrapped at the last minute.
STATUS: False. Come on, nobody thinks this is true. Are you on drugs or something? Besides, everyone knows the world’s first male transvestite superhero was Meta Maid, created by Grant Morrison in Zenith.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood #1 in 1992 was the first comic book to be printed on paper.
STATUS: False. Despite Liefeld’s claim that he was the first to think of this, comic books were actually printed on paper for several decades prior, all the way back to the start of the medium. His additional claim to have invented staples to hold the pages together also does not stand up to close scrutiny.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: As classmates in their freshman year at the University of Michigan, Judd Winick and Brad Meltzer swore a solemn oath to infiltrate DC Comics and utterly destroy the company from within.
STATUS: This turned out to be true.
WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE #2
Who would win in a no-holds-barred fight to the death between Greg Burgas and Greg Hatcher for exclusive rights to the name “Greg” on this blog?
WHO’S YER FAV’RIT…
…second identity held by Captain America? Is it:
Comic book artist?
Blond-haired Indian brave in Elizabethan England?
Aimless drifter on a motorcycle trying to find himself?
President of the United States?
WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE #3
Who would win in a paint-by-numbers contest between Daredevil and Dr. Mid-Nite?