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Snark Free Corner for 3/12

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

Enjoy!

COOL COMIC PARAPHERNALIA

Thor has taught us the coolness of having a magic hammer, but few can match the coolness of a magic CROWBAR!!

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And yet that is exactly the case with The Wrecker, who was a criminal who would, after looting someone’s place, use a crowbar to wreck the place (natch) and then leave a crowbar at the scene.

However, he accidentally chose to loot an apartment where Karnilla was waiting for Loki, so she could give him some powers to fight Thor. Karnilla thought Wrecker was Loki, so gave HIM the powers, and the enchantment came from his magic crowbar!

The enchantment made him strong enough to take on Thor himself!

Later on, The Wrecker had three acquaintances (read as prison mates) who broke free with him, and when he got his crowbar, they all grasped it when it got struck by lightning, giving them ALL superpowers!!

They became The Wrecking Crew!

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All due to a magic crowbar.

Awesome.

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! This one is a BIT tougher than usual, I think, so TWO cool points to the first one who figures it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

I asked this one before, but that was with Marvel characters. DC has more characters who are just athletes, so this should be a bit easier, but perhaps difficult to choose ONLY five.

So here goes – Make up the best basketball team you could possibly make up of DC characters without superpowers (if their powers are in their suits, they can play, so long as you think they’d be good enough without their suits – like Booster Gold, who was a great athlete withOUT the suit), like Batman, Nightwing, Green Arrow, etc.

COVER HOMAGE

Here’s how this one works.

I give you a cover, and you have to tell me a comic cover that homages this cover.

You get a cool point for each cover (one cool point per commenter, so one single commenter can’t just blow it all in one fell swoop), with double the cool points for any cover homage from four on

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WHO IS IT?

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

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2. This creator designed the Secret Wars toy line.
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3. This creator co-created the Huntress.
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5. This creator was, at one point, Editor-In-Chief of Valiant Comics.

Who is it?

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

Hope you had fun!

30 Comments

The Cover Theme Game is they’re all flashback issues, and the Who Is It is Jim Shooter?

SEAN

Bob Layton. When you mention Valiant Comics, only two names spring to mind– one was Layton, the other was Jim Shooter. And since I know Jim Shooter could never create someone as cool as War Machine (or even the Huntress for that matter), it has to be Layton.

… right… ?

Cover Homage: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #392.

-M

Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15.

http://samruby.com/Series/PeterPorker/Large/PeterPorker15.jpg

The Wrecking Crew are the most prominent “old-timey” villains who are still in circulation, and for that alone, they deserve some respect.

But yeah, the magic crowbar doesn’t hurt, either.

“And since I know Jim Shooter could never create someone as cool as War Machine”

I guss I figured Shooter had an affinity for Rhodes since he used him in Secret Wars. I mean, he brought Doom back to life with no explanation, he coulda used Tony if he’d wanted to.

SEAN

The Mad Monkey

March 13, 2007 at 2:26 am

Cover Theme: All 3 covers have a yellow and orange background.
*shrug*

The Mad Monkey

March 13, 2007 at 2:29 am

Cover Theme: All 3 covers have a “mountain”.
JLA – “Return To JLA Mountain”
LOSH – Queen Projectra stands upon a “mountain” of bodies
Uncanny X-Men – Xavier and Magneto stand on a “mountain” of (I’m guessing) gold boullion (sp?)

The Mad Monkey

March 13, 2007 at 2:30 am

Cover Theme: All 3 covers feature characters who have mental powers – J’onn, Queen Projectra, Xavier, and Magneto (he does possess limited telepathy)

All three covers feature Dave Cockrum character designs?

And all the Wrecker had to give in exchange for his magic crowbar was his neck!

at one time or another Martian Manhunter, Projectra, and Magneto all held secondary superhero identies i think.

Martian Manhunter’s whole family (and most of his planet) was killed … Projectra’s whole family/planet was killed … Magneto’s whole family was killed ?

If the Constructicons taught us anything, it’s that you don’t mess with demolition based villians. Plus, what compells three convicts to listen to a guy who tells you, “Okay, here’s the score. I’ve got an enchanted crowbar, and when we get out we’re going to team up, get you guys some spadex, and tear some crap up. Who’s with me?”

at one time or another Martian Manhunter, Projectra, and Magneto all held secondary superhero identies i think.

Correctamundo!

All three pretended to be other super-people for a time (Bloodwynd, Sensor Girl and Erik the Red, respectively…I’m only using Eric the Red in case people want to argue that, in current Marvel continuity, Magneto technically was never Xorn).

It’s not exactly a comic book cover, but Back Issue #20 has a cool Jerry Ordway homage of the Spider-man cover using Captain Marvel.

http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=54&products_id=406

Homage: Marvel Zombies #1 (third print)

I have to defend Shooter. He created a large number of characters who are arguably “as cool” as War Machine or Huntress- starting with Karate Kid & Ferro Lad, and moving through the whole Fatal Five.

The man may be despised in the current industry, but he achieved remarkable success in comics before graduating high school, and us Legion fans will forever be indebted to him.

And since the Legion is more important than anything ever published by Marvel…

This one might be too different for you to deem it an homage, but the thematic connection combined with the visual similarity makes it a candidate, I think:

New Teen Titans #39:
http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=38289&zoom=4

I wasn’t making any attacks on Shooter, and I don’t despise him; it just didn’t seem like the type of character he would create.

I seriously disagree with your assertion that the Legion is more important than anything ever published by Marvel, since Marvel Comics more-or-less brought characterization and mood back into comics.

All the Legion has to offer are fruity flight rings and Matter-Eater Lad.

Though Matter-Eater Lad *is* seven shades of awesome. I’ll give you that.

And I say that the Space Canine Patrol Agents had much better stories that the Legion. :- )

Andrew Collins

March 13, 2007 at 1:32 pm

DC Basketball team:
Steel/John Henry Irons- center. The man was once played onscreen by Shaq, so I think this is only natural!

Green Arrow/Ollie Queen- shooting guard, with Deadshot as an alternate. Neither one would miss a basket…EVER!

Booster Gold- forward. Has the build and the athleticism. Plus, if you ever need a few more seconds on the clock, he can put a call into Rip Hunter…

Batman- point guard. Mr. Terrific as an alternate. You want a field general who can strategize on the fly, who better then 2 of the DCU’s “3 smartest men?”

Wildcat- power forward. He would rebound like crazy and his fists of fury would make him this team’s Bill Laimbeer-like enforcer.

Great picks, Andrew!

Man, DC has so many, I bet we could try to come up with the ten best players, and try to make TWO teams – as evenly matched as possible.

Would it blow my indie-comics-writer cred to confess MY TERRIBLE LOVE FOR THE WRECKER?

I suspect it would. I DON’T CARE.

KG

One more homage cover:
Bart-Man #4 by Groening and Morrison
http://www.snpp.com/guides/comics_bm.html (scroll down a bit)

“Bill Laimbeer-like”

A whiner?

Not trying to be a brat but wondering when Magneto was Erik the Red? I remember Cyclops pretending to be Erik to join Magneto around X-Men 50 and that Sh’iar guy acting as Erik to restore Magneto to adulthood the first time he fought the new x-men. Has it been in the last 7 years or so, because I don’t own any X-men after 2001. If so, I would like to seek it out as I am a big fan of Magneto appearances.

I got to go against Batman at point guard. You want your PG to get people involved. When the hell has Batman ever been the type to do that? Honestly Batman might have the most upside of any player, but he’ll kill your team.

Not trying to be a brat but wondering when Magneto was Erik the Red? I remember Cyclops pretending to be Erik to join Magneto around X-Men 50 and that Sh’iar guy acting as Erik to restore Magneto to adulthood the first time he fought the new x-men. Has it been in the last 7 years or so, because I don’t own any X-men after 2001. If so, I would like to seek it out as I am a big fan of Magneto appearances.

Not bratty at all!

Magneto used the Erik the Red disguise in Uncanny X-Men #350 (late 1997).

Excellent, thank you very much.

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