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Snark Free Corner for 1/28

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

Enjoy!

ALL KINDS OF PILLS TO GIVE US ALL KINDS OF THRILLS

This feature is where we examine the first cover appearance of various comic book characters.

This week, it is the Spider-Man supporting cast!!

Flash Thompson is the first one to grace the cover…

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Next comes that cigar-chompin’, Spidey-hatin’ J. Jonah Jameson…

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Interestingly enough, Mary Jane is the first of Spider-Man’s loves to make a cover appearance…

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Then, later that year, in one fell swoop, the rest of the supporting cast fell, with one single Annual cover!!

Aunt May, Gwen, Harry, Robbie, Captain Stacy – all in one cover!!

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And as my pal Michael notes, humorously enough, the cover doesn’t feature Spider-Man’s parents, and that was what that Annual was ABOUT!

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.

A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

Good luck!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Who is the best covert operative in the DC Universe?

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Find me a Hulk comic cover that features only Bruce Banner and not the Hulk on it!

Here is an example (which you can’t use!)….

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Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

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

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5. The character has made robot duplicates of himself.

Who is it?

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

Hope you had fun!

27 Comments

The “who is it” is Superman!

Though it did take me all 5 clues.

Sure, Pete’s parents are on that cover- they’re the silhouettes at the center of that spiral. Since they hadn’t been introduced before that, Stan and John were trying to create a little mystery…

I find it interesting that when people see an emaciated Spider-Man, it gets praised as being Ditkoish, when Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man is actually HUGE. He’s probably bigger and more buff than Romita’s. Hell, his Peter Parker is the same size and height as Flash Thompson. Where did this legend that Ditko created a skinny SPider-Man begin? Even in Amazing Fantasy #15, when Spider-Man was probably his skinniest, Ditko drew zlmost EVERYONE that way, so he was still about the same size as everyone else in the book. ANd he only stayed that skinny, what, maybe 5 issues?

I dig the motion lines coming off of MJ’s rack.

Cover game: Incredible Hulk #319 — the wedding issue http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=41421&zoom=4

The best covert operative in the DC Universe? Dark Mystery.

Never heard of him or seen him in any issues anywhere? That’s how good he is.

:)

Best undercover DC operative? Max Lord. Sadly.

Best undercover DC operative: Some guiy nobody’s ever heard of or has ever made a comic appearance – which is exactly WHY he’s the best undercover operative. If we all knew who he was, he wouldn’t be undercover, now would he. ;)

Stephane Savoie

January 29, 2008 at 7:18 am

Hmmm Cover theme game: the primary characters in all these book have had their powers substantially changed in some kind of accident.
Thing has lost his powers and been forced to retire/wear a power armor suit (70s); Spidey got those weird avatar powers like the stingers and such; and Ms Marvel was Binary for a while.

Not much of a connection, but best I can come up with.

Best covert operative in DCU? That’s kind of a big bag. I’m going to throw some big ideas around:

Booster Gold–the world thinks he dumb but he is rocking the heroism on the covert side.

Chase–the DEO agent with the semi-secret power to negate powers. BRING HER BACK, DC!

One might even call the Bat-family covert. Oracle, maybe?

But for a classic spy story, check out Rucka’s CHECKMATE to see how Mademoiselle Marie is rocking the covert ops.

–K

Best covert operative in DCU? That’s kind of a big bag. I’m going to throw some big ideas around:

Booster Gold–the world thinks he dumb but he is rocking the heroism on the covert side.

Chase–the DEO agent with the semi-secret power to negate powers. BRING HER BACK, DC!

One might even call the Bat-family covert. Oracle, maybe?

But for a classic spy story, check out Rucka’s CHECKMATE to see how Mademoiselle Marie is rocking the covert ops.

–K

I guessed Superman after #3.

Best covert agent? Unknown Soldier? Chameleon Boy? King Faraday? Nemesis? Mme. Marie? Invisible Kid?

The best covert operative in the DCU has to be Boston Brand (aka Deadman). The guy’s invisible, intangible and basically undetectable and can inhabit anyone’s body at will.

Cover theme game: Characters who can move their minds into different bodies/clones?

Miles Warren has been cloned, killed, and come back a few times.
Sasquatch has died and come back in multiple bodies.
Warren Traveller clones himself using time-displacement spell.

Cover theme: Miles Warren (Jackal); Warren Traveler; and -um- -er- . . .

Thor’s hat looks like Warren Worthington’s wings!

That’s it! Right?

Marvel Two-in-One annual #7 is one of the greatest single comics ever made.

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Best covert operative…Terra from the Wolfman/Perez era Titans. No one saw it coming.

Yeah, I flirted with the Warren thing too, but had the same problem with the crowd scene.

Something that’s true but doubtless not what you’re looking for (because it doesn’t exactly narrow things down): All three covers feature people who are currently in one Avengers line-up or another: Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, and Wonder Man.

I don’t have a clue with the cover game. I’m torn on the covert operative game. My vote would be for Nemesis, but I think he’s been dumbed down a bit lately and used for comic relief in Wonder Woman, which casts a bit of a pall.

Oracle isn’t an operative, exactly. She’s more of a director, but probably the best ops director in the DCU.

The Unknown Soldier is a pretty good choice. So is Mademoiselle Marie. Much as I love Chase, I don’t think she’s particularly covert.

Guess my vote’s with Nemesis.

Terribly sorry, folks, I accidentally uploaded the wrong photo. I meant the Weird War Tales to be #2, not the Marvel Two-in-One Annual.

I was using the Annual one for a bit later today!

Sorry!!

Hulk 437: http://www.hulklibrary.com/hulk/comics/comic-show.asp?Id=tih2&Issue=437
Doesn’t even have the Hulk in the upper left!

So it is Warren — Warren Griffith, the werewolf in Creature Commandos.

Correct, Rob!

I would have given you credit even if someone else had gotten it, but it is easier that you answered! :)

Everybody else already stole my joke about the best operative being the best one you’ve never seen, so instead I’ll say Unknown Soldier if only because his title lasted the longest. :)

Yeah, I’d go for Unknown Soldier, too.

(I’d still like to see Nemesis trying to save the Human Target from the Unknown Soldier, but that’s just me.)

I think I got snagged by the spam blocker, but my post was good! Here it is without the links:

How many times have we heard, “no floating heads,” and then you use it for five cast members! Here’s some help:

Jonah and Betty Brant, ASM #12

Liz Allen, ASM #17

Aunt May, ASM #54

Harry, Gwen, and Capt. Stacy, ASM #87

Robbie, ASM #91

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