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Two Rough Days (and How We Cured Them)

A while back I did a series of columns on “comfort food” entertainment. I thought I’d pretty much said my piece on it, but a couple of things cropped up that made me want to come back to it again.

Mostly what I wanted to do was call your attention to some new items that came to my attention during what turned out to be a couple of really crappy days last week.

I won’t bore you with the details, but last Friday turned out to be a day filled with unnecessary family drama, workplace tensions, and other stuff that left both Julie and myself cranky, exhausted, and just disgusted with humanity in general by the time we got home that evening.

And then we opened the mail, and were somewhat cheered. Some items I’d forgotten ordering were there, a book and two movies. I told Julie that we were by God taking the night off, then I unplugged the phone and we made sandwiches and put in the first of the movies.

The first DVD was, as it happens, a recommendation from our very own Pol Rua. He’d been party to an online conversation where I’d confessed that I found blaxploitation, martial arts films and other trashy movies incredibly soothing. For me, settling in with Truck Turner or Grand Theft Auto or some other drive-in classic from the mid-70s is like curling up under a warm blanket.

Comfort food entertainment is all about the pleasure of the EXPECTED outcome, but done with a particular verve and flair. There's nothing at all innovative about movies like these but they are FUN.

Pol, upon seeing my comment, immediately made it a point to let me know that there was a movie out there he thought would be perfect for me and was I aware of it?

That movie was K-20: The Fiend With 20 Faces.

It’s also sometimes marketed as “K-20: Legend of the Mask,” but they’re the same movie. I’d never heard of it under either name, but a few minutes on YouTube had convinced me that we had to get this DVD in our home STAT.

It really is a wonderful movie. You have to watch it with subtitles, which I guess is a thing for some people, but the story was so delightful we didn’t mind.

The premise is that it’s 1949 in an alternate universe where World War 2 never happened. Instead, aristocrats continue in a sort of 19th Century royalist culture, there’s a huge gap between the haves and have-nots. The military have developed a small prototype Tesla-coil superweapon, and there are whispers that the giant one was actually built, and then hidden in a secret location after it accidentally caused untold devastation at Tunguska in 1908.

Meanwhile, a mysterious thief nicknamed K-20 is pulling all sorts of daring heists across the city, pursued grimly by Inspector Kogoro Akechi, a renowned detective. K-20 has previously been content merely to lift money and jewels, but it raises the stakes considerably when he breaks into a science demonstration to steal the Tesla prototype. After that, Akechi is more determined than ever to bring him down.

As it happens, Inspector Akechi is due to marry Duchess Yoko Hashiba, with their engagement being front-page gossip all over the city. It’s THE event of the year. A naïve peasant-class circus acrobat, Heikichi Endo, is hired by a mysterious stranger to snap photos of Akechi and Yoko’s engagement party for the tabloids. Endo needs the money to pay for the circus ringmaster’s medical bills, so he agrees.

However, because he’s sneaking around on the rooftops the same day K-20 has threatened the Inspector, Endo is mistaken for K-20 at the scene and arrested. Turns out Endo’s been framed by the real K-20. He breaks jail with the help of thief and inventor Genji the Gimmick, and it is on, bitch.

Endo is now a wanted fugitive, and he decides that the only way to clear his name is to use his skills as a circus acrobat and, with the help of an underground brotherhood of thieves (and also, of course, of their leader, Genji the Gimmick and his various cool inventions) Endo will suit up in black himself and meet K-20 on his own turf.

Meanwhile, Inspector Akechi is still after K-20– who he thinks is Endo– and of course, everyone is after the missing Tesla superweapon….

…and that’s just the first half hour or so. I could go on and on. This movie is a pulp fan’s dream.

Adventure and romance and masked adventurers and dirigibles and autogyros and plucky sidekicks and plenty of that old-school swashbuckling rooftop action, not to mention a heaping helping of Mad Science (with a side of Nikola Tesla/Tunguska-flavored Conspiracy Theory.) It’s just awesome. We adored it.

The plot is the same kind of deranged labyrinthine one-adventure-set-piece-to-the-next roller-coaster ride Lester Dent used to do in Doc Savage. But with masks and capes and martial arts, Batman-style. It’s one-stop shopping.

When I talk about comfort-food entertainment, this kind of thing is what I mean. Nothing about K-20 is particularly innovative. The guy who takes on a masked identity to clear himself of a crime he didn’t commit, a mysterious supercriminal terrorizing the city, a race to find a hidden doomsday weapon before it’s used for evil…. these are all things we’ve seen before. We know it’s pretty certain that by the end that the good guys will win. But the fun of getting there, of seeing those old familiar elements combined in new ways, is what lifted the movie up for us.

That, and seeing it on exactly the right day. By the time it was over, I said to Julie, “This movie…. it’s like what Steve Martin used to say about banjo music. You just can’t be depressed when you’re watching it.”

And boy, did we ever need something like that. Recommended. Especially if you’re having a day where your relatives and your job are getting you down.

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The next morning, we had to go down to the Department of Licensing to get our ‘enhanced driver’s license’ business dealt with. We are going on our annual road trip in a couple of weeks (bookscouting and goofing off in Victoria B.C.!) and instead of dropping an extra $500 on full passports for both of us, we decided just to get the fifteen-dollar Canada-only upgrade to our driver’s licenses.

It’s a huge pain, because there is no errand at the DOL that does not involve a long and tedious wait.

A typical morning at the West Seattle Department of Licensing. Good times. This photo is from a 2009 news article calling attention to the wait problem. I assure you that in 2011 there has been no improvement.

But it’s the only game in town, so you just have to pick a day where you can afford to lose four to six hours waiting in line, and bring a book.

Fortunately, I had a book.

A couple of years ago I recommended Paul Malmont’s wonderful novel, The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, in which Doc Savage writer Lester Dent and The Shadow’s Walter Gibson, along with several other pulp writers, started out to solve the murder of H.P. Lovecraft and ended by preventing New York’s destruction in an apocalyptic disaster.

Likewise, about the only thing I genuinely really liked about DC’s recent First Wave experiment was the Doc Savage title that spun out of it, specifically the first arc written by the aforementioned Mr. Malmont.

So when I saw that there was a new sequel to The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, I instantly ordered it off Amazon and it arrived the same day as K-20.

I was delighted to discover that Paul Malmont’s still got it.

As entertainingly plausible as the first!

The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown takes place several years after the first book, and this time the focus is on science fiction pulp writers Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and L. Sprague de Camp, who, during their time stationed together at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1943, must foil a Nazi plot to steal a legendary superweapon. That weapon is….

… a giant Tesla coil that, rumor has it, was transformed into a death-ray weapon that caused the destructive event at Tunguska in 1908. Naturally, Heinlein and his friends have to find it before the Nazis do.

I know that there was no literary hanky-panky here, the two stories were done years apart and they’re not similar in any way, other than both of them having the same McGuffin and being done in a fast-moving pulp-adventure style. But the coincidence made me smile. Apparently, it was just meant to be a Tesla-coil weekend.

The other similarity is that Paul Malmont doesn’t re-invent pulp adventures here so much as celebrate them, and the men who wrote them. And for me that puts both Chinatown Death Cloud Peril and The Astounding, The Amazing, and the Unknown squarely in the same comfort-food category as all the other pulp adventures we have here in our home. I know these are books that are going on the short list of favorite novels that can always bring me out of a bad day.

At any rate, Paul Malmont’s new book is every bit as meticulously researched as his first pulp-writer adventure, and more to the point, it’s just as much fun. I got so lost in it while Julie and I were cooling our heels with all the other mopes at the DOL that I was almost sorry when it was our turn after a three-hour wait… because I’d have been happy to sit there long enough to actually finish. (As it was I did get about three-quarters of the way through.) Taking the sting out of a visit to that particular office in Seattle is, indeed, Astounding, Amazing, and Unknown.

I owe Mr. Malmont huge thanks for that and the least I can do is recommend his book here. By all means check it out.

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I decided the last item that arrived in the mailbox the same day as the previous two did should count as “comfort food” entertainment as well… not because of me, but because of our seven-year-old godson, Phenix.

A lot of us love superheroes, I think, because the core concept, the genre itself, falls into that comfort-food zone of the pleasure of the expected. We like minor illusion-of-change surprises, stuff that keeps things feeling new, but major, actual changes that create something genuinely new are always met with a howl of dismay. Most of us who enjoy superheroes are on board with the idea of the good guys eventually winning and, no matter how convoluted the serial-style storytelling might get, the basic premise not changing too much from whatever it was when we started.

It’s much more about the characters and their landscape than it is the story itself. I think this is why, in recent years, we’ve had such a run on writers trying to force various superhero strips back to the way they were when the writers themselves discovered them… and also why the internet catches fire whenever a beloved long-running character falls victim to an editorial mandate that feels wrong to the audience (Hal Jordan in Emerald Twilight, Spider-Man in One More Day, Iron Man in Civil War. Etc.) And of course we all have our favorites. Mine is always going to be Batman, I think. No matter what DC has done to him over the years, no matter how many individual titles I drop or pick up, there’s probably always going to be a Batbook in there somewhere. I keep coming back to those comics.

Here’s what I found out last Saturday night. For seven-year-old Phenix, that special character is Green Lantern. Specifically, it’s the Green Lantern Corps, and the various other Corps that Geoff Johns set up with his “War Of Light” idea.

Let me give you some background. Phenix’s mother Carla is a single mom. She started out married to one guy who turned out to be a jerk. Then she was dating another fellow for a couple of years, and recently they amicably called it quits and now she’s seeing a new guy. Phenix has also been having a hard time in school lately… I gather there has been some playground drama, clique things about who’s cool and who’s not.

This is all totally normal, but sometimes Phenix has a hard time with it. It makes him a little nervous, like his world is unstable. However, he can’t really articulate all this, because he doesn’t have the tools to talk about his feelings that way. He kind of circles around it, usually with questions he asks in the car on the way to our home, or on the way back when we’re dropping him off. More often, he’ll just talk it through himself by telling us everything that’s going on with him (often all in in one breath) with Julie or I occasionally saying uh-huh, or helping him define what it is he’s trying to get at.

Here’s the thing. One of the tools Phenix sometimes uses to explain something is the meaning of various rings in Geoff Johns’ current GL mythology.

I never knew, until I saw Phenix latch onto these, what a great kid's toy these various power rings are.

It came from the giveaway rings DC sent out promoting Blackest Night; Phenix scored a set on Free Comic Book Day last year, and it was a big deal for him. It got him all interested in Green Lantern and those are cartoons he never gets tired of.

But I never realized until last weekend how reassuring this idea is for Phenix. For him Green Lantern’s about a guy with a magic ring that can fight bad feelings. Seriously. I have lost count of all the times Phenix and I have talked about which rings have feelings that are good, which ones are bad, which ones can be bad if you let then control you, and so on.

Phenix and I saw the Green Lantern movie on its opening weekend; sort of an almost-Father's Day outing. He adored it but I think my favorite moment of watching him watch the movie was this scene. Phenix was muttering all through this bit, 'He better not put that on, that yellow ring is evil,' and then, of course, when Sinestro did put it on, Phenix burst out, 'He thought he could control it but IT IS CONTROLLING HIM!!'

All this is by way of saying that when his mother had something come up and asked to have Phenix stay with us overnight Saturday, I was all ready with our third mailbox arrival from the day before, a Green Lantern cartoon he hadn’t seen yet.

It's comfort food for Phenix, but honestly, we ALL enjoyed this one.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is the latest of DC’s direct-to-DVD cartoon offerings, and we all loved it. It’s an anthology of various tales of the Green Lantern Corps, some adapted from the comics (“Mogo Doesn’t Socialize” is one of the offerings) and others are originals. All of them are linked by an overall framing story featuring the Corps facing off against a re-animated Krona.

After that, Phenix wanted to see more Green Lantern (Actually, he said “Let’s see all the Green Lantern!”) So we broke out everything we had. Hal, John, whoever.

Phenix doesn't care WHICH Lantern is the lead character. He just likes the Corps. Cartoons with the GL Corps are always a hit.

It was a great time and afterwards he asked to see the comics starring the Corps. Fortunately I had a couple of Tales of the Green Lantern Corps trade collections on hand.

These are great collections for younger folks, even though they may not be marketed that way.

We read some of those, and then he fell asleep. He asked me to leave the books out for him “in case I wake up early and want to look at them more,” but I think it was really more talismanic. He wanted to know the Green Lanterns were nearby.

You always sleep better with the Green Lantern Corps on watch.

There’s been a lot of fan snark directed at Geoff Johns over “mood ring Lanterns” and “the Rainbow Brite Corps” and so on, and likewise there have been all sorts of sneering reviews of the new Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie as being “too simplistic” and “a superhero movie by the numbers” and so on.

But these things take on a whole different character when you are looking at them with a bright kid. It helps you to understand that not everything has to be for us.

Now, when I say something like that, it always leads to an indignant flurry of comments that I am advocating we should “dumb comics down” or “you just want everything to be Marvel Adventures,” or whatever. Like it’s strictly a binary thing.

The truth is that there’s a huge middle ground between, say, Tiny Titans and Watchmen that’s largely ignored. Especially at DC, whose schtick for the last decade or so has been taking classic characters and ‘making them edgier’ or ‘reinventing’ them or whatever.

It’s ironic to realize that the one run of comics that (at second-hand) so completely hooked our godson on Green Lantern– Blackest Night and all the stuff that ran up to it– is also the run of Green Lantern comics that we don’t think he should read.

These are a little too extreme for a seven-year-old, I'm afraid.

Seriously. The Green Lantern titles as they currently exist are too much for our godson because, knowing how Phenix reacts to horror stories and monster stories, those comics would doubtless give him nightmares. Which is pretty much the opposite of what you want from your comfort-food entertainment.

But at least we still have the cartoons, with more on the way.

I suspect Santa may be looking tinto this one for Phenix at Christmastime.

I find that something of a comfort, myself.

See you next week.

18 Comments

K-20 is one of those delightful movies from Asia that are like what summer blockbusters used to be like in the 1980s. Another suggestion along similar lines…’The Good, The Bad, and The Weird’…if you must assign a genre to it, I’d go with ‘kimchi western’. It channels Sergio Leone via Raiders of the Lost Ark rather nicely.

Travis Pelkie

July 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Wow, it sounds like you got the right stuff in the mail at the right time.

ALL of that stuff sounds awesome.

The GL stuff is most interesting — Johns apparently has gotten the “Rainbow Corps” stuff right to appeal to kids and captured that “talismanic” quality, but also is throwing in that blood spewing, necrophiliac stuff. It’s odd. I wonder, is Johns grafting on the “spooky scary” stuff in order to appear more “grown up”, somehow? It’s like he’s captured lightning in a bottle with the “Rainbow Corps”, but feels like it’s not good enough and he’s got to “adult it up” for…what? Critical praise? Cuz that’s not happening, for the most part.

While there is a big gap between Tiny Titans and Watchmen, I loves ‘em both. Actually, Tiny Titans addresses this a bit in an early bit, where Robin is telling his origin. He tells of being an acrobat, then becoming a superhero, and skips over the bit where his parents were brutally murdered in front of him. I think the joke works on a couple of levels.

The Malmont stuff sounds cool, and that K-20 sounds like a cool, pulpy thing mixing Lupin/Fantomas with superheroey stuff.

The GL stuff is most interesting — Johns apparently has gotten the “Rainbow Corps” stuff right to appeal to kids and captured that “talismanic” quality, but also is throwing in that blood spewing, necrophiliac stuff. It’s odd. I wonder, is Johns grafting on the “spooky scary” stuff in order to appear more “grown up”, somehow?

I wonder this about a LOT of what Geoff Johns does. Because he’s written a lot of straight superhero comics that I liked a lot, that are just plain fun… it’s not like he can’t do it. His first run on JSA, the first arc in the revived Flash book, that Superman and the Legion story with Gary Frank, stuff like that. I’d have no problem letting a seven-year-old read that stuff.

The trouble is that I never know if I’m getting that guy, or vomiting Red Lantern guy.

Greg:

While not everything has to be “for us”, it would be nice if the publishers realized they can do different versions of the same properties for different audiences, instead of … less than desirable versions across the boards. And I don’t mean kiddie-fied version vs. adult version. Hell, Stan Berkowitz, who regularly wrote the BATMAN ADVENTURES / BATMAN: TAS stuff, is a far better Batman writer than anyone currently associated with the character (yes, even Morrison), but Stan’s version is firmly entrenched in the early Broze Age “Dark Detective” era of the character, as the TAS stuff owes so much to that era of the character in its adaptations, that persumably the higher-ups figure he’s too “old hat” to appeal to the ‘more mature’ audiences.

Travis has it right – Johns has more or less captured a certain sensibility with the “Rainbow Ring Brigades”, but arguably blew it with the Red and Black Lantern junk.

Man, poor Tesla. He invented so much stuff that genuinely improved the lot of human beings on this planet, but more often than not he’s immortalized in fiction for that damn “death ray.” Also, I can’t believe how often the poor guy is basically saddled with responsibility for the Tunguska event…
Otherwise, K-20 sounds awesome, I’ve got to track that down (hell, I’d even be willing to watch it with Croatian sub-titles). For that matter, I’ve never seen Truck Turner, and now I really want to – and watch Grand Theft Auto again. I vaguely recall seeing that on TV a long time ago, but I don’t really remember much about it except that I enjoyed it.
Re: toy power rings. What I wouldn’t have given as a kid to get a hold of those. I’m surprised that you’re surprised that those are great kid’s toys. I find it hard to believe that any kid, after reading a GL comic, wouldn’t want to put on any kind of toy ring, or cigar band, or anything similar, to play Green Lantern. I know I did.

Travis Pelkie

July 24, 2011 at 2:03 am

@Greg: Don’t forget Stars and STRIPE, which I would imagine would have a good amount of kid appeal. I should dig those out and give ‘em a read. Johns can do good, even great stuff that all ages can enjoy, but he definitely has ups and downs — and the downs are REALLY down sometimes.

@Louis: Wait, Louis said I’m right about something? What ;) ? C’mon man, don’t give me a heart attack on my birthday. :)

@Edo: Well, Tesla did also lend his name to a hair metal band, so the “death ray” immortalization is deserved :)

And as a kid, I did enjoy wearing a cigar band as a GL ring. Right after I smoked that stogie first. Ah, age 7 and all its delights! :)

(note, I did not smoke stogies as a 7 year old, or any other age, nor have I ever worn a cigar band to play GL. But kids should play pretend GL. In fact, I think I’LL play pretend GL. Right now. It might make work better.)

(another aside, I saw a sign outside a local church that said “power to receive Christ”. And that was all to the sign. So of course I internally said it Wonder Twins style. “Power to — RECEIVE CHRIST!”)

(Well, I amuse myself, at least.)

good insights thanks!

“I wonder, is Johns grafting on the “spooky scary” stuff in order to appear more “grown up”, somehow?”

No, I think it’s that he’s got a dismemberment fetish and a massive inferiority complex about superhero comics.

now going to have to track down k20 mostly now to find out k20s fate. as for some of the green lantern stuff not being approriate for young ages. the good thing about stuff like that is it can be saved for when phoienix is older for that stuff.

I’m just assuming that you’ve seen the movie “Danger: Diabolik!”, which is a fast-paced 1960′s Italian action flick about a famous jewel thief who wears a mask, commits impossible crimes and has a hot girlfriend. Based on an Italian comic, it’s a fun anti-hero with a very gimmicky James Bond feel. Highly recommended. Also another fun anti-hero flick from the same time is The Abominable Dr. Phibes with Vincent Price, but that film is much more well-known so you’ve probably seen it. Phibes makes the ultimate getaway at the end of that one!

John Trumbull

July 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I know what you’re saying about rediscovering the kid appeal of these things, Greg. I had a similiar revelation when I was working on a Krypto the Superdog coloring book a few years back. I was conditioned to think of Krypto as unecessary, juvenile & all that hardcore fanboy stuff. But when I looked at it throught the eyes of a 10-year-old again, I realized what ENORMOUS kid appeal Krypto has. What could be cooler to a 10-year old kid than a super-powered pet?

Last weekend I picked up a lot of Mark Millar’s Superman Adventures run for cover price. One of the issues had the premise of the Parasite stealing Mr. Mxyzptlk’s powers. I’m nearly 39, but it still tickled me in a way very few comics do these days. I was reading it & thinking how COOL a premise that story had, because I’d never seen it in a Superman story before.

Travis Pelkie

July 25, 2011 at 1:53 am

@Ganky: some of us know Danger:Diabolik as the last ep of MST3K (last official ep, but the last aired one was something different…). HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! (reference to Diabolik laughing, like, all the time in the movie. For no real reason.) It is a fun movie, particularly with Mike and the bots on hand.

@John: I recently figured out where the GNs are in one local library’s kids section, and I discovered a couple of collections of Millar’s Superman Adventures. They are amazingly cool, fun comics. It’s hard to believe it’s, y’know, MILLAR! Those books were, what, sorta right after his Swamp Thing run, and a little before the Ultimates? Such a weird but delightful blip in his resume.

funkygreenjerusalem

July 25, 2011 at 3:19 am

You might want to keep the omnibus of first Hal Green Lantern stories DC released away from Phenix as well – I’m working my way through it, and Hal Jordan cries over Carol at the end of every issue!
I’m shocked it ever caught on, to be honest – he’s a tough test pilot and galactic cop, but boy does he sook over that girl! It’s almost like something from Adult Swim!
Phenix would probably love the stories… but it may stop Hal being his favourite.

Last weekend I picked up a lot of Mark Millar’s Superman Adventures run for cover price. One of the issues had the premise of the Parasite stealing Mr. Mxyzptlk’s powers. I’m nearly 39, but it still tickled me in a way very few comics do these days. I was reading it & thinking how COOL a premise that story had, because I’d never seen it in a Superman story before.

I recently discovered those digests myself, off the back of discovering the animated series last year.
Those comics are great fun.
That spirit is also in Millar’s short run with Morrison on The Flash.

I can’t disagree with a lot of these sentiments…. I hate on Millar a lot but when reading the Superman Adventures stories, I couldn’t help but think what if DC let him have control over the character’s direction for a year’s worth of arcs?

Greg, great job with Phenix… I have kind of the same story with an ex girlfriend who was in a bad relationship, who discovered my early SiP trade paperbacks. She always thanks me for them whenever we run into each other at Midtown or Jim Hanley’s.

Geoff Johns fell into this rut somewhere and unfortunately it has tainted his writing for me…. I must say though that Flashpoint has helped a lil in my eyes….but this War of the Green Lanterns stuff has made me roll my eyes in all honesty….

But even as jaded as I am now, to see lil ones take a comic and derive strength, smiles, and joy from it drains the cynic thoughts from me…. momentarily of course….

Phenix does lose points with me for the Sounders shirt after the hurting they put on my RedBulls 4 weeks ago…lol

I came for the K-20 review, but was gratified by your GL story, as it so completely reflects my experience, as a life-long comic fan, with my 7 & 9 year old sons. I’m more of a Marvel guy, but I feel Bendis and Fraction and the like are as guilty of the same sins you ascribe to Geoff Johns. Marvel/Disney are creating a media frenzy about THE AVENGERS, but I can’t let my kids read the core titles. They read Marvel Adventures, but they know they’re being kept from the “real stuff”. All of the NEW AVENGERS stuff isn’t intellectually beyond their reach, but the execution is too intense/inappropriate for them. Ironically, they like 70′s and 80′s material better than the “too kiddie” stuff of Marvel Adventures (with the exception of Paul Tobin’s work) or the few “real” comics I’ve let them ready (which they feel are too talky). The original SECRET WARS is included in action figure packs they buy, and they like that writing, even if they find the art and printing archaic.

Anyway, thanks for this post. I hope for a day when adult fanboys can still enjoy comics without causing the core continuities to be beyond the reach of the next generation.

Fun for kids: The recent animated show “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is amazing, and maybe I haven’t been looking in the right places, but I haven’t seen much buzz about it yet. Good stories, amazing art, great characterization and lots of little nods to the comics, this show is obviously made by some deep fans!

Lots of fun for kids (though there is a lot of punching and fighting), with stories and characters deep enough for adult fans. I hope the people making the movie pay attention to this series! Can’t wait for season 2 with the Vision!

I also enjoyed the brief episodes in the Black Panther show made for BET, it’s like an animated John Romita Jr. book, but definitely just for adults!

Fun for kids: The recent animated show “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is amazing, and maybe I haven’t been looking in the right places, but I haven’t seen much buzz about it yet. Good stories, amazing art, great characterization and lots of little nods to the comics, this show is obviously made by some deep fans!

We made it a point to pick up both DVD sets of this show specifically because we knew Phenix would love it, we are ALL OVER that like white on rice. And it really is a great show.

Yeah, I just watched the last episode of the season — Iron Man in the Destroyer armor, pretty cool! Can’t wait for season 2!

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