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Comic Theme Time – Quotes About Love

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

I’m doing a wedding reading next month and I’m still trying to figure out what to read. As you might know already, one of the “hottest” wedding readings nowadays is the following excerpt from Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit:

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

So I thought, why not an excerpt from a comic book? But WHAT comic book? Does anyone have a good suggestion for an excerpt from a comic book that is a nice bit about love that would be suitable for a wedding?

Comic Theme Time – Best Comic Book Insult

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

I was just doing a Movie Legends Revealed about a famous insult of the actress Jean Harlow by Margot Asquith and whether it actually happened (SO many legends involving notable insults are bogus) and it made me think that I couldn’t really think of a lot of good insults from the pages of comic books. I know that there must be some good examples, though, so I figured I’d ask you folks!

Name your favorite insults from within the pages of comic books (the Cap/Iron Man scene above is from Avengers #168 by Jim Shooter, George Perez and Pablo Marcos – in the next panel, Iron Man calls Cap “Flag-Face” as an insult)!

Comic Theme Time – Real “Fake” Websites in Comic Books

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

In this TV Legends Revealed, I talked about how the sitcom How I Met Your Mother created an actual Canadian Sex Acts website for an episode of their show. That made me wonder if this ever comes up in comic books, as well, so I figured I’d put it to you all. So name instances when a comic book introduced a fake website that turned out to be real! If you can’t think of any, you can also just name fake websites created in comics, like the Gotham Guardians website Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham introduced in Batman Inc. #6, which was clearly based on the Comic Book Resources’ messageboard – check it out and share your answer to the theme!
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Comic Theme Time: What Comic Non-Influence Works Best As An Influence?

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

In my most recent Toy Legends Revealed, I discovered whether Lincoln Logs were surprisingly not actually named after Abraham Lincoln. This made me think about examples of how certain things SEEM to be influences on comics but were not due to timing concerns. So I’m curious about actors or characters that you know AREN’T influences on notable comic characters but you sort of WISH were influenes.

Read on for a notable example!
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Comic Theme Time: The Most Absurd Page Turn Reveals of All-Time

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

I presume you’re all familiar with the concept of “page turn reveals,” right? Those are reveals written into a comic book story that are designed to be surprises, because you literally can’t see what happens until you turn the page (in other words, these reveals are almost never on the opposite side of a two-page spread). This time around, I’d like to hear you folks make suggestions for some of the most outlandish, absurd page turn reveals that you can think of.

If you read on, I’ll share the one that I was thinking of that inspired me to open up this theme…
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Comic Theme Time – What’s the Weirdest Origin for a Character’s Name?

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today, I did a Music Legends Revealed about the unlikely source of the name Mony in the hit song, “Mony Mony.” This made me think about comic book names and some of the odd origins some names have, like the Atom being named after a science fiction editor who was also a little person named Ray Palmer or the Rainbow Raider being named after the mnemonic device for remembering the colors of the rainbow (ROY G BIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet).

What other good examples can you think of?

Comic Theme Time – Retroactive Changes to Published Comics

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

In this week’s Movie Legends Revealed, I discuss how George Lucas went back and added “Episode IV A NEW HOPE” to re-releases of the original Star Wars film years after it was first released.

This is something that happens in comic books a lot, as well, where changes are made after the fact to published comics when they’re reprinted. Like Batman not having purple gloves in most reprints of Detective Comics #27 (as shown in this old Comic Book Legends Revealed)…

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Or Spider-Man not being referred to as Superman…
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Comic Theme Time – Most Surprising Later Addition to a Comic Book Universe

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today, with Game 1 of the 2013 World Series looming, I wrote about Game 1 of the 1988 and the surprising origin of the term “walk-off,” which is only 25 years old.

This made me think about other additions to the Marvel and DC Universes that came surprisingly late in the game. Like Alfred not being Alfred Pennyworth until the late 1960s or the Warriors Three not being called the Warriors Three until the mid-1970s or the Legion not having flight rings until nearly 100 issues after they debuted (and not having a “No Duplicate Powers” rule until the late 1970s!).

So what other good examples can you think of?

Comic Theme Time – What Superman/Batman Comic Book Story Would You Most Like to See Adapted to the Upcoming Batman/Superman Movie?

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Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

With the news about Warner Brothers putting out a new Batman/Superman movie, I was wondering what you folks think would be the best Batman/Superman story for the sake of adapting it into a movie? Public Enemies? Dark Knight Returns? Gibbons and Rude’s World’s Finest?

Comic Theme Time – Best Running Gag In Comics?

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Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

In last week’s TV Legends Revealed, I spotlighted one of the coolest running gags in television today, Saturday Night Live’s “Lincoln, llama and showgirls” running gag.

That got me to thinking – what are the best running gags in all of comics? Elf with a gun? “One punch”? Batman disappearing on Gordon? John Byrne homaging Fantastic Four #1? Justice League #1 cover homages? What would make up YOUR top five?

Comic Theme Time – Best Tie-In Comic Book Series

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

I was thinking about this the other week when I was writing about how Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was, in effect, a gigantic tie-in film to sell candy (read more about it here). That made me contemplate a bit the concept of how art and commerce can intersect and sometimes actually result in a good piece of fiction. That though, in turn, made me think about comic books, which have had a long history of tying in with things like TV shows, movies and toy lines.

So here’s the theme – the BEST comic book that tied in with a movie, TV show or toy line. Is it G.I. Joe? Is it Transformers? Star Wars? ROM? What do you think?

Comic Theme Time – Making Comic Book Lemonade Out of Lemons

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

I was thinking about this when I was writing my most recent TV Legends Revealed, about how the prop designer for the original Star Trek TV series re-used items he procured for one reason for a whole other reason. That got me thinking about how we see that happen in comics all the time. Writers come on to titles and don’t always know what to do with the cast given to him or her. A lot of the time, they’ll just get rid of the characters they’re not interested in (sometimes they just kill the previous cast). But sometimes they’ll try to get a handle on the cast that they’ve inherited and come up with an interesting new take on the cast, which quite often means re-purposing characters. For instance, I don’t think anyone expected what Grant Morrison would end up doing with the cast he inherited on Doom Patrol, but it ended up being quite good.

So today’s theme challenge is to come up with instances where an incoming writer surprised you with what they did with the cast members that they were more or less “stuck” with when they took on the title.

Some examples are Warren Ellis on Stormwatch and the aforementioned Grant Morrison on Doom Patrol.

Comic Theme Time Month – Best Time Travel Storyline

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is a straightforward one – “what is the best comic book time travel storyline?”

Superman’s “Time and Time Again?” The West Coast Avengers traveling through time? Swamp Thing’s journey through time? Iron Man versus Doctor Doom in Camelot? Any of the various Fantastic Four time travel stories? There are tons of choices – what are your picks?

Comic Theme Time Month – Who is the Single Best Superhero Supporting Cast Member?

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is a complicated one.

What I want you to do is to come up with the single best supporting character for various superheroes, like who is the best supporting character for Batman – Gordon or Alfred? Or Catwoman (crimefighting partners don’t count)? Who is the best Spider-Man supporting character? Mary Jane, Aunt May or JJJ? Once you’ve determined who THE best supporting characters are for each of those heroes, then rank your top five supporting characters.

Essentially, this is a way that someone like Foggy Nelson can compete. He is likely never going to be in the top five of a supporting cast list, not with characters like Lois Lane, Alfred, JJJ, Aunt May, Gordon, Jimmy Olsen and Mary Jane to compete with – but if he’s only competing with the top supporting character for each of those other heroes, maybe he IS in the top five!

Comic Theme Time Month – Best Debut Story by a Justice League Member

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is “what was the best debut story of a character who later became a Justice League Member?”

For the sake of economy, let’s limit it to just Pre-Crisis Justice League Members.

With that in mind, what was the best debut story by a Justice League member? Detective Comics #27? Action Comics #1? All-Star Comics #8? Showcase #4? Showcase #22? Detective Comics #225? More Fun Comics #73? Showcase #34? Brave and the Bold #34? Hawkman #4? Flash #112? Firestorm #1? Phantom Stranger #1? Justice League of America #64? Flash Comics #86?

What’s your pick?

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