The Supervillain Book - Thanos!
Okay, in my never-ending quest to learn more about the infamous Son of Titan, I decided to purchase “The Supervillain Book”. I am certainly glad that I did!
I highly recommend this softcover collection of evildoers! If nothing else, it will make your guests wonder about your choice in coffee table books. ;)
Get your copy today!
Anyway - to the point of this post!
If you are reading Jason Aaron’s “Thanos Rising” (which you should be), you know that there is a “mysterious girl” guiding his descent into darkness…
Who is this girl?
Well, according to “The Supervillain Book”:
“Believing he would never be accepted by the fellow Eternals of Titan the young Thanos found solace and guidance from his “imaginary friend” who proved to be quite real: Mistress Death. One of the “Conceptual beings” of the Marvel Universe, Mistress Death is the embodiment of death itself Though others may perceive her as a robed skeleton, to Thanos she looks like a beautiful humanoid woman, and over time he fell in love with her….”
I love it. Jason you are doing a FANTASTIC JOB with this story, very much looking forward to how the rest of it unfolds in the remaining 3 issues.
If you are interested, here are my SPOILER FREE Reviews so far:
Finally, I posted the following about two weeks ago - an interesting Thanos specific “Flashback” scene: She-Hulk (2006) Issue #12 - Thanos/Eros Flashback
BENDER COMICS! Art by Ben Bender!
If you are, be sure to stop by Artist Alley and look for Ben’s table! It will be easy to spot - It is the one with all the amazing art prints hanging from an enormous black backdrop!
If not, and/or either way, check out his Official Website, Facebook Fan Page and Twitter below:
Official Website: http://www.bendercomics.com
Adventure Time Variants!
“Marvel Frame” Homage
There is not a lot of information about these variants online. You can still pick most of them up on eBay, but it will be a rare find in a LCS.
This is listed (on the inside cover) as a “Brett’s Comic Pile Exclusive Variant”. The back says: “Collector’s Edition Limited to 500”
Apparently there is another set of variants for this series I wasn’t aware of for “Dynamic Forces”.
I am officially stumped by the collector’s market for variants. So many I cannot even keep a handle on them.
Anyway, these are awesome. Love them. Worth the find!
Questioning Superman’s Muscularity - 1968
So, what does Action Comics 362 - 1968 (top left) have in common with Superman 13 - 2012 (top right)?
Well, as far as story content, nothing. But if we take a deeper look at the “Metropolis Mailbag” from that fateful issue back in 1968 (3rd and 4th images), we will find the following letter to the editor:
”Bulging biceps! I’m an amateur weight-lifter, and I think Superman can use some more muscularity. Couldn’t he make a machine to duplicate a red sun’s light so he could work out under its rays, and, not being invulnerable, build up his body by weight-lifting? It’s my theory that if he did this, he could increase his size, strength, and muscularity.”
- Carl Joy, Silver Creek, N.Y.
With the following reply from the editor:
“(Straining sinews! You’re the first person who ever suggested that our super-specimen of breath-taking brawn wasn’t muscular enough! Besides, when a guy can push planets around, how much more strength does he need?-Ed.)”
Who was this curious lad, questioning Superman’s muscularity?!
My Dad, at 14 Years Old!
I have added some supporting pages from Superman 13 (2012) so you can see a bit more about the situation that our “super-specimen” is in these days…
A quick couple of quotes from Superman 13, Page 1:
“If it were possible to put the Earth on a scale—
—the planet would weigh in at 5,972 sextillion metric tons.
You have been essentially bench-pressing that for five days, Superman.”
- Shay Veritas
Who is Shay Veritas?
“A scientific genius and consultant/confidante to Superman. Dr. Veritas created ‘The Block’, a facility near the center of the Earth and the only place where Superman can physically train and actually see results.”
What is “The Block”?
“A subterranean training facility run by Dr. Shay Veritas, where Superman can train physically.”
(answers for the two questions above quoted from www.comicvine.com)
So, I ask you, when was the concept of “The Block” really invented? Who was the first to question Superman’s muscularity?
My Dad, at 14 Years Old! :D
Avengers: Mythos - Individual Issue Reviews!
When these issues were first released, I read and reviewed them over at comicvine.com.
Since then there has been quite a bit of news surrounding some of these characters, so I thought I would bring the spotlight back on this somewhat unknown TPB and its collected stories…
Besides, the cover art is amazing for these books!
Here are my reviews for each individual issue (name here represents the name of my review for that issue):
“Clash of the Titans! Nature and nurture collide in this, the second issue of the terrifying coming of age story for Thanos: Son of Titan.”
If you know Chew, you know Chogs.
If you don’t know Chew, you should. It is only one of the best books ever. Heck, my wife even reads it!
Interested in getting your very own Chog?