While metahumans, mutants, and demigods certainly outperform actual police officers in terms of apocalypse prevention and supervillain apprehension, they are more often than not sorely lacking in another important aspect of crime fighting; Undercover work.
Take a guy like Daredevil, for instance. Daredevil can sit on a rooftop enjoying a cup of coffee (if someone who can taste each and every individual fecal coliform can ever truly enjoy anything) and listen to entire blocks of the city at a time, pinpointing crimes and swooping in to save the day. And all without the use of his eyes! However, when it comes to getting his hands dirty and doing some deep cover reconnaissance, he sticks out like a sore thumb.
I mean, maybe he doesn’t know that wearing sunglasses indoors is a fairly uncommon? He’s sitting in a bar in Manhattan in the early 1980s, I’d say we’re probably talking about a dimly lit joint. The gang here at Josie’s Bar know that this stranger is either a blind person or a serious douchebag. Like a Guy Fieri level douchebag. He has to let them know that he’s just a tough customer! A rough and tumble street smart fella who doesn’t take any guff from any tuff, and what better way to demonstrate than to toss a few guys through a window.
Hey, “Shades”…. you know who throws people through that window all of the time? Daredevil. If you want to hide the fact that you’re Daredevil, try acting a bit less like Daredevil.
You know what’s missing from Marvel comics these days? It’s not just the feeling of permanence in the storytelling or the overall quality in the product they put out on a monthly basis. The notion that the creators are putting their best feet forward and not just taking monthly work to pay the bills while they publish their best stories as creator-owned works? Sure, that’s gone with the wind but there’s something else that used to be a staple of the industry, but seems to be gone for good.
The corner box illustration.
Biff and Kang recently sat down to discuss Chris Claremont’s legendary 17 year run on the X-Men. Picking up a third tier title on the verge of cancellation he propelled it into the massive franchise that stands today which is virtually all based on the house that Claremont built (sorry Stan!). There was a lot to celebrate throughout that time period, so sit back, make yourself a drink and travel back in time with us as we talk about Claremont’s history with Marvel’s Merry Mutants.
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Not long ago, I published an article featuring my own personal top ten list of Fantastic Four covers from the first hundred-or-so issues. Naturally, the Lee and Kirby run on Fantastic Four is one of the most highly celebrated collaborations in the history of comics. However, in my own tastes it’s about tied with John Byrne’s work on the same title. Perhaps it’s because they were some of the first books to which I was exposed as a child, perhaps it’s just because of their unchecked awesomeness, one way or another Byrne’s FF issues ought to be recognized. So away we go.
I’m wrong about a lot of things. Sometimes I won’t give something a chance based on some strange pre conceived notion I had. Hellboy definitely falls into that camp.
I don’t have a clue what I thought Hellboy was about, but I remember seeing previews for the movie when it came out and I guess I thought it was some kind of weird Van Hesling type character that hunted beasts. That all changed when I saw this picture.
I asked Martian Luthor Kang what it was from and when he said Hellboy my jaw dropped. I told him I didn’t know anything about the series and he followed that up with saying that it was more Indiana Jones than it had a right to be. Once I heard that I sought out the first trade immediately.
I was pleasantly surprised.
Recently my Brother-In-Arms Biff Tannen compiled a list of his favorite Daredevil covers. It just so happened that they were some of mine, as well. As much as I liked the artistic works of Messrs Miller, Mazzucchelli, Colan, Buckler,and Romita I was equally taken with the concept of the article. I resolved to steal it.
I’ve decided to tackle the series on with I cut my teeth as a comic book fan: The Uncanny X-Men. Since that particular series ran for over 500 issues, I’ve narrowed the field of candidates down to the issues written by Chris Claremont. Still, it’s a very long run of books with some gorgeous covers to choose from. I hope my selections don’t disappoint.