Sunday, December 17, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 285: Slash Fiction

Panels from Slash Maraud #6 (DC, April 1988), script by Doug Moench, pencils and inks by Paul Gulacy, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by John Costanza

365 Days of Defiance, Day 284: And that's a promise from the good panther people at Wakanda

Panels from Secret Empire #9 (October 2017); script by Nick Spencer; pencils by Leinil Francis Yu, Joe Bennett, and Rod Reis; inks by Gerry Alanguilan, Leinil Francis Yu, Joe Pimentel, and Rod Reis; colors by Sunny Gho and Dono Sánchez-Almara; letters by Travis Lanham

365 Days of Defiance, Day 283: I don't have to put up with you giving me the third degree

(Post for October 10)

Today, something a little different. It's the birthday of perhaps my favorite female vocalist of all time: (and yes, even Jane Wiedlin and Björk have to take a back seat to her) Kirsty MacColl. Kirsty would have been 58 today, and I mourn for her as well as celebrate her: she died in 2000 in a tragic, criminal boating accident, and I miss the many miraculous songs she would have recorded had she not died, and her spirit, humor, and joy in the world of music. She has always been very special to me.

One of my favorite Kirsty songs is from her 1991 LP Electric Landlady and is an early example of "Mambo MacColl": her songs inspired by her love of Cuban and Caribbean rhythm. I especially recommend her final 2000 album Tropical Brainstorm for many examples of Kirsty embracing the constructs of world music. "My Affair" is a protest song, a song of defiance, but not political: it's personal, as Kirsty always was, an intimate expression of individual spirit and inner fire. It may not be comics, and it may not be political, but for today, at least, please remember Kirsty and her music. Here's "My Affair."

"My Affair" by Kirsty MacColl (1991), composed by Kirsty MacColl/Mark E. Nevin

When I was just a child
My folks would drive me wild
They'd spy upon my every move
Until it drove me to despair
They told me what to wear
They told me not to cut my hair
But that's all over now
I had to tell them anyhow

It's my affair
Where I go and what I do
It's my affair oh yeah
It's my affair
It's up to me and not to you
It's my affair

That's the way I want to keep it
I kissed the boy in secret
Thrilled me to the very core
I couldn't stop I wanted more and
I didn't hear the door and
They caught me on the floor
With my affair

And when we first got wed
We used to stay in bed
All day and night all night and day
We bedded half our lives away
But that's all over now
We move in higher circles
Chomping through the upper crust
I couldn't see you for the dust
And then you met that girl
Who left you with your money spent
And now it's no concern of yours
If I sleep with the President

It's my affair
And if I don't come home tonight
It's my affair alright
It's my affair
Who I see is up to me
It's my affair

That's how I want to keep it
I kiss the boys in secret
Hiding in the parking lot
Is just as far as I have got but
If the phone should ring and
There's no one there
Then it's my affair

Eso es asunto de ella
Donde va why lo que hare

Well it's all over now
You've seen the last of me
And I don't have to put up with you
Giving me the third degree
So you go on your way
And don't come sneaking round the back door
Trying to get yourself

It's my affair
And if I don't come home tonight
It's my affair alright
It's my affair
Who I see is up to me
It's my affair

I miss you very much, Kirsty.

365 Days of Defiance, Day 282: To overthrow the men who pervert it

This one's a little over the top, sure, but if you can't have a time-travelling Abe Lincoln punching post-apocalypse Immortan Don in 2017...

Panels from Trump vs. Time Lincoln one-shot (Summer 2017), script by David Perez, pencils and inks by David Hutchison, colors by Lee Duhig

"The people — the people — are the rightful masters of both congresses and courts — not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. — Abraham Lincoln, Notes for Speeches at Columbus and Cincinnati, 1959

365 Days of Defiance, Day 281: Home Under the Sea

Just like how yesterday Captain Marvel fought for Mr. Tawky Tawny's rights to live where he wants, so too does Aquaman!

Panels from Aquaman (2016 series) #25 (August 2017), script by Dan Abnett, art by Stjepan Sejic, letters by Steve Wands

365 Days of Defiance, Day 280: The Nazi or the Tiger

There's a famous story starring Captain Marvel — the Shazam! guy, not any of the later pretenders to that name — defending and fighting for the rights of Mr. Tawky Tawny, the intelligent English-speaking tiger, to live in a house in a neighborhood. I earlier spoofed this story in a post where I suggested that Mr. Tawky Tawny was a gay tiger (and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that if he is). But let me take this, a tale with a big speaking cat and a mighty magical mortal, absolutely at face value to remind you that when some persons don't want other tigers persons living in their neighborhood, it's a time to fight back.

Panels from "Mr. Tawny's New Home" in Captain Marvel Adventures #90 (Fawcett, 1948), script by Otto Binder, pencils and inks by C. C. Beck

Hoo boy. Jim Croce didn't have a chance to sing a lyric about this, but you can be darn sure he would have to say don't bitchslap Captain Marvel in a song.

The bigots and racists and anti-tigerists set up a hate rally (sound familiar, 2017?) to push their small-minded prejudice and drive Mr. Tawny out of town. Guys like this don't always wear hoods, but you can tell 'em when you see 'em.

Mr. Tawky Tawny to the rescue of the town!

My point (and I do have one) is just say no to supremacists and racists trying to keep their culture and neighborhood "pure." Or, as pal Andrew, who reminded me of this story recently (Thanks Andrew!), has often wisely said: be the Big Red Cheese you want to see in the world. I think that says it all, don't you?

365 Days of Defiance, Day 279: Spirit of Iron Makes Skin of Stone

Panels from Black Panther (2016 series) #8 (January 2017), script by Ta-Nehisi Coates, pencils by Chris Sprouse, inks by Karl Story, colors by Laura Martin, letters by Joe Sabino

Saturday, December 16, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 278: Every day is our D-Day

Panels from "Declaration" in Dark Reign: New Nation one-shot (February 2009), script by Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman, pencils and inks by Stefano Caselli, colors by Daniele Rudoni, letters by Cory Petit

365 Days of Defiance, Day 277: Where hate's a dream and love forever stands / Or is this a vision in my mind?

As we saw yesterday, when you get yourself a J. M. DeMatteis comic, you don't merely get an exciting super-adventure, you get food for thought Sometimes even second helpings in the same story!:

Panels from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #129 (May 1983), script by J. M. DeMatteis, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Diana Albers

365 Days of Defiance, Day 276: Is he tough? Listen, pup! The Spider-Man never gives up!

Panels from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #129 (May 1983), script by J. M. DeMatteis, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Diana Albers

Nice, Spidey, nice! Now, put your (lack of money) where you (covered by a mask) mouth is and finish him. Finish him!

Tomorrow: another cool declaration of defiance in MTU #129, this time from Spidey's visionary team-up partner!

365 Days of Defiance, Day 275: Darkseid Is.* *Defiable.

Beware the serpent-tongued words that tell you you are better than the others, not matter how much honey drips from it. Also, don't eat honey off of a serpent's tongue, okay? Yuck.

Panels from The Forever People (1971 series) #3 (June-July 1971), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by John Costanza

Instead, summon your own inner power to fight against the falsehoods!

Because you never know who might be the power behind the deceptive words.

This message has been brought to you as an allegory and fable and not necessarily a direct connection to Donald Trump being used like a puppet by Vladimir Putin. Although Putin and Darkseid have both been known to wrestle bears and ride shirtless on horseback. Hmmmm...

365 Days of Defiance, Day 274: Do you remember the fifties / When Emperor Claudius died?

Flashback! A black ops group gets together and does the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen thingee, teaming up Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, Victor Creed, Namora, Kraven the Hunter, Ulysses Bloodstone, and the first Silver Sable into the all-new, all-different, definitely sexier Avengers '59! They fight all the villains of the 1950s: communism, payola, jumping over sharks, and, hey, it looks like also Nazism in all its forms. How do you think that Sabretooth will solve the problem when faced with an ersatz Red Skull?

Panels from New Avengers (2010 series) #12 (June 2011), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and inks by Howard Chaykin, colors by Edgar Delgado, letters by Joe Caramagna

Now that's how to get a-head in business.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 273: Gonna burn you, gonna make you swell / Mongul on a hard sell

Mongul, intergalactic despot and poor man's Darkseid, enjoys it when heroes resist him. There's a technical word for that.

Panels from Trinity (2016 series) #5 (March 2017); script, pencils, inks, and colors by Francis Manapul ; letters by Steve Wands
(Click picture to Mongulnormous-size)


Friday, September 29, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 272: The Repeated Mistakes of Baron Zemo II

Hey, remember when Captain America fought and defied Baron Zemo (Senior) only a little while after he got dethawed, eventually defeating Zemo so succesfully that Zemo died and never came back? Sure, we all do!

Well, you woulda thunk the second Zemo (Franz Gruber, historical composter of the song "Silent Night" — it's true! Look it up!) would've learned from the first Zeemster's battles with Cap-Meister that bad guys never prosper against the American spirit, as shown in Tales of Suspense #99!

Panels from "The Man Who Lived Twice!" in Tales of Suspense #99 (March 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Syd Shores, letters by Artie Simek

But how did it all end? you may ask. (And that's a very good question.) Well, since this was indeed the final issue of Tales of Suspense...the world will never know.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 271: The Day Marvel Studios Refused to Meet Robert Downey's Salary Demands

How do you think Tony Stark is going to die? Sure, we've all thought a lot about it. Personally, I believe he'll probably die laying on a pile of money with many beautiful women, but this What If? issue gives us another suggestion. Stay tuned for the classic story we just had to call "What If Tony Stark Did Not Die Laying on a Pile of Money with Many Beautiful Women?"

Panels from What If? (1989 series) #55 [What If The Avengers Lost Operation: Galactic Storm] (November 1993), script by Len Kaminski, pencils by Craig Brasfield, inks by Frank Turner, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Janice Chiang

Nope, he's actually lying on a pile of Ronan the Accuser with many powerful self-destruct devices! He's defiant to the end and twice as explodey. To be fair, not as fun as the many beautiful women, but Thor would have sung many beautiful songs about either death.

Huh. Well, so it's over then.

To be continued?!? What kinda What If? story is this?!? What If Marvel Couldn't Wrap Up a What If Comic in 27 pages?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 270: World War Batman

Earth-2 Batman...stalking Nazis! This can only mean one must be a Roy Thomas story!

Panels from The Brave and the Bold (1955 series) #167 (October 1980), pencils by Dave Cockrum, inks by Dan Adkins, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Ben Oda, and script by...

Oh. Maybe not.

You can tell it's Earth-2 Batman because he doesn't have a yellow circle around his chest emblem. And that the cars are from the 1940s. And that5 his parents died after the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks version of Zorro, not 1972's The Erotic Adventures of Zorro.

Meanwhile also minutes later...the Blackhawks! Hey, it's a Mark Evanier script! Oh wait, it isn't.

But what was the Nazi's evil plan?


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 269: Honey for the Beehive

Panels from JLA #37 (January 2000), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Howard Porter, inks by John Dell, colors by Pat Garrahy, separations by Heroic Age, letters by Ken Lopez