In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure:
Superman, of course, is owned by DC Comics (and, by extension, Time Warner), but these old cartoons are in the public domain. Someone got fired for that one, I'm sure.
I've just recently finished up DC Comics' series 52, and have now developed something of an obsession with one of Gotham City's lesser-known detectives, the faceless vigilante known as The Question.
Created by Steve Ditko (co-creator of Spider-Man) for the now-defunct Charlton Comics, The Question has an undeniably cool look. Reminiscent of The Blank, a Dick Tracy villain, The Question had a unique way of changing from his civilian identity of Vic Sage to his crimefighter persona: The mask would pop out of his belt buckle, and at the same time Sage would release a "binary gas" that would change both the color of his hair and his suit (both specially treated to react to the gas).
After Charlton folded, The Question and the company's other big properties (Captain Atom, The Blue Beetle, and others) were bought by DC Comics. Upon arrival, the Charlton characters played roles in the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths, but the biggest splash they made was after they were Captain Ersatzed and dropped into Alan Moore's hands to make the seminal series Watchmen. The Question is an easy spot (har-har) in the book, having been transformed into the vigilante Rorschach.
The Question has been a persistent presence in the DC Universe since then, with a few stabs at his own series, and guest starring in other books (for all of the obsessive details of his career, this is probably the best place to look).
So what is it about The Question that has a hold on me? Certainly I love the look. I've always been more of a fan of heroes wearing actual clothing as opposed to the usual longjohns. He also had this "Zen detective" thing going on in his DC incarnation, which he passed on to his successor (as opposed to the Randian Objectivist that he started out as, which I'm not so much the fan of).
Oh, yeah, he has a successor. Picked one out when he found out he was dying of lung cancer. It was attributed to a love of cigarettes, but funny how nobody entertains the possibility that a gas that can change your hair color might also prove to be carcinogenic...
I don't catch much news from the comics industry these days, so I completely missed the announcement of the death of comics writer/artist Dave Stevens, whose best-known creation was The Rocketeer.
Most people are only familiar with the 1991 movie. Stevens went a lot more in-depth to create a compelling story inspired by the pulp magazines of the 1930's, along with serials like King of the Rocket Men all the while incorporating believable characters instead of the stock cardboard cutouts that populated most such stories.
And then, of course, there's the art. Now don't get me wrong: I loves me some Jennifer Connelly. But going back to the source material, it's hard to imagine anybody on Cliff Secord's arm other than "Betty", lovingly modeled after the famous 1950's fetish model Bettie Page (pictured above; some of you might not recognize her with the gag, and some of you might not recognize her without it).
Add to the mix slickly disguised appearances by Doc Savage and The Shadow, plus a bevy of subtle film references from the era, and a Rocketeer story was a little piece of four-color heaven for me.
So long, Mr. Stevens. Sorry to be one of the last people to tell you that you'll be missed.
What happened during this sparring
a.) Jihan knocked me around the gym with
b.) I knocked Jihan around the gym with
c.) We were as equally matched as we were last
Friday, nobody doing anything with disturbing ease.
d.) Linden Labs picked that exact fifteen
minute timeframe to take down the sim for a restart, and ended our sparring session just as we were getting warmed up.
Turns out, as some outlets later discovered, the "mystic" was an actor named Maxie Santillan Jr., who has appeared on CSI and My Name Is Earl. And though some accused Hilton of getting Punk'd, the joke's on them: The entire scene was staged for a new show from Punk'd producer Ashton Kutcher premiering Sunday on E! (10:30 ET/PT).
Pop Fiction, an eight-episode series, is a prank show targeting paparazzi and gullible media outlets.
Okay, Paris. Just this once: Here's to you (lifts up fizzy caffeinated nonalcoholic beverage).