Comics 101 Is in Session
Your humble professor is down with the flu, so it'll be a short one this week…
Alan K. writes: They have started posting the Spider-Man animated series from 1967 on
Marvel.com. It is quite a nostaglic walk down memory lane for those of us that used to watch it when it aired originally, I can remember getting up early before school to watch that days episode and then having to run out the door to make it to school on time. Some of the sound effects are really funny now! Electro shooting his bolts of energy from one finger on each hand instead of just his hands, Mysterio with pointy ears looking an incredible amount like Mr. Spock, great stuff to remember. I'm sure if it is available on DVD you already own it, but for those of us who don't, thanks Marvel! (Oh, and
the Japanese Spider-Man series is showing up on there, too!)
Tipton: Yeah, I never understood the green, pointy-eared turtleneck-wearing Mysterio.
Chris G. writes: Congratulations on reaching 300 columns and showing no sign of running out of steam! I especially enjoy your in depth look at character histories like Hawkeye and the Aquaman one you just wrapped up. Very informative, and it makes me appreciate the history these characters have even more. I think Aquaman is due to have an upswing in popularity any day now.
Tipton: Thanks a lot, Chris! I appreciate the feedback.
Ben S. writes: Another great Silver Age tale, got to love the wackiness of the Silver Age.
So, I do have one question, that I know the great professor can answer.
See, I've been re reading the Geoff Johns Green Lantern run, in anticipation of Blackest Night, starting from Rebirth... now everything makes sense with one exception.
Who is Black Hand?
I only ask since its pretty obvious that Black Hands power comes from death. Plus, knowing Geoff Johns pension of using lower tear villains and making them better. One only needs to look at what he did with Flash as an example. I'm sure Black Hand's involvement in Green Lantern's Rogue's Gallery is a deep one indeed. Maybe the answer could lead to a column...
but any light you can shed on the subject might help me see the Green Lantern run, in a better light.
Tipton: It looks like Black Hand is going to figure in big time to the Black Lanterns story, definitely. In the meantime, this gives you the full scoop:
Sven M. writes: tell me you've seen the clip of the Wonder Woman 60s show that's floating around now. THE PAIN.
Tipton: Is that the '60s one with the mousy girl looking in the mirror?
Jim T. writes: Your comment here ("because that's what happened") reminded me about Stephen King's Gunslinger stories -- did you read them? I'm not a huge fan of King's but got hooked on this series. I was really disappointed in the ending -- and apparently, so was King! He actually added an afterword talking about his writing process, and the challenges he has when he tries to mold the story. Sounds similar to what you're saying.
Tipton: I've never read those, but have heard good things.
Picture of the Week
My new ASTRO BOY comic is out now, with this kickass Ash Wood cover!
See you next week.