Fun Little Commission
Yours Truly in a recent piece by Joe Sinnott. Nice to see that some creators still got it after all these years. Also, nice to see some artists are still willin’ to put a stogie in Yours Truly’s mug. And remember, kiddies, Uncle Benjy’s got cosmic ray-powered lungs. Unless you can say the same, don’t smoke!
The Thing vs. The Batman
This-here is actually a match-up I’ve wanted to see for a while. I’ve always figure that a crossover ‘tween Bruce and me would make for a great read. Think about it for a sec, a lot o’ character drama can come from the differences between characters, right? Well, what two comic characters of Bats’ and my level of recognition are as different?
Yours Truly grew up as a poor Jewish kid in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. I got into college on a football scholarship and became a test pilot. My powers were thrust on me as a result of a accident in space. I used to be decent lookin’ but now my powers come with the price o’ making me look like a orange rock monster. Also, my team/family hardly ever stays in the same place and while we sometimes save the world, the universe, or all o’ reality, we’re usually just explorers. We really can’t be called “crime fighters” at any rate.
Bruce Wayne grew up rich and privileged. After his parents were killed he made himself into a hero. He ain’t got any powers aside from money, gadgets, brains, and his pals. He’s still handsome. He’s definitely a crime fighter and he pretty much stays in Gotham unless he has a reason to leave. He’s dark and broody, and since I sorta adjusted to my look I’ve been pretty happy-go-lucky for the most part.
As for which one of us would win in a fight, I know everyone’s gonna pull out the old “Batman could take out Galactus with a week to plan” chesnut, but I beg to differ. He ain’t got any powers while Yours Truly has near-invulnerable skin and super strength. On top o’ that, I ain’t got any real weaknesses to speak of. Heck, if Stretch couldn’t figure out a way to make me human after years o’ research, I doubt Bats is gonna have a “Cosmic Ray Repellent Bat-Spray” in his back pocket.
As for fightin’ ability, Bats might have years o’ martial arts experience, but I ain’t exactly unskilled. I’m a skilled boxer and wrestler. On top o’ that, folks forget that I’m faster than I oughtta be for my size and weight. It’d be a close fight, but I think I could take him… Well, before the inevitable team-up to fight a group o’ mutual baddies of course.
Whatcha think, folks? The Ever-Lovin’ Idol o’ Millions or The Dark Knight?
Art by Ramon Villalobos
Mike Allred ‘s Fantastic Four Issue 28 Cover
If you paid attention to my commentary of FF, you’ll know that I love Allred’s artwork. You’ll also have a sense o’ why I’m so darned excited to see this piece o’ art. Mike posted it and where he’s gonna be appearing this year on his blog. Check the links below for that announcement and the Kirby original!
Source and 2014 Allred Appearances
I ain’t that intimidating, am I?
Dr. Doom & Venom Vs Fantastic Four & Batman commission by John Byrne. 2011.
Pretty awesome. Needs some color to fully make sense of it though…
After the incredibly conflicting experience of reading Marvel’s Miracleman #2, this third issue was something of a breath of fresh air. With the exception of what amounts to a backup feature entitled “Cold War. Cold Warrior,” featuring the Warpsmiths, this book holds up extremely well and improves on a number of what might be considered […]
Yours Truly’s Continuing Coverage o’ Miracleman
Once again under my nom de plum pudding, I take a look at issue three of Marvel’s rerelease of Alan Moore’s deconstructionist Miracleman series. I’d be real interested to hear what folks think o’ my assessment o’ Moore’s choice o’ “Project Zarathustra” for the name o’ what created Miracleman.
You Know With Jamie Bell Set to Play Yours Truly…
This image sorta takes on a whole new meaning. By that I’m o’ course referring to the fact that Bell played the title character in Billy Elliot, a flick about a ballet dancing son of a coal miner. Now, I ain’t saying he’s a sissy, but I do got reservations ‘bout being payed by a Limey.
Inspired by a recent experience I had with someone stealing my art and cropping out my URL.
Dedicated to every artist who has had their art work stolen.
STOP DOINg THIS, PEOPLE!!! Folks who don’t credit artists when it’d be perfectly easy to do so are bad enough. Folks who crop the credit off deserve a good clobberin’ time!
This-Here Panel Illustrates a Problem
Stretch, Suzie, and Yours Truly’s treatment o’ Matchstick here is problematic in the same way as most writers’ treatment o’ Johnny. After years and hundreds o’ issues o’ character development, getting married, finding out his wife was a Skrull, thinking he might be a father (it’s complicated), dieing/coming back to life multiple times, and having several “coming of age” arcs, he deserves to be treated as more mature than he generally is.
I don’t give him a ton o’ credit most o’ the time but even I know he deserves better. Heck, you wanna know a secret? After Hickman wrote about Johnny coming back to life and returning from the Negative Zone, I was worried we’d get a arc with him turning antihero. I figured maybe dieing and resurrecting multiple times would harden him and give him a more Punisher-like outlook even if only when under extreme pressure. Frankly, I didn’t think this would be a good development and figured it might come off as corny, trite, or hackneyed.
At this point though, I would’ve preferred it ‘cause it would’ve meant that all the character development that should’ve come from his treatment by Annihilus in the Negative Zone wasn’t completely meaningless and didn’t add up to the big, fat goose-egg that it seems to have.