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Dark Horse Day Series: Why The Mask Is A #Hero

 

DARK HORSE DAY

The Mask (1991) #1. Dark Horse Comics.

IN RELIGIOUS WARFARE

INTRO

In 1994, The Mask movie became a pop sensation and propelled Jim Carrey into super-stardom. Really, it perhaps defined the decade in movies and showed Hollywood at its best.

With a cocktail of gags, fun, romance and PG-13 violence the movie wowed audiences worldwide. Indeed, worldwide, we all dreamed of donning the fateful Mask and gaining super powers and the instant cool factor!

Though the movie was certainly successful it clearly presented the comic villain as a hero or anti-hero. In fact, it even led to the successful The Mask animated series.

However, it is clear that the Mask is an artifact that amplifies its wearer’s own penchant for violence and destruction. In our first series article, we ask: Is The Mask a #hero?


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#HERO OR #VILLAIN?

Across media, the Mask’s portrayals vary from anti-hero to villain. Popularly, the Mask movie portrayed the character in a more familiar light, as an anti-hero.

In the film, Stanley Ipkiss is the first Mask: a disgruntled employee, bullied and romantic, Stanley stumbles upon an ancient mask, wears it and becomes the Mask.

For the most part, he wants lots of money, have fun and win the heart of his impossible love, the girlfriend of Coco Bongo gangster named Tina.

However, the comics presented the character as a villain who despite having a girlfriend, is bullied by mobsters.

When he finds the mask, he puts it on and becomes the Mask: bloodlusted, he causes mayhem, deaths and destruction.

So our series should help us answer: Is the Mask a #villain or a #hero? Let’s look at television.

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So far, the Twitter audience has not given any votes.

Let’s look at four elements of The Mask and how the artifact may actually make him a #hero.

 

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In the television series, Stanley Ipkiss is a good-hearted person who protects Edge City from villains. With his magical mask, he struggles to control his insanity as the Mask and do good. In fact, when other villains put on the mask, they become destructive and evil.

In the show, only Ipkiss and Evelyn are able to remain good when they put on the mask. In Shadow of a Skillet, we learn that only Abraham Lincoln, Stanley and Evelyn have remained good when putting on the Mask. Indeed, showing Stanley is in fact a #hero.

#VILLAIN: VENDETTAS

Perhaps, one of the Mask’s comical character flaws is his penchant for vendettas against supervillains. In Season 2: Episode 6, Channel Surfer appears for the first time. Formerly Raymond Nielsen, he became Channel Surfer when his walled TV sets fell onto him and gave him superpowers.

To avenge the cancellation of his favorite show Pointy Peaks, Channel Surfer goes on a spree of thefts of TVs and appliances at electronic stores in Edge City. At Maniacal Mike’s Tele-village, he encounters the Mask shopping there and robs him of his appliances. Then, the Mask attacks him not to save the city but because of his vendetta.

#HERO: SISTER MASK

In Sister Mask, Stanley discovers a sister mask which when joined to the mask allows him to control the Mask. In reality, the villain Pretorius is at the origin of the machination. Indeed, he creates the sister mask to turn the Mask into his puppet.

To this end, his objective is to collect rare meteorite fragments. Violently, the scheme also leads to the Mask’s battle against the Army. Nonetheless, the episode reveals Stanley’s struggle to keep the Mask under control and protect his good side as a #hero.

#VILLAIN: DARK SIDE

In Western Animation / The Mask, TV Tropes states that the Mask actually has a dark side which Stanley fights. In fact, it is due to its previous hosts being themselves with a dark side.

For example, Genghis Khan and Blackbeard, both donned the Mask in the past. For this reason, Stanley though a good person, may be prone to behave as a #villain with the Mask.

 

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THE MASK IS A #MAGICIAN

Across media, the Mask is certainly #possessed. In fact, his superhuman strength and his reliance on the artifact indicate a form of shamanic possession.

At the same time, his use of magic reveal he is also a magician. Definitely, the power of summoning objects is arcane or sorcery. Moreover, the question remains about whether the Mask possesses Stanley.

In Behind ‘The Mask,’ Kyle McGovern looks at the origins behind the pop movie. Originally, the Mask was a metaphor for human impulses and how it amplifies its aggression.

“You see a guy who’s downtrodden, he’s got issues, he feels like the world has kicked him a bunch,” says comic book artist Doug Mahnke, who worked on Mayhem and several other miniseries featuring the Mask. “All of a sudden he has this chance to get away with a bunch of —-.”

Definitely, we are closer to the answer that the fact he may actually be a #villain, and not an #anti-hero.

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LINKS

Channel Surfer in The Mask Wiki.
Sister Mask in The Mask Wiki.
Western Animation / The Mask in TV Tropes.
Behind ‘The Mask’ in The Ringer.
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DC Day Series: The Best DC Comics Artists

 

DC DAY

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IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

In our first video, we list our Top 5 Best DC Comics Artists. Over the years, DC has been a perennial staple of great and innovative artists and writers, willing to inspire millions of fans. Today, DC Comics continues its tradition of hiring the top talent willing to take comic art to new heights.

In our series, we list the best DC comics artists with additional honorable mentions. Also, you can watch our video above.

5. JIM LEE

At the present, DC Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee is among the most popular artists in comics. Recently, he raised $800000 for his 60 in 60 charity work for comic shops. Now, pay attention to the Batman #608 cover: With his anatomical precision, the musculature in his character designs, and his attention to detail and scenery, the Korean American artist’s panels give lessons on medicine and still-lives.

Positives: DC Chief Creative Officer, Jim Lee’s almost medical manual on human anatomy, clair-obscur and very realistic landscapes.

Negatives: Repetitive poses, facial expressions and non-distinctive characters.

4. DAN JURGENS

Indeed, Dan Jurgens is a fan-favorite at DC Comics. And with Death of Superman we can see why. Jurgens is the epitome of the comic artist: His pages are full-blown action-oriented panels that create excitement! With his curvy lines and his creative character designs, Jurgens has mastered the DC powerhouses! And we can’t commend him enough on his work with Booster Gold. Recently, he worked on Blue & Gold, about Booster Gold’s and Blue Beetle’s new business venture after Infinite Frontier.

Positives: Creative, literary and artistic genius, kinetic panels and action-oriented, distinctive characters.

Negatives: Under-developed villains, penchant for the dramatic.

3. GEORGE PEREZ

For all his glory, the late George Perez deserves to be more well known. Really, his body of work speaks for itself. Though Crisis On Infinite Earths and Wonder Woman are mythic masterpieces, we will remember his revamp of The New Teen Titans! Truly the stuff of legend! And let’s not forget the true sequel to Crisis On Infinite Earths: Infinite Crisis.

Positives: Mythic status, oversaw DC revamps and crises, commended for his attention to detail in covers and movement in panels.

Negatives: Not enough recognition for his monumental work.

2. ALEX ROSS

At DC Comics, Alex Ross’ work is very cryptic. His magnum opus, Kingdom Come, is an Elseworld of biblical proportions! Born in Portland, OR but raised in Texas, Ross is quite the intellectual as he graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago at the age of 20. Really, his work betrays his classical training and his appreciation for universal themes and idealism.

Positives: Paintings are photo-realistic, novelization and story-telling, universal themes.

Negatives: Suitable only for mini-series, Elseworlds and graphic novels.

1. JACK KIRBY

It is the consensus among comic critics that the late Jack Kirby is the King of comics! Certainly, everything he touches turns to gold: Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, and at DC Comics the franchise he created with the New Gods. In many respects, Kirby’s art is quintessential comic book art. With his wacky designs, sci-fi concepts and space-faring adventure, Kirby’s panels are ingenuity and creativity come to life. When Kirby worked at DC, he completely changed the direction of the multiverse with the creation of his godly metaphysical beings. Ever since Darkseid stepped into the pages of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134, nothing has been the same.

Positives: Creative genius, universe-builder, sci-fi concepts. Negatives: Incomplete volumes at DC Comics.

Honorable mentions: Frank Quitely, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, Carlos Pacheco, Mikel Janin, Gary Frank.

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Jim Lee in DC Database.
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Marvel Day List: 5 Reasons Why Hulk Is The Strongest Avenger, And 5 Reasons Why It’s Thor (Film, TV and Comics)

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Al Ewing


Penciler(s)

Joe Bennett


Colorist(s)

Paul Mounts


Cover

Alex Ross


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

February 6, 2019

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

In the Marvel multiverse, the Avengers are the premiere superhero-team. In battles to defend Earth and the universe against villains, tyrants, and conquerors, two Avengers challenge each other for the title of Strongest Avenger. Indeed, the Thor-Hulk rivalry has been since the classic era and continues to this day. Hulk, is the Jade Giant with infinite strength and rage, and Thor is the Thunder God and protector of Earth.

Let’s list five reasons why Hulk’s monstrous strength makes him the Strongest Avenger and five reasons why Thor’s godly power contends for the Strongest Avenger.

10. THOR MATCHED HULK IN AN HOUR TEST OF STRENGTH

In Defenders (1973) #10, Doctor Strange guides Hulk to Los Angeles where he finds the missing part of the Evil Eye. At that time, Thor also arrives looking for the Evil Eye. When the God of Thunder asks to speak to the Jade Giant, Hulk is dismissive. Violently, a brawl follows between the warriors. During the battle, their power is so fierce that the city is threatened. Incredibly, both combatants lock arms for one hour in a test of strength. Finally, Doctor Strange, the Defenders and Avengers arrive to separate them. In the end, the heroes realize that a greater force, namely Dormammu, is involved in the events.

9. IT TOOK HULK AND NAMOR TO FIGHT CLASSIC THOR

In Avengers (1964) #3, Hulk and Namor team-up against the Avengers. When the Avengers decide to find the Hulk, they contact Rick Jones. With his help, they locate him in the desert. After a battle, he escapes and teams-up with Sub-Mariner. At the Rock of Gibraltar, the final battle occurs. During the fight, Namor and Hulk can barely hold on to the mighty Thor. In the end, the enemies flee with the Avengers victorious.

8. IN MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, THOR HAS MATCHED HULK WITHOUT HIS HAMMER

In Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Nick Fury activates the Avengers Initiative to recruit exceptional people into the peace-keeping team called the Avengers. With the Tesseract, Loki signals a Chitauri invasion in New York City. Before the invasion, Thor battles Hulk on the Helicarrier, matching the behemoth without his hammer! In Thor (1987) #385, Thor must stop Hulk’s rampage in a forest near the Mississippi River. When Hulk holds a woman hostage, Thor is forced to fight without his hammer. Though at a disadvantage, he holds his own.

7. HULK HAS LIFTED THOR’S HAMMER

In Hulk: Let The Battle Begin (2010) #1, Bruce Banner awakens in the middle of the desert. There, he find a ride from a man driving a truck who drops him off to a nearby town. In between naps, Bruce has been having trouble with his memories. In his naps, he recalls the events of the previous day. Near Mount Rushmore, he recalls lifting Thor’s hammer and bludgeoning the Odinson with it till he is knocked out. Really, an impressive feat!

6. IN MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, THOR DREW WITH HULK

In Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Thor’s superior fighting skills, equal strength and powerful hammer drew the battle against Hulk. In Thor: Ragnarok (2012), though Hulk won, he had help from the Grandmaster.

5. IN THE HULK VS. ANIMATED FILM, THE JADE GIANT NEARLY KILLED THOR

In Hulk Vs. (2009), Hulk fights Wolverine in the first movie and Thor in the second movie. The events in the movie follow after or during Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In Hulk Vs. Thor, the soulless body of Hulk has been unleashed on Asgard by Loki and Amora. In a brutal battle, Hulk pummels Thor to the ground. When Hulk is about to land the killing blow, he sees the light of Odinsleep and heads for the palace. Believing himself dead, Thor sees a shadow thinking it is Hela, but it is Amora.

4. IN THOR: RAGNAROK, HULK FOUGHT FENRIS AND SURTUR

In Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Thor, Hulk and Valkyrie must stop Hela, Surtur and her demons from destroying Asgard. In the final battle, Thor battles Hela while Hulk battles the ferocious Fenris then attacks Surtur, a giant extra-dimensional demon. With the power to destroy Asgard, Surtur finds a match in Hulk who can shake a dimension!

 

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3. IN AVENGERS: ENDGAME, THOR KILLED A WOUNDED THANOS

In Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame (2019), the Avengers are recovering from the Thanos Snap. When the Avengers regroup, they set out for Titan to undo the damages. There, they find a wounded Thanos. Unfortunately, Thanos reveals that they cannot undo the Snap since he destroyed the Infinity Stones. In a fit of anger, Thor decapitates Thanos with Stormbreaker.

2. HERALD OF THUNDER THOR KILLS GALACTUS AND THE BLACK WINTER

In Thor: The Devourer King (2020), Thor becomes a Herald of Thunder for Galactus. In order to fight the Black Winter, Thor helps the Star God consume five planets. However, when he realizes he has been duped, he kills Galactus and uses his corpse as a bomb to explode the Black Winter. Certainly, do not miss Thor using the God Blast against the Black Winter!

1. IMMORTAL HULK DISSIPATED THE ONE-BELOW-ALL WITH HIS THUNDERCLAP

Really, Hulk is the strongest Avenger. In Immortal Hulk (2019) #13, Hulk is in Hell with his father. There, he must fight the One Below All and his horde of demons. During the battle, his father disowns him as a child of evil. When all seems lost, Immortal Hulk hulks-out and delivers a powerful thunderclap that dissipates the One Below All. In the Marvel multiverse, The One Above All is supreme, and at the bottom of the multiverse, the One Below All reigns. Proving once again that the Strongest Avenger can defeat the ultimate evil.

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Defenders Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
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Immortal Hulk Vol 1 13 in Marvel Database.

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DC Day List: 5 Reasons Why Superman Is The Justice League’s Leader, And 5 Reasons Why It’s Wonder Woman (Film and Comics)

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Ivan Reis


Colorist(s)

Alex Sinclair


Cover

Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Alex Sinclair


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

February, 2020

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

In the Post-Crisis continuity, Superman has been the Justice League of America’s public figure as well as its tactical commander. In fact, Superman’s leadership commands respect from his peers. In contrast, Wonder Woman has played a similar role, particularly due to her expertise in war and her role as a diplomatic embassador for Themyscira.

Let’s list five reasons why Superman is the Justice League’s true inspiration and five reasons why Wonder Woman’s leadership uncovers deception and sees the vision of the DC Universe.

10. IN THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN PROTECTS THE LEAGUE AGAINST DOOMSDAY

The Death Of Superman (2018) is the 11th installment in the DC Animated Movie Universe. In the movie, the monster named Doomsday is on a rampage across the United States and it is up to the Justice League to stop it. When the situation seems hopeless, Wonder Woman arises to fight the monster. Though she eventually loses, her leadership causes Superman to go all-out.

9. IN JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: APOKOLIPS WAR, SUPERMAN LEADS THE LEAGUE INTO WAR AGAINST APOKOLIPS

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020), is the final installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. At the beginning of the movie, Superman formulates a plan to invade Apokolips in order to prevent war on Earth. But Superman and the Justice League Dark are captured. After the Justice League’s forces are destroyed, John Constantine enacts a plan to save them. Finally, Superman is freed from Darkseid’s control on Apokolips. In the finale, an amped Superman takes on Darkseid toe-to-toe.

8. IN SUPERMAN: SACRIFICE, WONDER WOMAN FREES SUPERMAN FROM MAXWELL LORD’S MIND-CONTROL

In Superman: Sacrifice, Superman has attacked Batman at the Watchtower. After, the Justice League discovers that Maxwell Lord mind-controls Superman and has taken control of Brother Eye. Violently, Superman attacks the League and escapes. Now, with her powers of Truth, Wonder Woman tracks him down and locates Checkmate. After a vicious battle, Wonder Woman kills Maxwell to free Superman from his delusions. Really, a controversial decision that created a crisis of leadership in the Justice League. Importantly, it contributed to Infinite Crisis.

7. IN INFINITE CRISIS, SUPERMAN STOPS SUPERBOY-PRIME WITHOUT KILLING

In Infinite Crisis, the 52 universes in the DC multiverse are threatened of destruction by Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor Jr. Indeed, the villains seek to destroy the 52 earths to restore Earth-Prime, the perfect Earth. In a crisis of leadership, Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen rise to save the multiverse. On the Green Lantern planet Mogo, a depowered Earth-One Superman defeats a depowered Superboy-Prime after flying through a red sun, delivering a speech that inspired fans.

6. IN ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN LEADS THE LEAGUE IN BATTLE

In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Wonder Woman shows why she is the League’s tactical leader. With Superman inactive, Wonder Woman leads the League in battle against Steppenwolf and the parademons. When Batman decides to sacrifice himself to drive Steppenwolf’s army away, Wonder Woman rallies the League to help him. Again, she saves Batman from death at the hands of Apokoliptian armies. In the end, she decapitates Steppenwolf with her magical sword.

5. IN BATMAN V. SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN SACRIFICES HIMSELF TO KILL DOOMSDAY

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is the second movie in Snyder’s trilogy. In the movie, Superman and Batman clash after Lex Luthor stages a political intrigue. In the finale, both heroes must fight with Wonder Woman against Doomsday, Luthor’s mutated Zod. In order to save the Earth and Lois Lane, Superman sacrifices himself, killing Doomsday with a kryptonite spear.

4. IN DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL, WONDER WOMAN CREATES THE FIRST ANTI-CRISIS

In Dark Nights: Death Metal, the DC heroes must stop an invasion from The Batman Who Laughs and the Dark multiverse. In order to stop the dangers to the multiverse once and for all, Wonder Woman leads the heroes into the first Anti-Crisis. After one final battle, she defeats The Batman Who Laughs in the death sun. At the end, the DC multiverse is restored with no frontiers and all the crises in continuity remembered.

 

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3. IN FINAL CRISIS, SUPERMAN RESTORES THE DC MULTIVERSE

In Final Crisis, Darkseid finally conquered the Anti-Life Equation. Now, he set out to create a Fifth World on New Earth. During the crisis, even Nil is threatened by destruction by the Equation. In the end, Darkseid destroys the entirety of the DC multiverse, past, present and future. Only a group of heroes and civilians remain in space on the Watchtower. Proving to be the Justice League’s true leader, Superman uses his remaining stores of solar energy to activate the Miracle Machine and restore the DC multiverse. Though it was not the last crisis, since the multiverse was rebooted again after Flashpoint.

2. WONDER WOMAN REFUSES TO ASCEND AMONG THE QUINTESSENCE TO REMAIN HUMAN

With Infinite Frontier (2021) #0, the Quintessence shows Wonder Woman a vision of the new DC multiverse. Then, they congratulate the heroine and propose her to ascend into their ranks as a goddess. However, Wonder Woman declines to preserve her humanity and fight the impending darkness.

1. SUPERMAN INSPIRES PEOPLE BY REVEALING HIS SECRET IDENTITY

Perhaps, the greatest reason why Superman is the Justice League‘s best leader is his example. In Superman (2020) #18, Superman finally comes out and reveals his secret identity to the public. Though his peers questioned his decision and Batman feared mind control. At the same time, the decision also worsened his hero status. Definitely, a decision of momentous proportions that changed the status quo and shows how much the Man of Steel can inspire people around the world.

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The Death of Superman (Movie) in DC Database.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Movie) in DC Database.
Superman: Sacrifice in DC Database.
Infinite Crisis in DC Database.
Final Crisis in DC Database.
Infinite Frontier Vol 1 0 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 5 18 in DC Database.

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Marvel Day: Rookie Speedball Teams Up With Spidey and DD In “The Evolutionary War”

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Tom DeFalco, David Michelinie


Penciler(s)

Mark Bagley


Colorist(s)

Bob Sharen


Cover

Ron Frenz, John Romita


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

May 31, 1988

IN MAD SCIENCE

In Evolutionary War, the High Evolutionary has survived his latest suicide attempt. He renews his quest to perfect the human genetic pool and create a human race superior to the Beyonders.

After a series of failed attempts, the drug war in New York City emerges. In his latest attack, High Evolutionary wants to setup a machine that puts the city to sleep, to put his sinister plan in motion. It’s up to Spider-Man, Daredevil and the unlikely hero Speedball to stop him.

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HIGH EVOLUTIONARY VISITS THE ETERNALS TO MAP THE SURFER’S GENOME

In Silver Surfer Annual (1988) #1, the High Evolutionary visits the Eternals. Successfully, he persuades them to aid his cause to perfect the human genome. To this end, they agree to map the Silver Surfer‘s genome. However, the Surfer refuses and they let him be.

THE PURIFIERS ATTACK MUTANTS DEEMED A THREAT TO HUMAN GENETIC PURITY

In New Mutants Annual (1988) #4, the High Evolutionary’s Purifiers attack mutants deemed a threat to human genetic purity. When Magma is attacked, the New Mutants and the Hellfire Club storm the villain’s base in Wyoming.

 

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SPEEDBALL, DD AND SPIDEY STOP THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY’S DEVICE IN NEW YORK

In Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1988) #22, is the first appearance of Speedball in Marvel continuity. Named Robbie Baldwin, he overhears the High Evolutionary and his plan to put New York City to sleep with his device. With the help of Spider-Man and Daredevil, they stop the Purifiers and destroy the device atop the Empire State Building.

IN THE FINALE, AN AD-HOC AVENGERS TEAM VS THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY

In Avengers Annual (1988) #17, an Avengers reservist team of Jocasta, the Captain, Falcon, Hercules, Hulk, Beast and Yellowjacket must stop High Evolutionary’s genetic bomb. In one final battle, the Avengers hyper-evolve Hercules to match High Evolutionary with the villain’s equipment. Apparently, both combatants are destroyed.

 

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DC Day: In “History Of The Multiverse,” We Learn The Origin Story Of Black Canary

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Paul Dini, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray


Penciler(s)

Jesús Saíz


Colorist(s)

Pete Pantazis


Cover

Ed Benes, Rod Reis


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

June, 2007

IN UNIVERSAL AND MULTIVERSAL ANOMALIES

In Countdown To Final Crisis, Darkseid seeks to fulfill the prophecy of The Death of The New Gods and the rise of the Fifth World. On a giant chess board, the Dark god manipulates all the events of Countdown even granting Jimmy Olsen superpowers. Unbeknownst to him, his machinations lead eventually to The Death of The New Gods and Final Crisis.

Meanwhile, the Monitors unravel the causes that threaten the 52 universes of the multiverse lying in the multiversal anomalies. One of them, is Black Canary. Let’s reveal her origin story in the Post-Crisis continuity.

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PRE-CRISIS: DINAH DRAKE MIGRATED FROM EARTH-TWO

In Countdown (2007) #46, the Monitors reveal the origin story of the first Black Canary. Originally, she was from Earth-Two. After retiring from crime, Dinah Drake began her crime-fighting career. Soon, she joined the Justice Society of America. After the death of her husband, Larry Lance, she migrated to Earth-One.

PRE-CRISIS: DINAH DRAKE JOINED THE JLA

In Justice League of America (1963) #21, is the legendary first meeting between the JSA and the JLA. The two super-teams band together to defeat Fiddler, Icicle, Wizard and Chronos, Doctor Alchemy and Felix Faust that threaten the DC multiverse. During the Aquaris crisis, Dinah eventually remained on Earth-One.

 

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PRE-CRISIS: DINAH LANCE IS HER DAUGHTER

On Earth-One, Dinah Laurel Lance was born of the first Black Canary, Dinah Drake and police officer Larry Lance. Precociously, Laurel started her crime-fighting career at the age of 19. Soon, she became the second Black Canary.

POST-CRISIS: DINAH LANCE IS A FOUNDING JLA MEMBER

In JLA: Year One, Dinah Lance became a founding member of the JLA. Early on, the JLA was an inexperienced and under-funded group that took on alien invasions and corruption.

 

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The Mightiest Punch!: Is Superman The Most Powerful Hero?

 

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Battles Of The Week: Shang-Chi vs Razor-Fist (Hero vs Villain)

 

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Writers and Artists

Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy.

SYNOPSIS FOR “THE CRYSTAL CONNECTION”/”A GULF OF LIONS”

On a mission with the British Secret Service, Shang-Chi and Clive Reston must stop a heroin dealer in France.

In the Gulf of Lion, the two men arrive at Carlton Velcro’s estate. During the mission, Shang-Chi must face the deadly first appearance of Razor-Fist.

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RAZOR-FIST MAKES HIS DEADLY FIRST APPEARANCE!
In 'Master Of Kung Fu' (1975) #29, Razor-Fist makes his first appearance. Marvel Comics.
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Enter the contestants in Gulf of Lion, France. On the left side is Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu and on the right side is Razor-Fist with the Swords of Death.

Let’s look at the stats.

SHANG-CHI – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Building 17%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Expert Combatant 42%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

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  • Ten Rings.
RAZOR-FIST – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Enhanced 17%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Expert Combatant 42%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Swords for hands.

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THE FIGHT

In Gulf of Lion, Shang-Chi is on a mission with the British Secret Service. At Velcro’s estate, he must fight Razor-fist in his first Marvel appearance.

#LaLucha to decide who is the true martial artist! Toggle Razor-Fist’s Negative Damage under Damage Points, to find out the shear strength of his steel blades.

DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS



A fight to the death between Shang-Chi and Razor-Fist. Witness Shang-Chi breaking a steel blade with his bare hands.
SHANG-CHI BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x3): 1 DAMAGE PT (x3) = 3 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


SHAANG’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

0 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Conditioning = (15380 g)(2500 kcal)(53 days)/(1 day) = 2037850000 J.
Durability = 1 – 0 = 1 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

RAZOR’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Conditioning = (41610 g * 2500 kcal * 53 days)/(1 day) = 5513325000 J = 1.31269642857 Tons of TNT.
Shear Strength of Razor-Fist’s Steel Blades = (597085981.59 N/m^2)(0.60 m *0.10 m) = 35825158.8954 N.
-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 35825158.8954 N * 5 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.12794699605
​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Sunspot’s Durability = (-0.12794699605
​PTS * Ton of TNT)/(1.31269642857 Ton of TNT) = -0.09746883838 PTS.
Durability = 1 – 0.0974688383
= -0.90 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

WINNER: SHANG-CHI WINS BY INCAPACITATION.

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SHANG-CHI IN COMICS

SHANG-CHI'S FIRST APPEARANCE

Special Marvel Edition (1973) #15, titled “Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu!” marks the first appearance of Shang-Chi in Marvel continuity. In the issue, Shang-Chi must fight five fighters in order to reach his father, Fu Manchu. The character was created by writer Steve Englehart and penciler Jim Starlin.

Special Marvel Edition (1973) #15, Master of Kung Fu!” marks the first appearance of Shang-Chi in Marvel continuity. Marvel Comics.


Master of Kung Fu Vol 1 30 in Marvel Database.
Zheng Shang-Chi (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
William Young (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Special Marvel Edition Vol 1 15 in Marvel Database.
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Battles Of The Week: Colossus vs Juggernaut (Hero vs Villain)

 

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BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Writers and Artists

Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr.

SYNOPSIS FOR “RECHARGED”

After his recent break-up with Kitty Pryde, Logan and Nightcrawler take Colossus to drink at the bar.

However, it turns out to be a trap and a brawl with a familiar foe follows.

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GRADUATION DAY PROBLEM: HEARTBREAK AT THE BAR AND DISASTER!
Uncanny X-Men (1984) #183. Marvel Comics.

Enter the contestants at Monahan’s in New York. On the left side is Colossus and on the right side is Juggernaut.

Let’s look at the stats.

COLOSSUS – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Building 17%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: City Block 25%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Street Fighter 25%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

WEAKNESSES
  • Vibranium.
  • Adamantium.
JUGGERNAUT – EARTH-616

Super Strength: City Block 25%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: City 25%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Street Fighter 25%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

WEAKNESSES
  • Mental and mystical attacks.

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THE FIGHT

After a brief misunderstanding, Piotr changes into Colossus and fights back against Juggernaut. Though the battle is lop-sided, it remains one of the most heated fisticuffs between the two rivals.

COLOSSUS RANKS NUMBER FOUR IN ROUND 1

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JUGGERNAUT IN COMICS

‘X-Men (1965) #12, titled “The Origin Of Professor X!”, marks the first appearance of Juggernaut in Marvel continuity. The issue tells of Professor X’s brother’s attack, namely Juggernaut, on Professor X and the X-Men, and of the two brothers’ origin story.

The issue was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

'X-Men (1965) #12, titled "The Origin Of Professor X!", marks the first appearance of Juggernaut in Marvel continuity.
X-Men (1965) #12, titled “The Origin Of Professor X!”, marks the first appearance of Juggernaut in Marvel continuity. Marvel Comics.

LINKS

Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 183 in Marvel Database.
Cain Marko (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Piotr Rasputin (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.
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Marvel Day: The Timeline Of The Inhumans Chronicles The Emergence Of The Species To ‘Infinity’

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning


Penciler(s)

Paul Pelletier


Letterer(s)

Joe Caramagna


Cover

Brandon Peterson, Ron Lim, Sandu Florea, Chris Sotomayor, Leinil Francis Yu


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March 4, 2009

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WHO ARE THE INHUMANS?

In the Marvel Universe, few species are as mysterious and ostracized as the Inhumans. From Attilan, this secluded society protects its genetic inheritance at all costs! Importantly, Black Bolt is their mute leader who protects the citadel from Earth’s races and space conquerors.

Let’s trace the timeline of the Inhumans’ Terrigenesis to the popular Kree-Shi’ar War.

TERRIGENESIS

During Earth’s prehistory, the Kree learned from the Celestials’ experiments of humanity’s potential. In Fantastic Four (2010) #577, we learn they experimented on a species of early humans called homo antecessor. Their objective was to breed a new race that could help them conquer in the Kree-Shi’Ar War. The new species would become the Inhumans.

Inhuman geneticist Randac first isolated the crystal he named Terrigen. His purpose was to weaponize the Inhumans in case the Kree returned. However, the Inhumans did not receive his work well. When Randac exposed himself to the Terrigen Mists, he gained mental abilities similar to the Eternals. Though he created a program of voluntary Terrigenesis, a screening was later introduced because the subjects developed inhuman mutations.

 

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MODERN WARS

In Silent War (2007), a conflict occurs between the Inhumans and Earth’s heroes. In fact, over the U.S. government’s apparent theft of the Terrigen Mists. During the mini-seres, it is discovered that Terrigenesis uses the psychological wishes and desires of its subjects to mutate them. Professor Cartwright who idolized Captain America, mutated into a muscular Inhuman upon the exposure to the Terrigen Mists.

In War of Kings, the Inhumans have fulfilled their destiny. In fact, Black Bolt has become the ruler of the Kree Empire. Meanwhile, Emperor Vulcan has seized the Shi’Ar Empire. Together, both are on a collision course. When both kings collide, a war of catastrophic proportions follows.

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SECOND TERRIGENESIS

During War of Kings (2009), Maximus the Mad built the Terrigen Bomb. Its purpose was to bring an age of peace by spreading the Terrigen Mists across the universe and cause everyone to undergo Terrigenesis. In order to defeat the Shi’Ar, Black Bolt detonated the Bomb in a battle against Vulcan. The explosion wiped 87 percent of the Shi’Ar and caused rift in space.

In Infinity (2013), Thanos and the Black Order invade Attilan looking for his Inhuman son Thane. When Thanos arrives at Attilan, the city has been evacuated and only Black Bolt is there. In the battle, Black Bolt unleashes a powerful scream that destroys Attilan and activates the Terrigen Bomb. Later, all Inhumans living among humans are activated and become NuHumans.

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LINKS

Fantastic Four Vol 1 577 in Marvel Database.
Silent War Vol 1 (2007) in Marvel Database.
War of Kings in Marvel Database.
Terrigen Bomb in Marvel Database.