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

 

DARK HORSE DAY

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

IN ADVANCED 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 movie-lovers 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 third series article, we ask: Is The Mask a #villain?


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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 our film buffs answer: Is the Mask a #villain or a #hero? Let’s look at comics.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

OUR POLL

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

Let’s look at three characters who wore The Mask and how the artifact may actually make them #villains.

 

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IS THE MASK A #VILLAIN?

#VILLAIN: STANLEY IPKISS

In the comics, Stanley Ipkiss is a weak person who wants revenge in Edge City from the people who bullied him. When he finds the Mask at a store, he gains supernatural powers. However, his powers come with added violence and aggression. In the famous words of Bill Murray in Ghostbusters (1984), this comic is “toast.”

When he demonstrates his humour noir, the Mask kills people who abused him in a series of supposed jokes. On a rampage in Edge City, the Mask kills passersby, a biker gang and various other individuals. Soon, the police knows him as “Big Head.”

#VILLAIN: LT. KELLAWAY

After Stanley’s death at the hands of his girlfriend Kathy, she hands the Mask to Lt. Kellaway warning him of its dark side (My bad for the Star Wars reference). In fact, she tells him that the Mask created “Big Head.” As a practical joke, Kellaway puts it on ignoring her warnings.

When Kellaway becomes the Mask, he vows to end crime and stop all criminal in Edge City. First, he starts a feud with Mafia gang Don Mozzo. However, the vigilante quickly becomes executioner when he attempts to bomb his partner’s mouth with dynamite. Quickly, he buries the mask in his basement.

#ANTI-HERO: ARCHIE

Later, other wearers become the Mask. For the most part, they all succumb to their dark side and behave in violent and criminal ways when they become the Mask. After, the mask falls into the hands of a gang of criminals. One of them wears it and uses it to get revenge on other criminals.

Later, the mask falls into the hands of four students: Rich, Ben, Hugo and Archie. More or less, they resist the Mask’s blood lust. More importantly, Archie wears the Mask and uses it to become a superhero. To this end, he stops criminals from stealing a lion’s golden tooth at the Edge City zoo though he sets some animals loose. After scuffles with Walter, he escapes the police.

 

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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.


LINKS

The Mask in Comic Vine.
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Metropolis Battles: Batman vs Killer Croc (Hero vs Villain)

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
 

METROPOLIS BATTLES

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Writers and Artists

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SYNOPSIS FOR “Hush, Chapter One: The Ransom”

The clock is ticking and Batman must rescue Edward Lamont IV, the heir of the Lamont fortune, from the clutches of Killer Croc.

As the protagonists attempt to escape through Gotham’s tunnels, they are intercepted by the supervillain.

A fight follows…

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

Batman (2002) #608. DC Comics

Enter the contestants. On the left side is Batman and on the right side is Killer Croc.

Let’s look at the stats.

BATMAN – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Peak Human 8%
Super Speed: Subsonic 42%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Inventor 50%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Batsuit.
  • Utility Belt.
  • Batrope.
  • Hypersonic Device.

WEAKNESSES

  • Drug Addiction: Once addicted to Bane’s Venom.
  • Limited Mobility.

KILLER CROC – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Metahuman 17%
Super Speed: Warrior 33%
Durability: Metahuman 17%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Bloodlusted 58%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Diminished Intellect.
  • Skin Condition.

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THE FIGHT

In the Gotham City sewers, Batman and Edward Lamont IV attempt to escape Killer Croc. Suddenly, they are intercepted by the monster. A battle follows between Batman and Killer Croc.

The battle to decide who is the assassin!


DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Killer Croc attacking Batman and Lamont IV.

On the following pages, after two hits by Croc, Batman gets the upperhand with a dodge, a headbutt and a kick.

KILLER CROC BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.
BATMAN CONCUSSION + BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 3 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 5 DAMAGE PTS.

On the final page, Batman restrains Killer Croc with chains.

BATMAN EXPLOSION + BLUNT FORCE + CONCUSSION (x2) ATTACKS: 5 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT + 3 DAMAGE PTS (x2) = 12 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


BATMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Martial Arts 6 Hours = 3528 kcal/hr = 2.46*10^6 J/hr = 0.00058571428 Tons of TNT/hr.
-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 1360.777 kg * 9.81 m/s^2 * 4.0 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = 0.00003814063 PTS * Ton of TNT.
Batman’s Durability = (-0.00007250725
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00058571428 Tons of TNT) = -0.06511814941
PTS.
Durability = 1 – 0.06511814941
= 0.93 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

CROC’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-17 DAMAGE PTS.

Impact Force Of Machine Gun = 71171.546 N = 1480368.1568 J = 0.0003524686 Tons of TNT.
-(14 DAMAGE PTS * 26*10^98 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(1 hr * 4.2*10^9 J) = -1.052381*10^91 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Croc’s Durability = (-1.052381*10^91
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.0003524686 Tons of TNT) = -2.985744*10^94 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 2.985744*10^94 = -2.985744*10^94 PTS = APPARENT DEATH.


DURABILITY: APPARENT DEATH

Durability: Apparent Death 1%

WINNER: BATMAN WINS BY NEAR DEATH.

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BATMAN IN COMICS

Detective Comics (1940) #27, titled “The Screaming House” marks the first appearance of Batman in DC continuity. The issue tells one of Batman’s cases early on. During the issue, the Detective battles Count Grutt and his gang of thugs.

The comic was written by Bill Finger and penciled by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson.

BATMAN’S THRILLING FIRST APPEARANCE
Detective Comics (1940) #27, titled "The Screaming House" marks the first appearance of Batman in DC continuity.
Detective Comics (1940) #27, titled “The Screaming House” marks the first appearance of Batman in DC continuity. DC Comics

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LINKS

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Metropolis Battles: Captain America and Bucky vs Red Skull (Team vs Villain)

 

METROPOLIS BATTLES

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Writers and Artists

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

SYNOPSIS FOR “The Riddle of the Red Skull”

Together, Cap’ and Bucky race to stop Red Skull before he can kill more U.S. Army officials.

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

Enter the contestants in New York City. On the left side is Captain America alias Steven Rogers and on the right side is Red Skull alias Johann Shmidt.

Let’s look at the stats.

CAPTAIN AMERICA – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Peak Human 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Captain America’s Shield.
  • Captain America’s Uniform.
RED SKULL – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Athlete 8%
Fighting Skills: Expert Combatant 42%
Intelligence: Field Experience 33%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Hypodermic Needle.
  • Red Skull.

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THE FIGHT

Captain America and Bucky fight Red Skull.

The battle to decide who is the best warrior!


DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Cap’ tackling Red Skull.

CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

After a scuffle, Red Skull knocks out Cap’ with a chair.
CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
RED SKULL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
On the final page, Cap’ is rescued by Bucky and comes to. Then, he defeats Red Skull with the Sleeper Punch. Defeated, they unmask Red Skull and find out is George Maxon.

BUCKY’S BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA IN COMICS

‘Captain America Comics’ (1940) #1, titled “Meet Captain America” marks the first appearance of Captain America in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Captain America and his recruitment in the war effort against the Nazis during World War II.

The issue also tells the relationship between friends and allies Captain America and Bucky Barnes.

The comic was written and penciled by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

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Captain America Comics Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
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Metropolis Battles: Batman vs Spawn (Hero vs Hero)

 

METROPOLIS BATTLES

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Writers and Artists

Frank Miller and Todd McFarlane.

SYNOPSIS FOR “SPAWN/BATMAN”

On the hunt for the same criminal, Batman and Spawn cross paths. A crashing battle ensues.

 

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IN ADVANCED WARFARE

'Spawn/Batman' (1994) #1.
Spawn/Batman (1994) #1. Image Comics.

Enter the contestants in New York City. On the left side is Batman alias Bruce Wayne and on the right side is Spawn alias Albert Simmons.

Let’s look at the stats.

BATMAN

Super Strength: Enhanced 17%
Super Speed: Warrior 33%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Bloodlusted 58%
Intelligence: Genius 42%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Power Gloves.
SPAWN

Super Strength: Metahuman 17%
Super Speed: Warrior 33%
Durability: Metahuman 17%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Bloodlusted 58%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • K-7 Leetha.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Wiccan Magic.
  • Vulnerability to Heaven.
  • Mortality.

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THE FIGHT

Brutally, Batman and Spawn battle.

The battle to decide who owns the night!

DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Batman delivering two punches and a kick. Then, Spawn bodyslams him.

BATMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x3): 1 DAMAGE PT (x3) = 3 DAMAGE PTS.
SPAWN BLUNT FORCE: 1 DAMAGE PT.

On the following pages, Spawn takes the advantage over Batman with his superior physical strength.

BATMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x4): 1 DAMAGE PT (x4) = 4 DAMAGE PTS.
SPAWN BLUNT FORCE (x8): 1 DAMAGE PT (x8) = 8 DAMAGE PTS.

On the final page, Batman kicks Spawn. In the end, both combatants are panting on the floor.

BATMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

TOTAL


BATMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-12 DAMAGE PTS.

Batman’s Durability (Fat) = 48 days * 2500 kcal = 120000 kcal = 502080000 J = 0.11954285714 Tons of TNT.
-(12 DAMAGE PTS * 105506.092 W * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.00030144597 PTS * Tons of TNT.
Batman’s Durability PTS = -(0.00030144597 PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.11954285714 Tons of TNT) = 0.00252165605 PTS.
Batman’s PTS = 1 – 0.00252165605 = 0.9 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

CAPTAIN ATOM’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-8 DAMAGE PTS.

Spawn’s Durability = (105506.092 J/s)(300 s)(1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = 0.00753614942 Tons of TNT.
-(8 DAMAGE PTS * 500 kg * 9.81 m/s^2 * 100 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.00093428571 PTS * Tons of TNT.
Spawn’s Durability PTS = (-0.00093428571 PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00753614942 Tons of TNT) = -0.12397388346 PTS.
Batman’s PTS = 2 – 0.12397388346 = 1.9 PTS = METAHUMAN.


DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

Durability: Metahuman 12%

WINNER: DRAW.

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SPAWN IN COMICS

Image (1992) #1, titled “Questions, Part One” marks the first appearance of Spawn in Image continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Spawn as he is reborn from death.

The comic was written and penciled by Todd McFarlane.

SPAWN’S FIRST APPEARANCE
Image (1992) #1, titled “Questions, Part One” marks the first appearance of Spawn in Image continuity. Image Comics.

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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: In ’Doomsday Clock,’ #WeOpposeBlackAdam’s Decision To Harbor Criminals In Kandhaq

In 'Doomsday Clock' (2018) #5, Black Adam offers asylum to persecuted metahumans on Kandhaq.
 
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UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

Writer(s)

Geoff Johns


Penciler(s)

Gary Frank


Colorist(s)

Brad Anderson


Cover

Gary Frank, Brad Anderson


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

July, 2018

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

#WEOPPOSEBLACKADAM AND ASYLUM FOR CRIMINALS

In Doomsday Clock, Prime Earth is divided by the Supermen Theory. In fact, 97 percent of metahumans on Earth are of American nationality. According to the theory, their existence is due to a superhuman arms race between governments. As a result, many nations have created their own superhuman teams. Notably, Russia has created the “People’s Heroes.” Indeed, their objective is to defend against “America’s manufactured metahumans.”1 Furthermore, the Justice Leaguer Firestorm has been angered at his purported links to the theory.

In Doomsday Clock (2018) #5, Black Adam makes a public announcement. As Batman intercepts Adrian Veidt in the Owlship, the police pursue in the air. In fact, Veidt is wanted for the purported assassination attempt on Lex Luthor. As the Owlship hurtles down after being hit, Batman watches the Black Adam report. Sinisterly, the former JSAer invites all persecuted metahumans to Kandhaq for asylum. Though a welcome gesture, we suspect it was to build Kandhaq’s own metahuman criminal army. Hence, #WeOpposeBlackAdam and asylum for criminals.

In 'Doomsday Clock' (2018) #5, Black Adam offers asylum to persecuted metahumans on Kandhaq.
In Doomsday Clock (2018) #5, Black Adam offers asylum to persecuted metahumans on Kandhaq. DC Comics.

AGAINST BLACK ADAM: HE HARBORED KNOWN SUPERVILLAINS AND VIOLATED THE AGREEMENT AMONG NATIONS

In Doomsday Clock (2019) #8, Firestorm accidentally commits terror. Illegally, Firestorm enters Russia’s airspace to clear his name. When the “People’s Heroes” confront him, Ronnie accidentally turns civilians into glass. Then, he escapes. In Metropolis, Clark and Lois watch the news report. Immediately, Clark changes into Superman and heads for Kandhaq.

There, he greets Black Adam and is in search of Firestorm. Quickly, he notices the Creeper and Giganta. Clearly, Black Adam is harboring known supervillains. Sternly, Superman scolds the head of state for his breach. Specifically, it is the agreeent for metahumans to not cross any nations’ borders without sanction. In addition, Black Adam metes out justice without due process. For his part, Superman is the only hero authorized to cross nations’ borders.

In 'Doomsday Clock' (2019) #8, Black Adam is harboring supervillains in Kandhaq.
In Doomsday Clock (2019) #8, Black Adam is harboring supervillains in Kandhaq. DC Comics.

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FOR BLACK ADAM: HE OFFERED ASYLUM TO SLAVES ON KANDHAQ

In Doomsday Clock (2019) #8, Black Adam reveals he is also harboring slaves he freed. Among them, is a youg boy named Nabil Azmah. As a metahuman, his codename is Sandstorm. With his sand powers, the Syrian boy frees children slaves in Syria.

Though, Black Adam is not really a humanitarian nor activist. As a head of state, he defends the Supermen Theory. In fact, he claims some metahumans in Kandhaq were part of it. Certainly, he plans to raise his own metahuman army.

In 'Doomsday Clock' #8, Black Adam defends the Supermen Theory.
In Doomsday Clock (2019) #8, Black Adam defends the Supermen Theory. DC Comics.

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LINKS

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Metropolis Battles: Punisher vs Night Thrasher (Hero vs Hero)

 
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METROPOLIS BATTLES

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Writers and Artists

Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley.

SYNOPSIS FOR “Hard Choices (Part 2) – Devils at the Doorstep”

Mysteriously, Punisher goes after Night Thrasher. At the end of the fight, Silhouette and Father Michael owe the New Warrior some explanations. Also, New Warriors vs Force of Nature.

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

'New Warriors' (1991) #8.
New Warriors (1991) #8. Marvel Comics.

Enter the contestants in New York City. On the left side is Punisher, and on the right side is Night Thrasher.

Let’s look at the stats.

PUNISHER – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Peak Human 8%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Genius 42%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Punisher’s Suit.
  • Punisher’s Battle Van.
  • The Punisher’s Arsenal.
WEAKNESSES
  • Physical Conditioning.
CAPTAIN ATOM – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Peak Human 8%
Super Speed: Sonic 50%
Durability: Metahuman 17%
Energy Projection: Building 17%
Fighting Skills: Expert Combatant 42%
Intelligence: Genius 42%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Battle Armor.
  • Escrima Sticks.
  • Fiberglass skateboard.
  • Helicopter.
  • Jets.
  • Motorcycle.

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THE FIGHT

To begin, Punisher is fighting Night Thrasher.

The battle to decide who is the assassin!

DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Punisher firing at Night Thrasher with an MP5. Night Thrasher blocks the bullets with his shield.

On the following page, Punisher and Night Thrasher exchange punches.

PUNISHER BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.
NIGHT THRASHER BLUNT FORCE ATTACK = 1 DAMAGE PT.

On the final page, Punisher shoots Night Thrasher in the face, destroying his helmet.

PUNISHER EXPLOSION ATTACK: 5 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


PUNISHER’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-1 DAMAGE PTS.

-(1 DAMAGE PT * 453.592 kg * 9.807 m/s^2 * 10 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(60 s * 4.2*10^9 J) = 1.76522887*10^-7 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

THRASHER’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-7 DAMAGE PTS.

-(7 DAMAGE PTS * 453.592 kg * 9.807 m/s^2 * 10 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.00000123566 PTS * Tons of TNT.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

WINNER: PUNISHER WINS BY NEAR DEATH.

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‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1974) #129, titled “The Punisher Strikes Twice!”, marks the first appearance of Punisher in Marvel continuity. The Jackal hires the Punisher to destroy Spider-Man.

'Amazing Spider-Man' (1974) #129, titled "The Punisher Strikes Twice!", marks the first appearance of Punisher in Marvel continuity.
‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1974) #129, titled “The Punisher Strikes Twice!”, marks the first appearance of Punisher in Marvel continuity. Marvel Comics.

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LINKS

New Warriors Vol 1 8 in Comic Vine.
Dwayne Taylor (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Frank Castle (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 129 in Marvel Database.
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Dark Horse Day Series: Robocop vs The Terminator

Robocop.
 
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DARK HORSE DAY

Robocop.
Robocop.

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IN ADVANCED WARFARE

INTRO

By now, we’ve all seen the original “Robocop” released in 1987. Indeed, it was the movie that marked the decade characterized by other popular movies such as “The Terminator.”

Let’s delve into why Robocop is one of the most avant-garde cyberpunk concepts from the 80s.

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FRANK MILLER

Notably, Frank Miller is the quintessential American comic writer of the ’80s. Really, his body of work is both revolutionary and deconstructionist. Some of his most celebrated works include Sin City, 300, Batman: Year One and the revolutionary The Dark Knight Returns. So, when Frank Miller set out in the ’90s to work on Robocop, people took notice.

SKYNET WEAPONIZED ROBOCOP’S TECH

To begin, Frank Miller’s series brings together different elements of the Robocop and Terminator universes. There are Skynet and its Time Displacement technology, human rebels and Robocop’s brain. In Robocop vs The Terminator (1992), a female soldier in the year 2029 is sent back to the past. Incredibly, her mission is to kill Robocop. At the same time, a trio of Terminators are sent to the past on a mission to protect Robocop.

As the series progresses, we learn that Robocop’s tech is in part responsible for the creation of Skynet. From there, it is a race against time for Robocop to disable Skynet in the future and the past. Of course, in Miller’s style there is a twist at the end which will bring a dramatic resolution. Probably, this is one of the most popular Robocop stories in the medium.

 

Robocop.
Robocop.

ROBOCOP VS THE TERMINATOR

In Robocop vs Terminator (1992) #2, Robocop rumbles with a trio of Terminators. Since Robocop is trying to take down Skynet, he ends up fighting the Terminators. Violently, the battle spans multiple pages. And it features Terminators firing live ammunition at the cyborg.

In the beginning, the Terminators ID Robocop as their Creator. Immediately, they switch mission parameters to “terminate.”1 Soon, Robocop fights mano a mano against their leader. Then, falling through buildings, Alex ends up ripping the android’s head off. What a fitting finish!

The Terrminator.
The Terminator.

CHECK OUT THE STORY: Robocop Is Half-Man, Half-Machine.

FRANK MILLER GAVE THE FANS WHAT THEY WANTED

Frank Miller.

In his review, Zac Thompson at Bloody Disgusting compares Frank Miller’s and Walter Simonson’s work to music.

If you are a music fan, discovering a book like Robocop versus The Terminator HC would be like finding out two of your favorite bands made a kick-ass record together you never heard about way back when. Add to the mix two more iconic music producers (analogy ongoing) creators in Frank Miller and Walter Simonson. This is what you could call a no-brainer if you’re a fan of even only ONE of these four icons. You literally cannot lose by reading this book. It’s perfect for a summer road trip or any other time you want to see a genuinely amazing epic this season. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I opened this book up. I am so glad I discovered this hidden gem and you will be too.

-“Review: “Robocop Versus The Terminator” HC”, BLOODY DISGUSTING

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LINKS

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns in DC Database.
RoboCop Versus The Terminator in Robocop Wiki.
Review: “Robocop Versus The Terminator” HC in Bloody Disgusting.
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Image Day: In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s,’ The Mister Majestic/Helspont Rivalry Begins

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s.' (1995) #2, Mr. Majestic withstands a blast to the chest from Helspont.
 
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IMAGE DAY

Writer(s)

James Robinson


Penciler(s)

Rich Johnson


Colorist(s)

Gina Going, International House of Color


Cover

Tom Raney, Rob Ro


Publisher

Image Comics


Publication Date

September, 1995

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

DURING THE ’60s, KHERUBIM SAUL BAXTER STOPS THE FIRST DAEMONITE ATTACK SINCE 1906

In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #1, is the first Daemonite sighting since the 1900s. In the 1960s, Saul Baxter is a secretive defense contractor and mastermind. Secretly, he is a Kherubim and has the ability to generate blasts of mental energy. Recently, he is developing the first ballistic submarine. Suddenly, a soldier storms into his office and tells him that the submarine is under attack. Quickly, he runs out of his office and into the base. There, he finds the attacker killing several soldiers. Strangely, he recognizes the man as the first Daemonite he has encountered since 1906.

To hide his mental energy blast, Saul fires a blowtorch at the Daemonite reducing it to a corpse. When he has stopped the attack, Saul realizes that more Daemonites may arise. Soon, he meets with a fellow Kherubim. In fact, she works as a covert operative for the U.S. military as Lucy Blaise. Secretively, Saul wants to enlist a team of Kherubim heroes: Lucy’s lover and the anti-Communist John Colt, Mason and the superhero Mister Majestic. To this end, their objective is to fight Daemonites under the cover of Unidentified Life Forms (U.L.F.).

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s' (1995) #1, Kherubim Saul Baxter stops the first Daemonite attack since 1906.
In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #1, Kherubim Saul Baxter stops the first Daemonite attack since 1906. AP Photo/Image Comics.

AT CAMP PENDLETON, CRAZEN INTRODUCES TEAM ONE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Team One from left to right: Regiment, John Colt, Mason, Think Tank, Isaiah King, Mister Majestic, Slay.
Team One from left to right: Regiment, John Colt, Mason, Think Tank, Isaiah King, Mister Majestic, Slay. AP Photo/Image Comics.

DAEMONITE LORD HELSPONT RECRUITS SLAUGHTERHOUSE SMITH ON A MISSION TO NUKE NEW YORK CITY

In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #2, Daemonite Lord Helspont is on a mission to nuke New York City. Previously, Helspont recruited a Kherubim named Slaughterhouse Smith. As the term of the negotiations, Helspont names Smith as part of his Cabal. Sinisterly, he promises the Kherubim will rule the world.

Soon, Helspont and his Cabal attack Camp Williams, a nuclear missile silo in North Dakota. In their mission, they must detonate nuclear missiles on New York City. Angrily, Slaughterhouse protests he has a family and a home in the city. In response, Slaughterhouse’s men point their guns at him. Sternly, Helspont convinces Slaughterhouse to work for his cause.

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s' (1995) #2, Daemonite Lord Helspont is on a mission to nuke New York City.
In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #2, Daemonite Lord Helspont is on a mission to nuke New York City. AP Photo/Image Comics.

CHECK OUT THE STORY: In “Gang War”, Mister Majestic Becomes The Poster Boy Of The 1990s Leading An Ultra-Violent W.I.L.D.C.A.T.s. Against Friends And Foes Alike.

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IN TEAM ONE’S FIRST MISSION, THE MISTER MAJESTIC/HELSPONT RIVALRY BEGINS

In Team One’s first mission, the heroes are unprepared and undertrained. Decisively, John Colt leads Team One into battle. In a slugfest, Mister Majestic engages Helspont. In fact, it appears they are evenly matched. However, the heroes are soon overwhelmed by the sheer number of Daemonites. Nevertheless, King manages to reach the nuclear missile which has been set for launch.

Since he is untrained, he has no idea how to deactivate it. Begrudingly, Regiment goes to find the silo leaving King without cover. Seemingly swarmed by Daemonites, John orders Mister Majestic to blast them to cover King. Though John is in the way, Majestic blasts the Daemonites. At the end, the lights go out and the outcome is uncertain.

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s.' (1995) #2, Mr. Majestic withstands a blast to the chest from Helspont.
In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #2, the Mister Majestic/Helspont rivalry begins. AP Photo/Image Comics.

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SOURCES

Team One: WildC.A.T.s Vol 1 2 in Image Comics Database.
Team One: WildC.A.T.s Vol 1 1 in Image Comics Database.