Zod Reveals His True Plan in Action Comics #983, But Where’s [REDACTED]?

Action Comics #983 continues to build on the theme of family, which has been the core of DC Comics’ Superman titles since the Rebirth relaunch. But this time the focus is on the extended Superman family coming to the rescue as Lois, Jonathan and a blinded Clark are threatened by the Superman Revenge Squad, a motley collection of pre-Flashpoint and New 52 villains hellbent on world domination, and on destroying the Man of Steel.

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Written by Dan Jurgens, with art by Victor Bogdanovic and Jonathan Glapion, “Revenge Part V” opens with an inversion of the status quo from the previous issue, which depicted Lex Luthor at the head of the rescue team, with Kara holding a fallen Clark. But Superman has recovered from the beating, and even though he’s still blind, he takes charge of the assembled heroes to confront the villains trying to break into the Fortress of Solitude.

The melee that ensues is a high-stakes six-on-six punch-up. On the one hand, Superman and his crew must prevent General Zod — the de facto leader of the Revenge Squad — from breaking into the Fortress and retrieving technology that would allow him to build a new militarized Krypton on Earth, in the process wiping out humanity. On the other, the Superman Squad must also give Lois and Jon enough time to get away from the Fortress, not only ensuring their safety, but also preventing Zod from discovering that Superman has a son upon whom he can focus his homicidal intent.

That the Kryptonian General has no previous knowledge of Lois and Clark’s offspring suggests the revived Eradicator may have no memory of his previous confrontation with Superman’s immediate family. It also points to the idea that the Revenge Squad is even less of a cohesive unit than we’ve seen in the past. The previous issue showed members of the group at cross purposes, bickering with each other. Their discipline breaking down as they pummeled Superman when he emerged from the Fortress. Its members had not yet started working as a team.

As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Zod has been counting on the group’s disarray to cement his leadership, but before he reveals the true nature of his plan, he must first defeat Superman.

Upon realizing his opponent is blind, Zod also deafens him. In the silence that follows Superman’s scream of pain, he hears Jon and Lois. Realizing that the pair is trying to escape, he trains his heat vision on the departing Kryptonian flyer that promised mother and son safe passage, before turning his attention back to his ultimate prize, the Phantom Zone projector.

As Superman and his cohorts prepare a final stand against the Revenge Squad, Zod reveals his true plan. He never intended to rescue his army from the Phantom Zone. His goal all along was to trap Superman in the nothingness of the shadow dimension in which Jor-El had imprisoned him. In doing so he has also doomed all the members of the Superman Squad to oblivion. In mere moments Zod not only gets revenge on his jailer’s son, but on Kal-El’s immediate family, and a good chunk of his chosen family. But are things as dire as they seem?

 

The likelihood that Jon and Lois are dead is slim. In the panels leading up to Zod’s attack on the flyer, it isn’t clear whether the duo remained on the craft when it launched. And, as we’ve seen in both Action Comics and Superman, mother and child are more than able to stand up to villains on their own when dad’s not in sight.

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There is also another wildcard: Krypto was all over Action Comics #982, but he doesn’t appear at all in Issue 983. The Rebirth version of Superdog has proved to be quite the capable canine, helping the Man of Steel defeat Eradicator in the pages Gleason and Tomassi’s Superman #6. Then there’s the New 52 version of Krypto, who is a very different beast.

In the pages of Grant Morrison’s Action Comics run, Krypto saved Jor-El and his family from the clutches of Xa-Du — the very first resident of the Phantom Zone — as the scientist tried to escape into the shadow dimension while Krypton was being torn apart. In protecting the infant Kal-El, the dog was sucked into the Zone and ended up spending years in exile, fighting off the ghosts of villains until he was rescued by the adult Clark.

Has the current Krypto merged with his New 52 counterpart as have Lois and Clark? Is there only one Superdog? And can he help rescue Superman and his friends? Or is an alternate incarnation of Kal-El’s faithful companion waiting to help him in the Phantom Zone?

Then there’s the matter of Hank Henshaw. In the heat of battle, Superman takes time to ask him how he reverted to his pre-Flashpoint Cyborg Superman version. The villain, who initially brought together the Revenge Squad, reveals that he used the Oblivion Stone, an alien artifact that his New 52 version brought back to Earth, to become a previous version of himself, the astronaut who blamed Superman for his wife’s death.

This beat in the middle of a fight suggests that there’s far more to Henshaw and the Oblivion Stone than we already know. Could Cyborg Superman hold one of the clues to the mystery of Rebirth? Is the Oblivion Stone connected to the upcoming Doomsday Clock story that pits Superman against Doctor Manhattan?

On the surface, “Revenge Part V” is a classic Superhero slugfest, but there’s also a lot that is left unspoken. This bodes well for the next installment of this exciting story.

From: http://www.cbr.com/action-comics-zod-plan/

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s epic Justice League 3-D ride promotes comic mayhem


Fireworks light up the sky above the Hall of Justice at Six Flags Magic Mountain during the opening ceremony for its new ride, housed in the building, Justice League - Battle for Metropolis. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Fireworks light up the sky above the Hall of Justice at Six Flags Magic Mountain during the opening ceremony for its new ride, housed in the building, Justice League – Battle for Metropolis. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)






Six Flags Magic Mountain has opened its new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark, immersive 3-D ride, an epic shoot ‘em up between good and evil.

Not what most people expect from a rollercoaster-centric theme park, right?

“We’re known as the thrill capital of the world, and this really helps broaden our appeal to young families and thrill seekers,” says Bonnie Weber, president of Six Flags Magic Mountain, whose core audience is largely teens and young adults. “It has a lot for everybody, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the attraction and how it came out. We’re sure it’s going to shatter expectations.”

This first-of-its-kind attraction, designed by Florida-based Sally Corporation, combines motion base vehicles with next-generation interactive gaming to plunge riders into a DC Comics world of mayhem.

Lex Luthor, The Joker and the Joker’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn, have teamed up to take over Metropolis. But first, they must rid the streets of the Justice League superheroes by exploiting their weaknesses.

They’ve already captured Supergirl, The Flash and Green Lantern. Only Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Batman remain, and so they call on the Justice League Reserve team of volunteers — that’s you — to help rescue their friends and, ultimately, restore the city.

Riders don 3-D glasses and arm themselves with laser guns before moving along a track in a motion base vehicle. They encounter suspense around every bend — smoke, fire, bullets, falling oil barrels and a 360-degree virtual loop down a subway tunnel. Their goal is to temporarily stun human targets, deactivate electronics and destroy inert objects to score points, just like in a video game.

Six Flags Magic Mountain celebrated the grand opening of the attraction outside the Hall of Justice on Tuesday night with a swinging jazz band, DJ set and fireworks show capped by confetti. It included an opportunity for guests to experience the dark thrill ride.

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis is now the attraction’s seventh incarnation, also having recently opened at parks in New Jersey and Georgia. While the overall storyline is the same, the ride’s end scene differs here.

“Because we’re in a theme park mecca, this is a very important market,” Weber says. “When you compete on this kind of level you have to give it your all, so we pushed it to the limits, and we’re really proud. I think we really shattered all expectations.”

And while the much-anticipated attraction experienced some delay because of the rain, it turns out the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

The ride comes on the heels of the successful “Wonder Woman” film and heralds the Justice League film in November. Just the thing to fuel the aspirations of fans, young and old, who are looking for new ways to step into the ever-expanding universe of DC Comics.

“It’s the hottest brand in the world,” she says. “So it’s a win-win-win.”

From: http://www.dailynews.com/lifestyle/20170712/six-flags-magic-mountains-epic-justice-league-3-d-ride-promotes-comic-mayhem

16 Reasons Batman v. Superman’s Lex Luthor Was the Best

In 2106, Batman v Superman hit theaters, and it was a smash hit financially. Critically, the movie wasn’t as well-loved, and currently holds a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some critics felt the story was confusing and the characterization was off, especially when it came to Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Luthor was mostly panned by critics and longtime comic readers, and while many people who saw Batman v Superman singled out Lex Luthor as an example of where the movie went wrong, not everyone felt that way. Some of us here at CBR didn’t just tolerate BvS‘s Lex, we loved him.

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Up until Eisenberg, we had only seen Lex Luthor portrayed in live-action by Gene Hackman in the Superman films of the ’80s and Kevin Spacey in 2006’s Superman Returns. While they were both great in their own right, they didn’t even come close to Eisenberg’s reinvention. He was awkward and confident, maniacal and manipulative, and a master of a huge corporation that he dedicated towards the destruction of Superman. Read on as we try to convince you that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor was the best movie portrayal of Luthor ever.

16. LEX WAS A SCIENTIST

Let’s start with the fact that BvS’s Lex Luthor was a mad scientist. That might seem like stating the obvious, but we need to unpack it. In the 1978 Superman movie, Luthor was a criminal genius, but not much of a scientist. For example, he stole a nuclear missile instead of building one. Lex didn’t do anything really scientific until Superman IV: The Quest for Peace when he cloned Superman. Kevin Spacey was even less so in Superman Returns, hiring other people to build his technology and even stealing Superman’s own tech.

In Batman v Superman, Luthor was an actual scientist. He was a genius who was able to figure out alien technology and use it to clone General Zod’s body to create Doomsday. As for “mad,” let’s talk about that, too.

15. LEX WAS CRAZY

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Luthor is supposed to be insane, but the movies haven’t really shown that side often. With Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey, Lex Luthor was more arrogant than crazy. You could argue that the idea of wanting to kill people just to get rich showed Lex was insane, but that was more internal. They came across more like sociopaths who didn’t care whether people were hurt.

Eisenberg’s portrayal of Luthor has gotten a lot of flack for being annoying, but that was the point. Anyone looking at Lex could see he had problems, especially when he tried to give a speech and dissolved into stuttering and mumbling. BvS‘s Lex is visibly insane with deep emotional problems, putting the “mad” in “mad scientist.” It’s a more realistic portrayal, fitting into the graying Batman and distant Superman.

14. LEX WAS SCARY

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Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman was also scarier than any other Luthor we’d seen in the movies so far. Hackman and Spacey were more cheerful while carrying out horrible crimes, but Luthor’s moments of randomness made him harder to predict, which made every moment he was on the screen more intense.

When he put a piece of hard candy into the mouth of Senator Barrows, there was a moment where you might have wondered if the candy was poisoned or if he really just wanted to give the senator candy. When Lex told Senator Finch she was going to be in “the hot seat,” you weren’t sure if it was a threat or a joke. It turned out to be a threat. It felt like, at any moment, Lex could fly off into a rage or kill someone, and he often did.

13. LEX WAS A BILLIONAIRE

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Since John Byrne’s reinvention of Lex Luthor in his acclaimed Man of Steel miniseries in 1986, Lex Luthor has been almost exclusively shown in the comics and TV shows as a billionaire whose international corporation funds and builds the equipment for his evil schemes, yet that’s never been a part of the movies. In the Superman films of the ’80s, Luthor was still the master criminal he’d been in the comics. Even Kevin Spacey was just an extension of that.

BvS‘s Lex Luthor was the first time we had seen the new billionaire version on the big screen, and that was huge. He wielded the power of a worldwide conglomerate and used those resources to carry out his master plan of stopping Superman. Even if you didn’t like the “mad scientist” part, there’s no denying Eisenberg has been more faithful to the comics than Hackman or Spacey.

12. JESSE EISENBERG

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Another thing that took Batman v Superman‘s Lex Luthor over the top was the actor who portrayed him. Gene Hackman was a brilliant actor, and so was Kevin Spacey. They both brought a strength and humor to their roles that made them unforgettable, but Jesse Eisenberg took his performance to a whole new level.

No matter what you thought of his Lex Luthor, there wasn’t a moment when you could take your eyes off of him. His every word and gesture was calculated to make a maximum impact. He made Luthor into more than just a ruthless criminal, but a wounded soul who had charisma and mania in equal portion. He chewed up every scene he was in. That’s a huge achievement, considering Eisenberg was on the screen with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and other great actors, and he nailed it every time.

11. LEX WAS WOUNDED

In all the movies before Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor was pretty one-dimensional. Hackman and Spacey’s Lex Luthor was evil with a capital E. They wanted to kill millions of people, and suffered no guilt or confusion over it. They were also wildly egotistical. They carried themselves with confidence and swagger that never wavered or broke. They believed themselves to be the smartest men in the world, and set out to prove it.

Jesse Eisenberg made Lex Luthor much more complex than that. He could be confident as well, but at times, his facade fell and we could see the wounded child he really was. He also had fits of anger like when he described his metahuman theory or gave Superman his orders to kill Batman, showing the depths of rage burning inside him.

10. LEX HAD HISTORY

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Once again, we’ll go back to the earlier portrayals of Lex Luthor to see why BvS improved on them. Hackman and Spacey’s Lex had no backstory at all, except for the occasional wisecrack about their fathers. We didn’t know how they were warped into the flamboyant sociopaths they were. Yet in the comics, Lex has a deep and complex history that led him to become the ruthless billionaire he is.

In Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor was given a real history for the first time in any movie. We heard him talk about his father building the company and naming it after him. He ranted and raved about the abuses and abominations he suffered at the hands of his father. It was almost enough to make us feel sorry for him. Almost.

9. LEX HAD MOTIVATION

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In the movies of the ’80s, Lex Luthor was motivated by money and egotism. He wanted to be recognized as the greatest criminal mind in history, and he wanted to make a crap-ton of money. He wanted revenge in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and in Superman Returns, Luthor was driven for money and revenge against Superman.

In Batman v Superman, Lex was motivated by altruism, not money or power. He already had money, and he already had power. He thought Superman was a threat, a god or devil who needed to be brought down to size. It’s been said that all great villains are the hero of their own story, and Luthor truly believed he was doing the world a favor by getting rid of Superman.

8. LEX WAS RIGHT

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Another thing that set Lex Luthor apart was his hatred of Superman. In the older movies, Lex Luthor hated Superman because the superhero kept foiling his plans and getting him thrown in jail. In Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor hated Superman because he was too powerful and he didn’t believe that Superman’s power could be handled in an innocent way.

The thing is, Lex was sort of right. One of the first things Superman did after revealing himself was destroy half of Metropolis in a fight with General Zod. He has almost unlimited strength, flight, speed and lasers shooting from his eyes. Even the military acknowledged that Superman needed to be brought under control. In a dream sequence, Batman seemed to see a world where Superman had taken control. Lex didn’t seem so crazy after that.

7. LEX WAS UPDATED

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As we said before, Lex Luthor in the older movies was nothing but a criminal. The first time we saw Hackman’s Luthor was with his hand pushing a lever to throw a government agent into the path of an oncoming train. The first we saw Spacey’s Luthor, he was forging an old woman’s signature to steal her fortune.

Like all the other characters, Lex Luthor is different in Batman v Superman. Instead of the older and ruthless Lex Luthor committing some awful crime, we first see Eisenberg’s Luthor playing on a basketball court. He’s a young man, thin and full of energy. He dabbles in all sorts of technology, and is obviously in the media a lot. There’s a reason he reminded so many people of his performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, because that’s who Lex Luthor is. He’s been updated for the 21st Century.

6. SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT

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Many viewers complained that Lex Luthor in BvS wasn’t faithful to the comics, which is absolutely wrong. If they looked at 2003’s Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu, they would see someone very familiar.

In that story, we saw Lex Luthor as an older, balder, more evil man, but flashbacks also showed him when he was younger. There, Lex was thin with a full crop of red hair. He had emotional problems from his parents’ constant pressure to make him a genius, and felt alienated from everyone because of his genius. That sounds a lot like the Lex we saw in Batman v Superman. If that’s not close enough, BvS Lex even wore the same trenchcoat that Lex wears in Birthright.

5. LEX IS OPPOSITE

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It was in 2000’s Unbreakable that the character of Mr. Glass said it best: the best archvillain is the exact opposite of the hero. That’s why Lex Luthor works so well as the enemy in Batman v Superman. He’s a genius, using his mind instead of his body, which leaves him with a very thin frame as opposed to Superman’s muscular body. Superman cares about helping others through heroism and kindness, while Lex wants to help others through cruelty. Superman in the DC Extended Universe is very calm and stoic, which means his opposite would be very excited and frantic. Superman is very logical, whereas Lex in the DCEU is chaotic. That all combines to make it a powerful moment when we saw the two of them on screen together.

4. LEX IS EVIL

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The Luthor of the earlier movies was evil, but in more of a cartoonish way. The ’80s Lex pushed a man in front of a train, and tried to kill millions, but it was still on the level of a kids’ movie. Kevin Spacey did awful things, too, like trying to create a new continent that threatened billions, and destroying a city, but those plans never actually went through. Lex attempted far worse and succeeded.

It wasn’t just the fact that he allowed or caused people to die (which he did). Take the bombing of the US Capitol. Lex could have just planted a bomb in the building where they held a hearing, but he used a disabled man in a wheelchair to smuggle in the bomb. In the process, he killed his faithful assistant Mercy, and showed no regrets about it, either proving how evil he is.

3. LEX HAD A PLAN

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In the comics, Lex Luthor has always been a master strategist. That wasn’t the case with the movies, where Luthor’s plans have been pretty straightforward. In Superman, he wanted to drop a bomb on California to build a beachfront property. What was his backup plan if he failed? There was none. The same applied to Superman Returns, where he dropped a crystal in the ocean to make a new continent with no real backup plan.

In Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor had a brilliant plan. He plotted and organized for years to bring two of the greatest and most noble heroes up against each other in a fight to the death. When that failed, Lex had a backup plan in the form of Doomsday. When that failed, it’s implied that he had another plan waiting in the wings with what could turn out to be Darkseid. He was a true genius.

2. LEX IS CONNECTED

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One critique of Marvel’s movies (as awesome as they are) is that the enemies tend to be rather disposable. When you consider enemies like Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron or Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, the enemies are more of a plot point than real antagonists. They also don’t tend to come up again in later movies, except as references.

Batman v Superman made it quite clear that Lex Luthor wasn’t just going to be a random villain. Even at the end, locked in a prison cell, Lex screamed how “he’s coming.” Many fans assume he meant Darkseid, who DC has acknowledged is going to be the main villain for the DCEU. Darkseid’s plan hasn’t been revealed, but we know Lex is connected to it.

1. LEX WAS DIFFERENT

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More than anything else, Lex Luthor was a very different villain than we’d seen before. The ’80s Lex was a stylish genius, something we’d seen in movies before. The Superman Returns Lex was really just an extension of the same. Only BvS gave us a very unique Lex Luthor, one we’d never really seen on the big screen before, and it was refreshing.

BvS‘s Lex wasn’t in control all the time. He was more damaged than confident. Many people have compared his portrayal (in a negative way) to Heath Ledger’s The Joker in The Dark Knight, but The Joker only shared an unpredictable nature with Lex and nothing else. The Joker was interested only in chaos, not trying to save the world. He also had limited resources, unlike Lex who had power and wealth. The two couldn’t be more different, except for the odd jokes.

What did you think of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman? Let us know in the comments!

From: http://www.cbr.com/15-reasons-batman-v-supermans-lex-luthor-was-the-best/

Exclusive Preview | ‘Action Comics’ # 983

The one true Superman has been reborn, and his greatest enemies have united to take him out within the pages of Action Comics! The Cyborg Superman has assembled the Eradicator, Mongul, Metallo, General Zod, and Blanque as the ultimate Revenge Squad. To achieve their mutual goals and kill Superman, they’ve tracked the Man of Steel to his Fortress of Solitude, where their presence has endangered Superman’s wife, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan.

The Revenge Squad hasn’t realized it yet, but Superman was blinded during their attempt to break Zod out of prison. Even Superman can’t defeat all six members alone and without his sight. But that’s the thing about Superman. His power to inspire means that he’s never truly alone. In his hour of need, the new Superman family has arrived to save him. Supergirl, Steel, Superwoman, New Super-Man, and even Lex Luthor have raced to Superman’s side. Now, in CraveOnline’s exclusive preview from Action Comics #983, the ultimate battle is about to begin!

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This issue was written by Dan Jurgens, with pencils by Viktor Bogdanovic, inks by Jonathan Glapion, and colors by Mike Spicer. Clay Mann provided the primary cover while Mikel Janin drew the open order variant cover for this issue. Here’s the official description from DC Comics:

“REVENGE” part one! A beaten and battered Superman can barely hold his own against the revenge squad of his greatest foes—but hope rushes from the horizon as the Superman family arrives!

Action Comics # 983 will be released this Wednesday, July 12, in comic stores everywhere.

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Photo Credits: All images provided by DC Comics

From: http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/1292855-exclusive-preview-action-comics-983

Comic Show Episode 3: Sacred Creatures, Dad Superman, Howard Chaykin, Depressed Joker

Comic Show Episode 3: Sacred Creatures, Dad Superman, Howard Chaykin, Depressed Joker

Welcome to the third episode of the Comic Show by Monkeys Fighting Robots! Anthony and Matt have a lot to discuss with you today: Batman #26 with depressed Joker, Unholy Grail #1 by Cullen Bunn, Dad Superman with beat writer Nick Enquist, our must read Sacred Creatures #1 by Image Comics, and Howard Chaykin’s latest controversy.

Buckle up, True Believers! Episode 3 of the COMIC SHOW by Monkeys Fighting Robots is here.

Episode Breakdown:

01:27 Batman #26 review
Matt – 3 out of 5 Robots
Anthony – 3 out of 5 Monkeys

14:49 Unholy Grail #1
Matt – 3 out of 5 Robots
Anthony – 3.75 of 5 Monkeys

23:26 Beat Reporter Nick Enquist – Superman #26

36:34 Sacred Creatures #1
Matt – 3.75 out of 5 Robots
Anthony – 4 of 5 Monkeys

51:44 Howard Chaykin vs the Industry

Thank you for listening!

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Do you have a question that you would like answered during the show? Email your questions [email protected]

About the Comic Show Podcast:
A comic journalist in the twilight of his career still grasping for his first Eisner runs into a young buck that mildly reminds him of his youth. Their warped enthusiasm for the comic book industry unites them to spread the good word to the inter-web. Realistically, we are two nerds that love comic books and want to entertain you with quality recommendations, creator interviews, and reports from your favorite publisher. For diehard fans and comic newbs; all are welcome to the Comics Show on Monkeys Fighting Robots! Hosts, Matthew Sardo and Anthony Composto.

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From: http://www.monkeysfightingrobots.com/comic-show-episode-3-sacred-creatures-dad-superman-howard-chaykin-depressed-joker/

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When Was the First Comic Book Corner Box?

This is Comic Book Questions Answered, where people write in to brianc@cbr.com to ask comic book questions and I, well, you know, answer them.

Reader Andrew R. wrote in to ask:

Comics’ cover have a box on the left hand side of the page – normally company logo, issue number price, and approved by the CCA.

When did this box, or versions there of, begin to appear, let alone become common place?

The basic concept of the corner box is that back in the old days, when comic books were mostly displayed either on magazine racks (where books would be staggered on top of each other) or on a spinner rack, sometimes only the TOP of a comic book cover would be visible to people. Therefore, comic book companies would make sure to have something interesting at the top of the comic to let you know what you were dealing with.

In Action Comics, an anthology that quickly became just about Superman, they kept trying to make the “anthology” aspect of the comic work, including having features other than Superman on the cover (why did they bother? I have no idea). They realized that that was a dumb idea, so they made sure to have Superman featured on the cover in a corner drawing starting with Action Comics #16…

This became a common thing for lots of comic book companies – showing the character in the comic in a corner drawing. However, they were not what you would consider corner boxes just yet, as they didn’t have the issue number or anything like that. They were just small drawings like this Action Comics one.

No, it would not be until Fantastic Four #14 that the corner box as we now know it was born…

Marvel then went all in on corner boxes, using them on all of their titles (even advertising how you should look for the Marvel corner box to know you got a Marvel comic).

By 1970, even DC had to join it…

But they quickly abandoned it and went back to their previous approach of having stuff across the top of the comic (like the infamous go-go checkerboard strips they had for a while in the late 1960s).

In 1983, right around the same time that DC put the Comics Code Authority into their version of the corner box for the first time…

Marvel also did so, creating the iconic corner box format that most comic book fans are familiar with…drawing of character, issue number, date and Comics Code authority…

DC would start following suit in 1990…

Thanks for the question, Andrew! If anyone ELSE has a question, just drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

From: http://www.cbr.com/comic-book-corner-box-marvel-dc/

Marvel takes shot at ‘Batman v Superman’ in new Deadpool comic … – Batman

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A year after Marvel took a shot at the “Martha” scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in issue #6 of “Spider-Man/Deadpool”… they’re at it again!

This time, it comes courtesy of “Deadpool vs. The Punisher (2017) #5”. Deadpool can be seen beating the crap out of The Punisher, when he suddenly stops himself and goes into a full blown “Martha” rant, a clear shot at the Batman v Superman scene. Check out the panels below (click to enlarge):

A Marvel X-Men comic also took a shot at the controversial Batman v Superman scene last fall. The first one may have been funny, but to keep doing it a year later seems a bit excessive. What do you make of Marvel’s latest Batman v Superman joke? Sound off in the comments below.

From: http://batman-news.com/2017/07/03/deadpool-vs-the-punisher-batman-v-superman-martha/

Batman v Superman’s ‘Martha’ scene mocked by Deadpool in new …

The far-too-serious, far-too-gritty Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been mocked by Marvel a few times already, but in a new issue of Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5, one of the movie’s worst moments gets called out.

[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5. If you’re not caught up on your comics and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading.]

It’s during Deadpool’s fight with the Punisher that the joke comes into play. When the Punisher starts to call Deadpool a “motherfucker,” Deadpool cuts him off, instead choosing to reference the name Martha. For those who haven’t seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the gag takes aim at the climactic battle between Superman and Batman. The heroes, dead set on killing each other, suddenly realize both of their mothers are named Martha. Instead of continuing to fight, they share a small bonding moment over the fact, seemingly becoming allies in the blink of an eye.

Almost everyone can agree it’s downright ridiculous, and Marvel’s most beloved jokester wasn’t going to let the scene off the hook that easily. Not even after more than a year since the movie was released had passed.


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Again, this isn’t the first time that Marvel has taken a shot at Warner Bros. and DC’s movie. In Uncanny X-Men Annual #1, the name Martha is a common theme while Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 pokes fun at the overall gloominess of Batman v Superman.

As far as directly making fun of that particular scene, however, Deadpool definitely hits its target. The kicker is the perfect example of Deadpool committing to a theatrical performance all in name of comedy and mockery.

Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5 marks the end of this run, but Deadpool returns again in Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again, which is out today.

From: https://www.polygon.com/comics/2017/7/5/15925340/batman-v-superman-martha-deadpool

The World’s Finest Duo: Superman and…Marc Teichman?!

In every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

When DC Comics Presents launched in late 1978, it was the first time that Superman had gained a new ongoing series in…something like almost forty years (since World’s Finest Comics, which was in the early 1940s). In any event, in the first issue, there was a contest where fans could suggest the name of the letter column for the series and the winner would appear in the comic book.

Finally, in DC Comics Presents #11 (by Cary Bates, Joe Staton and Frank Chiaramonte), the winner debuted, visiting the Daily Planet soon after Superman was mysteriously attacked by his Justice League teammate, Hawkman.

Marc Teichman, from Staten Island, and Superman then flew around and took photographs all day.

When he got back to the Daily Planet, though, and began developing the film, Marc made a shocking discovery that he passed along to Superman!

As it turned out, the blue jay had been sent to warn Superman by Hawkman (the bad guy controlled Hawkman’s actions, but not his mind or, as it turned out, his ability to speak to birds). So paired with what he learned from Marc, Superman was able to avoid getting punched by Hawkman’s “polaris punch,” which was designed by an evil scientist that would have resulted in Superman and Hawkman exploding if they had ACTUALLY made hard contact with each other (the villain charged Hawkman with a special radiation – it was the after-effect of that radiation left over on Superman from an earlier fight with Hawkman that led to the strange effect in the photograph).

What a delightfully weird team-up.

Congratulations, Marc!

If anyone has a suggestion for another bizarrely awesome comic book for this column, feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com! I love hearing from you all!

From: http://www.cbr.com/superman-marc-teichman-team-up-dc-comics-presents-contest/

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