Thursday, February 24, 2011

So Many Wonderful Things...!

If you haven't had the pleasure, let me introduce you to Marvel Two-In-One...The Lost Issues
I love this site. Using MS Paint, artist Ross delivers a brand new imaginary MTU cover every weekday, and they're all Fantastic! Here are a few of my favorites, but he also teams Ben with such unlikely characters as the whole DC Universe, King Kong, Jonny Quest, Calvin and Hobbes, Han Solo...well, you get the idea. Enuff yappin'! IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!!

Oh how I wish this Thing and Metamorpho comic were real. What a double date!

This is hilarious if you're a Concrete reader...

And lest we forget, it all started with The Brave and the Bold:

All images created by and for The Brave and the Bold...The Lost Issues!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dwayne McDuffie

I am stunned and saddened by the death of Dwayne McDuffie, one of my favorite writers last Monday. He was also one of the very few comic creators my wife recognized by name, and whose work she enjoyed. We used to watch Static Shock with our son when it was on reruns on the Cartoon Network, and she started to really enjoy those. I am the pasty half of a biracial couple, so I told her all about Dwayne, and how he co-founded Milestone media and created Static with a goal of introducing a racially diverse superhero universe, and she was impressed with that. My wife has never been one to read superhero comics, but she enjoys most of the myriad DC animated series, and we all became especially addicted to the Justice League cartoons. He will be missed by us all.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Jar Jar Binks Story by Tony Millionaire!

Any true Star Wars fan will tell you that the first Trilogy was okay, but things didn't really get cooking until Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and the introduction of the one and only Jar Jar Binks. When Jar Jar fumbled, stumbled and bumbled his way into our hearts In Phantom Menace, I was sure he would be pivotal in Episodes 2 and 3. Unfortunately, George Lucas chose another path, focusing on Anakin Skywalker, of all people, and shuffling Jar Jar to the sidelines. 
I'll never understand Hollywood.

Here, from Star Wars Tales #20, is George R. Binks: The Tragic Story of Jar Jar's Father:

"George R. Binks"
Story and Art: Tony Millionaire
Colors: Jim Campbell
Story scanned from: 
Star Wars Tales #20 (Dark Horse Comics - June 2004)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fantastic Four Expands to Future Foundation

Well, as I predicted, spider-Man has joined the FF... if by FF you mean Future Foundation. Marvel Comics has announced an official name change for the world famous Fantastic Four after the sudden, heroic death of their youngest member, Johnny Storm, The Human Torch.* Regular readers know that the Future Foundation has actually been around since Fantastic Four #579, formed as a group of gifted youth. Throughout Hickman's run thus far, two things have occurred: the FF have invited several gifted and super powered children to live in the Baxter building, and Reed Richards has become determined to guide humanity to a better tomorrow. In issue #579, he gathered a think-tank consisting of his daughter Valeria ,a Valeria-reprogrammed Dragon Man, a clone of the Wizard, Artie, Alex Power, and some other Moloid and Atlantean children the team has taken in.

At first glance, it appeared that it was  just going to be Reed teaching the kids, but now, I think the Foundation may become more of a training-in-the-field situation with Spider-Man and other heroes acting as mentors and teammates. I'd  put money on She Hulk showing up, as Jennifer Walters made a cameo early in issue #579, when Reed was scolding a group of futurists for having grown old and stodgy, he singled out Jen as an exception. Now that there's no numerical limit on membership, the FF could open its ranks to an unlimited number of heroes. Just Please, PLEASE, no Wolverine!

*Its okay, he'll be back...

Saturday, February 05, 2011

So What the FF is Going On With Spider-Man?

Spoiler Alert....Spoilers for upcoming Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four comics ahead!

Well, as we all know by now, the Human Torch is no more, having sacrificed himself to bar the gate against the Annihilation Wave. A noble and touching end indeed, and we are all left wondering, how will the Fantastic Four continue after this? The answer lies in the pages of FF, and it may involve none other than your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man: 

Reed Richards has been working with a group of young geniuses in his Future Foundation recently, (which may actually be what "FF" stands for, come to think of it), and he may invite Peter to participate and/or join the FF. The Marcos Martin costume design shown above showed up a few times last convention season when "Big Time" was first announced, but I haven't seen a trace of it online or elsewhere since. Marvel is being secretive about their April solicits for both FF and Amazing Spider-Man, so don't be too surprised if that's when Spidey joins another team.