Question Of The Day
Ever since I was a little kid, I have found a unique sort of calm inside drive-through car washes. Today, while cleansing the Chrysler (there’s a bird nesting directly above my carport) I was enveloped in that sensory vacuum, hearing only the whooshing of soap and the trundling noise of the hose assemblies, when I suddenly had an epiphany. A Question Of The Day appeared to me like a vision, like unto a great twine ball on the horizon, hovering before my unbelieving eyes… It was a question of such simple perfection that I teared up a little to contemplate
This week’s deeply amusing episode of “Spoiled”, combined with a fascinating discussion with Stephen before this week’s MSP, has gotten me thinking about what REALLY makes Bad Movies bad. It’s no secret that I am an enormous fan of Disney’s 1979 sci-fi boondoggle “The Black Hole,” and have been known to argue it to be a superior viewing experience to “Star Wars.” I’m not even talking about a MST3K kind of ‘Fun To Mock’ or ‘So Bad It’s Good‘ experience, but instead a genuine attachment to the film’s message and characters, regardless of the accumulation of flaws… The MS-QOTD (short
Last night, I discovered entirely by accident that my video-on-demand service contained the full run of the 1980s ‘Transformers’ cartoon. Since my daughter and I had enjoyed the occasional episode on The Hub (Hasbro’s new toy-nostalgia channel) we sat down and checked out the first episode of the seldom-aired Season Four. When the child started asking about characters, I found myself unable to explain the concept of “Rodimus Prime: Headmaster” without snickering inappropriately. She quickly gave up because, as she put it, “That laugh means ‘I’ll tell you why this is funny when you’re older.’ ” The MS-QOTD (prounounced, as
As a child of the 1970’s, I freely admit that my comic book opinions are skewed by the Me Decade. I dig Mike Grell’s Legion, John Romita’s Spider-Man, and Dick Dillin’s JLA. I know that ROM and the Micronauts are firmly and forever part of the Marvel Universe, licensing restrictions be damned. I even own a large collection of Treasury-sized editions (comics more giant than Giant-Size), including the wonderful “Superman Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man,” one of the earliest stories I ever read featuring either character. In part because of this issue, I have always equated Doctor Octopus as being Spider-Man’s
Historians say that the first comic book was printed in 1933, re-presenting a collection of newspaper comic strips, making the comic book as we know it nearly 80 years old. As Major Spoilers officially unofficial comic book “historian” (Stephen insists on the air-quotes, so Roy Thomas doesn’t show up and challenge me to a gunfight at the DC Corral), I try to plumb the depth and breadth of those eight decades with my weekly Retro Reviews. Working in a comic store, I seldom lack for inspiration, but sometimes I like to gauge what you, the Faithful Spoilerites, WANT to read
While formulating today’s Question Of The Day, I asked my daughter (age 8) if there were any unanswered comic book questions that plagued her slightly more than half a dozen years on the planet. She looked at me, squished up her adorable little nose, and threw me for a loop with some high-octane comic query: “Why isn’t Iron Man made of steel?” She then proceeded to explain that steel is much stronger and easier to work with, making Daddy very proud in the process. I was going to explain to her about the half a dozen characters already named Steel
With the off-season absence of The Walking Dead from my DVR, I’ve found myself hitting my trade paperback shelf to fill a one-handed, ultra-violent void in my weekends… Having reread most of the series in recent weeks, it seems clear that the characters of this series live in a world where our world’s zombie-related fictions can not exist. Watching the first twenty minutes of any George Romero flick would give you a clearer survival plan than Rick (a man who’s pre-shambling-monstrosity job consisted of tactical thinking and crisis control) exhibits in almost one hundred issues. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always,
In recent forays through the intarwebz, I had a chance to check up on one of my favorite online comics, ‘Breakfast of The Gods,’ an epic tale of sugary goodness by one Brendan Douglas Jones. While browsing that site, I stumbled upon another of Jones’ works, a harrowing back and forth first-person narrative called “A Tale Of A Fateful Trip.” It’s a shockingly frank and brutal (and possibly NSFW) tale detailing the real story of the tragic events that followed the 1964 sinking of the S.S. Minnow, and it set my brain churning on an age-old quandary, the battle between
Complications at the RWJ this week, combined with the annual tax season, have started me thinking about questions of the almighty buck. Carl Spackler seemed to have it all figured out, thanks to the Lama and all, but you have to wonder if, f’rinstance, Ric Flair ever regrets his career path or Samuel L. Jackson wants to stop and smell the roses… The MS-QOTD (pronounced “misquoted”) for the day is this: Assuming you couldn’t have both, would you rather be handsomely compensated or achieve total consciousness?
With the extensive reporting from C2E2 ’12, I was almost convinced that I want to go to a comic convention again. Sure, it would only take a few minutes of people bumping into me to change that, but in those first minutes I always enjoy the convention goers, especially those who choose to attend in costume. My particular stature doesn’t lend itself to a lot of non-Bedrock-derived costumes (Herbie Popnecker, Chuck Taine and, if he counts, Harry Knowles are all options, though) but it did start a particular train of thought… The MS-QOTD (pronounced “misquoted”) for today is this: If
Today is, historically, the end of the Tax Year in the United States, and a day that many people fear and procrastinate about. (Me, I just pay in too much all year and cash it out in February, because I’m too irresponsible for a real savings account.) As for the man with the widow’s peak above, I’m pretty sure that Superman’s lack of a social security number or legal identification (not to mention his public status as an alien) would probably render him immune to United States taxation… Today’s MS-QOTD (pronounced “Throatwobbler Mangrove”) is this: Who is more likely to
It occurred to me as I was browsing this week’s comics that they day of the one-shot villain (known colloquially as “Marvel Team-Up Bad Guys” in the parlance) have gone by the wayside. It seems that the heroes these days only battle their lifelong nemesis/dark mirror, or against other heroes, and the days of random goofy villains are gone, except for maybe Bob Kirkman’s ‘Invincible.’ The Saturday Mornin’ MS-QOTD is one of those questions that occur to you when you’ve been perusing the back issue bins: What one-shot/old-school/underrated villains do you most want to see returned and revamped?
This week, Marvel Comics announced that the “Spider-Men” teaser promotions were, in fact, exactly what it said on the tin: The first (direct) meeting between Marvel and Ultimate Marvel. As the proud owner of “Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali” and the sublime goofiness of “Archie Meets The Punisher”, what impressed me most was not news of the crossover, but the fact that Marvel was able to hold off for more than 10 years before doing it, a rare display of restraint for a comic publisher. The MS-QOTD (pronounced “misquoted”) for today is this: How big a deal IS this crossover?
There has been much low chatter on the intarwebz regarding the nature of Loki’s shock troops in the upcoming Avengers movie, and now that the news is out, it seems that Stephen’s suppositions in our recent podcast discussion were correct. I fully expect by the end of the day to here cries from random corners that this reveal (foreshadowed and teased as it was) was awful and anticlimactic even though the reveal is exactly what all the indicators said it would be! The MS-QOTD (pronounced as you would in the original French) is this: When it comes to speculating about