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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: And I Said, What About Electronic Superman Edition

There have been a lot of questionable decisions in comic books since the 1990s, from the replacement of Bruce Wayne with an angry twelve-year-old to Wonder Woman giving up her flag-inspired maillot for bondage gear and hooker boots, but one of the most hated was the transformation of Superman into an aquamarine energy being with lightning powers.  While it was a goofy premise, it wasn’t the goofiest of the decade, and certain characters got worse treatment in the Dork Age of comics, and the most tragic part of it all was revealed during the awful ‘Superman Red/Superman Blue’ event: The costume actually looked really…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Turkey Fact Number Twelve Edition

There are a few pop culture experiences that I feel like I have a partial ownership in, those that I’ve been with since the beginning.  I’m a little bit bemused at the upcoming end of ‘Hellblazer,’ seeing as how I bought issue #1 off the stands back in 1988, and I vividly remember the spring of 1991, when the HBO Comedy Channel went dark and the on-screen message promised the impending launch of the brand-new “CTV: The Comedy Network!”  These days, that network is still around (albeit known as Comedy Central) while most of the truly ground-breaking stuff that I…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Earthquakes, Birds & Snakes and Aeroplanes Edition

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  There’s a whole lot of bull$#!+ on the internet.  Though I am quite sure that the Mayan calendar is nothing more than the latest fad to catch people’s attention (like the pet rock, the Charleston, Rob Liefeld or smallpox), I find that I can’t stop the gears in the back of my mind wondering whether Kukulkan and Quetzalcoatl are gonna sweep down out of the sky sometime in the next few hours.  (This, of course, is completely ethnocentric on my part, but I should note at least a portion of what…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Only Tangentially About The Apocalypse Edition

It wasn’t all that long ago that some folks were up in arms about the young lady who managed to make herself look like an anime princess through the clever use of makeup.  For my part, I thought she was pretty ingenious in her work, but found the proportions of her eyes in a real-world setting to be incredibly uncomfortable to look at.  Of course, when you think about it, the sight of Iron Man in line at Starbucks would be equally strange, and an encounter with someone like the Joker or (perish forbid) Spongebob Squarepants in real life would…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: “Whose Apocalypse Is It Anyway?” Edition

This week has been a busy one at Stately Spoilers Manor, what with ending one seasonal celebration, preparing for another and Young Zach rushing about asking where we keep the caltrops and high-caliber ammunition for when the zombies come.  Though I don’t necessarily hold with the widespread rumors of the universe’s impending demise (and I still have no idea how Maya’s calendar got back from Terra Venture) I find it fascinating how strongly this thought process has taken hold.   After all, imagining what COULD be on the horizon is always infinitely worse than facing the real future.  Even as…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Ted Cassidy AND Andre The Giant Equals Pedigree Of Awesome Edition

Somehow, this evening’s discussion turned to an argument about Bigfoot as he appeared on the ‘Six Million Dollar Man.’  (Said character, by the way, should still be named as such, because frankly, my ear finds The Bionic Man to be an awkward and awful name.)  My wife insisted that Bigfoot was an alien (correctly) while I remembered that the creature was also bionically enhanced.  She remembered the character being played by Andre The Giant (correctly) while I remembered the monster bearing the distinctive brow ridge that marked the face of Ted Cassidy, aka Lurch from the Addams Family television show. …

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: HA-HA-HAHAHA Edition

One of the great joys of having offspring (other than sending them to fetch things from the kitchen) comes when I get to see her perspective on things that I’ve long since taken for granted.  Her latest obsession is with Woody Woodpecker, and the child has taken to watching the New Woody Woodpecker Show and enjoying it greatly.  When I attempted to show her the old cartoons that *I* used to love, she complained that Woody looked weird and crazy (and she was right.)  After a bit of checking and comparison, I found that Woody’s character model seemed to change…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Whither Wanders The Wonderful Whizzer Edition

Slang, like time and character, always marches on.  The notorious Batman story wherein the Joker uses the concept of a “boner” (i.e., a mistake or faux pas) has aged poorly due to the word’s re-purposing as sexual slang.  Another DC hero went through the Golden Age as a spirit with a pleasant demeanor, evocatively named ‘The Gay Ghost,’ a name which no longer has the same connotations.  But the worst of the lot probably has to be Golden Age Marvel (or, for the purist, Golden Age Atlas) character Bob Frank, who put on his lemon-yellow costume to fight crime as…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: “Those Are Not Spirit Fingers” Edition

In my youth, I often enjoyed the occasional issue of MAD Magazine, even though I often wasn’t quite savvy enough to understand all of the jokes.  One memorable parody took on the Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita epic, named for a long-time member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but it was several years before I got the joke in the name of the piece:  The KaRocky Kid.  My 13-year-old brain liked the sound of it, but missed the small dig at the creator’s having used much of the plot of Sylvester Stallone’s earlier boxing epic.  (They also shared a director.)  Eventually, though,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Jem Is Her Name, No One Else Is The Same Edition

In my recent holiday-purchase related travels, I have run into an interesting phenomenon: All the toys aimed at my eight-year-old daughter seem to be somehow themed to or powered by magic, while stereotypically boy-oriented toys tend to be more technologically-based. I don’t want to open a can of worms about sexism in the toy industry, but I find it interesting to try and figure out the WHY behind this strange dichotomy. Also, I kind of don’t understand how the Disney Princesses interact without a TARDIS, but that may be a separate issue… The MD-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wonders about…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: One From Column A, And One From Column B Edition

This week proved to be an odd one for me as a fan of super-heroes, with Avengers #1 bringing former New Mutant Sunspot into the Earth’s Mightiest fold, making me wonder what a team with the Hulk, Thor and Hyperion needed with a character who was super-strong but not invulnerable.  Soon after, we watched an episode of Power Rangers: RPM wherein Green Ranger Ziggy’s teleportation powers malfunctioned, leaving him hanging by his leg from a nearby ladder but importantly NOT permanently implanted in a wall.  I was reminded of the Silver Age explanation that Barry Allen had an extra power,…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Never Do An Image Search For ‘Super-Heroine’ With Your Safe-Search Off Edition

While thinking about the potential for a new Fantastic Four movie, I had a sudden epiphany:  One of the biggest problems with casting any superhero movie (aside from the fact that nearly every superhero flick ends up being a Batman story, regardless of the appropriateness of the tone, or the strange rule that all the costumes these days are made of textured rubber like a basketball) is one of age.  Witness the 2004 FF film, where Reed Richards was in his mid-30s, but love interest Susan Storm was played by an actress of 24.  The recent Wonder Woman pilot featured…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Here’s The World War I Flying Ace Edition

Everyone has their rituals and and milestones to mark the passage of the year, but for me, the holidays aren’t fully in force until I’ve watched ‘Rudolph, The Red-Nose Reindeer’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’  (My mastery of pop culture required long hours with my babysitter, Maggie Navox, after all.)  This year marked the first time that my kid was old enough to ask why it was so important that we see it on network TV, since we also own the DVD version of the classic ‘Peanuts’ tale (to which the answer was “You’re grounded.  Go to your room.”)  She…

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Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: “Glop, Glop I’m Not A Mop” Edition

Of all the complaints about the New 52, the one that seems to have the most resonance for me is the one regarding the whereabouts of Donna Troy and Wally West.  On the one hand, I am glad to see the newer characters NOT getting shafted like Ryan Choi and (to a lesser degree) Dick Grayson did.  On the other, I’m a little miffed to see that DC editorial’s stance on a couple of classic characters seems to be a flippant “Feh, they’re unnecessary.”  Of course, it should be noted that both characters have extremely complicated histories (Donna has had…

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