HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2008

Yeah everyone uses this cover around Thanksgiving to tie the holiday and comic books together, but I like it so that’s really all that matters to me right now.

In all honesty I could have used this cover as well.

Sure there is no direct connection between eating Turkey and the death of Supergirl but the first time I read Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 was on a Thanksgiving, probably 1990 or 1991, so I always associate the two.

Also I snagged that Crisis cover from Heroic Images.  It’s a neat site.  I’d link to it but apparently they are going through some kind of maintenance.

I also could have thrown in a picture of George Reeves as Superman because of the several Thanksgivings I spent watching the Adventures of Superman marathon Channel 9 in New York would air that was hosted by Jack Larson, but I don’t have time to hunt down a good picture.  Things to do, houses to clean and all that.

In any case I don’t have much for you today since it is a holiday and I know you probably want to spend it with your families but I just wanted to take a few moments to list the things I am thankful for  this year as a comic book fan.

  • The fact that my wife still puts up with my addiction.  Actually I am pretty much thankful for my wife across the board.
  • The fact that the Superman books have been so good lately with the exception of Superman/Batman.
  • The fact that people listen to my podcast, Views From The Longbox and seem to like it.  That means a lot to me.
  • I am also thankful for the fact that I have made some really good friends through the podcast this year.  Brad Douglas from the Spider-Man Crawlspace is one and Big Honkin’ Steve from Geek Out Loud is another.
  • I’m thankful that I have found some people at the shop to talk to when I get to go on Wednesday.  There a good bunch of guys and we laugh a lot.
  • I’m thankful that I have a large collection of back issues now that the new stuff isn’t grabbing me anymore.
  • I’m thankful you are reading this blog.  I hope it brings you some measure of entertainment.

That’s it, y’all.  Hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the turkey coma that is to come.

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FORTRESS UPDATE! FLAMEBIRD AND NIGHTWING IN ACTION COMICS! NEW NIGHTING ACTUALLY CONNER KENT?

So last week I blew a fan gasket about Superman leaving Action Comics.  I threw out a few theories. Turns out one of them was right.  Here is a bit of what I wrote.

So we follow Superman in Superman and Action Comics becomes a showcase for either older heroes or newer ones.  With the mention of Nightwing and Flamebird3 in the solicitations it makes me curious as to whether or not they’re going to be the stars of Action.  I could be wrong on that.  It’s just a guess.  Maybe they’ll put all of the other characters that have had canceled series over the last two years into the book.  I’m a little fuzzy on that one.

Here are some quotes from a Newsarama interview with DiDio.

In Action, we’re going to see some major changes – Superman will not be featured in Action Comics. The stars of Action will be the new team of Flamebird and Nightwing. Flamebird is a character we’ve seen, but this is the first time we’re seeing her in costume. Nightwing is a character that we’ve known in the DCU for a little while, but he’s new to the Nightwing costume as well. The team on that book will be Greg Rucka with Eddy Barrows. Eddy will be moving over from Teen Titans.

Now – you’re going to be asking me two questions – and the question for me is, do I let you ask them and eat up your number of questions for this time, or do I go ahead and answer them before you ask them? I’ll do it myself, because I’d hate for you to use up your questions (laughs). The big question is where Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are going. They will be doing Superman: Secret Origin as a miniseries coming up later in the year. We decided to run that as its own miniseries, different from what Geoff just did in Green Lantern. It gives them a little more time to work it, they don’t have to struggle against the ongoing schedule, and it won’t throw off the triangles on the covers which keep track of the story. They’ll be doing the definitive origin of Superman as we’ve seen it all take place, and incorporating the changes that we’ve seen or suggested since Infinite Crisis.

With the Superman books following Infinite Crisis, we made some suggestions as to some of the changes that might be occurring within Superman’s origin and who he is. There were a lot of things that have been changed over a period of time, and what Geoff has done, what Geoff always does so well is that he incorporates so many of the various aspects of Superman’s origin to what I feel is really a clean, definitive take on the character as he exists today, and more importantly, how we will continue to present him in the years to come.

The John Byrne changes were important and strong when they occurred back in the ‘80s, and I feel that Geoff’s origin is going to make that same imprint now, for 2009 and past that.

All right.  Here is where I have to do something I really don’t want to do.

I have to admit that I flew off the handle.

I seriously jumped the gun and should have just taken a deep breath and waited to see what the actual deal was.

I was the worst kind of fanboy.

I really have to try and not have this happen again.

Does this mean I take back everything I wrote in that post?  No.  But as far as flying off the handle I should just give it a day or two and then write about it.

Sigh.

Everything he describes in the article sounds so freaking awesome.

I’m going to go do some house work now.

Though I do ask this question:

Is the new Nightwing  actually Conner Kent?

I mean he had the tactile telekinesis thing going on.

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FORTRESS SUNDAY ROUND UP- 11/09/2008

Not much of a week to round up, actually.  I have been on vacation and therefore I haven’t done a whole heck of a lot.  This is the first week in over a month that I haven’t posted something everyday, so it was nice to take a few days off to just do nothing.

The Comics

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY (11/04/2008)- ELECTION DAY EDITION

So it is Election Day here in the states, though frankly people have been voting for weeks so it kind of feels anti-climactic.  Call me old-fashioned but I’m big on things happening on the day they’re supposed to happen.  Voting early is kind of like opening your presents on December 15th, but then again if you have millions of presents to open you would probably want to get started early.

Anyhoo, I have a few politcially minded YouTube videos for you this Tuesday, the first is a classic from several years ago.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFvGAbWeNSQ

Ah, Cartoon Network.  Remember when you did funny stuff like that?  Or this?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGQEAiZJMco

Go ahead, say it.  “Solomon Grundy want pants too!”

You’ll laugh every…single…time.

Maybe General Zod would make a good President.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YbIxLhhsyo

Or Lex Luthor.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFHGnA98jDE

All right, both of those are horrible choices.

In any event I am off to vote.  I guess this is the part of the post where I am supposed to implore you to do the same but that seems preachy.  So vote, don’t vote.  It’s really up to you.

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