Giving Thanks (2015)

Today in the U.S.A. is our annual Thanksgiving holiday, where we gorge ourselves and spend time with loved ones. It has been a tradition in my family, before we eat, to go around the table and say a thing or two about what we are thankful for. I wanted to extend that tradition here, to all of you, my comic book comrades.

I am thankful for all the readers of this blog, all of the YouTube viewers, all of the podcast listeners, and all of my followers on the various social platforms. While I could easily just send stuff out into the internetosphere because I can, it is gratifying and humbling to know that people actively take in the posts, audio, and video that I create. I am also thankful for those of you who have emailed and conversed with me over social media–I love interacting with each and every one of you.

However, it would be remiss of me to not also mention just how very, very thankful I am for all of the hard work that the writers, artists, editors, and publishers put into making the comic books and graphic novels that I read each and every month, year after year, for these last 37 years.

THANK YOU, one and all!

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Snapshot … ECCC 2015 Pix

Last year when we took our granddaughters to ECCC, their favorite part of of attending was all the cosplayers. When I asked if they wanted to dress up, they were quite emphatic about it. So this year, we asked them who they wanted to dress up as, and the older girl chose a pink Supergirl costume and her sister wanted to be Harley Quinn. I, of course, chose a Robin costume. I talk about that experience on Episode 82 of the podcast. Anyway, I was looking at my phone the other day and realized that I forgot to post some pictures the day that the girls and I dressed up at the 2015 Emerald City Comicon.

Who is that old doofus?

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Snapshot … LSH Costumes

I found a fun blog that has a bunch of fan art (of a sort) featuring some of my favorite characters. As you can see, here are several costume evolutions of some of the Legion of Super-Heroes. If you want to see more LSH costumes over time, or many other DCU characters, head on over to BoyBlue’s DC Universe blog.

Let’s start with the grande dame of the Legion, Saturn Girl.

I think I like the Reboot version (4th from the right) the best, maybe followed by the one to the right of that from the Threeboot (2005, according to BoyBlue’s Saturn Girl page). How awful is the next one to the right (Threeboot 2008)?

Now for one of my favorite Legionnaires, Rokk Krin, aka Cosmic Boy.

Other than the pasty costume from the 70s, I pretty much like all of Cos’s costumes. If I had to choose, I’d probably go with the 80s version first, followed by the Threeboot black and blue suit, though the Reboot version (second from the left) is pretty cool too.

Back to the ladies, featuring again one of my favorites, and one of the longest serving Legionnaires, Phantom Girl.

Except for the original (with the large P on her chest), the 2nd and 3rd costumes from the right, and the sleeveless version, I pretty much like all of Tinya’s suits. My favorites though are the Reboot versions (at both ends).

The powerhouse of the group, Mon-El, hasn’t had too much variety in his suits, if you don’t count the Green Lantern recruit suit (blech).

The classic look is one of my favorites (3rd from the left), but I always wondered how he was able to pull off a skin-tight vest look. I also like the Reboot version (when he was known as M’Onel) with the starfield accents (but lose the gold armbands) and the New 52 version (on the right), though the blue patches on the forearms have to go.

Last, but not least, is one of the unluckiest Legionnaires, Luornu Durgo. She could split into three bodies (Triplicate Girl), then Computo killed off one of her selves. Later, another of her duplicates (when she was Duo Damsel) was killed off before the Legion was rebooted and she came back to the the traditional three (Triad, a much better name). (There was also the Mark Waid Threeboot Legion run where Cargg was actually populated by duplicates of Luornu, which was an interesting idea.)

Hmm, I think I like the first Reboot costume the best (3rd from the left), though the 80s duo-toned body suit (2nd from the left) is kind of neat.

So, it appears that I like the Reboot suits the most, which is interesting because I only spent about a year with the Reboot Legion (I’m sensing a back issue itch all of a sudden). I really wish BoyBlue had done an Ultra Boy collection. Or maybe I should go do that myself!

Giving Thanks (2014)

Today in the USA is our annual Thanksgiving holiday, where we gorge ourselves and spend time with loved ones. It has been a tradition in my family, before we eat, to go around the table and say a thing or two about what we are thankful for. I wanted to extend that tradition here, to all of you, my comic book comrades.

I am thankful for all the readers of this blog, all of the YouTube viewers, all of the podcast listeners, and all of my followers on the various social platforms. While I could easily send stuff out into the internetosphere just because, it is gratifying and humbling to know that people actively take in the posts, audio, and video that I create. I am also thankful for those of you who have written in, left voicemails, and/or otherwise conversed with me over social media–I love interacting with each and every one of you.

However, it would be remiss of me to not also mention just how very, very thankful I am for all of the hard work that the writers, artists, editors, and publishers put into making the comic books and graphic novels that I read each and every month, year after year, for these last 36 years.

THANK YOU, one and all!

Snapshot … Booster Gold (2007)

Booster Gold (2007) #1-6, 0, 7-17

I just bought these issues (for a $1 each!) at Captain Comics in Boise, ID. At such a great price, and the hype surrounding this series over the years, I couldn’t pass this collection over. I hope it’s as good as I hear. Have you read this series? What did you think?