BW’s Morning Article Link: Disney’s Big Hero Six Animated Series Finally Debuting

Disney’s Big Hero Six has little connection to the Marvel Universe superhero team from Japan. However, the kids and their inflatable robot friend were popular enough with the general audience that they wanted to make a TV continuation of the movie. After some delays they finally have a release date for that series. So now I know how long I have to finally watch it. (It’s on my DVR right now.)

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My Favorite Intros: Ruby-Spears Superman

As part of the 80th anniversary of Superman, the release of Action Comics #1000, and the debut of Krypton, the Superman minus Superman series, I’ve seen a number of tributes to Superman. One of them were a compilation of the various intros to the animated Superman cartoons over the years, from the theatrical shorts up to the most recent Justice League Action series. One of those compilations was even done by DC Kids, DC’s kids channel on YouTube. Yet all of the ones I saw seemed to forget one particular Superman cartoon.

In 1988, just after Hanna Barbera lost the Superfriends license, their former apprentices as Ruby-Spears picked up the Superman license. The result was a cartoon I’m seeing is highly underrated. It only lasted one season on CBS, but there were some good Superman stories while having to transition between the pre and post Crisis versions. For example, when they were putting it together they were probably expecting Lex Luthor to still be a mad scientist out to prove his superior intellect and had to deal with his revamp as every evil businessman (so just rich businessmen in general) that’s come out of Hollywood storytelling over the past few decades. So it’s time to show this version some love. Frankly it’s a pretty good intro.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Gargoyles #5 (SLG)

Goliath and ketchup bottles don’t go together well.

Gargoyles #5

SLG Publishing (July, 2007)

“Clan-Building” part 5: “Bash”

WRITER/CREATOR: Greg Weisman

ARTIST: Karine Chalebois

By the way, the artist was incorrectly credited last issue. The correction is in the credits for this issue and I’ll fix it in the review when I’m done here. This is already late.

ART DIRECTOR/COVER ARTIST: Greg Guler

COLORIST: Stephanie Lostimolo

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Star Wars Sued Over A Card Game

card game Blackjack

card game Blackjack (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Star Wars, Sabacc is a card game similar to Blackjack or Poker. However, in 2015 some guy decided to use the name for his own card game after finding it wasn’t trademarked, and when Lucasfilm found out they weren’t happy. It’s a famous game in the fiction so of course they’re going to use it in a story with both Han Solo and Lando Calrissian in it. But now the guy who created a real unrelated card game of the same name (although others have actually made a Star Wars Sabacc game, including a recognized “official” version) is suing over the use of the fictional card game in Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is like me suing CBS or Paramount if anybody referenced Fizzbin, the card game Kirk made up to fool some bad guys, that I homage with my alien character in Jake & Leon. I don’t know where Ren Ventures got the name from but are you really that surprised they want to use a name they (or possibly the novels–the wiki entry (bonus link) isn’t clear) created? I wouldn’t be surprised to learn he’s using the opportunity to get his game promoted with this. I know it’s the first time I’ve heard of his game and I couldn’t tell you if it matched the Star Wars rules or not.

Chapter By Chapter: The Death & Life Of Superman ch. 6

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

A day late but we’re finally at the big moment…well, not the BIG moment, but it is time to start our tale. We’re up to speed on the characters who will play a part in the funeral and rebirth of Superman (not to be confused with Rebirth) so it’s time to finally bring out our monster, Doomsday!

At the time there was no origin for who he was or where he came from. I’m still not sure how he ended up on Earth unless he floated there after The Radiant kicked him out after the flashback events we saw in Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey. In that miniseries, as anyone who read it or my review, is aware Doomsday is later revealed to be a genetic experiment by Kryptonians, thus his hatred for Superman, somehow sensing he’s Kryptonian. When this story was conceived and published in comic form however they were just looking for someone who could be a threat to Superman physically as opposed to villains who forced him to think as well as he punched. And it’s time to get that threat into this story.

Chapter Six: Doomsday part 6

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Quicksilver #10 (Live Kree Or Die part 3)

“AHHH! Morning breath!”

Quicksilver #10

Marvel Comics (August, 1998)

“Live Kree Or Die” part 3: “Blue Moon”

WRITERS: John Ostrander & Joe Edkin

PENCILER: Derec Aucoin

INKER: Rich Faber

COLORIST: Joe Rosas

LETTERING: Comicraft

EDITOR: Mark Bernardo

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Final Solo Trailer Drops

Han Solo and Chewbacca

Han Solo and Chewbacca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Well, the final trailer before the next “Star Wars Story” hits theaters has hit the internet. This time it’s the early years of Han Solo and Chewbacca. It looks to be a lot of fun. That link also has the minimum you need to know about the film before deciding if you want to see it. Except whether or not this song will play in the credits.

I’ll be disappointed if it isn’t. But I’m weird.