Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rob's Room: More Marvel Legacy Homage Covers

Check out the earlier post of Marvel Legacy Homage Covers here.

Rob's Room: Star Wars - Han Solo Torture Action Figure!

Han Solo Torture Action Figure -- appropriate for children, ages 4+... 
(original idea via Raiders of the Lost tumblr)
Read more about the device itself at Star Wars Amino.  

In the Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays book The Empire Strikes Back director, Irvin Kershner, says of the torture scene:  
I originally filmed more shots of Solo as he is being tortured. There were flashes of electricity everywhere. But it was cut out because we were afraid it might be too intense for children. We also took out some of his screaming offscreen when Vader is talking to Lando outside the cell.

Wanted TPB: The End of Batwoman

Writer: Various
Artist: Various
Publisher: DC Comics (1976-79)
Includes: The Batman Family #3, 8,10,11,13,14,17, Freedom Fighters #14-15, Detective Comics #485

Clipped from Wikipedia: Although Batwoman made a number of appearances during the late 1950s and early 1960s, declining sales of both Batman and Detective Comics led to the editorial retirement of the character. When Julius Schwartz became editor of the Batman related comic books in 1964, he removed non-essential characters including Batwoman, Bat-Girl, Bat-Mite, and Bat-Hound. Later, the 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths retroactively established that Batwoman has never existed, though her alter ego Kathy Kane has continued to make appearances.  However, with the launch of the Batman Family comic book series in 1975, readers continued to request for Batwoman to appear in new stories. One reader states:
It is totally beyond me why you ignored Batwoman in your first two issues... I can understand your reluctance to go back to the days where everybody in Gotham had a Bat-identity, but you can't wipe out Batwoman that easily... I was counting on her making the scene in a new story, perhaps coming out of retirement to offer assistance to your Dynamite Duo.
Batwoman was brought back in Batman Family #10 as "Batgirl's guest heroine" when she comes out of retirement to assist Batgirl in defeating Killer Moth and Cavalier. However, in Detective Comics #485 Batwoman is killed by the League of Assassins.  Editor Dennis O'Neil later stated in an interview, "we already had Batgirl, we didn't need Batwoman." The issue marked the final appearance of the Earth-1 Kathy Kane.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Rob's Room: Bill Sienkiewicz' New Mutants Cornerbox Original Art

Bill Sienkiewicz' New Mutants Cornerbox Original Art
Per Bill Sienkiewicz, "these are the corner boxes on the covers of the New Mutants issues #18-27... back when covers HAD corner boxes. the boxes usually didn't change from month to month, but I specifically wanted a new image every month, to give a small clue as to what to expect inside."

Rob's Room: Superhero Profiles by Johnny Lighthands

Superhero Profiles by Johnny Lighthands