Friday, March 06, 2009

Finally, someone who knows what a crisis is

Okay, I already knew that the creators of Unshelved are fans. The Firefly/Serenity strips are what first attracted my attention to this charming webcomic in the first place. But I still have just a small fannish squee every time they drop another reference, even if it doesn't ultimately feed the day's punchline. Especially if it doesn't.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A "red skies" crossover

The creators of eleven character-specific blogs have gotten together for a...

Of course, mine isn't a character-centric blog, it just sort-of looks like one, so I thought I'd leap onto the passing bandwagon and do what many editors did at the time: A crossover by the most generous definition of the term, where a character would look up and exclaim "Gosh, lookit that, the sky is red, wonder why."

So the least I can do is link to the blogs that are doing this: The Aquaman Shrine ; Justice League DetroitSpeed ForceBeing Carter Hallthe Doom PatrolPlastic Man PlatitudesDispatches from the Arrow CaveI am the Phantom StrangerIdol-Head of DiaboluMail it to Team-up; and the mastermind behind it all, Firestorm Fan.

Since they've all found their heroes on the spectacular Perez/Ross cover to the original hardbound edition of Crisis on Infinite Earths, I thought I would too. Forgive the resolution, but with 500-plus characters on the cover, well, they can't all be Superman. Poor Ralph didn't have a huge part in the story, either, as I recall. I would have found him sooner if he'd been wearing any other costume.

I always hated the half-and-half look.

To make matters worse, for the original hardback publication, the two Supermen were front and center on the dust jacket (well, if you published Superman, you'd probably do the same thing), which meant Ralph would have been on the inside front cover dust jacket flap.

Red skies at night, sailors delight; red skies at morning, sailors take warning; red skies at noon, EVERYBODY DIES.