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BAT-MONTH CONTINUES – BATMAN IN WHO’S WHO DAY 3 [Jul. 7th, 2011|10:35 am]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

Bat-Month continues here at the Fortress with the third day of my look at Batman in Who’s Who!

As I mentioned yesterday there was no Who’s Who Update ’89, which disappointed me greatly when I was 13.  There was one in 1987.  There was one in 1988.  It seemed like a 1989 edition was a no-brainer but this was not to be.  It was an early lesson in fannish disappointment.

So no Update ’89.

That didn’t mean that we were without new Who’s Who entries that spring and summer.

The summer of 1989 was the summer of Batman.  The lead up to the release of the 1989 Batman film was a genuine phenomenon and Batmania was large and in charge.  The amazing thing was that the excitement didn’t end after opening weekend.  It continued all through the summer, at least for me.  I was “in the zone” when it came to Batman.  I was watching the sixties Adam West/Burt Ward series on The Family Channel.  I was buying the trading cards.  I had the T-shirts and action figures.  I was reading the reference type books that came out about the Dark Knight.  I was buying the comics.

Oh man was I buying the comics.

I have to hand it to DC Comics in 1989.  They had books for new and old Bat-fans alike to read and enjoy when the film hit theaters.  The local Waldenbooks had trades for sale in addition to the latest issues of Batman and Detective Comics.  DC also put out a Secret Origins special (showcasing Batman’s rogues gallery) and a regular issue of the series devoted to the Mud Pack to kick off the…well…Mud Pack story arc that was about to hit Detective Comics.  I bought and read them all.  I even remember the day the cover price went from seventy-five cents to a dollar.  It was the first time I had to deal with a title I was reading going up in price.  It wouldn’t be the last.

That same summer DC decided that instead of publishing another Who’s Who Update they would put the Who’s Who entries in the back of their annuals.  Most annuals contained a spiffy new page for the main character.  Flash in particular had revised entries for Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West, which I bought at the time and devoured.  Other characters, like Superman, got two or three entries and they were all supporting characters though I can see why they didn’t want to do a full on revised entry for Superman because he was in the middle of Exile.

How would you end that?  “Currently Superman is in space because he went a little crazy.  More on this as it develops.”  That wouldn’t read or go over well.

Batman had two annuals that year; Batman Annual #13 and Detective Comics Annual #2.  The main story in Detective was a re-imagining of the Silver Age tale where a young Bruce Wayne dresses in the Robin costume and tracks down Harry Harris to learn how to be a detective.  In this version an adult Wayne (sans the Robin costume) tracks Harris down and helps him investigate a series of murders in a small southern town.  It had a neat twist ending and is a fantastic read.  The Batman Annual was decent enough as well with Batman going up against Two-Face.  There was even a flashback to when Jason was alive.  That scene tried to make sense of how a bare-legged Robin would get around in the winter time by showing the Boy Wonder in full on pants.  I thought that was neat.

Each Annual contained a boat load of Who’s Who entries as well.  I don’t know if they were trying to capitalize on the film or if this had been the plan all along but every major Bat-character was profiled over the two annuals.  In the Batman Annual the heroes were featured while the villains were showcased over in the Detective Annual.  One of the hero entries was the first that particular character had received in that identity.  Be sure to check out Monday’s post to see what I am talking about.

The Batman entry is quite cool and features two very different “pin-ups”.  One is by Art Thibert while the other is by Dick Sprang.  I liked and still like the fact that the old and the new get to shine here.  The entry itself builds on the one from Update ’87 and even mentions that Bruce had adopted Dick Grayson in his third year as Batman, which is kind of weird to me because Year Three was still a few months away from being published.

This entry as well as the other entries from the two annuals of 1989 bring back a lot of happy memories for me.  The summer of 1989 was my first as a teenager and even though I stopped collecting the Bat-titles in late 1990 (until 1994 when I picked them up again) this was my first attempt to follow another character in the comics besides Superman.  The annuals in particular were gold mines as far as having material to read and at the time I was starved for it.  While I prefer the art from the Update ’87 entry this is my favorite of the Batman profiles.

Well, folks we have run out of old school Batman Who’s Who entries.  Tomorrow I wrap up Batman in Who’s Who with a wicked piece of Norm Breyfogle art and Batman’s entry from the 1990 Loose Leaf Edition of Who’s Who.  It is pretty awesome so be sure to come on back now, ya hear?

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BAT MONTH CONTINUES – BATMAN IN WHO’S WHO DAY 2 [Jul. 6th, 2011|09:00 am]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

Bat-Month continues here at the Fortress with the second day of my look at Batman in Who’s Who!

Compared to characters like Wonder Woman and Superman the Batman came out of the Crisis relatively unscathed.  He did not have a total revamp like the Amazonian Princess or a separate mini-series like the Man of Steel. Batman’s changes were more subtle with small ret-cons like Alfred helping to raise Bruce instead of showing up after Robin did and James Gordon starting out as a Lieutenant instead of Commissioner.  It is kind of funny though.  I was always under the impression that the Batman books became more “grim and gritty” right after the Crisis on Infinite Earths but upon further contemplation and remembering the massive reading project I embarked on in 2003 Batman was still pretty much late ’70s/early ’80s Batman until about 1989 or so when Norm Breyfogle came in, which shook the joint up artistically and the Tim Burton movie became a cultural touchstone.  Even after the film Batman was not as dark as many fans give him credit for.  There seems to be this belief that it was all Frank Miller, all the time but it really wasn’t.  There were flashes of that here and there but the mainstream, day-to-day Batman was driven and maybe not the easiest guy to get along with but he was far from “grim and gritty” 24/7.

This entry has a lot of sentimental attachment to me.  Who’s Who Update ’87 #1 was not only my first issue of Who’s Who but it came out right around the time I started collecting and reading comics full time.  This was my introduction to the DCU and I read and re-read these issues again and again.  I soaked up all of the information I could get about this fictional world I was suddenly very interested in.

This Batman entry is neat on a number of fronts.  First it has Alan Davis art and while Alan Davis didn’t have a particularly long run with Batman I love his take on the character.  It feels or I guess felt very retro and classic but also contemporary as well.  It is kind of interesting that Davis got a chance to draw the character full time in Detective Comics since he was the artist that worked on Adventures of the Outsiders.  In 1986 the Outsiders, a team Batman started up in 1983,  followed the lead of the Legion of Super-Heroes and New Teen Titans by receiving their own direct market series printed on a nicer paper stock.  Eventually the issues from the direct market series would appear in the newsstand version, but only after twelve months had passed and this left twelve issues of the newsstand series without material. Jim Aparo was the original artist on Batman and the Outsiders and he would continue to draw the team in the direct market Outsiders series.  Aparo also defined Batman for a generation, at least in the comics.  Alan Davis was the bridge artist on Adventures of the Outsiders so to my thinking it makes sense that he would eventually draw Batman as well.

The logic may not be sound but it works for me.

The second reason I like this entry so much is that it is two pages long and chock full of all kinds of great info.  It doesn’t necessarily give you that much more information than the original entry but it feels like it does.  The entry also does a nice job or recapping both Year One and Year Two.  I remember reading this for the first time and being fascinated by the idea that there was a vigilante in Gotham before Batman. The idea had never occurred to me before and it was neat to think that this Reaper guy was more violent than Batman and the two would eventually clash.

And that is it for today.  Tomorrow’s post has another two page Batman entry, this time from an unlikely source.  While Who’s Who Update ’87 was followed by Update ’88 there never was an Update ’89.  How did DC fill that gap?  Come on back and find out.

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BAT-MONTH CONTINUES – BATMAN IN WHO’S WHO PART 1 [Jul. 5th, 2011|09:00 am]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

Bat-Month truly begins today, folks and I am really excited about what I have in store for the next four weeks.  As previously mentioned I have scanned nearly two hundred Batman related Who’s Who pages to share with y’all and without further ado I am going start this shin-dig off with the first part of Batman in Who’s Who.

Who’s Who must have been a maddening enterprise.  Let’s ignore for a moment the sheer immensity of reading all of those comics, making notes and then boiling down the essentials for the space allotted to each character.  Most of that task fell to a guy named Peter Sanderson who from what I understand did the bulk of the reading and the note taking, which is a job I would FREAKING KILL FOR.  Now add to all of that the fact that Who’s Who started coming out a month before Crisis on Infinite Earths.  So DC was trying to follow Marvel’s Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe idea of detailing the personal data, history and powers of their characters while re-creating the universe that they were trying to chart.

Madness, I tell you.  Sheer madness.

Thankfully when the second issue of Who’s Who came out the Multiverse was still something of a going concern.  Because of that fact we were able to get an Earth-2 Batman entry.

If you looked at the artist credit at the bottom of the page you would see that the images for this entry were done by Dave Gibbons.  I think he did an amazing job of capturing the feeling of those forties and fifties adventures.

I like the Earth-2 Batman for many of the same reasons I like the Earth-2 Superman or Earth-2 in general.  A lot more could be done to those characters because they weren’t the according to Hoyle/”these are the characters we merchandise” DC heroes.  The Earth-2 characters got older, got married, had kids and even died and the Earth-2 Batman did all of those in grand style.  Because of that I am glad he got his own Who’s Who entry.

I have nothing but respect for the late Dick Giordano as an artist, especially when it came to his work with the Dark Knight.  Having typed that the art for this entry doesn’t do a whole lot for me.  It’s nice but compared to the art for the Earth-2 Batman it seems…small.  I am working under the assumption that they were still working out the kinks of the Who’s Who format and were only giving solo characters one page for their entries while a team would get two pages.  So even though the then current Batman was one of DC’s biggest characters he only gets the one page.  Later on the powers that be would start being a little more generous with page real estate when it came to the bigger characters and as you will see tomorrow.

The most interesting aspect of this entry is the comic that the writers chose for this Batman’s first appearance.  It is listed as Detective Comics #327 (May 1964).  The reasoning for this is the Batman story for that issue (“The Mystery of the Menacing Mask”) is the official first appearance of the “New Look” Batman.  When Julius Schwartz took over as editor of Batman and Detective Comics one of the changes he made to the character was placing the bat symbol on Batman’s chest inside a yellow oval and Detective #327 was the first time that look was seen in a main Batman title.  Oddly enough when it came to release dates the look was first seen in World’s Finest #141 (May 1964), which came out a week (again, according to release dates) before Detective #327.  In any case many comic fans considered Detective #327 the first appearance of the Silver Age Batman and apparently the people writing the Who’s Who entry agreed.  This doesn’t really work out when you consider that Batman had been a member of the Justice League of America for about four years by that point, so it isn’t a perfect first appearance.  Mike over at Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics wrote a piece on this some time ago and broke down when he believes the Earth-1 Batman (a.k.a. the Silver Age Batman) first appeared and I happen to agree with him.  You can check that out by clicking on this link.

That whole debate, by the way, is one of my favorite things when it comes to arguing comics.  There is nothing better than being nit-picky about a first appearance or when an era begins or the like.

On  personal note I can’t really describe how helpful Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics is to me as a blogger and podcaster.  Not a day goes by that I don’t use it to check an issue number or a cover date or a release date.  So thanks to Mike for putting that database together.

That’s it for today, loyal readers.  Tomorrow we take a look at the Batman that existed right after Crisis on Infinite Earths.  Not only does Batman get two pages for the first Revised entry but the art is by one of my favorite Batman artists even though he didn’t have a particularly long run with the character.

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BAT MONTH – IT’S THE FOURTH OF JULY! [Jul. 4th, 2011|09:00 am]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

Bat-Month continues today with a post that will stand out from the rest but I hope the Non-American readers will indulge me on this one.  Today is the Fourth of July and while I don’t wear my patriotism on my sleeve it’s America’s birthday and I wanted to do something to mark the occasion.  The problem; I am right at the beginning of a month focusing on Batman and outside of some covers during World War II and the serials of the 1940′s Batman isn’t a character that is known for standing next to a waving flag like Superman is.  Thankfully I remembered Detective Comics #614, which was a decent enough story about Bruce Wayne and Batman helping some inner city kids.  It has a bad ass fight scene right in the middle that is a perfect example of why Norm Breyfogle is awesome.  It was the last page of that issue that helped me out today.

I recently posted this page on Facebook and since it is Facebook and you can tag people to images I tagged Norm Breyfogle to this one.  Turns out he doesn’t really care for this page which is interesting to me and further proof that sometimes an artist can be harder on him or herself than the audience will be because I love this page.  Don’t get me wrong.  It looks odd but again that has more to do with the fact that there isn’t a real close association between Batman and the stars and stripes or for that matter there was never a real close association between Batman and Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.

Sorry, folks.  That was a bad pun.

For those in the United States or serving in the Armed Forces overseas that are reading today’s post have a very happy and more importantly safe Fourth of July.  For everyone else, I hoped you liked the fantastic Norm Breyfogle art.  Come back tomorrow when Bat-Month really kicks into high gear!

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BAT-MONTH IS HERE! [Jul. 1st, 2011|10:00 am]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

I like Batman.

There are very few characters that mean as much to me as Batman.  Sure Superman is my favorite.  The Man of Steel has been number one on my Super-Hero Hit Parade since I was 11.  I don’t see anything changing this fact.  Before I was a Superman fan, though, I was a fan of Batman.  Talk to three to four to five to nine year old Mike and Batman is the most awesome thing that ever existed!  The (now) thirty-five years old Mike still has a healthy appreciation for the Dark Knight and every once in a while I like to remind myself of why.

And thus Bat-Month is born!

Or started.  Started is a much better word to use as a blog post is not born but typed up and through the miracle of a bunch of 1′s and 0′s coming together in just the right way…WHAM…text and graphics appear together on the magical computer box thingie.

Anyway…

You can actually blame Green Lantern Month for the next several weeks worth of posts.  While scanning all of those Green Lantern related Who’s Who pages I noticed that Batman had a LOT of entries for his end of the DC Universe/Multiverse.  And they are all pretty cool, even the entries for the villains that are…weak at best and really damn silly at worst.  Hands down Batman has the best rogues gallery in all of comic book land and this is proven in the pages of Who’s Who because the majority of them got their own entries.

The Signalman had his own full page entry.  Someone lost a bet for that one to go through.

So starting on Tuesday (I have a special Fourth of July related post planned for Monday) and continuing for four weeks after that I will be posting nearly two hundred scans of Batman related Who’s Who entries from the original series, the ’87 and ’88 Updates, Batman Annual #13, Detective Comics Annual #2 and the Loose Leaf Format series from 1990.

My original plan was to include a bunch of Secret Files and Origins pages as well but when I finished with the Who’s Who scans I was a bit worn out.  This presents an interesting opportunity to look at Batman at three to four specific points in his history.  A lot of the villains entries are bad guys he fought before the Crisis on Infinite Earths and with the Updates you get to see the changes that were being made to the character and his world begin to unfold after that event.  This is followed by what Batman’s world looked liked during the summer the first Tim Burton film came out.  Finally we get to see the Batman universe from the early nineties.  I’m excited to roll these scans out and I hope you have as much fun reading them as I had scanning and planning this month’s worth of posts.

To kick things off I thought it would be fun to post the origin of Batman that appeared in the first issue of Superman & Batman Magazine put out by Welsh Publishing Group from 1993 to 1995.  It may have been published a few years after the “mandate” I set for myself but for one thing Batman’s origin is timeless and for another it has art by Mike Parobeck, which is ALWAYS AWESOME.  So I’ll post those for you to read and meet me back here on Monday to check out a special treat for the Fourth of July!

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GL MONTH CONTINUES: FOUR DAYS WITH THE CORPS DAY 3 [Jun. 30th, 2011|12:26 pm]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

Four Three Days With The Corps continues and concludes today with a look at the individual Who’s Who entries for the Earthbound Green Lantern Corps!  I had originally wanted this to be a four day affair but life didn’t work out that way for me this week.  So the last two posts become one.

And here we go.

The amusing thing about these entries is that I nearly didn’t scan them.  I was going through the Who’s Who issues again in preparation for next month’s batch of posts and realized, “Hey, these were in the Update ’87 issues!  I may want to post these.”  So here we are with five more members of the Earth based Green Lantern Corps.

First up we have Arisia.  She’s an odd character for me.  I like her but when I start thinking about her for more than five minutes the creepiness factor kicks into high gear.  Arisia had a thing for Hal Jordan, which wouldn’t normally be a problem except for the fact that she was a teenager.  As in under aged.  As in Benson and Stabler should be kicking in your door for even thinking of her like that.  Arisia found a way around this, though.  She used her ring to “will” herself to be older.

I’ll let that sink in for a minute.

Now if a normal man were faced with a hot and sexy alien chick that was a teenager one minute and an adult the next he would probably say, “Hey, now.  This is kind of wrong.  Physically you might be older but emotionally you are still a child.  We can’t be together.  I have had life experiences that you haven’t had yet and it would be unfair and wrong of me to take advantage of you like that.”  What did Hal Jordan say?  “You look old enough to me.  I’ll tap that!”

Sigh.

Arisia is still a good character though.  Too bad Hal was such a pervert.

Isn’t it cute that John and Katma wore matching uniforms?

Katma is another great character and really came to life for me after John Stewart took over for Hal Jordan.  She came to train John and was mighty pissed with Hal because Hal had previously told her that she needed to give up her relationship with the man she loved because of her duty to the Corps and here Hal is quitting the Corps to spend some quality time with Carol Ferris.  Eventually she and John fell in love and were a great couple.  It is a real shame that they killed her.  It was a pointless death too, which makes it all the worse.

Fun fact about Kilowog: he wasn’t always the kick ass drill sergeant of the Green Lantern Corps.  When he showed up in Green Lantern Corps #201 he was simply a Green Lantern that had lost his home.  He was a solid character from the beginning and was even taken advantage of by the Russians in order to help them create their own national super-heroes in a story that only makes sense during the Cold War.  This leads to another fun fact, which is Kilowog helped create the Rocket Reds.  It was a great story.  Guy almost started World War III.  Fun times abounded.  After that Kilowog was a faithful member of the team even if there was this weird time where he had a thing for Arisia.

What was with that girl?

In late 1989 Emerald Dawn hit the stands and suddenly Kilowog was not only a Lantern before Hal he also helped train the good Mr. Jordan.  It was a great retcon and went a long way to help cement his legacy with the Corps.

For a while there Kilowog was the handyman for the Justice League.  Down the road he became a Green Lantern again and really that is where he belongs.  I like Kilowog a lot.  He may not be my absolute favorite but he is certainly up there.

Every team needs a cranky member with a heart of gold.  Salakk fills that role nicely.  I can’t help but like the character.  His greatest moment in the eighties Green Lantern Corps series was when he was brought to the future and became Pol Manning, which was something that happened to Hal Jordan from time to time in the Silver Age.  It was a very dramatic story and the moment where Salakk realized he had been manipulated was fantastic because the normally reserved Salakk loses his damn mind and goes on a rampage.  The fact that he decided to stay in the future says a lot about the character and his desire to be happy even if he put up the front of being the curmudgeon.

And now…the greatest alien Green Lantern of them all…

If you don’t like Ch’p you don’t have a soul.

It is that simple.

Actually it is just fine if you don’t like Ch’p.  He’s kind of a hard sell when it comes to the Green Lantern Corps because when Steve Englehart and Joe Staton re-imagined him in 1986 they turned him into a Disney character.  But that’s the main reason I like him so much.  He is kind of the cartoony Green Lantern but is just as heroic as the rest of them.  Plus he has such an awesome design.  I love the overalls.  And he even had his own arch enemy.

And that is it for Four Three Days With The Corps and it also marks the end of Green Lantern Month in general.  I had a lot of fun doing this and even though I missed a day here and there I think it went smoothly or as smoothly as things go in my life.  Come back tomorrow to see what I have in store for you in July.  All of the preparations have been made and I am ready to roll out what I hope will be a really fun and exciting month.  There is a theme because that worked out so well here and maybe that is something I will continue down the road.

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GL MONTH CONTINUES: FOUR DAYS WITH THE CORPS DAY 2 [Jun. 28th, 2011|05:51 pm]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

Four Days With The Corps continues today with a look at the Who’s Who entires for the team itself!

Until recently I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Corps.  I liked the idea of the team but not enough to devote all that much effort into finding out more about the group.  This had a lot to do with the fact that I am not much for alien type science fiction.  I like a certain amount of familiarity with the stories I read and the more alien the setting the more I check out of the story.  In the past month or so I finally “got” the Corps as a concept and find the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps stories and back-ups to be interesting little stories that range in quality and entertainment factor.  It will be nice to get to know this group in the near future, unless my ferret on a double espresso attention span pulls me in another…SQUIRREL!

And I mean that too.  Look at Ch’p in this entry.  He looks more like a real squirrel and not the cartoony (and better) version that would come later.  Also Arisia is still a teenager in this picture.  This won’t always be the case.

Things changed in 1986.  The Guardians of the Universe went to have a holiday with the Zamorans and by holiday I mean they all went off to have dirty, nasty, freaky blue skin on white skin sex.  Sure the idea makes you throw up in your mouth a little but it happened and we all must accept this and move on with our lives.  The Green Lanterns were left pretty much on their own after that, which is great because you really want to have 3600 or so beings with the most powerful weapon in the universe running around with absolutely no oversight.  Sarcasm aside a group of Lanterns decided to make Earth their home and thus a single hero title become a team book.  It was a solid title until the last few issues when things went off the rails.  A lot.

As much as I liked the book there were some aspects that were a tad…odd.  I’ll get into the whole freaky nature of Arisia and her relationship with Hal tomorrow.  The end of the series was kind of weird and involved the Power Battery getting blown up real good because the Lanterns chose to execute Sinestro before finding out some bizarre clause in the contract that said they couldn’t kill a male member of Sinestro’s race.  I feel it necessary to mention that this was revealed thirty seconds after they chose to off the yellow ring slinger.

Whoops.

The only rings that were left working just happened to belong to the human Green Lanterns because, well, that’s just how it worked out.  Guy hung out with the Justice League, Hal was treated like crap by just about everyone and John messed up on a cosmic scale by allowing his arrogance to get in the way of common sense and the planet Xanshi was destroyed as a result.  Eventually the only remaining Guardian (the Old Timer from the Hard Traveling Heroes days) goes bat s*** crazy and not keeps John Stewart prisoner on Oa but starts grabbing cities from the various planets he has visited so he won’t be so lonely.  Hal, Guy and John team-up to stop him and they succeed with the help of the now returned Guardians of the Universe who apparently have gotten as much of their freak on as they can and return to restart the Corps.

And that was the Corps that Hal Jordan took out when he rode his own crazy train during Emerald Twilight.  It was an interesting group and I rather liked the issues where Hal flew all over creation recruiting new members.  As much crap as this era seems to get from fans and pros I am kind of shocked that several of these characters are still around today albeit in altered forms.

That’s all for today, folks!  Tomorrow I will go through the Earth based Green Lanterns from Green Lantern Corps issues 201 to 224.  They’re an interesting bunch.

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GL MONTH CONTINUES: FOUR DAYS WITH THE CORPS PART 1 [Jun. 27th, 2011|02:50 pm]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

Sadly Green Lantern Month is winding down, folks.  We’re in the last four days of the month, but that doesn’t mean that I am quitting now.  I still have an important part of the whole Green Lantern mythos to cover…THE CORPS!

To kick off this last part of Green Lantern Month I thought it best to talk about the guys that started it all…at least in terms of the comic book stories…the Guardians of the Universe.

The Guardians were always something of a mystery to me.  I think this had a lot to do with the fact that the bulk of the Green Lantern reading I have done over the years was during the Kyle Rayner years and frankly between all of the backtracking I have done and all of the stories that have come out since the Guardians are either high and mighty, “We’re So Much Better Than You” douche bags or scary looking blue guys getting their freak on with a bunch of Amazonian women.  Sure there’s Ganthet, but he is the exception, not the rule.

Joe Staton’s art on this entry is so bad ass.

Occupation: Cosmic Superbeings.  I wonder if that comes with full medical, dental and a 401K?

And that is the end to Part 1 of Four Days With The Corps.  I just didn’t have all that much to say about the Guardians.  They are necessary and yet not all that interesting to me.  Weird.  Come back tomorrow for my thoughts on the Green Lantern Corps as an organization.

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EPISODE 129: FOUR YEARS AND COUNTING [Jun. 27th, 2011|02:22 pm]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX. You can comment here or there.

Episode 129: Four Years and Counting

A little over four years ago I started Views From The Longbox with little more than a basic idea of what I wanted to do with the show and some audio editing software.  48 months later I have put out well over a hundred episodes plus the specials and whatnot and the show is still going somewhat strong proving that I can stick to something if I really want to.  To celebrate the show’s birthday this year I thought it would be fun to have the listeners submit a bunch of questions and then answer those questions with my semi-regular co-host The Irredeemable Shag.  The result? About two and a half hours of great conversation that covers comic book movies, animation and we even spend a good chunk talking about the recent announcement that DC is relaunching most of their line.  The amusing thing about that part of the conversation is that Shag and I recorded this about three days after the announcement and in that time several other podcasts where I talked about the relaunch/reboot including The Geoff Johns Podcast and the Comics Monthly Monday end of Two True Freaks (which I am now a third chair on) have already come out.  So some of what you hear on this episode was based solely on the announcement and the first few solicits DC released at the time of recording.  It was interesting hearing my thoughts then compared to my thoughts now.  They haven’t really changed but there are a few worries that I currently have that I didn’t have then.

Be sure to check out Shag’s various blogs including Once Upon a Geek and Firestorm Fan!  They are both awesome!  As is Shag but don’t tell him that.

Next time: Part 2 of Hal Jordan’s Festival of Fun with Thomas Deja!

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GL MONTH CONTINUES: THE OTHER GREEN LANTERNS WEEK DAY 5 [Jun. 26th, 2011|12:30 am]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

The Other Green Lanterns Week comes to a close and it concludes with a Green Lantern that just about everyone loves.  He may not be my favorite of the non-human Green Lanterns but I do have a soft spot for the lug.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present…G’Nort!

How can you possess a soul and not like G’Nort?  Sure he’s goofy and sure he’s comedy relief but damn it all he’s a fun character.  He is also the subject of one of the funniest Who’s Who entries ever!

I laughed out loud the first time I read this and it still makes me chuckle today.  I think that it sums up G’Nort perfectly.

So, to recap the point of this post…G’Nort is awesome!

And that ends this particular “week” worth of posts.  Come back…tomorrow and check out the rest of Corps and the Guardians as I close up shop on Green Lantern Month.

More to follow…

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