Friday Funny Pages: You Look Faaaabulous!

First off let me say happy April Fool’s Day!  Today is the day you can go out into the world and start punching people in the face or kicking them in the groin and as long as you yell “April Fools!” afterward it’s all okay, right?

Anyway, now let’s take a look at the great, great pair of panels we have here today.  This of course comes from the late, great Jack Kirby drawing one of the earliest Fantastic Four adventures.  What I find so hilarious about these panels is that in the first image he has just come up with this idea to make Alicia (his step-daughter) a doppelganger for the incapacitated Invisible Girl and mere “Minutes Later” he has been able to put together an FF uniform and a convincing blonde wig!  This of course implies that the Puppet Master’s mastery is not limited to puppets, but that he is also a master stylist and fashion designer as well!  If this super villain schtick doesn’t work out for you PM, you should think about opening a salon in Soho, those are very trendy at the moment.  Just saying, think it about it you sassy bitch! 

(Though it might help to cut back on the creep face while you have those scissors in your hands.)

That is all!

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Friday Funny Pages: Of Course

 

     I have some really great panels coming up in this series, from a wide range of comic books and I have found that it is hard to choose which one to show when Friday morning comes around.  I chose this one this week because it features the Silver Surfer, a favorite character of mine and comes from one of the classic, if not campy, early Marvel events the Avengers/Defenders War.  Brought to you by Steve Englehart and Bob Brown the story is simple and reminiscent of many other Avengers tales.  In this crossover spectacle Loki teams up with Dormammu and under competing false pretenses tricks both super hero teams into gathering the components of a device known as the Evil Eye which will allow Dormammu to expand his Dark Dimension and overtake our plane of existance.

     This panel stuck out at me for several reasons.  First the way the Silver Surfer is portrayed with that odd, goofy expression of surprise.  Normally the Surfer is a very stoic, almost Spock-like character and he seems to only be drawn with the most extreme facial expressions in the pages of the comics.  If he’s not blank faced and neutral he’s either completely mopy and sad or shocked and horrified.  Here we of course have the latter.  Second are just the snippets of dialogue in this panel, it just exemplifies the ridiculous situations inheirent in comic book stories.  This panel deals with the Silver Surfer having no luck trying to find one of the parts of the Evil Eye on some remote island, until one of the natives asks if he is their volcano god.  Bingo!  Volcano!  This leads to an awesome battle between the Silver Surfer and the Vision, representing the Defenders and the Avengers respectively,  inside the crater of a volcano.  Which of course could have all been avoided had the ol’ Silver Surfer just checked the volcano, as anyone would do when searching for a mystic weapon of mass destruction.  Duh.

Friday Funny Pages: Dead Baby Jokes

     Here we are once again, another Friday and another goofball moment from the pages of some of my favorite comic books.  This weeks panels are a bit more morbid than last week.  Maybe my sense of humor is off but I just found these panels really funny, take a look.

     Oh my, indeed!  These panels come from issue #7 of the 90’s run of Ghost Rider, written by Howard Mackie and drawn by Mark Texeira.  In the issue there is actually a panel set between these two but I thought it’d be funnier just to show these two back to back and cut out the “One Hour Later” police scene.  Now maybe I’m just an awful person, but chalk outlines are funny to me, it’s just such a terrible idea.  How would you like to be the rookie cop who has to draw all those outlines?  And a baby chalk outline?  Well . . . .

     Anyway, in the issue the Scarecrow (Marvel’s version of course) escapes from the psyche ward and immediately starts killing people (as seen in the above panels) in order to draw the attention of Captain America.  Unfortunately for him, his spilling of innocent blood brings the Ghost Rider down on him, who beats him up a bit before impaling the Scarecrow on his own pitchfork.  At that his days of killing people and stuffing their bodies with straw are put to an end.  Or are they . . . .

Friday Funny Pages: Camelot

     Here is yet another comic book post from me this week!  Often times you can find some real zany panels throughout the pages of comic books, especially when they are taken out of context and shown by themselves.  That’s exactly what I have done here today.  I plan on making this a weekly segment of my blog, bringing you my favorite panels from the pages of various comic books that display quirky or funny scenes.  In fact it was this weeks panel which sparked this idea and sent me off on a hurried flip through my trades in search of other such gems!  Some that I’ve found aren’t funny, but more weird, others are creepy, and a couple aren’t limited to single panels but two or three that go together.  So there aren’t really any rules to this, I’m just going to be presenting panels that I like, but that’s not to say they will be panels that I think are “cool” with stellar art or “badass” depictions of the characters.  You get that all the time in comics, especially these days.  This segment is based purely on my goofball sense of humor, I’m looking for that certain whimsical ju nu se qua!  And some of the upcoming images I could imagine seeing as gifs in responses in forums, or maybe even one day as internet memes, oh to dream! 

Anywho without further ado, here we go!

   

     This panel comes from way back in Iron Man #149 during the epic and now legendary story arc where Dr. Doom and Iron Man get caught in an accidental activation of Doom’s time machine and get sent back to the age of King Arthur and Camelot where the two of them, of course, take up opposing sides in an ongoing struggle between the knights of the round table and the evil forces of Morgana le Fay.  It’s all collected in a trade simply called “Iron Man VS Dr. Doom” check it out if you’ve never read it. 

I don’t know if this panel was trying to go for some humor or not.  My guess is that it probably was, things weren’t always taken so serious back in the day.  Intentional or not it makes me laugh and goes well with my more serious discussion of the Arthur legends in my last blog entry!

My Days As A (Failed) Comic Book Writer

During highschool and college I drew a rinky dink comic strip called “Freak Squad” which had a few appearances in my highschool paper, and which made a regular showing in my college paper.  They weren’t ever really that good, it is surprisingly hard to write a 3 or 6 panel comic strip and make it funny.  There’s a lot of pressure in those limited spaces to establish a premise and get to some sort of punchline or hilarity.  That is why I have so much respect for folks who can put them together successfully with both art and humor.  Like Jason Adams over at Rogue’s Galley, like I said before he’s got some good stuff.

I did however write a few 8 and 10 page comic books featuring the characters of Freak Squad that I think worked a bit better than the strips.  I prefer the long jokes, or the running gags when it comes to these characters and that just doesn’t work as well in strip form.  Although I guess I could do serialized style, like the Superman and Spider-Man comic strips from the newspaper.  But then people would just lose interest and never make it to the jokes.  ANYWAY I came across an old, unfinished Freak Squad comic and decided to finish it today.  I didn’t get it completely done, it’s been awhile I used to really be able to crank them out in college, but I present you with a few panels of what I did get done.  Enjoy!  And remember I’m no stellar artist!  And if anyone would like to know more about the complex and detailed universe of the Freak Squad please ask, I would love to go on and on about this fictional poorly drawn universe I’ve created!

New Webcomic. I’m a Fan!

Really quick I want to promote a webcomic I just learned about. I found this among the forum pages on the main site of the Ohio Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Star Wars costuming association. I regularly post on that forum, though sadly I have yet to acquire my own armor, or any other credible Star Wars costume in order to become a full member. One day. *sigh*

Anyway the comic is put out by a fellow by the name of Jason Banditt Adams and is called Rogue’s Galley. I’ve noticed his posts on the 501st forum before, but I can’t say that we’ve ever really gotten to know each other. However he recently posted the link to his webcomic and I have to say I was pretty impressed. The artwork is good and the writing is really great! It’s hard to come up with those quick three panel comics, and make them funny, but from what I’ve seen so far that doesn’t seem to be a problem for him. Basically the premise is about the classic villains of our childhood (that is if you were a child during the 80’s and 90’s) hanging out at a this bar, the Rogue’s Galley, and talking about how terrible things are on the perpetually losing end of a continuous struggle between good and evil. Shredder, Cobra Commander, Gargamel, Mumm-Ra they’re all there so follow this LINK and go check it out immediately! As of this writing there were only about 6 comics posted, but with such a strong start I’m sure there are more to come! Also look up Rogue’s Galley on Facebook HERE and stay up to date when new strips are posted!

Gotta support a fellow Star Wars fan in his rad artistic pursuits!
http://www.rogue-artist.com/rgcomic/index.html

If you love the old cartoons, then go read this comic!

A Couple of my New Favorite Comedians

These past few months I have discovered a couple new comedians, well new to me anyway. Being home as much as I have been recently has given me the chance to explore a media outlet that I am oft to avoid, the television. I of course watch TV but I generally only watch the shows the wife and I record. Outside of those shows I only watch a few minutes at a time while I’m sitting down for breakfast or lunch. I prefer to spend my time doing something, such as playing video games, reading, writing, organizing my magic cards, or putting together a team for my next game of HeroClix. You know, productive activities. However I have recently taken some time to catch up on some shows I have been putting off. Shows that I enjoy, but don’t feel the need to record regularly. Two such shows are Top Gear and the Graham Norton show, both on BBC America, a channel I would watch more of if their daytime schedule didn’t consist entirely of the thrice damned Gordon Ramsey shows. Anyway all that aside, on both Top Gear and Graham Norton I have caught appearances by british comedian Bill Bailey. Bill has acquired my fandom due to his use of music, most often piano, and his general geekiness. Bill Bailey regularly talks about his love of Star Wars and Dr. Who in his act and in various interviews. Some might not like his comedy but I always show some appreciation for fellow sci-fi geeks! The clip I have below doesn’t actually involve his musical aspects, but does showcase his literary nerd side with a funny Chaucer-esque ballad. Also if you get a chance try and catch one of his interviews, he’s a funny dude in his one-on-one conversations.

Another comedian that has caught my eye, and ear, is Reggie Watts. Both of these comedians music in common, and incoroporate it heavily into their acts. Reggie Watts has made a couple of appearances on Conan O’Brien’s new show (which by the way I have not missed an episode of, viva la Conana) and he is fantastic. Both hilarious and musically talented Reggie Watts is just a genius, he’s hard to explain, which is why I also have a clip of him from his most recent Conan appearance. Reggie Watts uses a combination of instruments and recording/DJ equipment . . . things to achieve his complex effects. (I’m no music expert I don’t know what the stuff is called.) Anyway take a look at them both and have a laugh this weekend, and perhaps research them further if you are so inclined!

That is all! (Except watch the below videos, to fully understand what I was talking about above, there, now that is all.)