DC Meets Looney Tunes

Back in December, DC announced a number of specials where their heroes would meet characters from the Hanna Barbera cartoons.

As I’ve never been a Hanna Barbera fan, I didn’t bother with them, but I did write at the time

Now if it was Green Lantern/Marvin The Martian I’d be interested . . .

Looks like I might have to put my money where my mouth is, as DC have now announced a number of specials where their heroes would meet characters from . . . the Looney Tunes cartoons. While Lobo/The Road Runner nor Batman/Elmer Fudd particularly interest me, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam and Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian may well end up in my collection.

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If only I’d been smart enough to go with the obvious Martian crossover instead of Green Lantern . . .

A Strontium Dog In London

Last weekend, I had a phone call from my mate Spike. He was in London on a training course with work and his employer had put him up in a hotel.

It just happened to be the same hotel that 2000AD were using to host their 40th anniversary bash on the same weekend and, as none of his coworkers were particularly interested, he had to share the news with someone, hence the phone call to me.

Later in the evening, he mailed me this picture:

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That’s Gordon Rennie, Dave Gibbons in the middle and while I sort of recognised the guy on the right, I had to get Spike to confirm who it was. When he told me it was Carlos Ezquerra, whose artwork I adore, I had to ask Spike a favour – if he had the chance, and if Ezquerra was up for it, to get a sketch of Johnny Alpha for me. If Ezquerra was charging, I’d pay anything.

Long story short, Spike hung out with various artists and writers over the weekend (when he wasn’t on his training course) but didn’t see Ezquerra again. Having finished his course on the Sunday, Spike returned to the hotel, left his bags at reception and did one final sweep of the meeting rooms but pretty much everyone had gone.

He headed back to reception to get his bags . . . only to find Ezquerra waiting for a taxi. Being the absolute diamond he is, Spike asked him if he’d do a sketch for me. I can only guess Ezquerra is just so used to drawing Judge Dredd that he grabbed some hotel stationery and started this:

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before Spike stopped him and said “Actually, Gary’s a big fan of Johnny Alpha.”

Taking another page, Ezquerra started again and, just a few minutes later, Spike had the following which he later mailed to me and is currently sitting on my desk:

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How cool is that?!

Huge thanks to Carlos Ezquerra for doing that, and even bigger thanks to Spike for getting it for me. I owe you some serious beer, my friend.

G’nort The Way It Happened

Bit of a slow week this week so have caught up with a couple of Eclipso: The Darkness Within items that I’ve found over the last couple of months.

You can find a couple of ads on the Eclipso home page as well as this one-page recap of the crossovers events as told by Green Lantern extraordinaire, G’nort:

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Some might say that would have made for a better crossover event . . .

Lego Batman Movie

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As should be abundantly clear by now (especially in light of recent posts) I’m something of a Lego fan so that, teamed up with a whole bunch of DC characters, should have made this the perfect film for me to watch yesterday afternoon.

Perfect? No. Enjoyable? Yes.

It’s a kids’ film and I’m a bloke in his late forties – definitely not the target audience. The story was simplistic and the moral is, like the original Lego Movie, that everything is awesome when you’re part of a team, rather than struggling along all by yourself. That said, it’s very funny in places – Bane kept cracking me up for some reason – particularly the start and the end, though the middle act plods a little, and the animation is superb. It’s not bad by any means and if you happen to go see it with kids into either Lego and/or Batman, I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

For me, though, three Batman Lego heads out of five.

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More Minifigs

Or at least miniature pictures of characters. Sort of.

Looking back at some old copies of Justice League America and Justice League Europe recently and I remembered the little pictures of characters that used to appear in the issue number box on DC comics back in the early 90s. Oddly, despite the larger membership at the time, the JLA only had two pairs:

issue_number_fire_ice issue_number_booster_gold_blue_beetle

JLE fared a little better:

issue_number_metamorpho_captain_atom issue_number_elongated_man_rocket_red issue_number_flash_power_girl

and even managed to get a few more in after their revamp and new members:

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I’d thought for a while that JLA/JLE were the only titles with those but a quick look through my collection turned up these from Green Lantern:

issue_number_hal_jordan issue_number_guy_gardner issue_number_john_stewart

A couple from the Justice Society

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(There was a Wildcat one but he was largely obscured by the cover art) as well as some odds and sods:

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A little detail on the cover which always appealed to me for some reason.