After completing the Infinite Crisis annotations the best part of ten years ago, I eventually picked up the collected edition and made a note of the differences between that and the monthly issues – and there were a lot!
One big difference was a double page spread at the end of the issue, this time drawn by George Perez with more than twenty extra characters. It has long been on my to do list to actually get round to numbering and listing the characters in that spread and I’ve finally done it. Of the 117 characters listed, there’s only one I can’t identify:
Any ideas? If so, use the Contact Me tab at the top.
You can find the full picture in the Collected Edition page.
Update – thanks to Noel who told me it’s Lady Shiva as Jade Canary.
Ummmm . . . . nipples?
Man I miss the Amanda Conner illustrated Power Girl series from a few years ago. That was just so much fun.
(And yes, I know the scene above comes from JSA Classified)
The Joker wrapped up in a nice straitjacket?
Poison Ivy locked up in her greenhouse?
The Ventriloquist putting on a show for the other inmates?
With all the bad guys locked up, what’s Batman going to do?
Yeah, there’s always that, I suppose.
So there I was on the weekend, catching up with some back issues of Infinity, Inc from the late 80s (because that’s how I spend the ridiculously hot yet rare summer days here in the UK) when I came across #42.
Fury is pregnant (and most everyone knows how that turns out) so is taking some time off, and the rest of the team organise a going away beach party for her. Wildcat, as a rock magazine journalist, hires a band to play at the party and we get a splash page of the team enjoying themselves in civvies:
It’s nice to see a group of heroes relaxing every now and then as it makes a change from the constant round of battle after battle.
That said, I have to admit I did a double take when I noticed the name of the band:
Now I don’t know if that’s there because of Roy and Dann Thomas, the writers, or whether one of the artists slipped it in for the hell of it, but The Family Jewels . . . honestly!?
Whoever did it had some balls, that’s all I can say.
Honestly, I was never a fan of the 60s Batman series – even as a kid, I found it too camp, too silly for my liking.
Over the years, though, my fondness for Adam West grew as he embraced the fame the role had given him and was willing to be a good sport about the whole thing, voicing himself in the last Lego Batman game.
Farewell, Adam West. Batman R.I.P.
One of, if not the most visited pages here is my collection of homages to the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, the death of Supergirl issue.
I’ve added a few more to the page but also tidied it up, separating out those covers that are pre-Crisis from those that are post- as well as moving the interior art and others to their own sections. Check it out here and, if you find any others, use the Contact Me tab at the top of the site to drop me a line.
Just noticed this is my 200th post on this blog, not counting all the pages of annotations and what-not so thought I’d celebrate with the 200th issue of Justice League of America from all the way back in 1982.