100 Issues Ago

I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old Justice League of America and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?

Power Girl #12 was the last issue in the Palmiotti/Gray/Conner run and rounded out a superb series that really made the most of the character. The writing was spot on with a great mix of action and humour and the art looked gorgeous. Ther series continued for another year or so after they left, helmed by the less that excellent Judd Winick who very quickly went dark and serious, but at least Sami Basri continued the great look of the series.

It’s no surprise that Palmiotti and Conner later had such success with the Harley Quinn book and it was a delight to see them bring in their version of Power Girl with barely a nod to the New 52’s revamp of the character.

I know I’ve said it before, but if you haven’t picked up the collection of this series, you really should.

RIP Stan Lee

Being a solid DC fan throughout my formative comic years, I missed out on much of Stan Lee’s presence – he was Marvel through and through, of course, so I didn’t have much contact with his creations.

You had to be living under a rock, though, to not know about him or what he’d done. It’s a shame some of his collaborators – particularly Jack Kirby – aren’t such household names to those outside of comics, but there’s no denying that Lee was one of the giants in the industry . . . and now he’s dead.

This cover probably won’t be used much over the coming days but these stories are the only thing I have in my collection written by Stan Lee.

Not his best work in terms of dialogue, but the ideas are there. How different things could have been.

RIP, Stan.

I Feel Like Joseph Stalin

Stalin’s Russia was a hell of a place to be, particularly if you fell foul of the dictator; probably the nicest thing that could happen to you would be to have your image erased from various photos, so this:

became this:

There’s an interesting article about it over at Wikipedia and I’ve read some other stuff about it over the years.

Why bring this up? Well, I’m mid-way through preparing a mash-up and realised I was doing something similar. While most of the recent ones I’ve done have taken characters from covers and merged them into new scenes, every now and then it’s easier for me to add someone into an existing cover, much like I did at the start.

This is one that won’t get show for months to come, but Stalin came to mind as I was erasing a couple of characters so this:

becomes this:

Now I just have to add a couple of characters into that scene.

Mash-Up #17

Twice a week I randomly generate two dates and then compare the titles I own from both of them, trying to find some covers that, with a little basic photoshopping, I can mash together, and then I force the results on you lovely people.

By the way, I admit to being HUGELY influenced by the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis.

The Harley Quinn/Power Girl miniseries by Palmiotti, Conner and others was great – a nice call back to their run on Power Girl from pre-New 52.