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.
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.
I’ve seen a couple of articles on the net following this exchange in Justice League of America #7:
It shows that Ice and the Justice League International are back in the DCU; they’re part of the Rebirthed history although, to be fair, it doesn’t say which JLI. Everyone’s jumping to the conclusion that it’s the classic Giffen/DeMatteis era but it could just as easily be the Dan Jurgens written JLI from the New 52.
While I admit it’s a nice development, this wasn’t what caught my eye in this issue.
As you can see above, Atom and Killer Frost are in the wonderfully named Museum of Unnatural History trying to find a cure for her condition when they’re attacked by a guy who hasn’t been seen for many, many a moon – Terrorsmith, one of the villains created in the original Bloodlines event from 1991. And it is that original event, not the Bloodlines series from last year that had next to nothing to do with the 1991 crossovers as Terrorsmith himself explains:
Yep – aliens, necks, and spinal fluid, all the classic Bloodlines ingredients. And if there were any doubt left, here’s what he was looking for in the Museum:
Glonth, one of the original Bloodlines parasites.
So yeah, JLI and Ice are back in the Rebirth DCU . . . but so is the Bloodlines event and all the terrible, terrible metahumans it created.
From The Cursed Earth: Uncensored which I picked up a few weeks back.
Sure, I could have chosen to scan some of the great Brian Bolland vs Jolly Green Giant art that hasn’t been seen for years or the Mike McMahon Ronald MacDonald/Burger King fight . . . but that image of Tweak summing up Judge Dredd’s character just called to me.