DC TV – What Might Have Been

Back in the mid-90s, DC comics had a single page feature touting upcoming series or bits of news or random, silly items.

I came across this one in Guy Gardner: Warrior #19, cover dated April 1994 which shows a TV listing featuring various titles along with some interesting casting choices:

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There’s a few things there that caught my eye, not least the Batman Drama Anthology where Brad Pitt, Cary Elwes and Peter Horton all play Batman!

However, I thought these few worth highlighting:

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Keifer Sutherland as Aquaman (at least in the mid-90s) sounds like great casting!

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Similarly, mid-90s Christian Slater as Guy Gardner? Perfect!

But it was coming across the mention of Bill Paxton so soon after his death that really prompted this little post:

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Bill Paxton as Lobo. Your initial reaction might be “what were they thinking?” but here he is in Near Dark from just a few years before this article:

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So yeah, I can see it.

How things might have been, eh?

Thanks For The Spoiler, CBR!

I catch up on most of my comic/film/TV news via the Feedly feed reader – screw Twitter and Facebook, I’m happy with RSS.

One of the sites I subscribe to – and which has been pissing me off lately – is Comic Book Resources, or CBR. Not only do their articles contain annoying auto play videos, but it seems a large proportion of their articles are simply lists, usually made up of 15 items like this little beauty:

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Doesn’t that just make you want to read that article?

As you can see, the first few lines of the article get included in my feed reader. Most headlines tend to avoid the inclusion of spoilers and, if I notice something – particularly about an upcoming episode of a show I’m watching – that sounds like it might give something away, I can usually skim over it.

What I can’t avoid though is spoilers in the text like this (text redacted because, you know, spoilers, right?!)

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I was saddened to hear of Bill Paxton’s death and it makes sense that he’s going to feature in comic related news, but to include a bloody great spoiler in that first line was just pointless – the line I’ve left showing, beginning with “According to…” could easily have been the start of the article; there was no need to include that first bit.

Thanks, CBR, for dropping a spoiler on me and – I assume – others who want to avoid knowing what’s coming up.

My only comfort comes from my increasingly shocking memory which means by the time the episode referenced in that article airs in the UK, I’ll probably have forgotten about it.

Justice League Of America #1

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Now 20% as great as it was in the 70s!

I kid, mostly – the new Justice League of America #1 wasn’t bad although some of the dialogue felt forced and the whole “we’re a new team who fight each other more than the bad guys” thing has been done to death.

Nice to see the Extremists again, though, as I don’t think they’ve been around in the DCU since 2008 or so and the whole Countdown thing. They appear to have a couple of new members as well, and Lord Havok seems to be wielding Wandjina’s axe which doesn’t bode well for him. Chances of Silver Sorceress appearing to save the day? Slim, I guess, but we can hope.

Sorry, What Now?

From the DC Universe news page in Justice League Europe #50 cover dated May 1993:

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Can’t quite make that out? Here, allow me:

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NOTICE: Madonna worshipping groundhogs are flipping Flash’s emblem upside down. This makes them instantly collectable. Hoard any copies you can!

Was this some weird critique of the 90s collecting mania? Or had someone at DC dropped some serious mushrooms?

Man . . . I just . . . I mean . . .

 

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.