"For all my powers, I could not save _____": An image thread

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there's gotta be more of these

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 February 2015 18:24 (nine years ago) link

Fuck, I can almost picture like fifty of these.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 2 March 2015 05:40 (nine years ago) link

and this is another gold standard of the trope:

I think Emma Frost might have one of these in the issue where she swaps brains with Iceman and realizes that for all her powers, she could not save the Hellions from all being pointlessly slaughtered in a shit Whilce Portacio story.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 2 March 2015 06:59 (nine years ago) link

ooh that's a good one

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 March 2015 21:48 (nine years ago) link

that is a very awkward vibrating hand.

Nhex, Monday, 2 March 2015 23:25 (nine years ago) link

Superman/Pa Kent is maybe the classic version of this, been done many times. In the movie: "All those things I can do. All those powers. And I couldn't even save him. I was looking to see how John Byrne drew it in Man of Steel but - of course - he thought it was a drag and decided Jonathan Kent would just stay alive.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 21:21 (nine years ago) link

I can't find an image of that from a comic is the weird thing - the movie seems to be referenced way more often

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 21:26 (nine years ago) link


here's a recent-looking one -


Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 21:39 (nine years ago) link

haha wtf at that suicide one! that is fucking dark!

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 21:44 (nine years ago) link

Jonathan Kent is almost strangled by a rope, vines, and a garden hose, and tells Superboy the attacks are a manifestation of the Kent family curse. A 16th century ancestor, judge Julian Kent, handed out a death sentence to a poacher, who cursed a member of the Kent family to die once every 50 years on the anniversary of his hanging. The attempts are secretly being made by the Phantom Zone villains, who focus their mental powers on a metal head from the “weird ESP planet” of Psyk, which enables them to telekinetically control the objects that almost strangled Jonathan Kent. But even after Superboy destroys the Psyk head, he later has to save his foster father from being strangled by a metal cable--just before the curse is lifted at midnight.

i mean

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 21:47 (nine years ago) link

like if you think morrison is opaque and bizarre, you should really look at the source material

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 21:48 (nine years ago) link

that is so great, dying over here. a lot more people were under terrible mystical curses in the 70s.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 23:19 (nine years ago) link

jesus between the cover and the description that is one of the best ILC finds ever

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 23:46 (nine years ago) link

And here's the next ish, where things get back to reality


Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 23:53 (nine years ago) link

looks boring, what was Superbaby up to in that issue

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:00 (nine years ago) link

no superbaby, just an LoSH backup but man, the description of that story

Clark Kent takes a summer job as a counselor at Camp Bravo and, as Superboy, discovers the children there are being hypnotized into searching for hidden Civil War gold chests in tunnels beneath Dwarf Mountain.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:20 (nine years ago) link

i don't mean to threadjack but my god, superboy in the early 70's

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:21 (nine years ago) link


not quite as grim as the hanging one, but still

soref, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:27 (nine years ago) link

"and it's all my/your fault!" seems to be fairly common on these old dc books

soref, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:29 (nine years ago) link


christ, someone stop him

soref, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:31 (nine years ago) link


soref, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:33 (nine years ago) link

Superbly is kind of a clumsy oaf

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:41 (nine years ago) link

okay, that one is a literal LOL, what the teetotal fuck

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:46 (nine years ago) link

Synopsis for "Superboy's First Mission"
At a time in which Superboy has received his costume, but has still not received parental permission to start his Superboy career, the Kents pay a visit to the Crowleys, who have bought their old farm. Unknown to them, the Crowleys are nuclear scientists who are being held prisoner by a spy named Lobko, who is in search of their energy pills. Clark becomes Superboy and frees the Crowleys, but they are struck by flying concrete and later believe the “flying boy” they saw was a dream. Lobko takes one of the pills and disintegrates. When Superboy later refuses to tell his parents about the nuclear secrets he discovered in the case, Jonathan Kent judges him worthy of becoming Superboy.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:51 (nine years ago) link

Also, sorry derail derail http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090108155134/marvel_dc/images/5/5d/Animal_Man_Vol_1_39.jpg

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:53 (nine years ago) link


soref, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:59 (nine years ago) link

The thing that's such a drag is that I'm 95% sure all of these comics would be boring as hell to read, at least based on my experience with random old Legion comics with similarly batshit premises. Like, the pencils and the layouts and the script never goes half as far into batshit territory as those great covers. The latter, though... I mean, I'd get a poster of that one with the blind guy.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 01:02 (nine years ago) link

That Neal Adams car crash cover is beautiful

I don't even OWN a Television album (The Yellow Kid), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 02:16 (nine years ago) link


I love the subtle ableism in this one: "Of course someone with normal eyesight could stop a tornado, but how can a blind person do it?! Read to find out!"

Tuomas, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 07:52 (nine years ago) link

Good old skool ILC thread this.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 20:10 (nine years ago) link

haha wow maybe!

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:30 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

missing the tag but sentiment/message is there for sure


Οὖτις, Friday, 17 March 2017 16:46 (seven years ago) link

academy award for best comic

a message from the mayor of nyc


not even my mate ross king sniffed out this hot gossip (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 17 March 2017 16:53 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...


Οὖτις, Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:49 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

i'll allow it

more bemused than human (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 19:58 (six years ago) link

Young Giffen doing a pretty good Neal Adams impression there.

chap, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:52 (six years ago) link

Can't see a great deal of Adams there myself, and at this stage of his career Giffen was generally more of a Kirby Kopyist (though it's true that throughout the 70s Marvel encouraged their artists to 'emulate' Kirby, while DC encouraged their artists to 'emulate' Adams.)

Gunpowder Julius (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 11:06 (six years ago) link

i can see adams in it, but looks a bit more like joe kubert to me

more bemused than human (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 11:11 (six years ago) link

Well the inker, John Celardo, was an old newspaper strip hand who took over the Green Beret comic strip from... Joe Kubert, so I think that might account for the similarity, more than Giffen's pencils.

Gunpowder Julius (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 11:32 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

wow, that Hawk & Dove cover is great. went to GCD to see who inked it, and they have it as Ditko, which surely can't be right?

(I agree with their assessment of Gaspar for letters, and the logo looks like him too - wonder if the overall design came from Ditko, Gaspar, or someone inhouse)

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Friday, 29 June 2018 21:07 (six years ago) link

That looks like a Ditko to me.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 29 June 2018 21:09 (six years ago) link

did Ditko not ink his own stuff?

Οὖτις, Friday, 29 June 2018 21:09 (six years ago) link

he usually inked his interiors, but the drapery and black-spotting on that cover look more fluid and shadowy than he tended to do, and the varying lineweight on Dove and the top heads is a heavier brush than I think of him doing.

I'm no expert though, and have only seen his stuff in non-reprint form from the 1980s on.

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Friday, 29 June 2018 21:27 (six years ago) link

hmm, just saw it full-size at Spurge's, and the inking on the "Don" legs is totally Ditko's shading style

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Friday, 29 June 2018 21:33 (six years ago) link

I had no idea that Hawk & Dove went back that far!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Sunday, 1 July 2018 17:59 (six years ago) link

They were in Showcase first.

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Sunday, 1 July 2018 18:21 (six years ago) link

ten months pass...

^^^^ the alpha and the omega

Tiltin' My Lens Photography (stevie), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:59 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

there's a whole page for pieta-style covers

(although i think that one isn't the original)

koogs, Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:18 (five years ago) link

ah, apologies...

"For all my powers, I could not save _____": An image thread

koogs, Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:20 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

I mean, if I was him I'd be quite keen to get my normal body back too.

chap, Saturday, 28 March 2020 17:19 (four years ago) link

Good lord, is that Angel in the top right? That costume...

Nhex, Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:17 (four years ago) link

It's Nighthawk. He was a Batmanesque character iirc, rich dude fighting crime.

Miami weisse (WmC), Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:22 (four years ago) link

From the Squadron Supreme, an alternative reality superteam who were deliberately created as takes on DC heroes, no?

chap, Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:58 (four years ago) link

Yeah, Gerber goes to some weird places w that character

Οὖτις, Saturday, 28 March 2020 19:02 (four years ago) link

Valkyrie’s boob armor is really... something.

morrisp, Sunday, 29 March 2020 13:31 (four years ago) link

The Kyle Richmond/Defenders Nighthawk is an interesting character in that he is a bit of a loser. He wants so bad to be a hero and the "leader" so bad and really just does not have it down. I know one of the endings of the Defenders is that everybody quits and he cannot get anyone to rejoin with him. I can't remember when that story happened, it might have been a newer one.

earlnash, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 01:27 (four years ago) link

That character died at the end of Gruenwald's original Squadron Supreme miniseries. I don't know how Marvel brought him back, but I'm sure it was stupid.

morrisp, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 01:50 (four years ago) link

it was.

grim and gritty:

gave way to grim and grittier:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 03:03 (four years ago) link

Sometimes I think Marvel went roughly 40 years w out making a decent comic. I kinda hate everything between 1980 and Immortal Hulk.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 03:05 (four years ago) link

I found the JMS super-gritty Supreme Power comics to be pretty amusing actually

Nhex, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 04:24 (four years ago) link

That character died at the end of Gruenwald's original Squadron Supreme miniseries. I don't know how Marvel brought him back, but I'm sure it was stupid.

The Nighthawk who was a Defenders member was from Squadron Sinister, not Squadron Supreme. Squadron Sinister was introduced first by Roy Thomas as an parallel universe evil version of JLA, and later on he decided to create a heroic parallel universe version of them called Squadron Supreme. But Squadron Supreme mostly stayed in their universe (until it was destroyed), while the evil Nighthawk stayed in ours, reformed and joined the Defenders. He actually died before the Squadron Supreme Nighthawk, who impersonated him for a short while. I can't blame anyone for getting confused by all this.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 09:11 (four years ago) link

Was Squadron Supreme an influence on the original Watchmen series?

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 09:15 (four years ago) link

The 1970s version? No. The 1985 version, published after the earliest Watchmen promotional material? Also no.

(possibly very very faintly inasmuch as they were an earlier example of filing the serial numbers off a bunch of characters, but Moore very obviously had the examples of Kurtzman and Anglo imprinted on his creative psyche before Roy Thomas even entered comics.)

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 10:23 (four years ago) link

I was thinking more along the lines of "We are the heroes! But are we? Or are we fascists?" plotline, but it's been a decade since I last read Watchmen, and probably two or more since I read Squadron Supreme.

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:26 (four years ago) link

we have a thread for that
Squadron Supreme (Mark Gruenwald) - C or D?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:44 (four years ago) link

xxxxp Thx, Tuomas -- I missed that distinction

stevie -- besides my great Squadron Supreme thread (thx, ulysses!), see also Alan Moore's comments in this 1987 interview:

MOORE: I think that when Watchmen was first announced everybody assumed that it was going to be Squadron Supreme, the superheroes take over. We never said that. We said that we were going to try to treat them realistically. (...) I think that while people expected that, we’ve not investigated the idea of superheroes as fascists the same way that Frank Miller has in Dark Knight, or the same thing they’ve done in Squadron Supreme. It wasn’t really our intention. Our intention was to show how superheroes could deform the world just by being there, not that they’d have to take it over, just their presence there would make the difference. It’s what we try to show in Watchmen #4. From the point where Dr. Manhattan appears, it slowly starts to go downhill from there — everything starts to change. He doesn’t take over the country or make people subservient to him, but just his presence there makes everything begin to change. Yet on another level, if you equate Dr. Manhattan with the atom bomb, the atom bomb doesn’t take over the world, but by being there it changes everything. That was more the idea that I was trying to explore. (...)

morrisp, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 15:25 (four years ago) link

Ah! Thanks Morrisp... Reread that thread this afternoon and your overview of the series reminded me why I've never reread SS. Watchmen is definitely an infinitely subtler and more effective book.

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 16:22 (four years ago) link

also that thread gets kind of steamy towards the end, doesn't it?

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 16:22 (four years ago) link

"Towards the end"? Nothing ends, stevie. Nothing ever ends.

morrisp, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 16:32 (four years ago) link


Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 18:45 (four years ago) link

Also - I’ll grant you that Watchmen is “subtler,” but I think Squadron Supreme has a brute “effectiveness” of its own.

It’s like saying you prefer, I dunno, Solaris* for being “infinitely subtler” than Alien... I’d rather watch Alien!

(*NB - I’ve never actually seen Solaris)

morrisp, Thursday, 2 April 2020 06:22 (four years ago) link

tbh all i remember clearly of SS is how Tom Thumb's death is announced in a little black panel at the very bottom of the page!

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Thursday, 2 April 2020 07:58 (four years ago) link

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