"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 (four years ago) link

Fuck, I can almost picture like fifty of these.

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

ooh that's a good one

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

that is a very awkward vibrating hand.

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


here's a recent-looking one -


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

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

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

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


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

looks boring, what was Superbaby up to in that issue

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


not quite as grim as the hanging one, but still

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


christ, someone stop him

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


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

Superbly is kind of a clumsy oaf

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


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

hawkeye's all 'i'm not fighting a fuckin' dinosaur, i'll make tony do it instead'

left his anti-dinosaur-explosive arrows at home by accident

Οὖτις, Friday, 1 May 2015 15:44 (four years ago) link

doesn't contain the line but sentiment is there


Οὖτις, Friday, 8 May 2015 22:57 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Nice selection of pieta covers here:


sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:39 (four years ago) link

Omg emo sonic in his big boots

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 28 May 2015 21:12 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

Doctor "All My Power" Strange

OOOoWoOo (Dr. Superman), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 05:18 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

tv version:

Οὖτις, Friday, 13 November 2015 18:53 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

how could I have forgotten this one, the comic book issue I have owned the longest:


Οὖτις, Thursday, 7 January 2016 19:41 (four years ago) link

ha, i like the interthread communication there

the "now you're going to pay!" could be an entirely new thread

Nhex, Thursday, 7 January 2016 21:51 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

this is not really the same thing, but I like it when 60s marvel books have a final panel in which the hero ruminates on his own failings, and sad Iron Man is just killing me


soref, Saturday, 13 February 2016 21:06 (three years ago) link

haha that's great

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 13 February 2016 21:34 (three years ago) link

squats go with introspective thinking

Nhex, Sunday, 14 February 2016 00:35 (three years ago) link

i feel like there's 200 of those with spider man

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 February 2016 01:35 (three years ago) link

Now I'm imagining 98% of these covers with Scalia and/or John Roberts photoshopped in.

four months pass...
five months pass...
four weeks pass...

is this panel from Avengers #4 the "For all my powers, I could not save" urtext?


soref, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:56 (three years ago) link


soref, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:58 (three years ago) link

haha wow maybe!

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

one month passes...

missing the tag but sentiment/message is there for sure


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

academy award for best comic

a message from the mayor of nyc


five months pass...


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

three weeks pass...

i'll allow it

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

Young Giffen doing a pretty good Neal Adams impression there.

chap, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:52 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (one year ago) link

That looks like a Ditko to me.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 29 June 2018 21:09 (one year ago) link

did Ditko not ink his own stuff?

Οὖτις, Friday, 29 June 2018 21:09 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

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

They were in Showcase first.

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

ten months pass...

^^^^ the alpha and the omega

Tiltin' My Lens Photography (stevie), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:59 (eight months 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 (seven months ago) link

ah, apologies...

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

koogs, Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:20 (seven months ago) link

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