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

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"Bizarro Hulk has excellent syntax, thanks for asking."

ok, i love that.

Nhex, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:57 (five years ago) link

in the future, all doctors are white guys and they still use head mirrors for some reason

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:07 (five years ago) link

late to this but is that Aquaman cover upthread Aparo? somehow it doesn't all quite come together into a visually striking design but so many elements of it are wonderful

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:28 (five years ago) link

yup: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Aquaman_Vol_1_62

Οὖτις, Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:17 (five years ago) link

Aquaman and Mera are each about 13 heads high

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:48 (five years ago) link

just realised I don't think I've ever read a comic with Mera in it but I wrote her name without thinking

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:51 (five years ago) link

for all my powers, I could recall her

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:51 (five years ago) link

Love the 60s Aquamans by Aparo and Steve Skeates, amongst the most formally inventive of all Silver Age DCs eg


pencilled, inked and lettered by Aparo.

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:57 (five years ago) link

wow, that's cool. when i started reading comics as a kid in the mid-to-late 80s, i was buying new batman comics which aparo was drawing alongside british reprints of older batman stories he'd drawn too, so his version of batman is pretty essential to me.

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 13 March 2015 09:28 (five years ago) link

Gotta love the fact that even when Mera is berating her husband for the death of their child, she still calls him "Aquaman".

Tuomas, Friday, 13 March 2015 10:10 (five years ago) link

weirder still is that their kid was also known as 'aquababy' according to that wiki page

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 13 March 2015 10:35 (five years ago) link

how is aquababby formed

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 13 March 2015 10:35 (five years ago) link

Chewed up aquababby parts squashed between aquaman and aquawoman.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Friday, 13 March 2015 10:36 (five years ago) link

fish paste

Someone I know was Aparo's inker for a while - said his pencilled pages always smelled of cigar smoke!

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Friday, 13 March 2015 10:54 (five years ago) link

i always imagined kirby's would too

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 13 March 2015 11:16 (five years ago) link

Aparo's art is still the default "what a DC comic looks like" image in my head

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 13 March 2015 13:07 (five years ago) link

DC's super hero line did kind of have a bit of a house look as they had a core group of artists that drew the books for years. It was a cleaner style and they were much tighter on enforcing character guides. I think the best artists in DC's usual line worked on the war and mystery books.

"DC super hero style"
Jim Aparo
Dick Dillin
Mike Sekowsky
Carmine Infantino
Irv Novick
Jim Mooney
Curt Swan
Kurt Schaffenberger

Obviously Joe Kubert was also one of DC's best artists, but he did Sgt. Rock, Tarzan and outside of Hawkman or covers, didn't do as much super hero comics. Kubert's style is also very much him and totally not that clean line look like the others above.

earlnash, Saturday, 14 March 2015 01:53 (five years ago) link

Always hated that house style stuff. Marvel ended up getting it too when some artists were pushed to look more like Romita and Kirby.

It's not that these artists are really bad because most were pretty skilled. Never understood Wayne Boring, Curt Swan, Al Plastino fans. I've seen so many people praise Aparo too but I don't get that either. I do like Kubert, Toth, Nick Cardy, Frank Thorne, Neal Adams, Frank Robbins, Ramona Fradon.

He only did the darker superheroes but I think Jerry Grandenetti is very underrated. Has a wonky charm (some of the anatomy is just way too bad to work though). His later commission work was even more eccentric.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 14 March 2015 15:35 (five years ago) link

What?! Plastino and Boring are incredible. So clean.

Οὖτις, Saturday, 14 March 2015 17:46 (five years ago) link

A lot of the love for Aparo, mine included, comes at least in part from the guy's ubiquity. 10 years on Brave & the Bold, then Batman and the Outsiders, then Batman during peak-Batmania. (not to mention defining runs on the Spectre and Aquaman). A steady hand on the rudder, contrasted during my fanboy heyday by Breyfogle's wilder Detective art.

Yeah, same here: my first serious comics collectings were Batman Aparo (everyone looking oddly timeless and muscly and as though they were should be wearing checked caps and smoking cigars even when they weren't) and Detective Breyfogle (lovely, sketchy underappreciated stuff)

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 01:44 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

dude did a breakdown of the damsel carried by monster/hero trope

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 8 April 2015 01:25 (five years ago) link

i am digging the cheesecake/sleaze vibe of that blog

Nhex, Wednesday, 8 April 2015 02:56 (five years ago) link

"I'm too late!" is kissing cousin to "For all my powers"

The one Marvelism that has always puzzled me is "...IN A WORLD HE NEVER MADE!" Apparently it's a line pinched from A.E. Houseman, but how this relates to the plights of Dr Strange and Howard The Duck is still somewhat oblique.


Pheeel, Sunday, 12 April 2015 15:20 (five years ago) link

someone on another message board speculates it may have come to marvel via this 1950s sci-fi story


let your hip go hippety pump pump (soref), Sunday, 12 April 2015 15:26 (five years ago) link

that is one giant woman

Nhex, Sunday, 12 April 2015 15:47 (five years ago) link

busty giantesses something of a specialty for Amazing Stories cover artists

let your hip go hippety pump pump (soref), Sunday, 12 April 2015 15:53 (five years ago) link

haha, yeah, i always struggled to parse "a world he never made," figuring it had to somehow be a pun or something, given its association with Howard the Duck.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 12 April 2015 15:55 (five years ago) link

do any other Marvelisms feature prominently in rock songs?


let your hip go hippety pump pump (soref), Sunday, 12 April 2015 16:35 (five years ago) link

Ha, that makes me realize that "Waitin' For A Superman" is basically a magnificent re-rendering of these covers in ballad form.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 12 April 2015 16:37 (five years ago) link

The strapline from the new series, "Trapped in a world he's grown accustomed to", is sadly the only good thing about it

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:07 (five years ago) link

This sorta fits into the "too late" meme - either way I just love this cover


Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:08 (five years ago) link

Bonus points for creeeeepy doll

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:10 (five years ago) link

Housman is pretty bummed about the world he never made:

The laws of God, the laws of man,
He may keep that will and can;
Not I: let God and man decree
Laws for themselves and not for me;
And if my ways are not as theirs
Let them mind their own affairs.
Their deeds I judge and much condemn,
Yet when did I make laws for them?
Please yourselves, say I, and they
Need only look the other way.
But no, they will not; they must still
Wrest their neighbour to their will,
And make me dance as they desire
With jail and gallows and hell-fire.
And how am I to face the odds
Of man's bedevilment and God's?
I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.
They will be master, right or wrong;
Though both are foolish, both are strong.
And since, my soul, we cannot fly
To Saturn nor to Mercury,
Keep we must, if keep we can,
These foreign laws of God and man.

Brad C., Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:12 (five years ago) link

feel compelled to make a Legion of Super-Heroes/A Shropshire Lad joke but can't quite get there

let your hip go hippety pump pump (soref), Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:24 (five years ago) link

The Houseman is very Jack Kirby if you just add an exclamation point to the end of each line.

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 12 April 2015 20:18 (five years ago) link

The laws of God, the laws of man!
He may keep that will and can!
Not I: let God and man decree!
Laws for themselves and not for me!
Gone! Gone! -- the form of man --
Rise, the Demon Etrigan!!

bizarro gazzara, Monday, 13 April 2015 08:56 (five years ago) link


sonic thedgehod (albvivertine), Monday, 13 April 2015 10:30 (five years ago) link

That does not look like a Byrne page!

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 24 April 2015 15:46 (five years ago) link

Sloppy secret-ID security to refer to himself by govt name out loud.

WilliamC, Friday, 24 April 2015 15:48 (five years ago) link

huh I hadn't noticed but yeah that really doesn't look like Byrne does it

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 April 2015 16:18 (five years ago) link


Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 24 April 2015 16:27 (five years ago) link

that cover is one of those panels that if you try to imagine in what order the action and the dialogue take place, your brain will break

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 24 April 2015 16:51 (five years ago) link

like did he see ulik running down the street at him and he just planted his thor self in front of a truck and soliloquized and at the end ulik rams him into a truck
or is he micromachining through the dialogue as ulik rams him
does he get halfway through the speech and then ulik connects and he just screams the rest as he's flying through a truck
we just can't know

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 24 April 2015 16:53 (five years ago) link

this particular phrasing seems almost entirely limited to Marvel, like it was just a stock phrase approved for use by editors

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 April 2015 17:04 (five years ago) link

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