Ok, to kick off this weeks What Were They Thinking? (the place where we look at all of the stupidest, most ill-advised things in all of comics history) I'd like to take some time out of the sarcasm and semi-mock-outrage to be a dictionary, and todays word of the day is Cheesecake. So what does the dictionary have to say about the word cheesecake? Well, cheesecake is a noun, the name of a type of cake that has a firm custardlike texture, that is made with cheese (usually cream or cottage cheese, sometimes both) and sometimes topped with a jamlike fruit mixture. I, personally, adore cheesecake, it's my favourite desert. However, there is a more pertinent definition of cheesecake, which is also in the dictionary. This definition is the informal definition, used to describe artwork (originally photographs but now also drawn artwork as well) featuring scantily clothed attractive women, also referred to as "leg art".
So, with the definitions part out of the way, lets move on to the main subject of todays missive shall we. Now, when talking about cheesecake in comics two things should come to mind immediately. Firstly, the 90's and secondly, Image Comics, because the 90's was an era famous for style over substance and Image was the most pervasive perveyor of such comics, so who else do you think we'd be talking about when we're talking about cheesecake (apart from Marvel, but we'll get to them at some other point). So, out of all of the cheesecake Image sold in the 90's, what to start with, oh what to start with? Well, let's start at the event (because it was the 90's, of course there had to be an event centred around cheesecake) known only as EXTREME BABEWATCH! And no, I am not joking. And it gets better...
Ok guys, time for another caption contest, where you have to come with the funniest replacement dialogue for a random comic panel of my choosing. This week you have to replace the dialogue for this panel:
Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (April 26th) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.
To kick off this weeks What Were They Thinking (the place where we look at all of the stupidest, most ill-advised things in all of comic book history) I've got a scenario for you guys. You are on the creative team for the X-Men at Marvel during the early 90's and you've been given a remit to rejig the series, freshen it up and get rid of some old characters to make way for new, more exciting and more modern ones (read guys with lots of guns and pouches and spikes). What do you do? If your answer is create a new team that goes around killing everyone for an unknown prize, then pat yourself on the back, because you think just like a Marvel employee. And if you also said that you'd just abandon the storyline half-way through without any proper plot resolution, then you obviously know that this week we're going to be talking about The Upstarts.
So, last week I asked you guys to come up with the best possible caption for this panel:
And here are my Top 5:
HerrD- Alien Sign Language Proved Difficult
Drinkfluid- Presenting The Next Generation Of Pokemon
Drinkfluid- Hail Cthulhu!
Treasure Hunter- Just Another Day On 3 Mile Island
Tuldabar- Exhibit 37c, where Edward’s first attempt at a squid-human Chimera are causing Alphonse no small amount of concern.
And the winner is....
So, last week on What Were They Thinking? (the place where we look at all of the stupidest, most ill-advised things in all of comic book history) we took a look at an example of DC's fascination with transformations. However, there was another storyline that I mentioned in the introduction to that edition that is also quite interesting, and segues quite nicely into this weeks topic. Back in 1970, DC thought it was a good idea to explore social issue such as racial inequality and racism by having one of their white characters (Lois Lane) black up and join an African-American community (read: Ghetto) called, and I'm not kidding, Little Africa. Of course, the storyline is only remembered today for the fact that you had Lois Lane using a machine to change her race and it would certainly not get published now. However, at the time, DC didn't have a major black character. It would take them 2 more years to debut John Stewart, with Marvel already having debuted Black Panther and Falcon at this point. So, DC took a white character and made them black, because why not. And that, rather neatly, leads on to the stubject of this weeks discussion, the newest member of the Arrowverse, Mr Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning
Not to be outdone by Marvel, DC announced yesterday that they are adding a Black Lightning TV series to their excellent CW based Arrowverse. The show will be produced by the same team behind Arrow and The Flash, so it will likely be excellent, and will star Cress Williams (Prison Break, Closer To Home) as the titular hero. Oh and he looks pretty damn awesome in costume too...
It's been a good week for fans of Superhero TV shows so far hasn't it?
Marvel's official website has just announced that The New Warriors will be getting their own TV series on Freeform (the channel that is set to hoast Cloak And Dagger). The only information released thus far is that the series will be comedy oriented (to juxtapose the more series Netflix MCU), will run for 10 episodes each lasting 30 minutes and will air some time in 2018. Oh, and the series may also contain nuts, because this character is in it...
No cast choices or other characters have been announced as of yet, but none of that matters because #SquirrelGirlIsInTheMCU
Full story here: https://news.marvel.com/tv/62577/marvels-new-warriors-headed-freeform-straight-series-order/
Ok guys, time for another caption contest. No dialogue for you this week, instead I want you guys to come up with the best and funniest caption you can for this panel:
Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (April 12th) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.
Ah, the 60's. A time of peace, love and superheroes undergoing random transformations every other week. Whether it's Wonder Woman being turned into a gorilla by alien gorillas (and not by Gorilla Grodd because that actually would have made sense in a "that makes no sense anyway" kind of way), Lois Lane using a machine to make her a black woman (yes, that happened) or everything that happened to Jimmy Olsen for a straight decade, DC comics were obssessed with turning their characters into something that wasn't a superhero. However, today on What Were They Thinking (the place where we look at all of the stupidest, most ill-advised things in comic book history), we're taking a look at Batman. Or rather, as the cover to Batman issue 147 says quite clearly; Bat-Baby.
So, last week I asked you guys to come up with the best possible replacement dialogue for this here panel:
And as such, here are our top 5 entries:
Deadpool: We’re almost at the top!
Spidey: Uh, Deadpool, why are you clinging to me like that?
Deadpool: Oh, you’ll see~
Deadpool: Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can…
Spider-Man: Will you please stop singing that stupid song!!!
Deadpool: But it’s so nostalgic
The Atomic Punk:
Deadpool: Why can’t we go through the front door?
Spider-Man: Just keep it down.
Deadpool: AUNT MAY! ARE YOU HOME RIGHT NOW?!?
Deadpool: You’re sure you can sneak me into the MCU?
Spider-Man: We’ll hide you in the background of the next Avengers movie.
Deadpool: Yay! I want to meet Benedict Cumberbatch!
Deadpool: Guess how many chimichangas are in my stomach right now?
Spidey: I dunno 100.
Deadpool: WRONG! Zero, they’re all coming out of my ass right now.
However, we can only have one winner and that person is... (Pause for suspense)