Her on What Were They Thinking? (the place where we look at the stupidest, most ill-advised things in comic book history), we tend to look at individual storylines. We have, in the past, looked at the effects of long term business practices, such as the turmoil caused by DC's New 52 or the battle for control over Archie Comics, but we hardly ever focus on how the creative directions of these companies affect not only their overall output, but their overall perception by the end consumer, i.e. you and I. Both of the Big 2, Marvel and DC have developed unfortunate crutches that they lean heavily on and have leaned on to such an extend over the last 20 years that they're starting to crack. This week we're looking at the Marvel Cycle (DC will come next week).
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 24th) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.
You know, here on What Were They Thinking? (the place where we take a look at all of the stupidest, most ill-advised things in the history of comics), there are some storylines that we cover that are generally good ideas let down by stupid descisions, like including a rape and a suicide and victim blaming in West Coast Avengers: Lost In Space and Time, or the backstage feuds that cause the Hobgoblin saga to go off the rails. Other times there are storylines that are just terrible because the people involved couldn't do any better, such as the Image Babwatch crossover. And of course there are those times that see creators who appear to have near limitless talent (like Chris Claremount or Frank Miller) just go mental, and you end up with Whom Gods Destroy or Holy Terror. And then you have this:
Marvel have just announced on their news feed that FXX (the 21st Century Fox owned network) are set to make an action-comedy animated series starring the Merc With The Mouth aimed at adult audiences. Both Marvel Studios and ABC are working on the series alongside 21st Century Fox with Jeph Loeb and Donald GLover working as Executive Producer and showrunner espectively. 10 episodes have been ordered with no release date given as yet.
So, Deadpool doing adult oriented action-comedy animation. I'm hoping it's gonna be kinda like Archer but even more irreverant and with more Chimichanga's. That would be nice.
Ok guys, last week I asked you all to come up with the best replacement caption for this panel:
And here are our top 5 entries:
AMS: And the Marvel Studios/ Fox Studios negotiations continue...
Calvary Red: Never tell a Firefly fan you work for Fox
Calvary Red: Cyclops learned the hard way, not to spoil Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Facebook.
Calvary Red: Next week, on What Were They Thinking...
Guy Genesis: This was the day Cyclops, and everyone else for that matter, learnt the consequences of touching Captain America’s rare doll collection.
But of course, there can only be one winner right, and I wonder who it could be...
Our winner is...
There are some ideas in comics that are offensively bad. Storylines that make you say "why did they think that was ever a good idea" out of disgust and anger. But there are also other times where you say "why?" just out of pure confusion, because an idea that got to publication seems so pointless and so redundant that it should never have been given the go ahead in the first place. And it is the later we are dealing with one this weeks edition of What Were They Thinking? (the place where we look at the stupidest, most ill-advised things in all of comics history) as we are taking a look at The Spider-Mobile.
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 caption for this panel:
Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (April 10th) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.
Here on What Were They Thinking we like to look at the stupidest, most ill-advised things in all of comic book history. And, as you might expect, cross-overs are always a good place to look for this kind of behaviour. They are the home of such "classics" as the reality punch, two year long clone conspiracies and wars between superhero teams. But which cross-over is the worst of all time? That is a hard question to answer, but I think we can all agree that the title would have to go to Marvel. I mean, they are the people responsible for Civil War, Avengers vs. X-Men and the subject of todays missive, the story which may just take the title of worst cross-over. I am, of course, talking about this...
Ok guys, last week I asked you all to come up with the best replacement dialogue for this here panel:
And our top 5 are:
The Atomic Punk: Bishop to White Queen 7-11. Seriously, I don’t know how to play this game.
Treasure Hunter: Dying in order to stay out of XMen 3? Classy move!
Rekulhs Nathe: No, no, no don’t move there, Ugg! No wonder Jean left you!
HerrD: Mine has the kung fu action thingy on the back!
Calvary Red: I finished my character sheet. I have all the powers of the X-Men, and my mouth ISN’T sown shut.
But of course there can only be one winner and that person is...
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...