When it comes to great comic book characters, their creation is invariably a team effort. None of Stan Lee's Marvellous menagerie would be as popular as they are today without the contributions of Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko and there would be no Superman without both Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. But why exactly are we bringing the creation of classic characters up on What Were They Thinking?, the place where we look at all of the stupidest and most ill-advised things in comic book history. Well, there is one comic book character with a dark side to their creation and it is less ill-adivsed and stupid as it is confusing and downright deceitful in places. I am, of course, talking about na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na this guy:
Last week I asked you guys to come up with the best replacement dialogue for this panel:
And our top 5 are:
MLS: Firestar is hopeless in the kitchen and Iceman still isn’t back with the beer. ‘Amazing Friends’ my ass!
The Atomic Punk: Oh yeah, MJ is gonna kiss this cook!
Rekulhs Nathe: I’m just like Walter White
Delanie kartheiser: My cooking is so great even the smoke alarms cheering me on
HerrD: . . . two cups flour, one egg, one fire extinguisher? What?
But, of course, there can only be one winner and this week that winner is...
We've covered a lot of bad storylines here on What Were They Thinking?. That's only natural, seen as this is the place where we look at all of the stupidest and most ill-advised things in comics history. But we've never covered a storyline that has been refered to as "the comic that ruined comics". Now what storyline could have recieved such a negative accolade? Perhaps it was something from the 90's, like The Death Of Superman, which ironicly killed off the concept of death in comics. Or maybe it could be refering to One More Day, the Spider-Man storyline that more closely resembles excrement than Fearful Symmetry. Or maybe it is refering to something like Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns or Crisis On Infinite Earths, which are absolute classic storylines but had a negative impact on the direction the industry would take as a result. Well, actually it's none of those. We are in fact taking a look at this:
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 (Aug 2nd) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.
Yesterday, comic book publisher Flo Steinberg died of complications following a aneurysm of the brain and lung cancer. She was 78.
Now, a lot of people won't know who Flo Steinberg is and that is a shame. Not only was she the publisher of one of the first independant comics (Big Apple Comix) since the introduction of the Comics Code Authority and one of the leading women in the industry, her importance goes much deeper than that. She was a member of Marvel's famous Bullpen during the company's renascence during the 1960's. In fact, when she first started at the company, she was one of only two full time employees of the company alongside Stan Lee, too whom she served as secretary. She oversaw the creation of the actual Bullpen (comprising of legendary artists and writers such as Steve Ditko, Don Heck and, of course, Jack Kirby) and was also in charge of the responses to the Merry Marvel Marching Society fan club fan-mail, meaning she had the most interaction with fans out of anyone in the Marvel offices during the company's greatest period. Despite leaving Marvel in 1968 over a pay dispute, she returned to the Bullpen during the 1990's and was still working as a part-time proof-reader for Marvel up until earlier this year. She was so popular with the staff during her original stint with the company that she was nicknamed Fabulous Flo, in that most Marvel of fashions.
So, whilst she may be one of the more overlooked figures in the comics boom of the 1960's, we can at least remember her and her work at the time of her passing. Rest In Peace Flo Steinberg and our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this painful time.
You know, it's surprising that Superman doesn't turn up more often here on What Were They Thinking (the place where we take a look at all of the stupidest, most ill-advised things in comic book history). Maybe it's just because he's been in publication the longest of any character in the medium, or maybe it is simply because the writers and editors who create the book a required to be madder than that Batman villain who likes hats when they apply for the job, but the guy has been involved in some of the strangest/ stupidest storylines ever put to paper. The Man of Steel has been involved in porn, he started the whole "kill off a character for a few weeks" craze and he was turned into a centaur, then a woman and then had a polygomous relationship all in the same comic. But we've talked about all of that before. This week I want to focus on this stuff here:
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Marvel in somewhat of a crisis. Overall comic book prices are at an all time high and, in February, Marvel's sales hit an all time low, with only 1 of their titles breaking the 100k sales mark (that book being a Star Wars title, so not even a Marvel universe book, and was the start of a new series featuring Darth Maul, a popular character) and their flagship title (The Amazing Spider-Man) hitting only the 60k sales mark. To put that in comparison, when DC hit their record sales low, Batman was still hitting between 100-120k sales. And considering that Marvel have spent the best part of a decade alienating old fans and scaring away new fans, hitting a nadir last year with the reveal that Steven Rogers, the legendary Captain America, was actually a Nazi agent of Hydra. So, what can they do? Well, it's obvious they need a bold new strategy. Something that can Make Captain America Great Again. Well, I'm sure they could do worse than taking a leaf from the current Commander-In-Chief, The President Of The United States, Mr. Donald Trump. Because if anyone knows how to make anything "Great Again", it should be the man who made it his campaign slogan, right? So what advice would the POTUS give to Marvel? Well, I've had some ideas.
Ok guys, last week I asked you all to come up with the best replacement dialogue for this panel:
As we didn't get too many entries this week, I'm not going to do a top 5, because it'd be too hard to decide who to leave out. Everyone did a very good job this week, but, in the end, there could only ever be one winner...
So, the BBC have announced who the new lead in the acclaimed, long running sci-fi show Doctor Who is going to be. Of course, they did it in the worst way possible, only announcing they would make the announcement two days ago and then tying it to the mens Wimbledon final which finished much faster than expected and then only showed a minute long trailer rather than a full blown announcement, so thanks BBC. But anyway, the new Doctor has been announced and I'm going to do the whole below the jump thing in case people don't want spoilers.
Need I say anymore?