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The Reactor Core (The Atomic Punk's Archive)
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I like him and I just saw Rififi a couple of weeks ago, it was very good.

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” ~Calvin
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Vampyrist said

I like him and I just saw Rififi a couple of weeks ago, it was very good.

Thanks for the nod. And good to know I'm not the only one with a penchant for foreign films. Cool

Character Contest 42: Another Brick in the Wall

Earth, The Foundation. I have had a story in my head forever with the elements as the primary characters (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water). I tried again to stretch the design with unimpressive results. I like my HM 2.5 design more than my upgrade.

Earth HM 3 Alpha

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June 6, 2012
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Character Contest 42: Another Brick in the Wall

Final entry for CC 42: Molly B Denum. Molybdenum, Element 42, is a soft, silver-colored metal used in the manufacture of ink, rubber, and plastic. What better element for a model turned cyborg? She is a villain from my GURPS Supers campaign but was a wholly different character. I gave her a reboot – new origin, new look.

Also, I introduced another Dr. Menudo. She started as an original character whom I created as a one-shot for CC 42 but have since expanded her role. More on Dr. Menudo when I get to Character Contest 53: Bad Guy. Hope you guys stick around for her. (And thanks for viewing my gallery thus far!)

Molly and Menudo are major characters in my meta-verse. Plus a pop reference to "Right Said Fred" in Molly's origin. In my admitted laziness, I used flashlight items as floorlights.

Molly B Denum

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Vain Molly "Mo" Beatrice Drozdoski wanted to be the next supermodel. She was dating a socialite who sent her career soaring. He was always secretive about what he did for a living. It didn't matter to Mo. She was in demand. Fashion shows in Milan, New York, and Japan. Meeting the rich, famous, and powerful. Weekends in Paris. Mo was living the life.

Her boyfriend was none other than Alex Giancanni, son of Don Alessandro. Being the heir apparent of the infamous Philadelphia Giancanni crime family was dangerous enough, but Alex had ran up considerable debt. Rather than paying what he owed, he decided to take out his creditors.

After several "unsanctioned" murders, even Don Alessandro wanted Alex stopped. It was decided to settle Alex's debts. Which was unfortunate for Mo, who knew nothing of her beau's evil ways.

The car bomb destroyed the Lamborghini and killed Alex instantly. Mo survived. The Giancanni Family had bribed the ambulance crew to ensure that Alex was dead. They didn't say what to do about passengers. The EMTs knew of a surgeon who paid good money for recently deceased patients.

Disgraced Dr. Tina Mendoza was that surgeon. She had a felony record, even spending a few years in Federal prison for her bizarre experiments. Dr. Mendoza was known as "Dr. Menudo" because most of her operations involved mixes of body parts and exotic materials.

Dr. Menudo was able to save Molly. She was delighted with her success. So much so, that she promised Molly a whole new body in exchange for certain services. Molly, still in shock and her mind warped by various experimental drugs, agreed. If nothing, she wanted revenge on those who took her career and her lover.

Now she is Molly B Denum (molybdenum), or simply "MO." Mo has become amoral and indifferent. Due largely to the various drugs and experiments that Dr. Menudo continues to administer. However, she is angry not just for the loss of her life, but her looks.

Her cybernetic parts enhance her strength and durability. Though not as powerful as some "bricks", she is able to punch through concrete walls, lift cars, and ruin anyone's day. Dr. Menudo often contracts Mo to supervillains who are in need of no-questions-asked muscle.

Dr. Menudo is actually trying to grow a clone of Mo. Not to make good on her promise, but to conduct other experiments. The enhancements that she ocassionally gives Mo are cosmetic. Trading the metal exterior for biomechanical improvements, giving the illusion that she is restoring Mo's humanity. Dr. Menudo controls Mo through drugs and microchips. She has not decided whether she will let Mo leave after she is no longer useful.

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June 7, 2012
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Character Contest 43: Laborer

Design a blue collar superhero. I tried a lot of wordplay with this contest as well as more pop culture references.

"Demolition Man" is a tribute to the song by Grace Jones.

A Sandhog is an underground engineer or construction worker The term refers almost exclusively to those who work the networks beneath Boston. Most of you will recognize the "Looney Tunes" reference.

A more serious entry was The Wichita Lineman. Though he is inspired by the Glen Campbell song of same name.

  • Insulated suit protects from electricity, fire, and is near bulletproof
  • Insulated suit also amplifies electricity, using the Lineman's own bio-electric charge for power
  • Copper wire bola voltage is modulated. It can mildly shock or punch a hole in a concrete wall
  • Grappling hook allows for access to high places, quick exits, and grabbing at a distance

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Character Contest 43: Laborer

The Keeper. Remember your first job in high school? Did you ever daydream of someday running the store, a franchise, or the whole conglomerate? That is the optimism that drives the Keeper.

The "Itsaburger" fast food chain is another creation that started in HeroMachine. I have since incorporated the idea into other projects.

The Keeper

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The Keeper starts his workday with a cup of Itsaburger Xtra Black coffee. This month's Itsakidsmeal prize is a bisphenol-A plastic replica of the Itsaburger CEO's 18th Corvette.

Stick with him, girlfriend. Some day that car will be his. He's got potential. Right there, that's his cat – "Potential".

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June 8, 2012
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Character Contest 43: Laborer

Next, and because I wanted it to stand out, is "Snowball in Hell." One of my all-time favorite bands / groups – They Might Be Giants. Love, love, love TMBG. Their music is nerd-brain lyrics… If Tori Amos was two dudes and you smashed their heads together to write stories that matched quirky lyrics to music… you would have Tori Amos as two dudes that you would smash their heads together to match stories that matched quirky hot Tori Amos. You feeling this? Because that's how I feel about "They Might Be Giants."

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* Also checkout Homestar Runner!

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June 8, 2012
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Dude! Major props on your love of They Might Be Giants. I particularly like Anna Ng and Particle Man, and their stuff with the Chapmans on Homestar Runner was always clever and humorous.

And then I said, "Oatmeal? Are you crazy?"
June 9, 2012
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Thanks, Myro.

Character Contest 43: Laborer

Overall, I'm pleased with the Apiarist. His arms are a snidge outside his body armor. Deciding whether to incorporate into my meta-verse. I designed the Apiarist along the lines of a Spider-Man villain. A lot of Spidey's foes are blue collar guys themselves (Electro, Shocker, Sandman). They might have odd motifs and outlandish costumes but they are some of the most destructive and deadliest bad guys out there.

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Mason Bumble developed a way to control bees using high-pitched frequency modulation and a purple chemical compound of his own design. With his hive of specially-bred and trained giant bees, he commits crime for something sweeter than honey –

MONEY!

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June 10, 2012
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Character Contest 43: Laborer

Ahab's Occupational Rehab: an exclusive therapy clinic and spa for superheroes. The figure to his left is confusing. It's supposed to be a robot or armored characer lying on a floating workout bench. He is trying to touch his toes with his pincers. Though I think that I was successful with Dr. Ahab's hip workout clothes and knee braces.

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Throw out that back when you plugged the erupting volcano with a meteor?

Sprain your brain in psychic combat against a Sklorbork?

Biomechanical gravity-compensating gyroscope not gyrating?

We have the therapy program for you!

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June 10, 2012
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Character Contest 43: Laborer

Closing this retrospect with "Davyper." The bucket and city skyline reminded me of the opening scene of "Saturday Night Fever." Tony Manero (John Travolta) strutting down the street with paint cans. Davyper morphed into a blue collar guy with a street punk attitude. Hence the leather jacket instead of the a window wiper's uniform.

Davypr: Terror (and clean windows) on the 34th Floor

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June 15, 2012
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Character Contest 44: Nature

I re-visited my HeroMachine 2.5 characters during this contest. The theme of this group is the elements (earth, wind, fire, water) and their minions (frost, flame, smoke, etc.). I never fully developed the characters. My draft storyline is that the elements are rivals on a ruling council. More suited as a Greek drama or Shakespeare than a comic book.

You already met Earth, the Foundation. I used him as an entry in Character Contest 42. Here are the other three Elements.

Air, the Magistrate



Fire, the Indifferent (Yes, her left hand is backward!)



Water. Ironically, I did not give Water an HM3 makeover or a title. I like her just the way she is.

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June 16, 2012
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Character Contest 44: Nature

I didn't enter these Elementals in the contest, just wanted to share them. Originally done in HM 2.5. Most likely, I will not upgrade them in HM3.

Clay

Cloud

Frost

Harvest

Heat

Mist

Slag

Smoke

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June 17, 2012
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Character Contest 44: Nature

The first of four Elementals that I did upgrade from HM 2.5 to 3 Beta.

Flame, the Distrustful

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June 21, 2012
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Character Contest 44: Nature

Ash, the Anarchist

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June 23, 2012
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Character Contest 44: Nature

Cinder, the Usurper

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June 23, 2012
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Character Contest 44: Nature

Ice: The last of my Elementals upgrades, and one of my favorite designs. Her right hand is a little stiff.

One draft was to tell the story from Ice's perspective. She would be the focal point of the intrigue. As her moniker suggests, Ice is a manipulator and instigator.

Ice, the Corrupter

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June 24, 2012
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Character Contest 44: Nature

Random characters that I created for this contest.

Big Game Hunter

The legend of Echo and Narcissus

Moondog: A bright spot on a lunar halo caused by the refraction of moonlight

Scarecrow

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June 24, 2012
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The human heads on the wall in 'Big Game Hunter' reminded me of Tom Lehrer's 'Hunting Song': "I went out and shot the maximum the game laws would allow:/Two game wardens, seven hunters and a cow!"

"Ouch! You rotten swine you! You've deaded me!"
June 26, 2012
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Tom Lehrer is pretty funny. My favorite hunting song is Da Yoopers' "30 Point Buck."

Character Contest 44: Nature

Pororoca: an original character who I created for this contest. I have since added him to my meta-verse.

Pororoca

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Like many popular Brazilians, the superhero known as "Pororoca" goes by only one name. His grandmother named him. She said that he was born blessed with the heart and spirit of Brazil. In the indigenuous Tupi language, "Pororoca" means "destructive noise". It is used to describe the large sustained waves that come in from the Atlantic Ocean and churn the mouth of the Amazon River.

This is somewhat a misnomer because Pororoca the man is a gentle spirit. An agile soccer player, a bright student, and a champion mixed martial artist. He discovered his power to manipulate the earth, wind, and sea when he learned to surf.

After some hours of testing his new powers, he ran home. He wanted to know how his grandmother knew. And how did he get this amazing gift. Unfortunately, his whole family had been murdered while he was playing on the ocean.

They had been at a local market when rival drug gangs opened fire in broad daylight. They were not ordinary gangs. They employed super criminals. On one side was the international killer-for-hire El Toro Rojo, "The Red Bull", a massive minotaur. The other gang had hired Lâmina-fogo, "Fireblade", a master or pyrotechnics.

Striken with grief, and wanting revenge, Pororoca went after the gangs. He was able to take down the pedestrian thugs. However, he was no match for El Toro Rojo. He barely survived the encounter. Undeterred, he went after Lâmina-fogo. That is when he discovered though he could control water, air, and earth, his weakness was fire. Pororoca swore that he would take down the villains. He would continue to train and fight evil men.

He is a folk hero in Brazil. He is a public superhero with no secret identity. Like his Tupi namesake, he controls water, creating huge waves and jet streams wherever there is a source. He creates sonic booms and winds that can knock down his enemies and barriers. He can cause the earth itself to tremor.

Though he does not have full control of his power. Pororoca might mean to push someone out of the way of an attack or an on-coming vehicle. Instead, the rescuee ends up thrown against a wall, injured but still alive. Still, he does not give up. His other mission is to find the source of his power. He believes that if he can find that, he will learn to control it. Unfortunately, no one outside of his family has ever heard of his grandmother.

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June 26, 2012
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Character Contest 44: Nature

Final entry: Autumn. My favorite season. Especially since it's summer and 98 freaking degrees outside.

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