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The Secret Lair
Hey, where are MY magical TV powers????? I’ve exposed myself willingly to these “mysterious” cathode rays since I was a child and never got any magical powers. Hmmm maybe my skull protects my brain too well for the cathode rays to penetrate….
Also is it her amazing mental powers that let her interpret the greek language differently than the rest of the world or is it just a dumb editor? Last I checked Phobos was fear and Deimos was dread…..
Third, am I going crazy or do they actually mean that her brain is emitting cathode rays?
And finally, this being a character presentation, why oh why is she facing backwards??? does her martian mixed heritage give her three breasts? A hideous face? Or is she just afraid of facing the reader, now rolled into a ball laughing his ass off at her cathode ray powers???????
She was exposed to Cathode Rays? Man! That would make her like the ULTIMATE universal remote, right? If she’s into sports and beer, she’d be like the perfect woman, right? WOW…
Wow. That is some really strained grammar. And would it really have hurt for the letterer to work out his spacing and word breaks on a piece of scratch paper before doing the final version?
Most dictionaries these days agree that Phobos is fear, but a quick check of Deimos gives me fear, terror, and panic in the top ten. I suppose that’s to be expected since they aren’t really translations of Greek words as much as they are an attempt to translate a proper name of a mythological character.
As for the cathode ray powers, it makes perfect sense. Her Martian heritage protects her from the IQ and will sapping properties of that strange radiation that a pure human would experience.
The author is currently translating user manuals for Chinese electronics into English.
My personal pet peeve is “people who get extraordinary abilities by using the parts of their brains that regular people don’t”. Everybody uses their entire brain. Really. It’s a fact.
@X-stacy: I know. That is one of the worst urban myths out there.
Magic, Martians, half-human, cathode rays, really? All she needs now is to be bitten by a radioactive animal.
@Patrick: Are you so sure she hasn’t been? That certainly looks like some kind of whacked-out monkey riding her shoulders…oh, sure, they’ll -claim- it’s hair, but I’m still seeing chimp.
“To cathode rays, which do not harm a martian”
Hmmm…anti-television spokesman, maybe?
And re: Moons of Mars discussion.
Would a quick reference check have been to much to deal with? Even if we assume ‘flight’ as a synonym for ‘running away in screaming terror’, that would have to have been Deimos. You’d think they would have recognized ‘Phobos’ as being the origin for ‘phobia’, an irrational fear.
The kick, though unintentional, is the “Accurate Portayal of the Planet Mars” is off-panel. You never know, they might have got that right!
As the Swedish-Venutian would say: “Dat vus hoerible… *neep*”
Writing? Was there writing on the image ? I didn’t notice, I was looking at her a**.