Friday, May 05, 2006

Everything In Its Right Place

Random thoughts on zeitgeist:

Iron Man, created in March of 1963. After a piece of shrapnel lodged near his heart, millionaire industrialist Tony Stark created a superpowered suit of armor to keep his heart beating. Stark went on to adventure as The Invincible Iron Man and co-founded The Avengers.

If he were created for DC, in a different place & time:

Iron Man, created in May of 1976 in DC's now defunct 1st Issue Special #14. After a piece of shrapnel lodged near his heart, millionaire industrialist Tony Stark created a superpowered suit of armor to keep his heart beating. 1st Issue Special #14 was The Invincible Iron Man's first and last DC appearance.

[Ed. Note] It was pointed out to me today that Tony Stark recently returned in Crisis Aftermath: The Battle For Bludhaven #3 as a member of The Atomic Knights.


Ted (Wildcat) Grant, created in 1942, was inspired to become a superhero by following the exploits of Alan Scott, The original Green Lantern. Ted Grant went on to become a founding member of the pre-eminent super-team, The Justice Society of America. Wildcat has since gone on to train some of The DCU's greatest fighters (Batman, Black Canary, Catwoman & most of The JSA) in the art of hand-to-hand combat.

If he were created for Marvel, in a different place & time:

Ted (Wildcat) Grant created in 1969, was inspired to become a superhero by following the exploits of Thomas Halloway, The original Angel. Ted Grant only had the one adventure and hasn't been seen since.

[Ed. Note] It was pointed out that Ted Grant was recently brought back by Brian Michael Bendis in the pages of Daredevil as a former opponent of Daredevil's father, ex-heavyweight boxer, Battlin' Jack Murdock. It was revealed that Grant went on to become a henchman for The Kingpin. Grant was recently found dead after snorting MGH off of a hooker's hindquarters. The hooker is still at-large.


18 comments:

Dorian said...

Oh, great, so now people are giving me theoretical reasons to dislike Bendis's work...

Town said...

In all fairness, it was Mark Millar who wrote the shocking death of Impulse (Bart Allen) and the much of the rest of Young Justice in Civil War #1. I don't know if I accept the rational that they were "over their heads" in taking on Chemo directly...

Marcos said...

1st Issue Spectacular #14 was May '76, not March. The March issue was #12, featuring the all-new, all-different, all-doomed-to-never-reappear Starman.

Bully said...

I'm calling shenanigans on the second part of your post, because Roy Thomas woulda have brought back Wildcat in the pages of The Invaders.

Scipio said...

Ouch!

The Fortress Keeper said...

I think Wildcat would have popped up in an issue of Steve Gerber's Avengers.

Tony Stark? He would have disappeared for about 30 years until he re-emerged as the head of Checkmate and shot Blue Beetle in the head!

Iron Lungfish said...

Over at DC, Bronze Age JLA-member and amiable street-level crime fighter Spider-Man is brought to the brink of madness and suicide when his pregnant wife Mary Jane is incinerated by a newly-deranged Wasp in an attempt to get Hank Pym to love her again.

Daniel said...

JMS can retcon all the unsavory implications he wants, but he can't dim the memory of those spectacular Golden Age Captain America / Boy Commandos team-ups.

Ragnell said...

I just can't believe you found another neglected Golden-Age character named Tom Halloway.

And that I followed too links to find that out.

Ragnell said...

And that I spelled "Two" wrong.

Ununnilium said...

Of course, the corollary is that there's a universe where Code Name: Assassin had three ongoing series during the '90s (along with the short-lived Wolverine/Assassin: Full Adamantium Jacket).

Anonymous said...

...speaking of which, "Its" (when it is a possessive pronoun) has no apostrophe.

When "it's" is a contraction of "it is," it has an apostrophe between the T and the S.

There is never a reason to follow "its" with an apostrophe.

Scipio said...

I think you've created a new feature for your blog, DVS...

Ununnilium said...

Unless you're talking about something that belongs to Steve Its, penciler on the short-lived "Astonishing Adventures Starring the Atom".

Silla said...

That would actually be more properly rendered as Its's. Oft-neglected but technically true!

Ununnilium said...

Curse you, Phantom Punctuator!

hilker said...

"There is never a reason to follow 'its' with an apostrophe."

Oh no?

Bryan-Mitchell said...

Am I missing something? There wasn't a 1st Issue Spectacular 14 was there? Or was it part of the Canceled Comic Cavalcade?