That would the symbol for the conjoined version of Mal Duncan and Firestorm after the Zeta Beam accident...
NEW YORK (BPD) Flash-in-the-Pan Entertainment announced its latest celebrity boxing event in a colorful press conference on Monday. Rick Jones, former sidekick to the Hulk, Captain America and Captain Marvel I, faces off against former Justice League of America sidekick Snapper Carr. The event undercard features former Green Lantern sidekick, Thomas "Pieface" Kalmaku versus Dr. Stephen Strange's manservant, Wong.
Today the Bugle's Planet remembers Tarik Andre, who loved comics, anime, martial arts and Van Gogh—even more than his big sister. This is a celebration of what would have been his 26th birthday. I would have forgotten and called late and sung horribly; and he still would've thought I was great. But no. He was the amazing one.
This blog would've made him so proud. He'd have known exactly how to make it better and made you all laugh at exactly the moment you expected not to. (Tarik's sense of humor was omega-level)
Recently, I found one of his comics—bagged and boarded of course—and began to reminiscence on how our mother introduced us to Milestone and that Icon was his favorite. He also loved Spider-Man and the X-Men.
I guess you'd say I'm a DC and he was a MARVEL. He was truly a marvel.
So if you're missing someone this morning I ask you to share one their stories here—especially if they loved comics like we do. This way we'll build havens from joyful memories and smile through the veil. If you think you could tell.*
For my baby brother: "Dream on. Dream on. Dream until your dreams come true. Happy Birthday Tee!"
*Now playing: Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Up next: Aerosmith - Dream On
By Mutant Affairs Correspondent
There’s a lot of talk about omega-level mutants, and you probably have a friend or a family member who claims to be one. Or maybe, who used to claim to be one before the mind-numbing cosmic tragedy known as the Decimation. Maybe you even suspect that your own mutation puts you in that elite and special club.
But what does “omega-level” mean? Really? Does it have something to do with fish oil, or the ability to get to the end of the Greek alphabet? Could you think you’re omega-level when really you’re stuck on level tau or upsilon or one of those other loser-ific levels on the way to the magic O. Is there a reliable, objective measurement of omega status?
Well, no, there isn’t. But our mutant affairs correspondent Mike Carey, who seems to spend most of his mornings looking out of the window and making paper clip sculptures, somehow found the time to compile this handy self-diagnosis test. Is Your Mutant Power Omega-level? Take the test and find out. A score of 36 or above wins you a part-scholarship to the prestigious Xavier Academy of Higher Learning. 31-35 gets you the recliner or the matching luggage – your choice.
Offer void in mutie-hating states, or to relatives, employees or known associates of the Trask family.
Remember to post your results!
GENEVA, (BPD) - Scientists attending the World Scientific Conference on Interdimensional Theory and Mechanics presented results of a study that has determined that Alternate Universe Evil Duplicates are not as tough as their good counterparts. The study, which included anti-matter universes as well as alternate dimensions, was conducted jointly by S.T.A.R Labs, Lexcorp, Stark Enterprises, Roxxon Corporation and international experts in temporal theory and interdimensional engineering.
Visit Beautiful Zenn-La!
ZENN-LA – A quiet and pastoral planet conveniently located in the Microverse (not to be confused with the Nanoverse), Zenn-La is a paradise for spa enthusiasts and those who really want to get away from it all! Blessed with a temperate climate and low-tech, peaceful culture, the natives of Zenn-La are so welcoming, you’ll feel like part of the family in no time.
The planet is ruled by Revka Temerlune*, a sovereign who has the hearts of his people firmly in his hand. He has ruled Zenn-La for millennia, guiding the populace with wisdom and compassion before Terran humanity discovered fire. You might expect that he is a distant figure but nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, personal audiences with him can be booked now through your travel agent!
His chief ‘searcher’ and Zenn-La’s foremost pitchman, Norrin Radd, explains: “Our ruler commands only the happiness of his people. It is a gentle place to live, with no crime, no disruption, no dissent against the cheer and good nature that each and every Zenn-Laan enjoys from cradle to grave. We daily give thanks to our leader for his benevolence, his guidance and his certainty that he knows what is best for every citizen of Zenn-La.”
Visitors to Zenn-La will enjoy the relaxing and quiet lifestyle, offering the opportunity to wash away all of one’s cares. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the past becomes unimportant. Taking part in native ceremonies adds to the sensation that you are not only a welcome arrival—you are part of Zenn-La.
Places of interest on Zenn-La include a statue dedicated to Norrin Radd and the Royal Palace. There are also extensive farmlands and villages, using quaint, old-fashioned farming technologies that our 18th century ancestors would find familiar. Although there are machines on Zenn-La of indescribable antiquity, viewing them is strictly prohibited… if one can even find them, that is.
So come to scenic, peaceful Zenn-La and forget all your worries! In a few hours, you’ll feel like you’ve lived here your whole life… and you’ll never want to leave.
BPD is proud to declare Zenn-La our DESTINATION OF THE WEEK!
For more information, contact SilverTours at 1-800-555-ZNLA.
Next Time: ...we're keeping that our little secret for now
PS, a note for all you high-tech gadgeteers and mutants: psi-blocking devices and powers are illegal on Zenn-La
A special thanks to Marvel News senior foreign correspondent Mike Carey, whose personal guided tour of Zenn-La has been unexpectedly extended. Have fun on vacation, Mike! Mike's last account of his sojourn to Zenn-La, in ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #45, is on sale today! And if you see him in Zenn-La, tell him BPD says hi and we'll check in on or around Waking Day.
*Our article originally gave His Majesty's named incorrectly spelled; we're correcting this error and apologize to His Majesty
Artwork copyright Marvel Comics, all rights reserved
You are correct, that is the actual Latin quote. Mr. 9 is deliberately being sloppy. Consider the ramifications of imperfect Latin translations--law and medicine are built upon foundations of Latin terminology. If the infection is allowed to spread, the memetic framework of our civilization is in danger. Mr. 9 knows this; in fact, he is counting on it.
Kudos to you, Inquiry, for keeping all of us on the right course. And your theory is intriguing. Suggest you follow up with investigation of proximate Illuminati cells nearest your location. You know the ones I mean. ( I sense an Illuminati theme this week. Must remember to investigate.)
And that's all the time we have this week. Have a question for The Question? Comment below! You'll definitely get an answer of some kind...
Question artwork copyright DC Comics, all rights reserved
Every now and then, people have to place ads.
They might have junk they want to sell off, they might be looking to rent out a place or to hire some help. Hey, even superfolk place ads!
Here is our inaugural Classified Ads page.
HENCHMEN- Exp a must. Refs req. Ability to take a joke essential. J, 515-555-HAHA
SECURITY- Signing bonus! Seeking qualified candidates to provide security at high-tech facility. Exc pay, flex hrs. Come to our job fair! HYDRA, 1 Cornwell Pl., New York NY.
COLLEGE STUDENTS WANTED for consumer product testing. Almost no chance of random mutation! Contact Human Test Subject Program, STAR Labs, Metropolis.
SALEM CENTER, NY- 4 bdrm, 3 ba Dutch Colonial on beautiful property (1.9 acres), adjoining private school. Motivated! Asking $3.1M. Contact Westchester Exclusive Properties, xxx-555-HOME.
FLYING/USED- one flying vehicle, four modules (each independently flyable); some wear and tear but working cond.; 298k mi. $216,500 or best offer. R. Richards c/o Baxter Bldg., NY NY
CUSTOM CAR- ltd production model, jet engine, hydrogen fuel cell powered, military-grade armor, upgrades. Blk/blk int. 115k mi. Xlnt cond. Asking $1M. Contact "B" c/o GCPD, Gotham City
DUNE BUGGY w/upgrades, as is. Not in working cond. Spider design. $150. Contact P. Parker c/o Daily Bugle, NY NY
PANTS- XXXXL purple pants, ext. wear, torn knees. Collectible. Ask $350. Contact R. Jones, 212-555-RICK
ARMOR- as is, non-milgrade (2007), prototype. Working cond., req. maint. Asking $750k. Contact T. Stark, Stark Enterprises
WARDROBE- costumes and evening wear, all "like new" cond. Best offer. Contact J. VanDyne, Avengers Tower.
MISCELLANEOUSGLOWING GREEN ROCK- Found in Metropolis, must sell immed. $50 or b/o. 319-555-2176
The comic book industry mourns the loss of Mike Wieringo, comic book artist, who died of a heart attack on August 12.
Sheriff Thomasina Lindo says, "We have a nice little town here and are real welcoming to tourists. We don't want gawkers or lookee-loos or paparazzi, mind, but anyone who'd like a bit of history amid the small-town good cheer... well, you can't do better than Tranquility!"
Despite a sharp spike in index crimes (with the murder of crimefighter Mr. Articulate), there is not much local evildoing. A local Goth band known as the, ahem, Liberty Snots may seem intimidating but Sheriff Lindo assures this travel writer that they are hardly ever real trouble... mostly.
"They're just kids being kids," she says. "Superpowered kids being kids. You know, doody happens." (Her upbeat tone may have been a trifle forced.) "Of course, we did have a little dust-up or two... or three... when five new kids came to town. And we had folks from StormWatch pay a visit recently, following up on a murder... but stuff like that almost never happens here, honest!"
Tranquility is now home to the world-famous Liberty Squad, the superpowered team of "maxis" who struggled against fascist aggression in World War II. Surviving members include Judge Fury (now Mayor of Tranquility), Col. Cragg and his sidekick Bad Dog, Maximum Man, and Pink Bunny. These veteran heroes are in surprising vigor and good health, despite their average age now trending upwards of 80. "I guess we're just living right," Suzy Fury said with a saucy wink.
Where else can one find former child aviatrix Minxy Minerva crashing solid gold planes on Main Street, or undead undertaker Zombie Zeke screeching bad poetry at all who pass his Gate to the Underworld cemetery? Where else can you witness a chess match between Maximum Man and Henry Hate? Nowhere else, that's where.
And if you happen to be in town at the right time, you can even see a three-way slugfest between a pack of runaway Gen-Actives, the Liberty Snots and the Authoriteens--teenaged counterparts of the infamous Authority.The WildStorm Travel Agency's Gail Simone gives Tranquility a four-star rating. "I've been in the tourism business for awhile now," Ms. Simone says, "and I can say Tranquility is one of the most interesting places I've ever been. Not that I don't love the excitement of a place like Gotham City but this small town has an awful lot going on."
BPD is proud to endorse Tranquility as our DESTINATION OF THE WEEK! Visit soon-- and send us comments about your trip! We'd love to hear what you have to say!
Coming up in PLACES-- beautiful Zenn-La! You will love it there... or else!