Friday, July 13, 2012

The Big Top

Circuses figure much more prominently in comic books and comic book history than they do in modern life.  Clearly, this is because comic books have their origins in previous decades when circuses were a more widespread form of entertainment.  They fell on pretty hard times in the 1960s and 1970s and the entire genre then took a huge turn toward nouveau cirque, blurring the lines between circus and theater.  And as I have written in the past, comics make a big distinction between circus and theater.

But back in the formative, pre-television decades of the Golden Age of comics, circuses were big stuff, and the comics reflect it.  Robin the Boy Wonder; circus boy.  The original Batwoman: circus aerialist.  Marvel's Circus of Crime.  Ragman's pre-Crisis origin (he got his powers from circus folk through science-magic) and, of course, Deadman's.  Killer Croc; circus freak.

In comics people are always dying at the circus, or wild animals are rampaging, or freaks are kidnapping/being kidnapped, or some freakish villain is using the circus as a private playground. The Joker, Two-Face, the Penguin, the Catwoman, Killer Croc, Brainiac, and more; you've seen lots of familiar villains at the circus.

So I thought it was high time that we have a circensic Heroclix map.  And, so, ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages, the Absorbascon Circus is proud to present to you... The Big Top.

Gameplaywise, it's not all that fancy.  The stands and the aerialist poles are elevated, and there's some hindering in the form of the entry chutes, the human cannon, the animal cages, and some circus folk (who smell of cabbage).  It's not entirely realistic that even unflappable circus folks would just stand there while a superheroic battle rages around them, but, hey, without them it would be a pretty empty map.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Twist and shout

It's not just me reading something into this, is it...?

NOT the kind of humor I expect in a JSA All-Stars comic!

Roy Thomas is a naughty naughty man.  But....

a poetic one:

Says the man who can
twist himself into any
shape he can think of.

Yeesh, Plastic Man sexual innuendo haiku.  That's not something you see every day.  Fortunately.

What haiku can you compose to condemn Thomas's naughtiness, skewer Hawkman's jealously, or celebrate Plas's.... special charms?

Monday, July 09, 2012

Steve Jobs of Earth-9

The Riddler was the Steve Jobs of Earth-9 (The BTAS Universe)....

and invented the iPhone in 2003, four years before Jobs did.