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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Action Comics #1000

Action Comics #1000 came out back in April. Not only was it the 1000th issue of Action Comics, but DC also timed the scheduling of the series so that its publication would coincide with the 80th anniversary of Action Comics #1 (I can't prove that's why Action has been shipping semi-monthly for a while now, but that's a pretty big coincidence if it's not).

Because of this, DC released #1000 as an 80-page giant that featured several different stories that celebrated the scope of Superman's history. One of the stories really took that to heart and told a reality-bending tale with shout-outs to several Superman adaptations over the years.

“Never-Ending Battle” by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

The first to be seen was the black Superman shield that first appeared in the Fleischer cartoons from the 40s. Although we've seen this S recently, this is the first time to my knowledge that it's appeared on a full Superman outfit in a canon comic book.

Next up is a black-and-white adventure that clearly represents Superman and the Mole Men (1951), the pilot to the Adventures of Superman tv series, and technically the first Superman theatrical film.

Eventually, Superman gets caught in a fight of multiple versions of himself, one of which is clearly the Superman that appeared in Super Friends (1978). You can tell by the simpler lines, lack of shading, and the distinctive spit curl.

Finally, there's these depictions of The Phantom Zone, the Fortress of Solitude, and Jax-Ur & Mala.

I've had the flat-square Phantom Zone and the crystalline Fortress of Solitude on this blog before, and in the same post, even. This version of Jax-Ur has likewise been seen before. Mala, however, is brand new. She and Jax-Ur first appeared in the Superman: The Animated series episode "Blasts from the Past, Part 1" (September 1997), and although they're both based on Kryptonian characters from the comics, Mala was originally a male.

(Note: “Actionland!” by Paul Dini and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez also included two canon immigrants, but one of them, the Mechanical Monsters, has already been featured on this site in a more concretely canon capacity, and the other, Miss Gsptlsnz's looks, will be featured in two weeks.)

So yeah, this post is kind of two months late, but it's completely fine because it's just celebrating the 80th anniversary of Action Comics #1's cover date. See? Totally works!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Character Spotlight: Shibano-Sama

The current run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics by IDW is trying to more or less be the definitive TMNT story by synthesizing all the Ninja Turtles media that came before it. As such, that means it has had a ton of canon immigrants and will continue to have many more.

This week: Shibano-Sama!

Full disclosure: this entry relies on multiversal shenanigans, so is not technically a "true" canon immigrant. However, numerous previous posts will show that this blog counts these cases, since it's still a confirmation in the original property that these new characters exist in some form. Or to look at it another way, this part of the story wouldn't exist were it not for the adaptation, so it counts.

Anyway, in TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 #2 (November 2017), the teams have split off into pairs and are hopping through the multiverse in order to keep from being found by the villain of the miniseries. In one scene, Winston and Leonardo find themselves in the world of the Fred Wolf animated series from the 80s, and meet a skull-faced ghost who they quickly bust.

This skeletal spectre is the ghost of Shibano-Sama, who appeared in the episode "Blast From the Past" (1989). In the episode, we learn that Shibano was the founder of the Foot Clan, and Shredder awakens his ghost using a combination of a special scroll and Shibano's urn. However, once Splinter proves himself as the true leader of the Foot, Shibano turns on Shredder and then returns to rest.

Side note 1: Despite being a crossover, this miniseries is fully in continuity with both IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and IDW's Ghostbusters. Otherwise I wouldn't have featured it.

Side note 2: Leonardo is depicted here in his 80s cartoon form, which runs counter to how dimensional travel has otherwise been depicted in the Ninja Turtles multiverse (cf. Turtles Forever or "Trans-Dimensional Turtles"). Normally the Turtles retain their design regardless of what world they're in.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Appearance Spotlight: Thanos's Ship

As you might have heard, a movie called Avengers: Infinity War came out recently (April 2018). You've possibly even seen it. And in this movie, Thanos has a ship called Sanctuary. (For full accuracy, the Sanctuary first appeared in the stinger for Thor: Ragnarok [November 2017].)

The Sanctuary is also Thanos's ship in the Marvel comics universe, as seen here from Thanos #1 (2003). It debuted in Warlock #10 (October 1975), although we only saw its inside back then. Regardless, it has a much different shape.

That is, until Thanos Annual 2018 (April 2018), where the Sanctuary suddenly has a whole new appearance, just in time for the new movie - the day before, in fact.

And technically, these ships are both technically the Sanctuary II. The comics' ship replaced the original boxy one, and the movies' ship replaced Thanos's hunk of rock from his first couple of appearances.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Character Spotlight: Ace Duck

The current run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics by IDW is trying to more or less be the definitive TMNT story by synthesizing all the Ninja Turtles media that came before it. As such, that means it has had a ton of canon immigrants and will continue to have many more.

This week: Ace Duck!

Ace Duck is an interesting character because he always gets the chance to touch Ninja Turtles continuities, but never gets to hold on and make an impact. He was first created by Peter Laird in 1988 when Playmates asked for new characters for the Ninja Turtles toy line:

Playmates changed his look a bit and gave him the name Ace when they released his figure the following year.

In November 1989, he made a cameo in the 1987 series, but he was a fictional character on a tv show so he never interacted with the Turtles.

He made his comics debut in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #7 the following month, and despite nominally taking place within the animated series continuity, this comic had a much different version of Ace that was a pro wrestler on a distant planet.

He was mentioned as an idea for a henchman in the 2012 animated series in the episode "The Lonely Mutation of Baxter Stockman" (2014), but never actually seen.

And then he appeared in the IDW series in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X #4 (August 2017) where he was a witness that the Ninja Turtles were looking for.

Whether he'll continue to show up remains to be seen, but it would be cool!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wakanda Salute

Canon immigrants happen for all kinds of reasons. The two most common are that the creators are homaging an adaptation they loved (usually as kids) or that the creators are trying to create synergy with a new adaptation for various reasons. Occasionally, like with the hit movie Black Panther, it's both.

Black Panther, to put it simply, was a phenomenon. It made more money in the US than Marvel's The Avengers, it has a chance of beating The Avengers in the "adjusted for inflation" category, and it just. won't. leave. the theatre. It was released on February 16, 2018, and as of this writing, it's still there! Keep in mind that Avengers: Infinity War was released A MONTH ago. It was released on dvd THREE WEEKS ago. This just doesn't happen. The only reason it would still be in theatres at this point is if it's still making money, and to still be doing that at this stage is a testament to how successful it is.

The movie was a cultural success as well. And one of the things that started popping up from the movie the most was the "Wakanda Forever" salute. Here's an example from the movie:

And here are some examples from real life:

It's no surprise, then, that it didn't take long to make it into the comics, as seen here in Black Panther #171 (March 2018):

Note that it's expressed with a "Hail Wakanda!" instead of "Wakanda Forever!", but the sentiment is still there.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Location Spotlight: Palmadise

The current run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics by IDW is trying to more or less be the definitive TMNT story by synthesizing all the Ninja Turtles media that came before it. As such, that means it has had a ton of canon immigrants and will continue to have many more.

This week: Palmadise!

Palmadise is an alien world in Dimension X that first appeared in the Archie series Mighty Mutanimals #9 (June 1993). It's the homeworld of Slash in that continuity, and it was covered in palm trees until they were all cut down to build the president's mansion.

IDW's Palmadise is...a little bit different. Debuting in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X #4 (August 2017), it's still a world in Dimension X - as you can tell by the name - but instead of being an unspoiled tropical paradise...'s Space Vegas.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Character Spotlight: Captain America (Peggy Carter)

Recently, Marvel has brought back Exiles, a series about a team of superheroes from across the multiverse whose goal is to save the multiverse. This month (May 2018), an alternate Captain America joins the team - Peggy Carter!

This version of Captain America first debuted in Marvel Puzzle Quest in June 2016. Presuming the two characters have the same backstory, this Peggy was friends with Steve Rogers before he became Captain America and took his place in the Super-Soldier Program when he died prematurely.

And this might actually be a double immigrant, because her costume seems to be based on a mixture of the outfits in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), albeit with a dapper tie that Steve didn't have: