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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Appearance Spotlight: Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn is the patron saint of canon immigrants, so it's only fitting she has more appearances on this site than any other character. I talked about her origins in the Batman: The Animated Series Super Post, and then I showed you her New 52 update in 52 Shakeup, and now, just in time for DC Rebirth, she has another appearance change, once again to bring her in line with other media.

In Harley Quinn #26 (March 2016), she gets a makeover:

That "cinematic" line is because this look is based on her outfit from the upcoming Suicide Squad film (August 2016):

It's not a 1:1 match, but it is quite close. For instance, her comics jacket says "Owned" on the back, above a picture of the Joker, while in the movie it says, "Property of the Joker".

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Character Spotlight: King Tut

Ah, Batman '66. It seems that now that the rights have all been sorted out, comic book creators are falling over themselves to introduce the tv-first villains into the comics. First we had Bookworm, then Egghead, and now, thanks to a tip from user shadzane, we have...King Tut!

Of course, we already had a King Tut, and arguably a better one, so you may consider this a 52 Shake-Up. I first wrote about that King Tut in my Batman '66 Super Post, where I said:

King Tut 

King Tut first appeared in Batman (episode: "The Curse of Tut", 1966).  In the show, he was a professor of Egyptology named Omaha McElroy, who believed himself to be a reincarnation of King Tut after receiving a blow to the head during a student riot.

He was mentioned by the Riddler in Secret Origins Special #1 (June 1989), but he made his first actual appearance in comics in Batman Confidential #26 (April 2009).  This time he was Victor Goodman, a criminal Egyptologist who murders the wealthy and leaves behind Egyptian-themed riddles.  His real name is an homage to Victor Buono, the actor who portrayed King Tut in the tv show.  

This King Tut is completely different.

This King Tut, aka Regis Tuttle, first appeared in Bizarro #1 (June 2016) as a used car salesman from Smallville who's using Egyptian magic to get people to buy cars. He made a couple other appearances in that series, but nowhere else. Even though he's not Omaha McElroy, who'd be a perfect fit, I wouldn't mind seeing him move to Gotham Academy as the driver's ed teacher or something.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Character Spotlight: Egghead

Long-time readers of this blog may remember that I've egg-xamined Egghead before, in the Batman (1966) Super Post. Here's what I said about him:


Egghead first appeared in the Batman episode "An Egg Grows in Gotham" (1966) .  His only comics appearance to date was a cameo in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #3-4 (August-September 1992), although a few years before that, he was mentioned by the Riddler in Secret Origins Special #1 (June 1989).

But that was a long time ago, 2011 to be egg-xact. And the times are a-changin'! Just like with Bookworm and Grey Ghost, Gotham Academy seems to be the repository for great characters that don't have a use anywhere else. And that's exactly where Egghead shows up, in Gotham Academy #15 (February 2016). I don't know what he teaches, but his real name is apparently Edgar Heed.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Character Spotlight: Erik Selvig

I'm excited about this one because it's one of those characters that seem like they'd probably make the jump, but you're not surprised if they don't.

Erik Selvig first appeared in Thor (2011) as an astrophysicist that's part of Jane Foster's team, in addition to being a colleague of Bruce Banner's (and in a deleted scene, Hank Pym's as well). For a character that originated in the films, he became fairly important, playing a role in The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, and appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron as well.

Despite that, he didn't appear in comics at all until last month when he showed up in Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1 (February 2016), as one of the employees of Pleasant Hill, a SHIELD-run supervillain rehabilitation facility.

I don't know what role he'll have in the rest of the story or in the future, but I'm glad to see him!