Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Too Snarky for Snark Free, Too Frivilous For Here, But Take It Anyway; This Old JLA Cover Amuses Me

Well, it does. I think my favorite bit is Green Lantern talking in to his ring. I'm not sure if he did that or not back in the day. Or now. Or ever. I don't like GL much, I just realized. Also, Superman yelling, but I can buy that more, because he's probably just using Super-ventriloquism or some other Weissinger-power he grew one day because he was bored. But I get the feeling that Batman's the only one really trying to communicate with those three.

The big hook of this cover for me, though, is that it's the only time you could ever really say that the JLA really needed Aquaman, the Atom, and the Elongated Man all at the same time. Unless the Big 3 are playing a joke on them. I'd read a story where the big time members of the JLA played pranks on a bunch of minor heroes. That would be a great JLU cartoon, since they have all of the obscure heroes at their beck and call. Too bad it's ending. And that's really bitter. But come on, wouldn't that be funny? "Heh heh, uh... Stargirl! Creeper! Red Tornado! HAHAHAHAHA! Oh god... shit... This is Batman! We desperately... aw man, shit, stop making me laugh, Wonder Woman, or they'll never buy it! Anyway, we desperately need your help, because Superman, Dr. Fate, and the entire rest of the League who are better than you are all out of action, and you our only hope! You think they bought that?" Something like that.

Making fun of old children's comics is fun! I can see why other people do it. Even if it's like kicking a dead puppy that wasn't written for your age level. My analogy is uneven, but you get what I'm saying.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

First you make me laugh, then you make me feel guilty for laughing. For shame, Brad Curran. For shame.

3/21/2006 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Check out the Justice League Unlimited episode The Greatest Story Never Told.

The main leaguers are fighting some evil bad guy while Elongated Man and Booster Gold get crowd control. Elongated Man gets the call to go fight while Booster stays on crowd control.

3/21/2006 10:50:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

The kicker to that episode was that Elongated Man somehow saved the day (off screen) while Superman and the rest couldn't.

Best episode I've seen (out of something like 8).

3/21/2006 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

That truly is the greatest JLU episode, second only to the one where Circe turns Wonder Woman into a pig and Batman has to sing "I Feel Blue" to break her curse. God, I loved that show.

3/22/2006 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

"Second only" in that comment should read "followed by."

3/22/2006 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

That cover is a swipe of another one, I'm convinced of it. I just can't place it, but I remember a similar cover with exact placement of the characters in the same poses (minus the talking heads radioing for help).

My suspicion is even further enforced by the fact that Buckler did the cover, as he was a notorious swiper.

3/22/2006 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous John said...

The actual issue is a good one, though. Steve Englehart's story actually adresses the inferiority complex that some of the lesser-powered Leaguers feel in the presence of folks like Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash. The Atom has a great line: "Being able to control my size and weight makes me an aerobics instructor, not a superhero!"

The story concludes by showing that the guys with specialist powers like Aquaman, Atom and the Elongated Man DO have a contribution to make in the JLA. Plus, you get to see what happened to Mantis after she left the Avengers!

3/22/2006 01:41:00 AM  
Blogger Axel M. Gruner said...

...you get to see what happened to Mantis after she left the Avengers!

Sounds like a sure must-have...
Excuse me while I waste away giggling myself silly.

3/22/2006 02:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To summarize:

* The idea of the three big heroes needing the three obscure heroes was supposed to be odd - and was addressed explicitly within the comic;
* Brad didn't understand this, despite the book having been written so a child could understand it;
* So he posts here to show everyone how totally ridiculous the cover was.

Bloggin' gold!

3/22/2006 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous red_ricky said...

Check out the Justice League Unlimited episode The Greatest Story Never Told.

Or the Seven Soldiers of Victory Episode!

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That's the one were Green Arrow, Shining Knight, Vigilante and Stars & Stripes are getting their butts handed to them by a Hulk-like General Eiling!

It's cool because Green Arrow spends the whole episode asking for reinforcements and at the very end, when they finally show, he goes:

"Okay buddy, you wanted Superman? Well fine, here comes...

... my old sidekick Speedy??? Oh, damn!"


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3/23/2006 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger Apodaca said...

Wow, Anonymous. That was really unnecessarily mean. I guess that's why you didn't want to include a name.

3/23/2006 05:15:00 PM  
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