Monday, April 10, 2006

Who remembers Scorpio?

My brand-spankin' new Comics You Should Own column features The Defenders #46-50 from 1977, the fantabulous Scorpio storyline. Go check it out and find out why these issues are glorious comic book goodness cranked up to eleven!


Blogger Harvey Jerkwater said...

This is why Marvel needs to hurry up and churn out "Essential Defenders" volumes 2 and 3 RIGHT NOW!



4/10/2006 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Hank Scorpio?

4/10/2006 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger Bully said...

Shoot. I thought this post was about Scipio.

(Seriously, I agree: I loves me some seventies Marvels, and want more more more!)

4/10/2006 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4/10/2006 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Bully said...

Wow. On-subject, but yet still spam.

4/10/2006 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger RAB said...

Unless my memory is playing tricks on me, you left out one major aspect of Scorpio in that story -- his bizarre Judy Garland fixation. I remember reading it at the time and wondering "Are they trying to tell us Scorpio is gay?"

For that matter, his romantic interest in building a "Virgo" -- an eternally youthful LMD who by definition could only ever stay virginal -- and her subsequent tragic "death" both seem to fit into that same idea...

4/11/2006 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

RAB: He mentions Judy Garland a few times, but I didn't get the sense that he was fixated on her. Shoot, now I'll have to go look. That's a good point about Virgo, though.

4/11/2006 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Omar Karindu said...

I always figured the suggestion was that Scorpio was gay or at least bi, though that doesn't entirely square with his plan to create the Virgo android as a sex toy. (Read between the CCA-approved lines.)

But the Judy Garland thing, plus his line about having "unpleasant experiences" in the Army...I dunno. I wonder what the implication was really meant to be.

These were the comics that got me into comics, though. The idea of a super-villain having a mid-life crisis because all his plans have gone to crap is an excellent one.

4/16/2006 11:14:00 PM  

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