Thursday, February 4, 2010
Being Carter Hall & El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker
The "Thank You Train" just keeps on truckin', next station stop: El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker. Luke was a regular reader/commenter here at the Idol-Head, and I returned the favor not too long after he'd launched his first blog on Thursday, June 21, 2007. The blog's mission statement was to provide Luke a place to talk comics, and so it went.
I'm sorry he dropped his characters I like feature, especially as his selections were so blamed random. For instance, he's the first person I've ever had a conversation with who likes The Forever People, and digging Wonder Man is a minority opinion for sure. I mean, as far as I know, the Bunker is named after the secret headquarters of Justice League Detroit. Now that's an acquired taste! I guess admitting he liked that stupid Martian Manhunter guy was the last straw.
Today, the Bunker focuses mostly on reviews of new comics and the occasional trade, plus Luke's braggin' on con finds, and the occasional bits of randomness. Here's a look at some highlights of the last few months...
One Panel, One Question: Wonder Woman #101
"First... Then... Now" 2009 Edition DC House Ad, with art
4 Color Cinema: G. I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
World's Greatest Superheroes House Ad
One Panel, One Question: All-Star Squadron #8
Fair Trade -- Mighty Avengers v.5: World's Mightiest
What I Read This Week, Monday, October 12, 2009
What I Read This Week: Monday, November 2, 2009
What I Read This Week: Monday, November 9, 2009
What I Read This Week: Monday, December 14, 2009
What I Read This Week Part II
What I Read This Week III
What I Read This Week: December 22, 2009
What I Read This Week: Monday, December 28, 2009
What I Read This Week: Monday, January 11, 2010
What I Read This Week: Monday, January 18, 2010
What I Read This Week: Monday, January 25, 2010
What I Read This Week: Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The original plan was for Luke to cover Black Lightning and the Unknown Soldier for the "Crisis On Earth-Blog: The DC Challenge" blog crossover, but plans fell through. Luckily, I'd already written an Unknown Soldier interactive story segment for my Atom adventure, and could just say here, post this! I had fun with that, but as became typical, only got to play with the Soldier for a few minutes before setting him aside. Hopefully, he'll turn up some more in a follow-up, and I'm certain Black Lightning will have his day yet!
Meanwhile, Being Carter Hall took flight (*groan*) on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, and for once, I was there from day one. I gave the site a month to get some posts up, snapped a picture of some toys I had on my kitchen counter, and tried to direct traffic over. As you've probably already figured out, the blog is a devotional to Hawkman and Hawkwoman, drawing no boundaries between the Golden, Silver, and Modern Age incarnations (not to mention animation, live action, toys, etc.) While I suspect BCH was created at least partially as a result of peer pressure (besides Rob, Damien and myself, Luke's buddy Adama was doing a Green Arrow blog, and he frequented more besides.) At least he was wise enough to steer clear of a daily, updating his blog a couple or three times a week.
My Hawkman fan heyday was in the early 90s, before reading all thirty-something issues and the annuals for the awful third Hawkman series killed my interest (coupled with the well-drawn but otherwise mediocre 2003 revival. Still, I like the guy when he's handled well, and Luke's blog is swell, so I can't explain why I don't reference it much here. Possibly because in the rare instances J'Onn and Katar are in the same room, tensions flare, and they break apart for years. Also, probably because I left all my Hawkman comics at my former business partner's house, and I haven't gotten around to asking after them since, oh, 2003?
On the other hand, now that I'm working on an Atom blog, I expect Luke's going to get sick of hearing from me (if he already hasn't, what with two blogs, a newborn, and me bugging him about that damned crossover event three times a week for a couple of months.)
Speaking of which, of course I wrote Hawkman & Hawkwoman into my Atom interactive story, and because of some crossed wires, I had Luke post his entry point at BCH. I thought his Hawkman challenge had suffered the same fate as Black Lanterns, and directed all my links to the story segment. Only today as I was writing this did I realize Luke had a trivia challenge that I'd mistaken for his "Wrong Answer Page." So, I'll start making amends here, and be sure to redirect traffic to his work once I get that blasted "wave 2" ready.
And now, recent Being Carter Hall highlights:
Pop Funk "9 Blocks Of Justice" T-shirt
Hawkman And Hawkgirl Sketches By Paul Smith
Read: Mystery In Space #89
Read: Shadow War Of Hawkman #1
Read: Shadow War Of Hawkman #2
Read: Shadow War Of Hawkman #3
Read: Shadow War of Hawkman #4
Read: Hawkman Special (1986)
Read: Rann-Thanagar Holy War #6
Read: Rann-Thanagar Holy War #7
Hawkman vs The Falcon by MD Bright
Flash Comics #15 (Reprinted in The Golden Age Hawkman Archives v.1)
Read: Flash Comics #16
Image: Lego Blackest Night
Hawkman Paper Doll by... Alex Ross?!
B:TB&TB -- "The Golden Age of Justice!"