Friday Night Fights: Knockout!!! Round 8

We're here in Anthony's Fine Dining in Atlanta, Georgia, where we've switched their regular coffee with new Bahlactus. Let's see if anyone notices.


Don't fuck with Bushmaster

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I contacted a guy who makes custom Heroclix figures. Here's a bit of his amazing work. I present to you, the Bushmaster.
This figure was made by my new friend, known to many of us in the blogging world as totaltoyz. I am really impressed! The detail on this thing is amazing. It sits on a Sabretooth base, I believe an Experienced dial from the Universe set. We've seen the figure, let's check out the dial.
He's got Stealth, because let's face it, Bushmaster will slither up behind you and kill your ass. Blades/Claws/Fangs because he's got big freaking knives stuck to his hands. Toughness kind of goes without saying. Then we get to Regeneration, which I admit doesn't really fit, but oh well. And lastly Battle Fury. I think we can all agree there.

If you're looking for some custom 'clix. Send him a message through ebay, it's well worth your money!


Another one of those youtube posts

Ok, so i've been hunting around for episodes of the Super Friends on the internet, and came across a few selected scenes on YouTube. Now, I've just got to say, what the hell is wrong with this cartoon. I mean, I realize that it was made for children, who generally don't give a crap about "stuff being even remotely based in reality", but COME ON! Watch this clip and tell me, do any of these brilliant plans make any sense at all? Do they?


Teeny weeny magic beanie

One of the biggest perks to being a comic book geek is that you very rarely run out of stuff to do. This is because the realm of comics is multi-faceted. It's not just comics. You also have video games, television shows, unbelievably hilarious blogs, movies, and the pinnacle of all things dorky...

Table Top Gaming

That's right, today we're going to be talking about Heroclix. Now, I'll admit, I've never actually played a game of Heroclix against another actual living human being, but I like the game. I own a lot of the pieces, and I like to kill time every now and then building new themed teams and coming up with strategies and stuff. I just don't actually play it, mostly because people who play table top games are big smelly nerds who have no friends except lame-o skeezoids. This is a fact of life. For me, Heroclix is more of a creative outlet for my imagination. If I want to see a showdown between Jarvis and the Incredible Hulk, by George, I can do it!

Of course, there are limitations. Wizkids (the folks who make the game) only create so many character sets at a time, and you'd damn well better believe that out of every character set at least 3 figures are going to be wasted on yet another Wolverine. But that's where the fun and creativity gets even more... well, fun and creative. I'm talking 'bout customs bitch!

Today I bring you a custom Heroclix token which I hope fills a gap that I feel has been blatantly obvious to anyone who has ever played the game. They have DC Heroclix, They have Marvel Heroclix, but where the fuck are the ARCHIE HEROCLIX?

So, tonight, I present to you the Forsythe Pendleton "Jughead" Jones III/Captain Hero Double Sided pog!This pog costs only 15 points towards your overall team score, and really offers a neat little addition to any team. I tried to make the actual characters stand out in the abilities and powers granted to them. Let's take a look at Jughead first.Everyone knows that Jughead is the fastest runner in Riverdale. I tried to illustrate that by giving him a speed of 10. This is greatly increased over the other Archie pogs I have in the works. I also gave him Outwit because we all remember that time he convinced Moose that he'd ALREADY beaten up Reggie, that's called outwitting someone. Jughead is a smart dude, and his pog shows it.

On the flip side of the coin (pun TOTALLY freaking intended) we have Jughead's super-hero alter-ego from the Super-Teens story arc, Captain Hero. But, before we get into Captain Hero's stats, I have to explain to you a special rule for using this character. Before you can flip over the token, you have to say the magic phrase. Just like Jughead did in the comics.
"Teeny weeny magic beanie,
Pointing towards the sky;
Give me muscle, power, vigor,
Form a super guy!"
So, you have to say that. Out loud. In front of your friends. No, actually, even if you're just alone in your room and want to look at the other side of the pog you HAVE to say it. Hell, if you're reading this right now, say it before scrolling down. Ok, so now that we've got that out of the way, let's check out CH's stats!Captain Hero gets all of Jughead's stats+2, as well as two new abilities. I gave him Flurry on accident, actually. I meant to give him Blades/Claws/Fangs to demonstrate that one time he turned his head into a giant drill, but oops, i put it in the wrong place, so instead let's say I gave him flurry because now he can move faster or something? I dunno. I'd fix it, but i'm already pretty far into this post, so.....

I also gave him Perplex because, like the rest of the Super-Teens, Captain Hero has a "mind-fogger" that makes people forget who his alter-ego is. See, you use that and it Perplexes them, get it? Eh? yeah, you get it.

So, there you go, enjoy! Also be on the lookout for a cool new custom figure from my good buddy Dale. You know, from the Internet?


Greatest Comic Ever?

Today, boys and girls, I'd like to introduce you to what just might be the greatest comic ever. I know, I know, I've said that about almost every comic I've ever blogged about, but this time I really mean it. This one takes the cake. Of course, by now, it should be obvious that I'm referring to DC's wonderful biography of child hero Robby Roberts and his fantastic alien power-dial, in Dial "H" for Hero!

Now, the entire run of this premise is absolutely breathtaking, and I could go on and on with you about every single panel from every single issue. But, for the sake of saving space (and providing me with ample fodder for future blogs), I'll only be covering one issue at a time. This time, we'll take a look at Robby's 5th appearance, in House of Mystery #160The premise of the series is a simple one, young Robby finds a telephone dial from space which, when he dials the letters "H-E-R-O", transforms him into 1 out of 1,000 randomly chosen superheroes. Think of it like that new cartoon Ben 10, except a billion times better. Later on in life, the ideas for characters would actually be sent to DC by readers. That means that this comic was both the easiest thing DC ever did ever, and the best piece of fanfiction you can get your hands on.

Before I even get into the particulars of the characters in this issue, I want to cover what makes Robby Reed so great. For starters, he's your average nerdy kid. Glasses, that bitchin' comb-over hairdo, not to mention his catchphrase of "Sockamagee!", which he yells at every possible moment. Robby Reed is everything you love about Jimmy Olsen along with everything you love about Hank McCoy's Nerdy Friend. He's is a fabulously unappealing character, so nerdy it makes YOU want to beat him up.

Ok, so on to the superheroes. This issue supplies us with 3 different heroes, but since we all know who the hell Plastic Man is, I'm going to skip him entirely. Let's look at the hero immediately across the page, Giantboy:What are the amazing powers of Giantboy, you ask? He's grown up. No, really. Giantboy is a boy who is the size of a full-grown adult. Making him just an adult. Not just any adult, though. Giantboy is such a badass that he stole Luke Cage's tiara! Giant boy is so badass he doesn't even have to hit you. He just wraps you lovingly in his arms and then breaks through a wall with his own freaking head. That's how he rolls. But, he's not why I'm talking about this comic. If you think Giantboy strikes fear into the hearts of villains, wait until you lay your eyes on...That's right, King fucking Kandy. Now, I know what you're thinking, but please, let me explain. Don't be fooled by the candy-striped unitard encrusted with hard candy. Don't be fooled by the crown made of lollipops. And especially don't be confused by him sharing a similar name and theme to the patriarch of Candyland. This guy is 100% genuine manly.

Originally, he was going to go under the moniker "Rock Kandy, agent of S.U.C.R.O.S.E.", and hunt down villains with such things as full rock-candy body armor, molten hot chocolate explosives, and an entire platoon of Oompa-Loompas. Instead, he decided to do it the way a real man does. In nothing but on Olde-Tymey bathing suit (which offers the absolute least amount of bodily protection) and armed with nothing but a lasso made of licorice. Still questioning the manliness? Let's do an experiment.

Take a break from reading this, and go buy some licorice. Go ahead, I'll wait...

..You back? Good. Ok, now take a piece of licorice, grab both ends and pull until the licorice breaks. Didn't take much force did it? Of course not, because licorice is just fucking candy. It's not specially designed for the battling and/or lassoing of evildoers. It's made for being delicious to children of all ages. But King Kandy knows how to kill a man with ANYTHING, even just a piece of candy. That's the kind of training you get when you spend 15 years in the jungles of Africa, battling revolutionaries 24/7 with nothing but a pair of capri pants and a pack of twizzlers.

Huh? Oh, that's right, that's not the origin of this hero at all. What was his origin again? Oh right, some preteen kid dialed some letters into a space phone and magically transformed into him. I guess that logically means that preteen kid, and potentially all others in the world, know how to kill you without blinking an eye.

Be Warned.


Marvel/DC Throwdown - Aquaman vs. Namor!

So, i've been thinking lately about the plethora of character styles that exist between the Marvel and DC universes. They've both got badass archer guys (Hawkeye/Green Arrow), super-strong guys who fly around in the air wearing brightly colored costumes (Superman/Thor or I guess maybe Sentry). Then you've got Mr. Fantastic/Plastic Man, Apocalypse/Darkseid, Wolverine/Jimmy Olsen. I think you see the pattern. Everyone seems pretty evenly matched in their ability to kick ass.

But then, when you get to the category of "guys who live underwater", things get a bit hazy. Let me preface this by saying this is not an "Aquaman sucks so bad 'cuz he sucks" post. I genuinely like Aquaman comics. What I am saying is that nobody can deny the glaring differences between Aquaman and Namor. Both rule Atlantis and live underwater, sure. But Aquaman can talk to fish, whereas Namor can't. And Namor, well he... he can fly around on little wings on his feet. So with such vast differences, it stands to reason that one must be better than the other. I am no expert in the undersea arena, so for expert advice, I decided to turn to Westchester Is For Lovers' Senior Aquatic Authority, Aqualad. Over to you Aqualad.
Oh, right, sorry. I forgot, 'Tempest' is a bit touchy about his old name. I apologize, go right ahead, Tempest.
Um.. actually, Tempest, while we're on the topic of names. I thought I told you, it's not 'Aquaman' anymore, it's just Ryan now. But that's ok, it's no big deal. But anyways, who is this guy you're talking about? You know the unbeatable badass who has all your powers AND the ability to fly? Oh. Right...
Thanks for clearing that up, Aqualad!

[Also, a big thanks to my favorite DC blogger Scipio over at The Absorbascon, who provided the Aqualad picture]