"That's the first time I've
fired the signal. I pray it will be the last." -- Reed Richards.Mr. Fantastic,
in Fantastic Four #1, November 1961.
No please, Reed, don't make it the last! Fortunately, it
wasn't, and more greatness would be to come. Including this
"Helping people is what
th' Fantastic Four is all about! Ya don't hafta remind us,
rubber man!" --
Ben Grimm/The Thing, in Fantastic Four #239, 1982
"Face it ... you won't whup me
... period. You may be the greatest heavyweight who ever
lived ... but I'm Superman! ... I change the course of
mighty rivers ... bend steel in my bare hands ... and
that's just for openers!" -- Superman, in "Superman vs.
Muhammad Ali," All-New Collectors' Edition, Vol. 7, No.
"I'm the government, Mister.
Any more questions?" -- Henry Peter Gyrich, in "On the Matter of
Heroes," The Avengers #181, March 1979.
Gyrich has always been an annoying character, but when
written well, intentionally.
And this line, you could say, illustrates his obnoxious
personality almost perfectly!
"We are all alone until we
accept our need for others." -- Henry McCoy, X-Men
Or until the the editors enable that.
"We'll walk from now on."
"Can't we take a cab?"
"How about I take a cab
and you walk?"
"Only if I can go
"We'll walk." -- Shadowcat and Wisdom, in
Pryde and Wisdom #1
"You always know where the
X-Men have been, because it's always on fire." -- Pete Wisdom, Excalibur
Witness: "Come to kill me? Judge me?
Set me free?"
Bishop: "I -"
Witness: "I discovered
the Xavier Sanctum! No secrets from me, pup. King of
Bishop: "But I have -"
Witness: "But I have
evidence that suggests they were murdered... by another
X-Man! Knew it. Saw it. What of it?"
Bishop: "How do we -"
Witness: "How do we know
the traitor was ever caught... ever brought to justice?
You don't know. Never know."
--Jim Lee and Scott
Lobdell, "Bishop to King's Five", Uncanny X-Men # 287
After Jim Gordon
punched out a man who insulted original Gothamites (referred
to here as "OGs") in Batman
Batman: "You shouldn't
have done that."
Commisioner Gordon: "I
didn't do it for me. I'm from Chicago, Batman, you know
that. Sarah was OG, born and raised in Gotham. And dead or
not, nobody talks about my wife like that."
Either way, one thing is for certain, and it's that his way
of dealing with the situation is...the Chicago way!
"When the Arab claim is
confronted with our Jewish demand to be saved, it is like
the claims of appetite versus the claims of starvation"
-- Ze'ev Jabotinsky
"There is nothing more tragic
than the death of a beautiful woman." -- Edgar Allan Poe
An excellent thought indeed, and which makes me think of all
the maddening times when comics have resorted to killing off
plenty of beloved female characters. When it happened with
Gwen Stacy, that was done okay. But when comics kept on with
it, all that happened was that they ended up running this
now ludicrous cliche into the ground, and hammering the
reader over the head with shock value after shock value
Here's an interesting
scene that took place in an issue of The Transformers #15
back in 1986, when Marvel was publishing the adaptations of
Dad at a dinner table: "I'll
bet the Communists are behind this!"
Shopper in a department store: "I'll bet that the PLO is behind this!"
Energy mogul who's an Autobot ally: "I'll bet that the GOVERNMENT
is behind this!"
Now let's scroll back a moment to the second exclamation in
the above part there. See that? No, the PLO wasn't the one
behind the Robot Master broadcasts on TV across the US, but
even so, what's remarkable about this is that they don't
hide the fact that the PLO in real life is a terrorist
organization either. And I'll bet that today's staff at
Marvel doesn't even remember that part there, given how they
whitewashed the PLO in Spectacular
Countdown story arc, any supposed
"criticism" of the culprits notwithstanding.
Actually, they'd rather we forget about such things from the
great eighties. To cut us off from the past, present and
future, that's their way of making decisions alright.
While this may only be
a theoretical viewpoint, this one here could very easliy
explain as to why some thugs in the underworld aren't always
"With my brains, my power,
my strength--I need none of you! I merely let you serve me
to feed my own vanity! But, I demand unquestioning
obedience! Never forget that!" -- The Owl, in Daredevil #20
To say the least, it's fear that keeps the thugs in line for
many crime bosses. In a lawless world, they need to attach
themselves to strength in order to survive. And in a world
with super heroes, non-powered dirt balls have it very
rough. So they join up with the toughest baddie that will
have them. The fact that he knocks them around doesn't
bother them too much, since they've probably been slapped
around before. They are also quite used to a high failure
rate. That goes with the territory, even in comic book land.
"Nothing in life is so
exhilarating as to be shot at without result." -- Winston Churchill
And lest we forget one
of the Thing's classic battle cries...
"IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!"
-- Benjamin "The Thing"
This next one
is...guess what? A caption that's so brilliant, it could put
an end to all others!
"Ask any comic strip
writer...he'll tell you the most valuble word in caption
-- Stan Lee, Amazing
Spider-Man #49, June 1967
"One prejudice ingrained in me
during my stay on earth, girl -- is that I never strike a
lady." -- Kree
Captain Mar-Vell, Avengers #89, June 1971
Written by Roy Thomas during a time when even anti-heroes
respected ladies much more than happens today, this is
another great line that I like. It's from during the Kree-Skrull War (reviewed
that took place between issues #89-97 of the Avengers.
another one spoken by Ronan the Accuser in this storyline,
that can serve to show just how the enemies of FOX News view
the above news channel:
“A planet which can
produce such a race – which can go from steam power to
atomic power in less than a century – is a potential
threat to Kree supremacy in space – a threat which cannot
be allowed to grow and fester.”
A perfect description of how afraid some really
one-sided TV execs, among others, must think about news
sources like them, and how, even if they aren't going to try
to opress them forcibly, they'd still like to do so via
Two more really good
ones from the late
Mar-Vell of the Kree:
"As long as there is life,
there is hope!"
"There is nothing in the
universe that cannot be overcome!"
Spoken to Thanos during a battle with him (in dream
sequence, I think) in the Death
of Captain Marvel
graphic novel of 1982, Mar-Vell's
official demise. Great stuff.
"Probably the difference
between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely
bored, while man has boredom plus imagination." -- Lin Yutang
Now here is something
more that's very important, the oaths of the Green Lanterns!
"And I shall shed my light over dark evil . . . for the
dark things cannot stand the light . . . the light of the
Green Lantern!" --
oath of Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott
"In brightest day,
In blackest night,
No evil shall escape my
Let those who worship
Beware my power - Green
Lantern's light!" --
oath of Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan
Famous oaths recited every time our two honorly Emerald
Warriors recharge their power rings!
Now for an excellent
quote from the equally excellent JSA of today:
"There is no land beyond
the law, where tyrants rule with unshakable power. It is
but a dream from which the evil wake to face their
fate...their terrifying hour." -- JSA #1, 1999
And that goes for Saddam Hussein and his dictatorship in
Iraq too. Iraq is no more immune to punishment than any
other tyrant dictatorship.
Now, let's take a look at how superheroes can attract
superheroines, as demonstrated by the current Starman in
Starman 2/Jack Knight:
"Come on, kiddies! Let's
spank some bony white zombie butts!"
Black Canary 2/Dinah Laurel
Jack, you always this charming?"
Starman 2/Jack Knight:
"Only when I'm trying to
impress a girl in skintight black leather."
If I'm ever on a team like this, I'd better learn to take a
cue from that! Who knows, I just might get a date with Dinah
darling, as Jack ought to!
“I certainly wouldn’t want to
argue with Brian. It seems that Brian would be a very
astute observer. Again, we’d love to do a crossover with
Marvel, but we’ll have to wait until there’s a change in
Bob Wayne in discussing a Batman/Daredevil crossover
I suppose he's right. Even now, after they did replace Bill
Jemas with Dan Buckley!
"This is an imaginary story
(which may never happen, but then again may) about a
perfect man who came from the sky and did only good. It
tells of his twilight, when the great battles were over
and the great miracles long since performed; of how his
enemies conspired against him and of that final war in the
snowblind wastes beneath the Northern Lights; of the two
women he loved and of the choice he made between them; and
how finally all the things he had were taken from him save
one. It ends with a wink. It begins in a quiet midwestern
town, one summer afternoon in the quiet midwestern future.
Away in the big city, people still sometimes glance up
hopefully from the sidewalks, glimpsing a distant speck in
the sky... but no: it's only a bird, only a plane.
Superman died ten years ago. This is an imaginary story...
Aren't they all?" -- Superman # 423, September
1986 (Alan Moore, writer)
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