Thursday, December 1, 2016

Look To The Stars!


It was already part of my...ahem..."master plan", but in last month of the year and the first full month of the looming "United States of Trump", maybe focusing on the plight of aliens, illegal and otherwise, might be of some small benefit. The types of aliens I'm most interested in right now here at the Dojo are those of a literary stripe who arrive from the depths of space itself.


A focus all month long will be something I've been wanting to do for many moons, taking a close look at the earliest days of the Kree on Earth and the covert mission of one Captain Mar-Vell. It begins in the pages of the Fantastic Four and ends in the pages of the Avengers with the epic Kree-Skrull War. We'll follow those seeds of war in the pages of the earliest issues of "Marvel's Space-Born Super-Hero" and more in a thread which will go by the phrase "Live Kree Or Die".


And in a weird confluence this will also lead into a revisit with one of my favorite gangs of arch-villains, the motley but deadly dozen dubbed the Zodiac. They were created (sort of) in the pages of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD and then came to full force in the Avengers (in an issue which also starred Captain Marvel by the way) and elsewhere. I've been hankering to read those vintage Zodiac stories again for some time and it seems that maybe the stars have aligned.


In the "Favorite Cover" section I've assembled some of my favorite images featuring assorted alien superheroes who have danced on comic book pages over the long history of comics. Alien invaders go all the way back to the very beginning and haven't stopped anytime recently.

All that and sundry others stuff too like spy movies and Sherlock Holmes and the usual whatnot that occupies this particular digital turf. 

So this month look to the stars! It beats watching the news.

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7 comments:

  1. I have the first Captain Mar-vell masterwork. Maybe I can read it along with you.

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    1. Love to have you along. Early in the month the Captain Marvel stuff will be on the weekends, but toward the end they will run every day.

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  2. ‘Live Kree or Die!” – Brilliant line ! …When the ‘Rip Jagger’s Dojo’ T-Shirt comes out – you should put that on the back. (I’ll take mine in a adult-medium please.) :-)

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    1. Definitely! And I want it in an adult small.

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    2. That's a total of three shirts. I'm sitting on a gold mine here guys. Seriously it would be kinda' cool.

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  3. Like a lot of my vocabulary, I first saw the word "alien" in comics, and was so used to seeing it ("The Alien Superman","The Alien Boss of Gotham City" etc.) that when I bought my first issue of the Flash, I misread his name as "Barry Alien" for the entire comic.

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    1. Your comment made me remember that issue of Quasar in which a number of super-speed characters show up to compete in a cosmic contest and one mysterious fellow shows up from another universe named "Buried Alien". At the time Barry Allen was of course famously dead. Like most comic book figures he got better.

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