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Posted: 13 October 2012 09:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 106 ]
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Rashad Carter - 13 October 2012 09:09 AM

Love this thread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad you do.cool smile

Still waiting for your super-improvements on Bryce, though, so I can use it to make some great scenes in which I can place some near-naked muscleboy heroes… Maybe two of them wrestling in the water near that beach…

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Posted: 13 October 2012 09:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 107 ]
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A book I recently came across…

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Posted: 13 October 2012 09:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 108 ]
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K T Ong - 13 October 2012 09:06 AM
RAMWolff - 12 October 2012 10:50 AM

I STILL love that cover.  I loved Tyroc he was such an interesting character but ended up getting lost in the bunch and eventually they made some excuse and sent he and his people to another dimension iirc… He was like the 31st Century “Banshee” but sexier!  cool smirk

Wolff, could you tell me what Tyroc’s powers were and roughly what the story was in the comic with that cover? I’d be most grateful. Never got to read it…

riftwitch - 13 October 2012 03:04 AM

I don’t wear anything like that, and the world is a much better-looking place for it.

Hey, pay the gym a regular visit and you might change your mind.

I do go to the gym regularly—precisely so I can make the world a better-looking place by putting on one of those things. tongue rolleye

Tyroc had sonics. A lot like Banshee in the X-Men.

Even going to the gym won’t undo the hair on my okole; and I’m not shaving it. (I can just see trying to explain to the other guys in the locker room why I’m shaving my butt…they think I’m weird enough as it is.)

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 109 ]
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K T Ong - 13 October 2012 09:43 AM

A book I recently came across…

I’ve seen that before, but I’ve never read it. Do you have it? If so, is it worth picking up?

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 110 ]
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RiftWitch answered the question about Tyroc. 

More info on him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyroc

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 111 ]
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Odaa - 12 October 2012 10:21 AM

1.  Which (or what sort of) superheroes/superheroines appeal the most to you, and why?

As a kid, I had a bit of a crush on the Adam West Batman-an upright guy who had a fun life in a fun universe and was clearly enjoying himself, but never let any of that get in the way of being a gentleman or being a crimefighter, as the situation required.

I like the Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man because he’s fun and funny and brilliant and has all the toys, but the films acknowledge that he’s pretty messed up in a lot of ways.  I also read a lot of Arthurian knight stories growing up, and so the idea of this dysfunctional man who puts on armor to try and save the day and hold himself to a higher standard than before spoke to that side of me.

I tend to be pretty tolerant of out-and-out vigilante crimefighters fighting mundane criminals, just because I understand the fears that led people to create heroes and anti-heroes like that.  I was in my teens, commuting to high school on a train in a large, not-hugely-safe city in another country, the first time I saw the Dirty Harry movies.  I’d love to see a rogue-vigilante movie starring the Anne Hathaway Catwoman.

The recent Thor, Captain America, and Batman movies were all cases where I didn’t feel that strongly about the main character but enjoyed the universes they inhabited and the points the filmmakers were trying to make. 

2.  Which (or what sort of) superheroes/superheroines turn you off, and why?

Social activist/social allegory superheroes.  I’m here for the escapism, not to be preached at.  I liked Wonder Woman better when she was Lynda Carter fighting Nazis/1970s mundanes with some sympathetic military guy loafing around in the background than when she’s living among the Amazons and the fans are hyping the latter as some kind of feminist utopia (or are being annoyed at the writers for not portraying it that way).  I tolerate the X-Men because they offset the preaching with alot of pure unadulterated superhero weirdness and soap opera.

I don’t like “superhero vs the military” storylines (unless you’re the Ang Lee Hulk, featuring Sam Elliott as the world’s most nuanced take on Gen. Ross), for reasons that are not appropriate to discuss on this forum.

3.  What sort of things do you look for in a superhero/ine? Is appearance everything to you, or how ‘badass’ s/he is (as in how good s/he is against his/her foes), or the kind of person s/he is (morally impeccable like Superman, or bad-tempered like the Hulk, or arrogant like Namor etc), or the concept of the superhero/ine (whether s/he’s a mutant, magic-based, uses all sorts of futuristic gadgets, is a god/dess etc), or a bit of all these?

Entertainment value, really.  I was only a moderate comics reader at best, but I’ve seen most of the mainstream superhero movies at the cheap theater (and sometimes the expensive theater) since Batman Forever.  If the good guys are likable, the bad guys are bad, and the spectacles are spectacular, I go home happy.  Appearance only matters if their outfits are some kind of power armor (which I like) or are vulgar enough (Batman and Robin, Halle Berry Catwoman) to where I’m uncomfortable watching them.  I prefer that they not be too self-righteous, because while the old school of actors were fairly good at portraying people who were earnest and well-intentioned and generally decent without being overly pompous (George Reeves, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Bill Bixby), the new school are generally *not*. 

4.  If YOU could have FOUR superpowers, what would they be?

Iron Man’s resources (brains, money, connections, trusted associates) plus Invisibility, plus a controllable form of the Hulkout (including the superjump/pseudoflight thing, and whatever it is that keeps the Hulk from actually killing innocent bystanders), plus magic hulk-resistant wardrobe.

Yeah, I have to agree with the escapism idea. I hate it when writers change characters to espouse their personal beliefs. Animal Man becoming vegeterian is one that sticks out in my mind at the moment. The escapism was also hard to explain to coworkers who just don’t get why I read fantasy & s-f, rather than ‘realistic’ novels. I live in the real world, at home, on the job, and everywhere else. I don’t want my entertainment to just be more of that; I want something different. They don’t get why I would spend two weeks at Pennsic, wearing Medieval garb, either. I doubt they would understand any explanation I could give them.

As far as the Hulk-proof wardrobe, I seem to recall (at least in the older comics, I haven’t read any in years) that no matter what color Bruce Banner’s clothes were, after his transformation the Hulk’s ripped pants were alway purple. A side effect of the gamma rays, perhaps? smile

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 112 ]
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RAMWolff - 13 October 2012 10:05 AM

RiftWitch answered the question about Tyroc. 

More info on him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyroc

Is he in the current Legion line-up? I haven’t picked up many comics in the last few years, and since DC keeps changing their history, it’s a bit hard to stay current. The Legion was always my favorite book.

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 113 ]
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riftwitch - 13 October 2012 09:58 AM

Tyroc had sonics. A lot like Banshee in the X-Men.

So that means he probably can bash up Venom easily, huh? wink

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 114 ]
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K T Ong - 13 October 2012 09:43 AM

A book I recently came across…

I’ve seen that before, but I’ve never read it. Do you have it? If so, is it worth picking up?

Afraid I haven’t read it or got it yet. As I said, I only came across it recently—online. Might get and read it sometime in the future, though!

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 115 ]
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K T Ong - 13 October 2012 10:13 AM
riftwitch - 13 October 2012 09:58 AM

Tyroc had sonics. A lot like Banshee in the X-Men.

So that means he probably can bash up Venom easily, huh? wink

If Venom is vulnerable to sonics, I would guess so. I’ve never read any of the books with Venom in them.

No, I don’t look anything like the pic you posted. More like Dr. Evil (the Austin Powers foe, not the original one) with a beard. (Ok, I don’t have the facial scar, either.)

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 116 ]
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I actually mistakenly thought at first that that post on butt-shaving was by RAMWolff, so I placed that pic there to make fun of him. Then I realized my mistake, so I quickly removed the pic. My bad… downer

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 117 ]
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riftwitch - 13 October 2012 10:10 AM

They don’t get why I would spend two weeks at Pennsic, wearing Medieval garb, either. I doubt they would understand any explanation I could give them.

You’re a LARPer? cheese

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 118 ]
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K T Ong - 13 October 2012 10:30 AM
riftwitch - 13 October 2012 10:10 AM

They don’t get why I would spend two weeks at Pennsic, wearing Medieval garb, either. I doubt they would understand any explanation I could give them.

You’re a LARPer? cheese

Not really; I suppose you could say that the SCA is doing live-action role-playing, but I don’t bother with the battles and such. I go for the classes, and seeing folks I only see once a year. I really like the socializing; I met my wife at an SCA event. It’s nice that Pennsic, the largest SCA event, is only a few minutes away from where I live; some people come literally from all over the world.

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Posted: 13 October 2012 10:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 119 ]
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K T Ong - 13 October 2012 10:25 AM

I actually mistakenly thought at first that that post on butt-shaving was by RAMWolff, so I placed that pic there to make fun of him. Then I realized my mistake, so I quickly removed the pic. My bad… downer

No harm done. Just for the heck of it, here’s a link to a page with a picture of the original Dr. Evil: http://www.toysyouhad.com/Captainaction.htm#DrEvil . (Weird, the link is going to the Captain Action page; there is a link further down on the page. Does anyone else remember him? He was the foe of Captain Action; DC did a short-run licensed Captain Action comic back in the day.

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Posted: 13 October 2012 01:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 120 ]
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K T Ong - 13 October 2012 10:25 AM

I actually mistakenly thought at first that that post on butt-shaving was by RAMWolff, so I placed that pic there to make fun of him. Then I realized my mistake, so I quickly removed the pic. My bad… downer

Butt shaving in my house is a no no! YUK!  Fuzzy butts UNITE!  raspberry

I dont’ remember Tyroc being part of the current line up.  DC has the whole of the team split into two books right now… “Legion of Super Heroes” and “Legion Lost”

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