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Benito Cereno recently tasked folks with putting together an all-female Justice League roster. Well, I actually did that back in November of last year, so here it is again! 
Really into Beautia Sivana becoming a prominent character …
calamityjon:

It’s dumb nerd fantasy casting time again!
Back when Brian Wood was announced as the author of a book featuring an all-female X-Men roster, the news was met with a sizable contingent of contrarians who fussed about the gender-inaccuracy of the name. Personally, I thought that the debate underlined the problem with the name “X-Men” itself, that it’s an archaic structuring of an unnecessarily gendered form which is no longer accurate or appropriate for the people and personalities it represents. BUT - all of that being said, why can’t the X-Men be all women? What is this, the Dark Ages?
Anyway, the idea appealed to me, and I jotted down some ideas for what I’d like to have seen in an all-female Justice League, at the time. Just found the notes while cleaning up my desktop, here’s what I had, a team divided into Veterans and New Recruits…
The Vets / Trinity:
Wonder Woman • Big Barda • Power Girl
I’m bored with the usual “Big Three” arrangement at DC, so I wanted to create a new dynamic for its premiere trinity; three strong, distinct characters with very different backgrounds who nonetheless share a lot in common (an orphan, a zealot and a princess – warriors, every one of them). Besides raw power and experience, they also bring connections with almost every arm of the DC Universe from the Fourth World to JSA to the Amazons, the Titans, the Superman Family, et al. Bound to have personality conflicts, but professional enough to work through them, three natural leaders who’d struggle to craft nuanced roles as the team co-chairs. Likewise, this is a good opportunity to add some nuance to the personalities of some of DC’s highest profile female characters…
The Core Team:
Zatanna 
A thirty-something crimefighter who’s been doing this since she was a teenager, still trying to define herself in the shadow of her famous father and to come back after having been lost in the wilderness for a few years. World-weary but determined…
Bulleteer
A novice superhero who has lost everything and needs the League to give her some sense of purpose. The invulnerable Leaguer who’s nonetheless the most likely to break, she’s punching her way through her trauma.
Fire
Willful and fiercely independent, a former socialite and troublemaker turned secret agent and superhero. She’s been through the shredder and is desperate to prove to herself that she has what it takes to be a world-class hero. She’s her own harshest critic. 
Beautia Sivana
Empress of Venus and the daughter of the world’s wickedest scientist, Beautia possesses her family’s trademark brilliance but is hobbled by her almost-all-consuming loyalty to her father. Her heroism is the most in doubt, and half the team doesn’t yet trust her…
The Recruits:
RazorSharp • Sparx • Anima
Survivors of the Bloodlines event, who never got much of their due. Razorsharp acts in the capacity of Barbara Gordon’s ORACLE persona, managing communications and intelligence for the team. Sparx – an eager heroine from a long line of superheroes – is all-action and enthusiasm. Anima is sullen and withdrawn. The three of them resent being treated by the others as a sorority of Bloodlines victims, and initially resist forming emotional bonds with one another.
Steel/Natasha Irons • Spoiler
I like the idea of taking the Superman- and Batman-related members and making them two of the youngest, most inexperienced members of the team, instead of the stand-out characters everyone else looks to for leadership. Resourceful Natasha and indomitable Stephanie make fast friends and terrific partners and represent the best in the next generation of young heroes.
(Them super-hawt Power Girl and Barda illos at the top are courtesy of Mike Hawthorne, btw. Everyone else is sourced from different DC Comics…)

Benito Cereno recently tasked folks with putting together an all-female Justice League roster. Well, I actually did that back in November of last year, so here it is again! 

Really into Beautia Sivana becoming a prominent character …

calamityjon:

It’s dumb nerd fantasy casting time again!

Back when Brian Wood was announced as the author of a book featuring an all-female X-Men roster, the news was met with a sizable contingent of contrarians who fussed about the gender-inaccuracy of the name. Personally, I thought that the debate underlined the problem with the name “X-Men” itself, that it’s an archaic structuring of an unnecessarily gendered form which is no longer accurate or appropriate for the people and personalities it represents. BUT - all of that being said, why can’t the X-Men be all women? What is this, the Dark Ages?

Anyway, the idea appealed to me, and I jotted down some ideas for what I’d like to have seen in an all-female Justice League, at the time. Just found the notes while cleaning up my desktop, here’s what I had, a team divided into Veterans and New Recruits…

The Vets / Trinity:

Wonder Woman • Big Barda • Power Girl

I’m bored with the usual “Big Three” arrangement at DC, so I wanted to create a new dynamic for its premiere trinity; three strong, distinct characters with very different backgrounds who nonetheless share a lot in common (an orphan, a zealot and a princess – warriors, every one of them). Besides raw power and experience, they also bring connections with almost every arm of the DC Universe from the Fourth World to JSA to the Amazons, the Titans, the Superman Family, et al. Bound to have personality conflicts, but professional enough to work through them, three natural leaders who’d struggle to craft nuanced roles as the team co-chairs. Likewise, this is a good opportunity to add some nuance to the personalities of some of DC’s highest profile female characters…

The Core Team:

Zatanna 

A thirty-something crimefighter who’s been doing this since she was a teenager, still trying to define herself in the shadow of her famous father and to come back after having been lost in the wilderness for a few years. World-weary but determined…

Bulleteer

A novice superhero who has lost everything and needs the League to give her some sense of purpose. The invulnerable Leaguer who’s nonetheless the most likely to break, she’s punching her way through her trauma.

Fire

Willful and fiercely independent, a former socialite and troublemaker turned secret agent and superhero. She’s been through the shredder and is desperate to prove to herself that she has what it takes to be a world-class hero. She’s her own harshest critic. 

Beautia Sivana

Empress of Venus and the daughter of the world’s wickedest scientist, Beautia possesses her family’s trademark brilliance but is hobbled by her almost-all-consuming loyalty to her father. Her heroism is the most in doubt, and half the team doesn’t yet trust her…

The Recruits:

RazorSharp • Sparx • Anima

Survivors of the Bloodlines event, who never got much of their due. Razorsharp acts in the capacity of Barbara Gordon’s ORACLE persona, managing communications and intelligence for the team. Sparx – an eager heroine from a long line of superheroes – is all-action and enthusiasm. Anima is sullen and withdrawn. The three of them resent being treated by the others as a sorority of Bloodlines victims, and initially resist forming emotional bonds with one another.

Steel/Natasha Irons • Spoiler

I like the idea of taking the Superman- and Batman-related members and making them two of the youngest, most inexperienced members of the team, instead of the stand-out characters everyone else looks to for leadership. Resourceful Natasha and indomitable Stephanie make fast friends and terrific partners and represent the best in the next generation of young heroes.

(Them super-hawt Power Girl and Barda illos at the top are courtesy of Mike Hawthorne, btw. Everyone else is sourced from different DC Comics…)

Smacko.

Smacko.

Quality is better than quantity. One home run is better than two doubles.
Steve Jobs, who was a nerd who did not understand baseball, a sport in which two doubles is almost invariably better than a home run. (via jessethorn)

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Huckbald believes he will take just a little sip.
(The Dragon of Wantley: His Tale by Owen Wister, 1892)

Huckbald believes he will take just a little sip.

(The Dragon of Wantley: His Tale by Owen Wister, 1892)

The tantalizing world of what might-have-been: A Silver Age Blue Beetle illustration by “Johnny Ryan”.
(From Blue Beetle No.5, published in 1965 - five years before artist Johnny Ryan was born. Now THAT’S a trick! Oh well, it was an intriguing fantasy anyway)

The tantalizing world of what might-have-been: A Silver Age Blue Beetle illustration by “Johnny Ryan”.

(From Blue Beetle No.5, published in 1965 - five years before artist Johnny Ryan was born. Now THAT’S a trick! Oh well, it was an intriguing fantasy anyway)

Alabama James Darkness - I'm Dead

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ALABAMA JAMES DARKNESS conceived by and written with great help from Kyle McCulloch

Born sometime around 1910 in Bellamy, Alabama, James Caffey (aka Alabama James Darkness aka James Darkness) is one of the most remarkable and enigmatic figures in the Blues genre. 

While tales abound of bluesmen selling their souls to the Devil in exchange for fame or musical skill, rumors of the day claimed that Darkness had met the Devil at a crossroads and, through a well-timed distraction, managed to purchase the Devil’s soul instead. Darkness himself later claimed the Devil’s soul resided his guitar case, explaining the macabre nature of his songs. While this twist certainly makes a more entertaining legend, it is often cited as a possible reason behind Darkness’ sub-par guitar playing, lifelong poverty, and general lack of success. 

Sixty years before the term Goth was coined, Alabama James Darkness was experimenting with a mix of Delta Blues and startlingly modern supernatural nihilism. His morbid focus and recurring themes (as well as his trademark white face paint and blood-red lipstick) would clearly inspire and inform late-20th-century bands such as Christian Death, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus and The Cure, to name but a few. 

Universally regarded as history’s first goth song, “I’m Dead” was written in 1929, days after Darkness finished reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The lyrics not only contain the earliest of Darkness’ many references to gothic literature, but feature the musician writing as the vampire himself, warning a young woman of the terrors and temptations in the night.

I’M DEAD - 1929 (3:17)

By Alabama James Darkness (James Caffey)

I’m dead I’m dead

I’m already dead

See my fangs a’growin

Soon that bloods a’flowin

I’m dead I’m dead

I’m already dead

You can’t evah kill me sir

Cuz I am a Dracula

Underneath that cryin’ moon

You will meet your master soon

I’m dead I’m dead

I’m already dead

See me rise at midnight

I prowl for prey by moonlight

I’m dead I’m dead

I’m already dead

Look into my glowin’ eyes

I will make you hypnotized

Come to me my pretty little miss

And have a taste of darkness kiss

I’m dead I’m dead

I’m already dead

Done sleepin’ in my casket

Come creepin’ if you ask it

I’m dead I’m dead

I’m already dead

Wave your ma and pa goodbye

It’s time to let your body die

You won’t never see the sun

When ol Dracula is done

I’m dead I’m dead

I’m already dead

Well. This blog just leveled up.

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Etude In Black
S02E01 - Originally broadcast Sept 17 1972
Directed by Nicholas Colasanto, Written bySteven Bochco
Starring John Cassavetes, Blythe Danner and Myrna Loy

Falk collaborator Cassavetes plays a classical symphony conductor with a simultaneous yen for shtupping the piano player … and murder! Falk and Cassavetes also take turns behind the camera. NBC requested that this episode be stretched out from a 90 minute runtime to a full two hours, meaning something like an additional twenty minutes had to be shot. There’s a scene in Cassavetes’ character’s mansion which is probably wholly a product of these two.

Speaking of the mansion. dumb trivia/coincidence: The mansion is a location in LA called The Bundy House and was used, among other shots, as the governor’s mansion in the opening of the 1980s Robert Guillame sitcom Benson. Likewise, Columbo first appears in this episode in his veterinarian’s office, and the name on the vet’s door is … DR.BENSON! Dunh Dunh dunnnnnnh!

Myrna Loy plays the symphony’s patron in a manner from a whole other era of film. I love Myrna Loy, but she’s definitely bringing a whole different sensibility of performance to this role than any other actor.

Tremendously hilarious voiceover/redubbing from a character named Sgt.Meyer, who seemed to be speaking through his nose inside a bathroom accessible only through a tin-can telephone. 

Etude in Black is discussed on the latest episode of Just One More Thing, with special guest Mallory Ortberg!

Latest episode of the podcast is out, this is another super-fun one! And you can read Mallory’s article, The Case for Columbo, here!

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