Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday Showcase: Tri-Klops

Tri-Klops Card Back from MOTU series
    I was very excited to see the Funko announcements a few weeks ago when I saw my favorite villain in the line-up for the latest Masters of the Universe line.
As you can tell from the title, that villain is the one and only Tri-Klops.  When I was a child, my must have He-Man villains were Beast Man, Trap Jaw, and Tri-Klops.  Tri-Klops was always my favorite out of the 3, so I decided I would do a post about how awesome this character is.  So, let's begin.

Alliance of Evil
BIO:

    Tri-Klops made his debut in the story, "The Terror of Tri-Klops!", which introduces him as a near-match for He-Man in terms of strength, summoned by Skeletor when he decides he needs a new warrior to take on He-Man.   He is a skilled hunter, swordsman, and spy.  He is very resourceful as a spy given that his helmet enables him to see all around him and thus be able to spot all attacks from behind.  Tri-Klops is also suggested to be a very cunning and formidable warrior.

    In the animated cartoons, Tri-Klops is an inter-dimensional bounty hunter and swordsman who can see in any direction. His eyes, which are on a rotating visor around his head, have different abilities in different versions; one common ability is the power to see through solid objects. He is also able to see in the dark and over long distances with his Night-vision and Dista-vision eyes. Tri-Klops wears the "Gammavision" ever since he was blinded in an accident. In both the 1983 and 2002 cartoons, his eyes can also shoot energy bolts, although this is not commonly used in other material. A well-known classic villain of the MOTU line, Tri-Klops was one of Skeletor's chief henchmen, stoic and obedient, and was frequently featured in the Filmation cartoon.

Defeat at the hands of He-Man
Character Specifics:

  • Homeworld - Eternia
  • Species - Human
  • Gender - Male
  • Hair Color - Black/Brown
  • Affiliation - Evil Warriors
  • Abilities - Distavision, Nightvision, and Gammavision
  • Voiced by - Erik Gunden and Paul Dobson
  • Debuted in 1983

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

DERF'S PICKS OF THE WEEK (FEBRUARY 19, 2020)

DCEASED UNKILLABLES #1 (OF 3) CARD STOCK HORROR VARIANT
Well, the week of love has come and gone.  
Don't worry friends, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
You can still share your LOVE of comics this week on Wednesday.
Why Wednesday?  Because it's New Comic Book Day...Silly!

Let's take a look at what I will be picking up this week.

DC COMICS
AQUAMAN #57
BATMAN #89
DCEASED UNKILLABLES #1 
FLASH FORWARD #6 (OF 6)
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE MULTIVERSE #4 (OF 6)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #41
WONDER TWINS #12 (OF 12)

DYNAMITE
DEATH TO ARMY OF DARKNESS #1

IDW
TRANSFORMERS #17
TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #4

IMAGE
SPAWN #305

MARVEL
2020 MACHINE MAN #1 (OF 2)
FANTASTIC FOUR #19
REVENGE OF COSMIC GHOST RIDER #3 (OF 5)
WOLVERINE #1 (DX)

Well, I hope you find something that you will love to read this week.
As for me, it's time to get a third job so I can afford my comic addiction.

Until next time, get your READ on!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday Showcase: Brother Voodoo

Jericho Drum aka Brother Voodoo
    On of my favorite characters from Marvel's "Magical" Universe has always been Brother Voodoo?  I guess being from Louisiana, my attention to his name is what got me first, but then as a read comics in which Brother Voodoo appeared, I was intrigued by his use of magic and his connections to the dead.  This made for entertaining reading, especially when he would fight side by side with Moon Knight.

Side by Side with Moon Knight
    Brother Voodoo also known as Jericho Drumm, first appeared in Strange Tales #169 (Sept. 1973). The character was created by publisher Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and artist John Romita Sr.  In 2009, Brother Voodoo replaced Dr. Strange for a brief period as the Sorcerer Supreme and was then called Doctor Voodoo, but he will always be Brother Voodoo to me.

    Brother Voodoo starred in his own feature in the Marvel comic-book series Strange Tales #169-173 (Sept. 1973 - April 1974), and in a backup feature in the black-and-white horror-comics magazine Tales of the Zombie #6 (July 1974, in a story continuing from Strange Tales #173) and #10 (March 1975). He has gone to guest-star very sporadically in other Marvel series, into the 21st century.

At odds with the Werewolf by Night
BIO:

   Returning to his native Haiti (born in Port-au-Prince) after many years of education and practice as an accredited psychologist in the United States, Jericho Drumm discovers that his twin brother, Daniel Drumm, the local houngan, is dying, a victim of a voodoo sorcerer who claims to be possessed by the spirit of the serpent-god Damballah, based on the Loa Damballa. Just before he dies, Daniel makes his brother vow to visit Daniel's mentor, Papa Jambo. Jericho does, and becomes Jambo's student. After studying under the aged houngan for several weeks, Jericho gains a greater mastery of voodoo practices than his own brother, becoming a houngan in his own right. Papa Jambo then performs a rite that summons Daniel's spirit from the dead and joins it with Jericho's own. Having fashioned a worthy successor, Papa Jambo dies.

    This spirit "fusion" was key in Jericho taking the name "Brother Voodoo".  Jericho challenges the priest, who goes by the same name as his god Damballah, and his cult. With the help of his brother Daniel Drumm's spirit possessing one of the cult members, Jericho removes Damballah's artifact of power (wangal), causing Damballah's snakes to turn on him and evidently destroying Damballah's cult. Brother Voodoo becomes Haiti's houngan supreme and champion, and establishes a sprawling mansion as a base of operations. He places the wangal in a safe, its combination known only to Brother Voodoo and his manservant Bambu.

Avenger's Alliance
POWERS & ABILITIES:

Brother Voodoo possesses numerous mystical and quasi-physical powers derived from the Loa, the spirit-gods of voodoo. He can easily enter into a trance-like state in which he does not feel the heat from fire and his skin becomes impervious to burning. He can also control flame and lower life forms. Brother Voodoo can mystically create smoke accompanied by the sound of drums. The smoke conceals his presence while he is able to see through it. He has the ability to command certain living things by a mystic sort of hypnotism, most effective over animals and plants. He can summon the Loa to request transport for himself and others instantaneously if they deem it necessary to his mission.

Brother Voodoo can also summon the spirit of his brother Daniel Drumm from within his body, doubling his own strength. He can send the spirit to possess another person's body and then has total control over their actions.

Brother Voodoo also has more mundane escapist talents, once entering Strange's building, not through magic, but through the chimney. He has extensive knowledge of voudoun (voodoo) thanks to training by Papa Jambo, as well as conventional medicine and psychology with a Ph.D. in psychology.

He wears a mystic medallion that serves as a focus of his powers and as a focus for his contact with his personal loas. He has, at times, employed conventional firearms.

Dueling with his Demons
VITALS:

  • Publisher - Marvel Comics
  • First Appearance - Strange Tales #169 (Sept. 1973)
  • Created By - Len Wein, John Romita Sr., Stan Lee, and Roy Thomas

    Team Affiliations:
  1. Avengers Unity Division
  2. Heroes for Hire
  3. S.H.I.E.L.D. Paranormal Containment Unit
  4. New Avengers
  5. Savage Avengers
    Notable Aliases:
  1. Doctor Voodoo
  2. Sorcerer Supreme
  3. Houngan Supreme
  4. Lord of the Loa
  5. He-Who-Has-Died-Twice
  6. Voodoo Lord
  7. Master of All Reptiles, the Voudoun, and the Spirit World

Dum Dum Dum...
Well, I hope you liked today's showcase.  Until next time, get your Read on!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

DERF'S PICKS OF THE WEEK (FEBRUARY 12, 2020)

Batman's Grave #5 (Variant)
    This is one chaotic week.  Valentine's Day strikes on the 14th, but most importantly, New Comic Book Day strikes on the 12th.  Wait, did I say the 12th?  I need to get to my local comic book store and grab up this titles before they disappear.  in case you are wondering why I am in a rush to spend my money, just take a look at my picks for this week.

DC COMICS
BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #10
BATMAN PENNYWORTH RIP #1
BATMAN VS RAS AL GHUL #4 (OF 6)
BATMANS GRAVE #5 (OF 12)
CATWOMAN #20
FLASH #88
GOTHAM CITY MONSTERS #6 (OF 6)
GREEN LANTERN SEASON 2 #1 (OF 12)
HARLEY QUINN & BIRDS OF PREY #1 (OF 4) (MR)
HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY #6 (OF 6)
SUPERMAN HEROES #1
SWAMP THING TALES FROM THE BAYOU (TP)
TERRIFICS #25

IDW
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS INFERNAL TIDES #2 (OF 5)
STAR TREK YEAR FIVE VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL 
TRANSFORMERS 100 PAGE GIANT POWER PREDACONS
TRANSFORMERS VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL

MARVEL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39
HAWKEYE FREE FALL #3
IRON MAN 2020 #2 (OF 6)
MARVEL TALES WOLVERINE #1
MARVELS X #2 (OF 6)
NEBULA #1 (OF 5)
SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN ALIEN REALITY #3 (OF 5)
THOR #3
VENOM #23
X-FORCE #7 (DX)
X-MEN #6 (DX)

Until next time, have a wonderful Valentine's Day and get your READ on!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

DERF'S PICKS OF THE WEEK (FEB 5 2020)

Ron Lim is the GOAT
    Hello all, it's the first week of February and my picks are a day late.  I apologize for that but I have had a lot of stuff going on, but I won't bore you with the details.  Let's just go straight to my picks.

DARK HORSE
PREDATOR HUNTERS III #1 (OF 4)

DC COMICS
BATMAN #88
DC CRIMES OF PASSION #1
HARLEY QUINN #70
JUSTICE LEAGUE #40
JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #18

IDW
USAGI YOJIMBO #8

MARVEL
ANT-MAN #1 (OF 5)
CAPTAIN AMERICA THE END #1
CONAN BATTLE FOR SERPENT CROWN #1 (OF 5)
DOCTOR DOOM #5
IMMORTAL HULK GREAT POWER #1
MARVEL AVENGERS HULK #1
SPIDER-VERSE #5 (OF 6)
STAR WARS DARTH VADER #1
X-MEN FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (OF 4)

    Well, that is all I have for this week.  
Stay tuned to see what next week brings.  
Until then, get your READ on!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday Showcase: Razor-Fist

Razor-Fist
    My mind has been wandering lately about the Marvel Universe and the limitless possibilities for villains in there upcoming endeavors, especially for original programming for the Disney + streaming service.  I come to the conclusion that instead of fighting the same old villains, the heroes should have new and improved versions from Marvel's past.

    Let's take the assassin known as Razor-Fist for example.  Today's Marvel follower may have never heard of him, but he has fought such icons as Captain America, the Master of Kung Fu, and Wolverine.  So, it is only natural to think he would be  a good fit for the future plans of Marvel Studios whether it be for TV or the big screen.

1st Appearance
   Let's get to know all about Razor-Fist shall we.  There have actually been 3 characters, all virtually identical in appearance and ability, to go by this title. The original Razor Fist was killed off in the comic books in the '70's. The next two characters to take the title were brothers. The current Razor Fist is the only surviving brother.

    The first Razor-Fist was a man named William Young.  He was an assassin, bodyguard, and enforcer employed by Carlton Velcro, working at Velcro's estate on the coast of the Gulf of Lions, southern France. Razor Fist battled Shang-Chi, and was accidentally shot to death by Carlton Velcro's guards during the battle.

    The second Razor-Fist was Douglas Scott.  He was called Razor-Fist because of his fast punches, this man and his brother took the same title and pretended to be only one person. Each brother lost one hand in a car accident, which were subsequently replaced by long knife-like stabbing weapons by Carlton Velcro. Velcro employed the brothers at his mansion on an island in the Marquesas. The brothers were assigned by Velcro to hunt down Shang-Chi and Pavane. This Razor-Fist was accidentally shot to death by Velcro.  (Are we sensing a pattern here?)

    The third a final Razor-Fist is William Scott, Douglas's brother.  This version of Razor-Fist is the one I am more familiar with because he fought Wolverine back in the Marvel Comics Presents series.  Razor-Fist was working for the crime lord Roche in Madripoor, and was assigned to kill Wolverine. With the assistance of a mutant pseudo-vampire, he overpowered Wolverine and was able to knock the weakened Wolverine off a cliff. The mutant, Sapphire Styx, had drained all of Wolverine's strength with her vampiric powers.  When next they fought, Wolverine barely beat him and appeared to kill him. Razor Fist's recovery from this seemingly fatal encounter has never been explained.

the Death of Razor-Fist?
   I hope you find my post helpful.  If anything, I hope I was able to introduce you to a new character that would work on the big or small screen.  Until next time, get your READ on!

First Appearance:

  • (William Young) Master of Kung Fu #29 (June, 1975)
  • (Douglas Scott) Master of Kung Fu #105 (October, 1981)
  • (William Scott) Master of Kung Fu #105 (October, 1981)
Created by:

  • Doug Moench
  • Paul Gulacy
Abilities:
  • Extensively trained hand to hand combatants and martial artists
  • Peak-level physical attributes
  • Hands replaced by steel blades