Saturday, September 23, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day

Classic Cover of the Day

Showcase Saturday Edition

Blue Beetle #5 (Oct. '86)

DC Comics

Written by Len Wein

Saturday Showcase: Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)

    Today's Saturday Showcase revolves around one of my favorite members of the JLA/JLI there ever was.  His name is Ted Kord but you may know him as the Blue Beetle.  He has and will be one of my favorites.

    Here is some background info for you. Ted Kord is the second Blue Beetle, a superhero who was originally published by Charlton Comics and later picked up by DC Comics.This version of the character was created by Steve Ditko and first appeared as a back-up feature in Captain Atom #83 (November 1966), with Gary Friedrich scripting from Ditko's conception and plot.

    DC Comics acquired the Charlton heroes in the mid-1980s and used the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event to integrate them all into the DC Universe. During this period, Blue Beetle had his own series, written by Len Wein, which ran for 24 issues from June 1986 to May 1988. Also published during this time was Secret Origins #2 (cover illustrated by Gil Kane), which explained the origins and careers of the Ted Kord and Dan Garrett Blue Beetles in the post-Crisis continuity. They would also follow up on the hinted android in stasis from the Charlton series, which would eventually become "Carapax, the Indestructible Man".

    Ted Kord was sometimes shown as an industrialist, the owner of KORD Industries; more often he was short on money, leading to his entering "get-rich-quick" schemes with Booster Gold. A brief appearance in JLA: Year One showed the young Ted working in Kord Industries R&D, where he designed the JLA HQ security system. Upon meeting the heroes, he thought, "Screw the family business. I want to be one of those guys," possibly explaining the company's fluctuating status since he took over. In recent comics, it has been implied that KORD Industries has become a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, headed by Bruce Wayne (also known as Batman).

    Sure, Ted Kord's Blue Beetle has had some success on the small screen in episodes of the Brave and the Bold cartoon series, but his character should be a mainstay on Arrow or Legends of Tomorrow to show real appreciation.  We all know he has a best friend in Booster that Time Travels so there is your intro to Legends, lol.

   For some to say this version of Blue Beetle is not important is someone who doesn't know comics.  I mean, they brought Ted back from the Dead in the Green Lantern Blackest Night saga.  During the New 52 Justice League 3000 series we found Booster and Blue in action and now thanks to the DC Rebirth movement, he is now a mentor to the 3rd Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes.

    Ted Kord has lead an interesting life in the world of comics, but I feel it is time we see more.  What about you?

Marvel's the Punisher Official HD Trailer

Can't Wait!

The Sandman trailer

Looks Good!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Derf's Picks of the Week (Sept 20)

To see my Picks of the Week, 
please click here to be redirected to SomeWhatNerdy.

Until then, enjoy this week's Cover of the Week.

Superman #31 (2017)

DC Comics

Cover by Ryan Sook

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day

In sticking with today's Saturday Showcase, 
I figured today's cover should feature Lobo.

Classic Cover of the Day

Lobo #27

DC Comics

Saturday Showcase: Lobo

    Today's showcase is about the one and only, Lobo.  Lobo is a popular character in the DC Universe that I feel has not had his big shot in the media as of yet. Sure, he is a playable character in Injustice as well as appeared in many of the DC animated adventures,  but his character itself has been abused in my opinion. Maybe, he was looked over due to the fact that he is so violent and made for Mature Readers, but that seems to work for the Punisher.  So why hasn't Lobo stayed in the media's mind since he was created?  To understand that, we need to know his beginnings. 

    Lobo is a character created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, whose first appearance was in Omega Men #3 (June '83).  Lobo is known as the last Czarnian and works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.  He is best known for his clashes with another "loner", Superman.

    Even though Lobo was based off of Marvel anti-heroes like the Punisher, his character never really stuck in the fan base.  Sure, he had a following, but not at the rate of the Punisher, Wolverine, or even Cable.  So, DC would shelve him from time to time only to use when really necessary or vital to help out other DC titles.

    During the New 52 era at DC, Lobo got a new look.  What was wrong with the new look?  He was turned into a pretty boy.  This was a major no-no to loyal Lobo fans.  Lobo fans are his fans due to the violence,cigar smoking, or even the fool language.  So,when the pretty boy look didn't work he was shelved once again.  That is until the new Justice League of America formed. You see, they needed muscle and Batman knew just the alien bad ass to join.  You got it, Lobo. Not just any Lobo, but the cigar smoking, ass kicking Lobo.  

    I, myself, am curious to see how long Lobo has left in the JLA or in this current timeline in DC.  Who knows, maybe he will be shelved again.  I do feel that DC Comics have a gold mine if they put it to good use.  Take the Marvel approach, make a TV series or even  a live-action film, hell I would settle for an animated movie.  All I know is, the world needs more Lobo.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day ~ Len Wein Edition

Classic Cover of the Day

Justice League of America Vol.1, #100

DC Comics

Story by Len Wein

R.I.P. Len Wein

One of my favorite comic writers/creators has passed.  Len Wein was the mastermind behind characters such as Swamp Thing and Wolverine.  More importantly, he did some pf the best writing that Marvel and DC has ever seen.  I will do a more detailed post in the future, but for now I will share an ad from on of his great comic story runs from DC Comics...the Blue Beetle.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day

In honor of my Saturday Showcase to Mister Miracle, today's classic cover is

Mister Miracle Vol. 1, #2

DC Comics

May 1971

Saturday Showcase: Mister Miracle

    It's Saturday, September 9th and it is time for another Saturday Showcase here at Derf's Domain.  For today's showcase I was actually inspired by a new series showcasing a classic hero.  I was reading issue #1 of Mitch Gerads version of Mister Miracle when the idea hit me to feature him in my next showcase.  So, here we are.

    For those of you who don't know, Mister Miracle was created by the late and great Jack Kirby as one of the new gods in the DC Universe.  He first appeared in Mister Miracle #1 back in April of '71.    He was originally introduced as part of the Fourth World series, such as the New Gods, but actually outlived the other titles by an addition seven titles.  something about Mister Miracle stuck out with the fan base, which allowed him to be in other titles such as the Brave and the Bold, DC Comics Presents, and appearances in all the Justice League titles until landing a reoccurring role in the Justice League International series.

    It was in the JLI, that I believe my love for Mister Miracle grew. I was not even a thought in my dad's mind when he was first introduced to the world of comics.  But I was a huge Batman fan which led me to discover the Justice League International which in turn introduced me to my favorites such as Mister Miracle, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, and Guy Gardner.

    I know, I know, exactly who is Mister Miracle?  Well, the original Mister Miracle was a man by the name of Thaddeus Brown.  A well-known escape artist who was also a mentor to the talented Scott Free.  When Thaddeus, was murdered, Scott toke over as the hero known as Mister Miracle.  After his adventures with the JLI, Scott put the mantle of Mister miracle down to be with family and friends.  He also took in an escape artist named Shilo Norman to show him the tricks of the trade.  Which led to Shilo being the 3rd man to go by the name Mister Miracle.  However, Scott Free will always be Mister Miracle to me as well as true fans of the character.  In fact, in the new run of Mister Miracle by Mitch Gerads and Tom King, Scott is the bearer of the Mister Miracle costume and is trying to find his place alongside his wife, Big Barda.

    I highly recommend reading the new Mister Miracle series, in fact I give issue #1 of the series a 10 out of 10 rating.  But to truly understand and enjoy the character of Mister Miracle, I recommend going to your local comic store, comic con, hell even Ebay to pick up some of the older titles that star this amazing hero. I definitely, would pick up some of the Justice League International trades that are available.

First Appearance: Mister Miracle #1, April 1971

Created by: Jack Kirby 

Team Affiliations: Justice League

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day

Classic Cover of the Day

New Mutants Vol. 1 #14


Saturday Showcase: Magik

I am starting something new on my blog to showcase my favorite characters from the world of comics.  As many of you know, I am a huge comic NERD and I feel that some characters do not get there "due".  I mean, in the world of film and TV, there are some really good characters that don't get their big break.  So, I created a post I will call Saturday Showcase.  Every Saturday, I will showcase a new character from the world of comics.

Today's showcase spotlights one of my favorite mutants.  Her birth name is Illyana Rasputin but you may know her as Magik.  As many of you know, she is the sister to the X-man known as Colossus.  What you may not know is that she originally died from the mutant killing Legacy Virus.  As we know now, is that although her physical form died, the part of her that was tied to Hell lived on and became a very powerful "witch".  

In later years, Marvel brought her back from the dead (as they usually do with fan favorites) for some much needed awakenings in their comics.

Magik will always be one of my favorite "Background Players" in the world of comics and she is a kick as character in the Contest of Champions App.

First Appearance:
(As Illyana) Giant Size X-men #1 (1975)
(As Magik) New Mutants #14 (1984)

Cosplay of the Day

Cosplay of the Day

Giu Hellsing as Magik

Check out her prints over at

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Derf's Picks for August 30, 2017

To see my picks, click here.

Until then, enjoy my pick for cover of the week.

Comic Cover of the Week

Secret Empire #10


Cover Art by Mark Brooks

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

My Comic Picks for August 23, 2017

Check out my Comic Picks  for this week HERE.

For now, enjoy the cover of the week featuring Omega Red.

Comic Cover of the Week

X-Men Gold #10


Cover Art by Ken Lashley

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Derf's Picks for August 2, 2017

To check out my latest picks, click here.  

The link will redirect you to my other page, Somewhanerdy.

This week's Cover of the Week is:

Iron Fist #6


Artist is Jeff Dekal

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Asuka is simply the BEST!

Asuka is simply the BEST!

No one can stop Asuka. 

Before all is said an done, she will be in the history books as the longest reigning WWE Champion EVER!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jack Kirby on the Hulk TV show?

I saw this episode today, and in all the years I never noticed that the great one, Jack Kirby, was the sketch artist until today.

Here is the clip from "No Escape".

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Derf's Comic Picks for July 12, 2017

My Picks for July 12, 2017 can be found here.

Comic Cover of the Week

Amazing Spider-Man #30 (2017)


Cover Art by Alex Ross

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Comics You Should Read: the Defenders (2017)

     I am here once again to tell you about comics that I think you should be reading. The topic today is the 2017 line-up of the Defenders.  First of all, let me just say I have been a Defenders fan since back in the day.  My favorite line-up took place in the 70's but that is a different story.  Today we are talking about the team that consists of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, the Iron Fist, and finally the Daredevil.

     As many of you already know, Netflix is producing a series about this very team after the success of each character's series already on Netflix.  So, I am sure this what made MARVEL decide to create another run of the Defenders to give the fans a little taste of what's going on and what possibly could happen in the series.

     Well, issue #1 starts with the team being targeted, in fact Jessica is in the hospital after being shot. (Free Comic Book Day Edition of Defenders)  The team scramble to find out who was the shooter only to find out that Diamondback is back from the dead and whats vengeance.  So, now they know the who but still don't know the how (is he alive) or the what to do.  As usual Cage goes after him on his own, only to fall into a trap. 

     In issue #2, we find Luke at the Night Nurse's infirmary after Black Cat dropped him off.  While Jessica is caught up to date on what happened, Blade comes by with a little something that will help Cage recover quickly.  Once the team is ready to regroup, they go out looking for answers only to find more trouble in their way in the form of the Punisher.  God, I cannot wait until issue #3 is released!

    I tried not to ruin the stories too much because I want you to read them for yourself, hence the title of this segment.  I give this series a strong 9 out of 10.  It would have been a perfect 10, but I was not one who had the FCBD edition of the Defenders, so I was kind of lost at first.  However, in hindsight, the book does explain things out so you really do not need the issue.  Start with #1 and move on.  I love how the issues have tied into each Netflix series in so many ways and I cannot wait to see what other crossovers that the writers have in store.

Until next time, get your READ on!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Comics You Should Be Reading: Kiss/Vampirella

    Today's topic is a comic series I feel you should be reading.  The comic is KISS/Vampirella brought to us by Dynamite Press.  Right now only issue # 1 has hit the streets but it shows a lot of promise for a kick ass story.

    As most of you know I am a huge KISS fan and look forward to their adventure in the comics.  This adventure takes place in 1974.  KISS has moved to Los Angeles to record their second album, Hotter Than Hell.  Vampirella has been fighting evil beings on Earth for 5 years now.  She is also in a band known as Witchcraft.  Little do the two bands know that their worlds are about to become one.

    You see, it appears there is a cult that is using Rock 'N'Roll to acquire souls. Still the life right out of those in the business of making music.  Can Vampirella save us from this menace?  Will KISS make it out alive?  Who knows, you may think you know, but no one truly knows.  I have only read issue #1 but it shows a lot of promise in direction.  I give the KISS/Vampirella series a strong 8 out of 10 stars so far.  As I read more, I will add more to this post.

Until next time, get your READ on!