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.
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.
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.
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.