Super-Olympic Fever: Catch It!

In the midst of all the current Olympic Fever and athletic fervor, it’s easy to forget that there were a few false starts on some events, and occasionally a few ringers popped in to throw off the results for the less-superpowered competitors.  For this week’s LIST we proudly present Famous Super-Moments in Olympic History.

  • 1908 – James Howlett takes gold in all-around gymnastics.  This leads to the first know use of the phrase “I’m the best there is at what I do, and I what I do is very, very pretty.”

  • 1936 – Foreboding the next decade, Steve Rogers wins the 100M Shield Toss in Berlin.

  • 1940 – Latveria renounces the IOC then boycotts the for the next six Olympic games after the IOC failed to make reparations for cancelling the 1940 games set for Latveria.

  • The Bat’s record in the Car Battery Toss isn’t going to get broken any time soon.

    1972, 1916, 1940, 1896 (in that order) – Rip Hunter and Kang the Conqueror win gold medals in archery, fencing, and high-diving.

  • 1976 – Favorite J’Onn J’Onzz lose the chance to defend his 1972 gold medal in Mental Telepathy when the Winter Games are moved from Denver, Colorado to Innsbruck, Austria and he refuses to leave his home town. In his absence Professor Charles Xavier wins the first of his eventual 10 gold medals.

  • 1980 – Batman founds the Winter Olympics by fighting a Yeti.

  • 1985 – After Bruce Banner was stripped of all 37 of his medals, the IOC added gamma rays to the list of prohibited substances.

  • 1992 – Batroc the Leaper kidnaps the Albertville, France Olympic Village for ransom.

  • 1999 – Batman shocks the interstellar community by announcing his retirement from the Olympic Games of Space.

  • 2006 – Daniel Witwicky wins gold in all snowboarding events not won by Shaun White. Witwicky credits his skills to the many winters spent boarding down Lookout Mountain. Curiously, Witwicky did not participate on the American team, opting to represent Cybertron instead.

  • 2008 – With the re-instatment of Oa into the Olympics of Space (and continuity), Ring-slinging is once again an Olympics of Space level event.

Random Links For Your Weekend

Wow, it has been a LONG time since I put one of these together!  But, with the need to close some browser tabs and the extremely dickish way DC has been sticking it to Alan Moore this week, well…we were overdue.

  • This is the check DC used to buy Superman in 1938.  And it just sold for $160,000.  Dollars.  American.
  • Tformers.com reviews the new (well, at the time!) Transformers Japanese Collection.  If I ever manage to make it through the American episodes I can’t wait to check these out.  Friend of the Blog David says they’re great!
  • With Paul Levitz no longer keeping DC from capitalizing on Watchmen, they’re just going WAY out of their way to make up for lost dollars time.  First, on Tuesday this is revealed:

Yes, that’s a Watchmen toaster.  A Watchmen.  Fucking.  Toaster.  Which nobody, EVER, has found themselves wishing for IF ONLY Alan Moore would stop being a fussy little baby.  Then DC opens up their own online storefront selling exclusive toys and the like.  Sure, it’s probably long overdue, but by selling Graphic Novels (and almost inevitably comics) and two styles of Comedian iPhone cases* (sorry AGAIN, Alan), they’re cutting out the retailers who have propped them up for decades. But at least they’re putting out an adorable V vinyl doll.  Because that’s what Alan Moore really meant for that work.** If it weren’t May I’d assume this was an April Fools gag.  (Thanks to Team Hellions, on whose site I saw this reported first.)

With that bit of bile out of the way, that’s it for this installment.  Have a good weekend, folks.  So I don’t end on a completely down note I’ll leave you with this bit of awesomeness.

*Seriously, if you’re most impressed by THE COMEDIAN, we cannot have anything in common.  That dude just straight up raped people and an iPhone may not be quite the right place to honor that guy.

**The conspiracy theorist in me wants to say that by making the Guy Fawkes mask cute and cuddly it will take away some of the power of the Occupy movement and Anonymous.  But the realist in me says that’s crazy, right?  Right?

You Should Be Reading: Hark! A Vagrant

I’m pretty bad about reading webcomics.  Sure, I know they’re the big new thing, but with so much other stuff to keep track of online they wind up on the bottom of my surfing pile.  Ironically, I tend to pick them up when the print collections come out because, obviously, I do everything the wrong way.

And so it is with Kate Beaton’s webcomic Hark! A Vagrant, which I just recently snagged after hearing too many good things about it to keep ignoring.  And sure, there are the occasional superhero gags, like this great one about my buddy Aquaman:

But it’s just as likely to be about Canadian historical figures and Victorian literature, as evidenced by this amazing strip based around Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” At first I thought I had to be misreading something, or misremembering some long-ago reading assignment but no, Beaton went there.  And thank goodness she did, because there aren’t nearly enough comics that appeal to the literary nerd in me and still manage to be outright hilarious.

While there’s likely a chance the literary/historical focus could alienate some readers who are more into comics featuring Final Fantasy sprites, I found it a breath of fresh air.  Much like R. Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics, I found the pieces much easier to appreciate when I was familiar with the material they reference, but still easy to follow and get the joke even if I didn’t know the Canadian politician in question or (I know, I know) read Jane Eyre. 

Please, check out Hark! A Vagrant.  Besides, unless you’re weird like me, it’s free!

Random Links For Your Weekend

Fall is here, and with the changing of the leaves means it’s time to close out some tabs on my browser.


Random Links For Your Weekend

Man, it has been a long, LONG time since I’ve done a link round-up, and I have so many browser tabs open these days it’s crashing my computer.  So, in the spirit of enlightened self-interest, please help me get caught up.


Random Links For Your Weekend