Where the elite meet to eat

If you’re ever in Metropolis, it’s worth eating at Planet Krypton for the kitch factor. The food’s not bad, but man oh man, it’s a real feast for the eyes. Naturally, it’s a superhero themed restaurant, and the menu reflect this. Bon Apetite!

All-Star Appetizers

Maxwell Lord Appetizer (recently removed from the menu) – a platter of fried turkey necks with the house’s Wonder Whip for dipping.

Scarlet Speedster – a red chili served with toasted bread rounds.

The Reverse-Flash – green chile with untoasted bread squares

The Fires of Apokolips – the Scarlet Speedster with a special habanero kick to it.

Elseworld Entree’s

Seven Soldiers of Victory – seven broiled beef tenderloin medallions with either a Pre-Crisis garlic butter or a Post-Crisis ginger-teriyaki glaze. 

The Deadman Special – slow cooked Boston butt pork roast served with a spicy apple sauce or the Rama Kushna chutney.

Aquaman and Qwisp – Our famous take on fish ‘n chips!

The Green Lanternfish – Pan-sauteed with seared spinach and green beans (cannot substitute yellow squash)

The Dark Knight Detective – Mystery Meat

Sensational Sides

The Green Arrow’s Quiver – braised asparagus drizzled with a Hollandaise sauce.

House of Mystery Salad

Great Caesar’s Ghost Salad!

Captain Carrot’s Children’s Menu and Activity Page

The Captain Marvel – grilled ham and cheese sandwich served with a side of macaroni and cheese and a glass of milk.

Aqualad and Qwisp

DC Comics Presents Desserts

The Mr. Freeze – Nitrogen-frozen vanilla ice cream milkshake

The Fire and Ice Sundae – Habanero Ice Cream with nuts and whipped cream

Demon’s Food Cake – A dessert so sinful, you won’t regret by the spoonful, a decadent chocolate, enough for you and your mate.

Detective Drinks

The Martian Manhattan

The Booster Cuervo Gold

The Bat-tini

Dr. Bud Light

Green Lantern’s Lite

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Deconstructing a comic book collector

Jesse and I are putting together a questionnaire about people’s personal collections for distribution later in the month (hopefully). Thinking up questions has gotten me thinking about my own mound of long boxes. The question I spend the most time reflecting on is: what books/ artists/ writers informed my taste in comics?

These are the three biggest influences for me.

1. Marvel Milestone Edition: Giant-sized X-Men #1 I wonder if it isn’t weird that the book that seriously got me into comics is a mass market reprint. Right around the time I turned twelve I got a copy of this reprint from Walden Books. Changed my life. I had previously only dabbled a little in Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman, but seeing the fast pace and the variety of characters spoke to me. I loved Cyclops as a near stoic leader, and I loved seeing Professor X putting the team together. I had never seen or read anything like it, and I wanted more. The X-Men were my gateway drug into comics.

I still have a deep love of the mutant world, but I don’t follow the convoluted stories and plot threads in most of the current titles. Looking at my collection now, I see that it influenced me in a deeper way: a majority of my collection is team books. In most cases, I would rather read about a team than seeing an individual going it alone issue after issue.

2. In the same way that you can break down the group sports fans into more specific groupings, you can break down comic book collectors.  Generally, most collectors can be compared to baseball fans. Rabid, detail/ minutia minded, fact filled, and dedicated. There are a couple of groups that stand out as especially rabid and stereotypical: Legion of Superhero fans and golden age fans. Golden Age are essentially Yankee fans. There’s a love of history, tradition, an age gone by, and legacy. Legion fans are Cubs fans. It’s harsh, but true. Every time there’s a new Legion series it’ll start off with a bang, but it’ll peter out before or during the playoffs. Just like the Cubs each season. So Legion fans stand out because they stick around to the bitter end and complain, but they come back series after series knowing it’ll only end in heartbreak. This is a roundabout way to say that I’m a golden age fan. What turned me on actually wasn’t exactly a comic book; it was a book about comic books.

The summer between junior and senior year in high school, I had to spend my days with my father at work. He worked in the library of the local university. Here I found an encyclopedia of golden age characters. It was surprisingly comprehensive in both detail about character and variety of entries. I learned of Captain Triumph, Air-Wave I, Blue Beetle I, Hyrdroman, Hourman, Starman, Vision I, Angel I, etc… I practically memorized the book. Coincidentally, it was around this time that Sandman Mystery Theatre published it’s Hourman story arc. I scooped it up and that’s all she wrote. I was the comic book equivalent of a Yankee’s fan for good.

3. Kingdom Come is, for me, the best most enjoyable alternate reality story/ dystopian comic book story. I read this book at least once a year and I’m still finding new things in both the art and writing. Yes, Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen are revolutionary and brilliant, but they’re brilliant in the same depressing way that Brecht and Wagner and Dostoevsky and Tolstoy are brilliant. Kingdom Come stands out because it speaks to the optimist in me. The book ends with hope. As grumpy as I can be, it comes from a place of disappointment more than depression, spite, or plain contrarian views. A frustration that things aren’t as good as they could or should be.

Hope is what comics are about for me.  Don’t get me wrong; it’s not Pollyanna-esque or any other uninformed optimism. Hope is people using their abilities (magical or unrealistic as they may seem) to make their world a better place in some way. Certainly you stray from that goal from time to time, and you can lose your way pretty easily. Kingdom Come shows that if you can just relocate that path you’ll come out better and stronger. It’s a helluva story with art that will knock you on your ass. At the end of the day, it’s THE comic book in my collection.

These three books are what have shaped me as a collector. Each is emblematic of a theme or trend you would notice if you looked at my collection as a single body of work. What books, titles, artists, or writers have shaped, guided, or informed your collections?